Last year, the business community combatted inflation, supply chain, and labor issues, while employees prioritized higher salaries and better work-life balance. Despite these challenges, our 2023 Business in the Northwest Report found that business leaders and employees are cautiously optimistic about the next three years, though less so compared to pre-COVID levels.
Paulina Gastelum’s executive MBA prepared her for the chief executive role at the US commercial operations of AGQ Labs. She’s the third generation of her family to work in the agribusiness industry, building on the work ethic of her grandparents, who were migrant laborers.
Brian Patrick challenged himself to take on leadership roles during his time at WSU, including serving as ASWSU president. “Get involved,” he tells other students. Prospective employers want to know what students did outside the classroom, he says. “Take some chances at WSU.”
Carson College faculty are writing case studies to teach business concepts to students. The cases are similar to story problems, requiring critical thinking skills and helping students understand business concepts in a real-world setting.
Stacee Kratovil graduated from Washington State University in 2011—a daunting time to be a newly minted alumna applying for finance jobs. Fortunately, Kratovil had an ally in her mentor, Kristi Lord, who was generous with her time and expertise.
As a member of a professional women’s soccer team, Celia Jimenez Delgado spends lots of time training, traveling, and competing. But the Orlando Pride’s right-back still makes education a priority. Delgado is earning her online MBA through Washington State University. The program was “the perfect fit for my lifestyle as a professional athlete,” she says.
Shirin Shahsavand was thinking about getting an MBA when one of her professors pushed her to aim higher. “Dr. Chuck Munson kept talking to me about a PhD. I owe him a debt of gratitude,” says Shahsavand, who is studying operations management with plans of becoming a university professor.