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Marquette Business partners with Fashion Angels to help develop ‘Future She-E-Os’

“It’s magic.”

That’s not typically how a business owner pitches a venture to prospective customers. But at 12 years old, Laila B. is not a typical entrepreneur. Her product, Bad Dream Spray, which she says is designed to keep nightmares away, was tested by her 7-year-old sister. And in Laila’s business pitch at the Future She-E-O Contest, she said: “It works. It keeps the bad dreams away. It’s magic.”

The Future She-E-O Contest, sponsored by tween lifestyle brand Fashion Angels and held in collaboration with the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, encourages girls ages 9–12 to submit business ideas for a chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship.

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Marquette names next Keyes Dean of Business Administration

Dr. Brian Till, dean of the Williams College of Business at Xavier University, has been named the next James H. Keyes Dean for the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management, President Michael R. Lovell announced recently. Till, who will begin in his new role on July 13, has been dean of the Williams College since 2012. Prior to joining Xavier, he held marketing faculty positions at Drexel University and Saint Louis University, where he spent his last seven years as chair of the marketing department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of South Carolina.

Andrew Hanson, associate professor of economics, examined Wisconsin’s labor markets in a 2014 study to look at where low-income workers tend to dominate and estimate the impact of a minimum wage increase across these areas.
Story appeared on the website of the Wausau Daily Herald, April 30, 2015


Syed Akhter, professor of marketing, commented on the American middle-class trend of choosing thrift store clothing rather than brand names. "We are finding that it's not only the economically disadvantaged people who go to these stores, but they are also people who are not exactly affluent," Akhter said. "They have the means to be able to buy branded products, but they are choosing not to buy them. … There used to be a stigma of going to a thrift store, that stigma is no longer there."
Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), May 14, 2015

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Game on: Alumnus Brian Hodous appreciates the powerful pull of gaming

When you visited Brian Hodous in his Marquette residence hall, you probably didn’t find him furiously tapping away at a video game controller. That came later.

Today he is chief customer officer for industry heavyweight Activision Blizzard. The company produces some of the most popular titles in interactive entertainment, including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Skylanders, Destiny and Diablo.



Accounting alumnus named CFO of the Year

Jonathan Sohn, a 1995 accounting alumnus and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. In its fifth year recognizing southeast Wisconsin’s accomplished CFOs, the Business Journal honored Sohn in the Large Private Companies ($250 million+) category.

EMBA alumna named executive director of nation’s largest youth orchestra

Linda Edelstein, a 2011 executive MBA alumna, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra in the United States. She leaves her role as the chief operating officer for the United Performing Arts Fund.