blog postsGCP Brazil: I refuse to say goodbye, so I will see you laterMar 28, 2013 11:20 am109 views How do I recap such an incredible, eye-opening, humbling, tiring, and slowly fast-paced trip? We worked so feverishly hard in small groups to create a product that highlights weeks of research, analysis, and preliminary strategies to provide value to our clients. Though each team had a slightly different interaction and amount of time with their clients, every team seemed satisfied and excited to be equipped with insights, tips, and direction to prepare their final deliverable... GCP Brazil: The name of the game is agilityMar 28, 2013 11:16 am85 views Ideally, the first two days would have gone just as planned. We would have arrived in paradise and the embrace of the sun’s rays, warm breeze, and cool waves would more than distract from the task at hand. Sure, ideally, we would all have tans by now, asked several times to participate in the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, and dined on the best steak Brasil has to offer while paying close to nothing... IIP Israel: AT&T and Intel VisitsMar 25, 2013 3:28 pm80 views I'm late to work. I'm really not but it feels like it as, slightly behind schedule, our bus speeds towards AT&T's Foundry, their R&D center in Israel. The understanding of how an industry giant has mobilized to stay relevant in the competitive U.S. telecom market cuts through the haze of a few hours of sleep and serves as a lesson and inspiration... GCP China - Shanghai: Our Client PresentationMar 25, 2013 3:24 pm71 views Today was the day we've spent the semester preparing for: our presentation to our Global Consulting Program client. My team had spent many hours, and a few flights, working on our research and deliverables. Weekly late night calls have been the norm because 9 pm in Champaign is 10 am the next day in Shanghai...IDF and the PresidentMar 19, 2013 7:05 pm82 views Sprinting up and down steep dunes with sand blowing into my eyes and 17-year-olds barking orders at me is not normally my idea of a perfect Sunday morning. Neither is transporting stretchers weighed down with 40-pound sandbags along choppy shores or burying half-naked men in sandy slopes for a cruel game of hide-and-go-seek... GCP China - 5 Fun FactsMar 19, 2013 6:45 pm145 views Beijing Olympics: 5 Fun Facts Our China trip team went to the 2008 Olympics site today, seeing sites from the Olympic Village to the Aquatics Center and stadium. Along the way we learned several fun facts about the investments China made for the Olympics and how the buildings are being used now. These facts include...GCP: BrazilMar 16, 2013 7:09 pm65 views The first taste of Brazil was the warm air that greeted you the moment you stepped off the plane into the gate. Dave shared glances and Aerian high fived people - we were here. Still not real, we all confirmed father winter did not make it onto the flight with us as the exotic trees swayed in the breeze and the mountains in the distance confirmed he was no where in sight. Greeted by Meriana and Felipe, our tour guides, we converted our US dollars to Brazilian Reaies... IIP - Off To Israel!Mar 16, 2013 7:00 pm73 views On Friday morning, we boarded our bus at 6:45AM – many of the Innovation Immersion Program (IIP) members were sleep deprived and bleary-eyed, and a few of them were chipper from their coffee rush. Yet all the same, there was a smile on every face...Update from O'Hare: En Route to ChinaMar 16, 2013 6:33 pm90 views Growing up in central Illinois, I always liked O'Hare Airport. For anyone who has been delayed at O'Hare, that's likely a strange statement. The reason why I liked O'Hare was because it meant we were en route to a new adventure...MBAA/MVA: Illinois MBAs Combat StressMar 15, 2013 3:05 pm46 views Last week the programs U.S. veterans rallied 44 Illinois MBA students -- with a great mix of first years, second years, dual degrees and PhDs -- to drive out to Charleston and spent an afternoon shooting at one another. The first of hopefully many annual paintball excursions was a great hit...2013 Alumni BanquetMar 11, 2013 3:55 pm51 views The 2013 Alumni Banquet took place on Friday, March 1st at the JW Marriot in downtown Chicago. Spring Kola Trip: Red Cloud and Little WoundMar 7, 2013 12:25 pm55 views After months of correspondence and preparation, three MBA students from The Kola Foundation traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to promote the foundation’s higher education initiatives.Illinois MBA Strategy Case Competition The EventMar 5, 2013 9:13 am46 views The 2013 Illinois MBA Strategy Case Competition was held February 7 – 9 in the Business Instructional Facility. Ten schools (Arizona State, Baylor, Connecticut, Hong Kong UST, Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, and Purdue) participated in this exciting competition. Event sponsors were Bosch, HD Supply, and Whirlpool.