This is part 2 in a series about the executive MBA global network course at Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. Read all the stories here
Day 2 kicked off with Professor Theodore Peridis’s Mergers and Acquisitions introductory session. Peridis began the class by citing examples of reputable companies like Facebook and IBM that have recently merged or acquired. Peridis posed an intriguing question: If mergers and acquisitions have a 70-90% failure rate, why do companies take the risk? After the lecture, students also learned how to ask the right questions in a mergers and acquisitions workshop. Continue Reading
Students from across the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network convened in Toronto at York University – Schulich School of Business Oct. 28 – Nov. 2 to take classes, tour the city and immerse themselves in the local business marketplace.
Njideka Harry ’12, president & CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation, has realized her childhood dreams. Growing up in Nigeria, she hoped that one day she could move to the US to go to school, and eventually, have a successful career.
Now, her not-for-profit Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) helps women and children in developing countries like Nigeria, so they, like Harry, can improve their community as adults. YTF introduces the benefit of information and communication technologies while expanding their access to economic opportunities through education, employment and entrepreneurship. YTF’s unique approach gives students the technology and problem-solving skills they need to innovate locally. The foundation now operates in Cameroon, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and the United States.
So how did YTF become so successful? Continue Reading
The Youth for Technology Foundation Supports Members of the Community
…But for many of their children, the sprawling urban zone of more than 450,000 people, including almost 32,000 registered internally displaced people, is a social, educational and careers dead end…
— UN Refugee Agency, 2010
Of all the choices of the world’s best business schools to attend for my MBA, I chose Kellogg. For me, one reason was the exemplary spirit of giving back that Kellogg students and alumni exhibit. Business leaders today are thinking about more market-based models. A great product idea matched to a noble mission is rarely enough to make meaningful progress in the face of massive social challenges, such as improving the livelihoods of billions living on less than $1 a day. Today’s leaders must understand that a strong business model must incorporate social and economic conditions of markets, cultures and beneficiaries or customers in resource-limited settings.