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Business school is bursting with unique forums in which students have access to some of the greatest and brightest minds in modern industry. These standout moments can be pivotal points in shaping the next generation of business creativity and innovation. Prior to Spring Break, 20 Owen students were treated to just such an opportunity—the rare chance to sit down for a Q&A with one of the world’s greatest investors, philanthropists, and public figures, Mr. Warren Buffett. The lucky group traveled to Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, arriving in tact despite a major snowstorm that threatened the event (and precluded other chosen schools from making the journey).
The trip was a brainchild of Owen finance professor Philip Woodlief, who had reached out to Buffett through a personal connection to convey Vanderbilt’s interest in visiting the investor. With the meeting arranged, preparations began months in advance, with students doing their research by reading up on Buffett’s philosophies on investing, politics, and life. The group convened on multiple occasions to formulate a list of poignant questions to pose to the “Oracle of Omaha”, trying to focus on themes that had not been addressed in the litany of Buffett materials already available.
With Mod 1 final exams over in October, many of my classmates began a well-deserved weeklong break from school. As a first-year Health Care MBA, however, I prepared for the first step in earning the “health care” part of my degree: Immersion Week. I, like most of my fellow Health Care MBA’s, came to Owen specifically for the health care specialization and had been hearing about Immersion Week and its purpose—experiencing the clinical side of health care before starting our education on the business side—for months. I had signed up for my clinical rotations, sent in my scrub sizes, picked up my Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) badge, and was ready to go.
One of the most anticipated (and for some, scary) parts of the week was the operating room rotations. I arrived at VUMC bright and early on my assigned day, suited up in hospital scrubs, cap, mask, and booties, and was ushered through an OR door. Soon, I was standing a few feet away from two plastic surgeons as they tried to save a motorcycle accident victim’s leg from amputation by repairing blood vessels and applying skin grafts. Fortunately I’m not squeamish because the injuries were severe enough that the nurses seemed concerned I might faint just looking at the leg before the surgery even began. I walked out afterwards never wanting to ride a motorcycle, but before going under anesthesia the patient insisted that he would be back on his soon.
Anne Marie Mills, drawing on her experiences as a summer intern at LinkedIn, will be sharing her advice in a new weekly piece. Welcome to the first “LinkedIn Tip of the Week”! -ed.
LinkedIn Tip of the Week
Hopefully, by now you’ve started building up your LinkedIn profile with your resume information.
There are 5 big things that you should do to build a complete profile.
1) Top Card – This is what we call the top box of your profile and it includes your profile photo, your headline, industry, location, your specific linkedin.com address, and other basic information about your background. To be complete, you must have your industry, location and a photo (smiling face, not a logo please). However, you can increase how many times you show up in search results by also including a headline (sell yourself!) and a unique address (you can edit the one they give you to be just your name or something more meaningful to you).
Anne Marie Mills is a second-year MBA student at Owen who interned at LinkedIn over the summer. She was kind enough to share some insights from her experience. -Ed.
LinkedIn was built on the mantra that “relationships matter”, a mantra I’ve been living and breathing for the past 6 weeks of my internship. I’m a Human Resources MBA intern supporting our Global Sales Organization. I’ve been amazed at the quality of folks that I work with at LinkedIn, especially the great people who surround me in the MBA Internship Program with students from Haas to Harvard.
This week, I joined the Global Sales Organization at their training offsite in Monterey, CA. It was an insightful two days of learning how to sell and the perfect opportunity for me to bond and solidify my relationships with fellow interns. Since there were multiple sessions, I was able to leverage my intern network to exchange learnings from other sessions. While I spent time with the Marketing Solutions team learning how to identify our customers’ true pain points, my fellow intern David spent time with the Hiring Solutions team building the skills needed to be a trusted advisor. By sharing our different experiences, we were able to learn about different parts of the Sales organization. Of course, sharing stories wasn’t all we did, we also built sand castles and made s’mores on the beach!
We’re finally back in the states and I once again have a reliable internet connection. Here are some photo highlights that I missed posting:
Last Monday, our first visit was to Petrobas, Brazil’s government owned oil and gas company.
Fun fact (from wikipedia): Petrobas is the largest company in Latin America by market capitalization and revenue, and the largest company headquartered in the Southern Hemisphere by market value.
To bookend our trip, our last meeting was at Coteminas with Josué Gomes da Silva, Owen ’89. He is not only the President of Coteminas, but he is also on the board for Petrobas. This was definitely the highlight of the trip.
Fun fact: Before meeting with us, Josué had a lunch meeting with the Finance Minister of Brazil.