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Meet Chris Herndon, MBA ’16

Chris Herndon has blazed an unconventional career trail that taught him a lot about what it takes to successfully change course. Now he leverages the leadership skills he honed in this MBA at Portland State to help others navigate shifts in direction.
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Rethinking Overqualification

Common sense tells recruiters to place resumes showing more credentials or experience than the job requires straight into the “overqualified” pile. After all, it’s widely known that those employees will quickly get bored, grow dissatisfied, mentally check out, and probably jump ship as soon as they get the chance.

Capstone Projects: Knowledge Serves the City

It’s spring. As a group of Portland State undergraduate students enters MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, they find themselves in the largest facility of its kind in Oregon, where young adults roughly their own age serve the longest times.


They are here to meet with participants in the Morpheus Youth Project.

Business Expertise for the Triple-Bottom-Line: MBA Students Accelerate Momentum of Portland B Corp Community

Attaining B Corp certification is a challenge. And rightfully so: In order to serve as a meaningful marker of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency, the bar has to be set high. In this case, the bar consists of a rigorous assessment of a company’s impact across these areas.

Moving Mountains: Portland State and Mercy Corps Join Forces for Impact

Traveling to Tajikistan was an instant yes for Jeanne Enders.
The Assistant Professor of Management had long been inspired by the vision of Impact Entrepreneurs to unleash the potential of business for good, so when co-founder Carolyn McKnight invited her to support the 8th Entrepreneurial Leadership Program—this year to take place in the mountainous Central Asian nation—Jeanne was thrilled.

Rising in the Ranks: Recognition for Business Education that Matters

Three recent rankings underline the fact that Portland State’s programs deliver the returns on investment in education that matter most to students: access to career paths ripe with opportunities for professional growth and personal satisfaction.

Driving Innovation: Lori Heino-Royer, MBA ‘02

"Much of what I have accomplished started with me accepting that I am different than everyone around me and not being afraid to act on it."

The accomplishments Lori Heino-Royer is referring to make up an impressive list. She currently drives business innovation and the Program Management Office at Daimler Trucks North America, a role she built on her track record of intrapreneurial successes, including the company’s first iPad sales app, an internal incubator, and a strategic foresight team.

Meet the new SBA Dean: Cliff Allen

Cliff Allen, associate dean of graduate programs at Portland State University’s School of Business Administration, is stepping up to serve as the school’s new dean starting this summer.

A Shared Vision: Returns on Investment in the Future of Business Education

It has been inspiring to see the new building for the School of Business Administration (SBA) take shape since the groundbreaking in October. During the first streaks of sunny spring days, the construction crews just finished the second floor and are on track to add another story roughly every four weeks.