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Henry W. Bloch School of Management

MBA Speaker Series (formerly Ecosystem of Integrated Learning)

One component of the new Bloch MBA program is a series of short non-credit courses comprising our "MBA Speaker Series." Attending three of these courses (or other Bloch non-credit events) is a graduation requirement for students in the new MBA and completely optional for students in the earlier MBA program. Bloch alumni who want to reconnect to the school are also invited. For the summer, we will be offering the courses described below. Please RSVP if you intend to attend so that we know how many handouts to provide.


Summer, 2014 Speaker Series Courses

Job Search Strategies
Friday, June 20th 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Bloch 4

Offered by Dawn Murphy, Sr. Vice President, Human Resources, Saint Luke's Health System. She will cover resumes, cover letters, how to handle tough questions in interviews, and then end with follow-up correspondence. There will be time for questions and answers. If you plan to attend, send an email to Dr. Pick before June 18 so that we can be sure that the scheduled room has enough seats.

Dispute Resolution
Saturday, July 19th 9:00 - 11:00 am, Bloch 4

Offered by Rita Cain, Professor of Business Law, UMKC. Upon completing this session, participants will have a good working knowledge of the formal dispute resolution mechanisms in domestic and international transactions. Arbitration is the primary dispute resolution vehicle for transactions in international commerce and is quite common in the United States for domestic contract disputes also. Litigation in US courts, while time consuming and expensive, has some advantages for certain disputes. Students will learn what is necessary to preserve the right to sue in the face of increased use of mandatory arbitration in contracts. Students will also understand some strategies for when and where to sue in the United States and a few tips if they or their businesses ever get sued. If you plan to attend, send an email to Dr. Pick before July 17 so that we can be sure that the scheduled room has enough seats.

If you attend either of these two events, we will take attendance and it will not be necessary for you to report your attendance on Blackboard. The Bloch School has put on a number of noncredit, networking events outside of the MBA Speakers Series. If you attend one of these events, we will probably count your attendance towards fulfilling the requirement. To inquire, post the details on the Master of Business Administration site on Blackboard following the procedure outlined below in order to claim credit for your attendance.

We will also give credit towards this requirement for employer-supplied training and leadership roles in philanthropic activities.

How to get credit for these events?
For the events on this flyer, there will be a sign-in sheet. Everyone who signs in will be credited automatically. Otherwise, sign into Blackboard (http://blackboard.umkc.edu) » Master of Business Administration (should be under "Organizations" on lower right) » Information » MBA Speaker Series 1 (or 2 or 3). Then either upload a flyer describing the event or upload certificate of completion or enter a very brief description of your event manually; then click on the "Submit" button. The MBA Director, Dr. Pick, logs onto Blackboard about once a month to review submissions.

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