This past month the Department of Business and Leadership hosted a group of Chinese MBA students from Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China. It was a great experience that allowed our visitors and our current Jewell students to engage with executives at the Kansas City Chiefs, VML and Walmart. Additionally, they toured the Harley-Davidson manufacturing plant, visited a number of entrepreneurial start-ups and engaged in case discussions with Jewell faculty and students. This cross-cultural experience is exactly what Jewell is all about. As we visited the different organizations we began to see things from multiple perspectives and gain respect for our colleagues who had different experiences that allowed for a lens that is unique from ours. These vantage points led to engaging conversations that crossed over the language and geographical barriers. With the help of a translator and shared experiences we were able to further develop business leaders both here and abroad. It was truly a liberal arts experience and in tune with the vision and mission of our department.
Sincerely, Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership
Mr. William C. Cobb, President and CEO, H&R Block
William Jewell College is pleased to welcome H&R Block President and CEO Mr. William C. Cobb to deliver the annual Everett P. Truex Lecture in Economics and Finance on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Yates-Gill 221-222. The Truex Lecture is the highlight experience for the Department of Business and Leadership during the fall semester and is open to all students, alumni, faculty and the public.
Mr. Cobb was named President and Chief Executive Officer of H&R Block, Inc. in May 2011. He has been a member of the company’s Board of Directors since August 2010. Since becoming CEO, he has brought a renewed focus to the company anchored in a set of values summed up as “we do the right thing” and “we find ways to help clients.” Prior to joining H&R Block, Mr. Cobb was President of eBay U.S. Marketplaces and held several senior positions at PepsiCo and YUM! Brands, including SVP and CMO of International Marketing for YUM! and Pizza Hut U.S. Mr. Cobb earned his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jason Best ’90
Co-founder & Principal, Crowdfund Capital Advisors
By Chris Henning - Jason Best began his career at Jewell in 1988 as an Oxbridge Scholar perusing a degree in Business Management. Jason believes that the Oxbridge Program was one of the key educational experiences leading to his future success. While growing up, Mr. Best traveled abroad with his family, which later correlated to his studies at Oxford. It allowed him to feel comfortable and inclined him to become a successful Oxbridge student.
After William Jewell, Jason earned his MBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world’s top ranked International MBA institution. Over the next decade, Jason worked for several different companies gaining valuable experience. While serving on an executive leadership team at Kinnser Software, he helped develop Kinnser into one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, according in Inc. Magazine, by increasing revenue growth over 1,300% from $1 million to over $20 million. Continue reading
Taylor Brown ’13
By Amelia Hanzlick - Taylor Brown ’13 graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics, but she left the Hill with more than a diploma. With the numerous opportunities that William Jewell offers, Ms. Brown used them to learn more than what was taught in the classroom. As part of the Delta Zeta Sorority, the William Jewell Cheer Team, the Business Advisory Council, Jewell Business Today, Pryor Leadership, and Applied Civic Integration and Redevelopment, Ms. Brown received a well-rounded education that prepared her to take on the role of Programming Coordinator at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Continue reading
By Kelsi Ortega – What happens when a William Jewell College student is faced with a problem? She solves it. That was the case for Conner Hazelrigg, an aspiring electrical engineer who is currently a senior math and physics major at Jewell. While working for Sunshine Electronic Display LLC in Saint Joseph, Missouri, this past summer, Conner’s academic advisor, D. Blane Baker, Ph.D., presented Hazelrigg with the problem. The project was to create a solution that would allow travelers the ability to charge their cell phones in remote locations.
Hazelrigg came up with the idea for a solar powered cell phone charger, which can charge up to ten phones simultaneously while remaining completely portable. The solar powered charger enables phones to charge at the same rate as a traditional wall plug. Over the summer, Hazelrigg and the team, which included Dr. Baker and Mark Buhlig, a frequent traveler to Haiti and friend of Dr. Baker, installed three chargers in Haiti and Continue reading
Marqus Moye ’16
By Amelia Hanzlick - While some internships can mean making coffee and doing busywork, this past summer, junior accounting and psychology major Marqus Moye had the opportunity to have a hands-on experience in accounting at the Kansas City branch of Commerce Bank. Mr. Moye spent much of his time preparing information sheets, or spreads, for loan officers at the bank, among numerous other experiences. These spreads indicated whether or not a client could be approved for a loan. Many of the clients that Mr. Moye prepared spreads for were commercial clients applying for substantial loans for projects. Continue reading
Dr. Gregg Whittaker
By Alan Kline - The idea of creating a product of your own and then trying to make the product a success is probably intriguing to about everyone. This is especially exciting to college students who have their whole future ahead of them. Jewell students were given this opportunity. In the spring of 2013, students in the William Jewell New Venture Creation class, taught by Professor Gregg Whittaker, were given the opportunity, funded by the Kauffman’s FastTrac Program, to pitch their ideas to angel investors. New Venture Creation is a class that helps explain how to recognize a job opportunity that most people would not catch, and then how to take steps toward turning that idea into a business. This class focuses on planting the innovative entrepreneurial mindset into the students. Continue reading