As the dean of the Carson College of Business, I often think about the hard work and leadership that came before me. I also reflect on the legacy the college’s current leadership will leave to future generations. This is especially relevant in 2022, as we celebrate the 90th birthday of the college’s School of Hospitality Business Management.
Established in 1932, the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management is among the nation’s oldest and best known hospitality programs. The school’s logo is a pineapple, an international symbol of hospitality.
Gloria Ochoa-Bruck’s steadfastness in holding onto her dreams led to a career in public service and criminal justice reform. She recently earned her MBA at WSU—a degree she had started years earlier, but put on hold.
The Business in the Northwest report surveys industry leaders and employees about the region’s business climate. While corporate revenue and profitability appear to be rebounding from the impacts of COVID, business leaders are struggling with labor shortages and reduced production.
Studying abroad was high on Nicole Dalton’s list of priorities when she transferred to WSU after attending community college. The COVID-19 pandemic initially hampered her plans. But Dalton was able to finish her undergraduate studies with a semester in Switzerland.
To achieve her full potential at Boeing, Suellen Dos Santos Frank realized she needed a business background to complement her technical expertise. An Executive MBA gave her knowledge and confidence in her leadership skills.
Melanie Wood has heartfelt advice for other MBA students at Washington State University. “Do the study abroad; you’ll never regret it,” says Wood. “You’ll carry the experience with you forever. It shapes who you are and how you see the world.”
Demi Deng was managing restaurants and bars in New Zealand when she started following the Carson College of Business’s hospitality research. It eventually led Deng to WSU, where she will graduate with a doctorate in 2023.