Roadmap To Success

It’s your journey…Shouldn’t you create the map? Successful business planning leads to successful business results. Take the most important step and build your business solidly from the very beginning or use this tool to grow an existing enterprise. In this interactive workshop you will learn how to break apart the components of the business plan into manageable steps, define your business succinctly, research your competition and target market, develop your operating and marketing plans, and start understanding your financial statements.

Event Status: Open Event Fee: $25.00
Event Date: 2/27/2013 Register By: 2/27/2013
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Contact: Elizabeth Arteaga, (714) 564-5200
Center: Orange County SBDC
Event Location: 2323 N. Broadway Rm 107, Santa Ana, CA   92706-1606

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Creating Your Roadmap to Success-The Art & Science of Creating a Successful Business

 Learning from the Masters

California State University Fullerton’s Center for Leadership is proud to present its 4th Annual Spring Conference; Learning from the Masters Lessons about Overcoming Adversity from OC Business Founders and CEO’s. This event provides an opportunity for business executives to gain knowledge and insight from business founders and CEO’s regarding……

California State University Fullerton’s Center for Leadership is proud to present its 4th Annual Spring Conference; Learning from the Masters Lessons about Overcoming Adversity from OC Business Founders and CEO’s. This event provides an opportunity for business executives to gain knowledge and insight from business founders and CEO’s regarding overcoming adversity and the importance of leadership. Graduate students looking to build on their leadership skills are strongly encouraged to attend. There are over seven highly qualified speaker confirmed and new speakers are being added weakly.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Dennis Kulh – Chairman of the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim

Michael Jay Solomon – Former President, Warner Brothers International Television

Richard Afable – President/CEO, Hoag Memorial Hospital

Steve Fortunato – President/CEO, RoomForty

Tyler Russell – founder, KX 93.5 Laguna Beach’s only FM radio station

Ronald Stein – Fonder PTS Staffing

Thomas Phelps – Partner Mannett Phelps

Location: Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach

Date: Friday, May 3, 2013
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Flash Back

In late January, new graduate students took part in a one-day Welcome Seminar, introducing themselves to one another and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics community. All students participated in seminars that included Academic Success, Leveraging your Business Graduate Degree, and Career Strategies for your Graduate Programs. The seminars prepared students for adjustments to the graduate program curriculum ahead, and expanded students’ insight in career search strategies.

Closing the Welcome Seminar, students attended an Ice-Cream Social event in the Scott O’Brien Innovation Room, indulging on ice cream with all the fixings and last minute networking with fellow students and faculty. Students ended the Welcome Seminar feeling prepared for their future at Mihaylo College of Business and Economics and eager for what lie ahead in their Graduate Studies journey.

The Welcome Seminar had high reviews from Graduate Students, claiming it was a great stepping stone into their first semester. An overwhelming amount of students felt the experience provided great networking opportunity and time to socialize with fellow MBA and other Masters Programs classmates. The incoming Graduate Students felt it was successful in honing the key preparatory topics for incoming graduate students. The staff and faculty worked hard and a special thanks goes to speakers Associate Dean Professor Tarantino, Interim Director Dr. Kondo, Diane Mazzey, Farifteh Shahbazian, Dr. Beenen and Ms. Guerrero.

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Flash Back Internship Seminar

In early February, representatives from the Center for Internships and Community Engagement (CICE) and the International Programs spoke to graduate students about Internships and how they are intrinsic in resume building and positioning students as top candidates for today’s competitive job market. Internships are the perfect opportunity for Graduate Students seeking professional experience to combine with current academic studies, ultimately becoming a better-rounded applicant for a future career.

The seminar detailed the internship process and how to use the CICE resources to build resume experience through academic and professional internships. The CICE are instrumental in ensuring that academic and professional internship opportunities follow strict risk management guidelines while providing students an enriching and meaningful experience. Following the CICE, International Programs spoke about internships for international Graduate Students and their additional requirements and mandatory steps to take for those students who were interested.

If you are interested in an academic or professional internship, see your academic advisor ASAP in SGMH 4210 (by appointment only), stop by the CICE office in Langsdorf Hall, Room 206 and International Programs Office in University Hall, Room 244.


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Writing Boot Camp

Writing Boot Camp

University Learning Center
2nd Floor North Pollak Library
2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/30, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11 & 5/18
10 AM – 2 PM

Contact: Catalina Olvera

The University Learning Center will be hosting 10 Writing Boot Camp workshops for the Spring 2013 semester. These workshops are designed to improve your writing no matter your skill level.  Bring in your writing assignments from your graduate courses for individualized support and feedback. Even if you have not started your assignment, learning specialists are there to help you brainstorm and organize your ideas. Workshops are located on the Second Floor North of the Pollak Library.

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Graduate Support Group

Graduate Student Support Group

Student Health and Counseling Center
Date and Time: TBD

Contact: Christina Carroll-Pavia, Ph.D

The graduate school experience is often a time of transition, career and identity exploration, and a “juggling act” of balancing multiple responsibilities, identities, and roles. This group is designed to provide a safe space for graduate students to explore and give and receive support around multiple areas of stress, including (but not limited to) academic, family, occupational, developmental, interpersonal, and emotional concerns. Please contact Christina Carroll-Pavia, Ph.D to schedule a screening appointment.

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MBA Association

Upcoming events:

Volunteer event sponsored by the Anaheim Ducks.
February 28th, 2013 | 7:00am

First Flight is a large scale youth initiative that transforms the Honda Center into an interactive classroom as an in-school field trip. Over the past 13 years, First Flight has reached over 100,000 students. The MBA Association will be on-site instructing science lessons and providing logistical support. For more information, please visit

Please check the website for continued updates on future events that will include a mid-Spring exclusive networking event and partnering with a local charity to make a positive in the community.

Meet the new MBAA President: Matthew Nordeman

Mathew Nordeman graduated from CSUF’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Minor in Business Administration. During his undergraduate studies, he interned at Merrill Lynch and worked in business management at a civil engineering firm. Matthew’s motivation for assuming the role of president stems from his desire to make a difference on campus and take advantage of his time in college.

Matthew’s vision for the MBAA is to “provide members with the opportunity to network outside of the classroom with MBA students from other CSUF MBA programs and campuses” and he hopes to help MBA students in their job-search process by creating exclusive access to recruiters and local corporations. “Our vision for the MBAA is built on three pillars; professional networking, recruitment, and service to the community. We believe this vision will establish the MBAA as a valuable tool for MBA students as they continue the path toward graduation from Cal State Fullerton.”





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Professional Development

Riordan Programs Alumni Association presents:
5th Annual Los Angeles Diversity Mixer

If you are eager to participate in a unique networking opportunity with professionals across Southern California, then the Los Angeles Diversity Mixer is for you. The event will include over 300 professionals and recruiters from several Fortune 500 companies. All proceeds from the event will go to the Riordan Programs Alumni Association’s mentorship program. So please come participate in some great networking while fundraising for an excellent cause!

Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:00pm to 10:00pm

The Bonaventure Brewing Company (Inside the Downtown LA Westin Bonaventure Hotel)
404 S Figueroa St # 418A, Los Angeles, CA 90071

$20 (pre-sale), $25 (regular), $30 (door)

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Professional Development

LMU MBA Toastmasters Networking Event

For those of you who are interested in public speaking, Toastmasters will be hosting a casual networking event at CINCO. The event will include current Toastmaster members and alumni. Any and all MBA students who are interested in learning more about Toastmasters and/or engaging in some great networking are encouraged to come.

Friday, Mar. 15, 2013
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

7241 West Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 9004

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Alicia Brown earned her degree in December 2012 from Mihaylo College’s Flex MBA program and just landed a new job with Mattel as a senior internal auditor. She recounts the route she took to get to where she is today and shares valuable guidance for students seeking to further their education.

Brown graduated from Azusa Pacific University with an accounting degree. She worked for almost three years as an auditor with a local CPA firm before moving to Disney where she was a senior financial analyst for two and a half years.  Although Brown was happy in her position, she knew that in order to move up within the company, she would need to pursue a CPA license and an MBA degree.

Brown’s career path took another turn when a previous manager from the CPA firm recruited her to be finance director at a local college. Even though Brown’s new position did not require an MBA degree, she decided to pursue it nonetheless.

“I thought that at some point in the future it would be of great value to me,” said Brown. “This was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

She left Disney in June 2010 and began her MBA program at Mihaylo in August 2010.

As things often happen, Brown’s career path shifted through the course of her program. She participated in the International Business Seminar where she had her first international business experience.

“I visited several international companies including Ernst & Young Paris, the United Nations Office in Paris, Lloyd’s of London and the New York Stock Exchange in Paris where I got the chance to ring the closing bell!”

While at CSUF, Brown competed in several finance competitions. She describes both the Association for Chartered Growth (ACG) Cup Competition and the LA/OC Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge as intense, but she is grateful to have had the opportunity to represent CSUF Mihaylo.

Brown also learned two important things about herself through participating in the two competitions.  “I really enjoy being on teams and I like building financial models and conducting financial analysis/investigations.”

Through her finance competition experiences, Brown realized that she wanted to pursue a job where she could apply her MBA degree in an international setting.

With a lot of soul searching and prayer, Brown spent the summer of 2012 discovering how she wanted to put her MBA degree to use. To help choose the best career path, Brown attended networking events, worked on her resume, and met with family, peers, and CSUF professors.

Brown especially advises graduate students to maintain connections with professors, administrators, and fellow graduate students.

“I have been fortunate to meet many individuals during my MBA career who have played a huge role in my personal and professional development.  When I knew I was ready to start applying for jobs, I reached out to several professors and peers to get their advice and assistance in preparing resumes and cover letters.”

Brown decided to pursue a career with an international Fortune 500 company because of the potential growth opportunities and collaborative team environment.

Brown shares the importance of networking and attending Mihaylo Graduate Career Development Events for current MBA students. If she could do anything differently, she said she would have participated in the MBA Association at the start of her MBA program and would have attended more MBA events. One event Brown claimed to be of most value to her was the LinkedIn for Professionals workshop.

“This session was very informative and the speaker gave great tips on how to use LinkedIn to prepare for interviews and to gain insights on companies with which you may be seeking employment.”

During her most recent career search, Brown zeroed in on Mattel by setting up Google alerts and filtering through new job notifications from several websites. After applying directly online and interviewing with Mattel, she was hired as senior internal auditor.

“I really respect the company’s engagement in global sustainability activities and its commitment to corporate responsibility, and, because I had a couple of Barbie dolls at one time in my life.”

For graduate students in their first semester, Brown recommends being strategic about their MBA career and taking time to analyze their strengths and areas for improvement.

“It is important to get good grades and develop technical/managerial skills,” said Brown.  “However, if you do not work on your soft skills – networking and interpersonal communications – while you are in school, then you have missed out on the whole point of going to business school.”

Lastly, Brown recommends volunteering with professional organizations and staying optimistic.

“Due to the current economic environment and high level of competition, it can be challenging to find the right internship.  However, persistence and perseverance will pay off.”

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Hispanic MBA Conference

Professional Development Off-Campus Event

National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA)
23RD Annual Conference & Career Expo  

How do political and business leaders address and respond to the most urgent and relevant issues affecting the Hispanic community?

How do political and business leaders address and respond to the most urgent and relevant issues affecting the Hispanic community? If you attend the 23rd Annual NSHMBA Conference, you will see and gain understanding of just that. This conference is also focused on celebrating the growing influence that the Hispanic community is gaining in the U.S.  If you are interested in attending, you also have the option of uploading your resume beforehand ( as there will be pre-scheduled interviews from 250 corporations, non-profits, government agencies and academic institutions. It is a great opportunity for young Hispanic professionals to explore job opportunities, network, and grow stronger leadership and professional skills.

When: October 4-6, 2012
Where:   Orlando, Florida,
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Dr., Orlando, FL, 32819
Cost: NSHMBA Members: $25

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