First-year Global MBA students gathered today for the Consulting Abroad Program (CAP) Kick-Off. CAP is a practicum sequence for all first-year Global MBA students which provides them with faculty-mentored, live-client international consulting experience. This semester, ten student teams will work with clients in Germany, Hong Kong and South Africa. The program will culminate with a two-week overseas engagement in May, during which time the Global MBA students will present their final recommendations to their clients.
The CAP Kick-Off is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge to best prepare students to make the most out of their experience. This year’s program included an interactive session on client communication led by 2019 CAP Faculty Leaders Dr. Tom Geurts and professor Rodney Lake, an overview of research resources led by Gelman Library Research Librarian Shmuel Ben-Gad, as well as closing remarks by Dr. Liesl Riddle, associate dean of graduate programs. A major highlight of the day was the CAP alumni panel discussion, which focused on practical strategies to ensure successful project management, team dynamics and career integration.
Patrick Legendre (’15) shares how his 2014 CAP experience in India prepared him for his current role as a managing consultant at IBM’s Internet of Things practice.
Iola Anyan (’15) describes how working on her 2014 CAP project in Argentina prepared her for her current role supporting the Power Africa program as a project finance specialist at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.