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Dream big with an MBA

Portland State’s Master of Business Administration program is ranked high in U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review and the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education. Its curriculum combines a solid, traditional MBA core with an intense focus on leadership, innovation and sustainability. PSU accepts new students into its MBA program once a year, and now’s the time to apply for fall 2013. See what others have done with their MBA:

 

Anita Ramachandran (’07) wanted her work to have a direct impact on the world around her. Now she’s fulfilling that dream as Mercy Corps' partnerships development officer. It's a job that combines her experience in marketing and business development with the mission-driven work she has always been drawn to.

"I'm inspired to be in the midst of an organization that makes so many small but significant changes around the world," she says. "The rewards of being part of that are so high."

Jason Kallingal ('12) was the owner and manager of Paccini's restaurant on the PSU campus when he decided to go back to school and earn his MBA. He just wanted to do something different and to have a significant impact on his community. Now he’s the economic development manager for ROSE, a nonprofit organization addressing the revitalization of Portland's outer southeast neighborhoods.

"The MBA program helped me to think strategically about problems and to realize that problems in a project are not as bad as they seem," he says.

When Amelia Pape ('11) learned that some 40 percent of Portland residents have limited access to food, inspiration struck: Why not address the problem by making healthy food markets mobile?

The idea led Pape to partner with student colleagues Colin Gallison and Eric Johnson to start My Street Grocery, a mobile grocery focused on bringing affordable healthy food to low-income, low-access communities.

"We are community driven from start to  finish," says Pape. "And PSU was instrumental in developing our business."

Pictured above and on the home page: My Street Grocery's Amelia Pape MBA '11, Eric Johnson MBA '99 (right), Professor Charla Mathwick (far right), Colin Gallison MBA '11 (back left), and two interns.