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Dividend The official online magazine of the Carson College of Business

Thalia DeLeon Feature

When Thalia DeLeon (’17 Mgmt.) was a child growing up in Othello, Washington, surrounded by agriculture, she watched her entrepreneurial father plant seeds of a different sort as he developed several small businesses and dreamed of creating a community event center. As a single father, he impressed upon DeLeon and her older sister the importance of getting an education, and he hoped one or both of them would follow in his footsteps. » More ...

Stacy Slade Feature

It may be dangerous to anthropomorphize, but the pleasure on Tag’s face is pretty hard to miss as he follows his master, Stacy Slade (’00 Mktg.), around the ring at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show. And the glow emanating from Slade is clear, too, as she leads her handsome and graceful Bernese mountain dog to a Best of Breed win in February this year. » More ...

Online MBA Tuition Assistance Partnerships Increase Accessibility

Nine years ago, while working for an IT company in Seattle, Pat Birkeland (‘03 Bus. Adm., ’11 Eng. & Tech. Mgmt., ’16 OMBA) saw an article in the Seattle Times about a tuition assistance partnership between WSU and The Boeing Company. While he was happy in his current position, the tuition assistance program described was too good to pass up. Later that year he had successfully applied for a position with The Boeing Company. » More ...

Kelsey Sturtevant: WSU Everett Graduate Now Co-owner of Mukilteo’s Red Cork Bistro

Framed on the wall of her new restaurant is Kelsey Sturtevant’s (’16 Hospitality Business Management) first dollar earned as a part owner of Red Cork Bistro & Catering in Mukilteo, Washington. “I earned that first dollar from my former professor Mark Beattie. It says ‘Go Cougs!’ and it’s going to stay there forever!” » More ...

Tradeoffs: EMBA Grad’s Unrealized Dream Leads to Most Rewarding Career Experience

Growing up, Kelly Fox (’16 EMBA) had a dream of becoming a park ranger in the National Park Service, committed to preserving the environment and educating communities about natural resources. While attending college, his entrepreneurial interests proved to be a more powerful calling, and he left school to focus on small business development. » More ...

MBA Study Abroad Experiences Frame Life-long Principles

Steve Winckler, a recent graduate of the online Executive MBA program, believes his study abroad experience in Asia not only strengthened his global business skills but also provided a lens through which to assess his own principles. While in China and Vietnam, he observed people sweeping with a bundle of branches, not for lack of a proper broom, but because it worked and was sufficient for their needs. » More ...

Hotel Entrepreneur Tom Drumheller Shares Hallmarks of Success

Some people develop an entrepreneurial mindset while earning a college degree, throughout their working years, or even after retirement. Others, like alumnus Tom Drumheller (’75), develop it as children. Drumheller’s family worked in the hardware business for generations. Growing up, he watched how his father used humor and respect to develop strong relationships with customers. » More ...

Glimpse of International Sovereignty Leads Alumni to Global Volunteerism

Three months ago Amy (’07 Hospitality, Finance, ’08 MBA) and Colin Pappajohn (’06 Finance, ’08 MBA) were on their way to the third largest island in Greece, a place known for its amazing food, beautiful beaches, pristine forests, rivers, and olive groves. But this was no vacation. While finishing up volunteer work in Italy and Turkey, they felt called to support the European refugee crisis in Greece. » More ...