Some people forget that business and innovation aren’t limited to just New York City and San Francisco. Cincinnati is a thriving business community with more Fortune 500 companies per capita than New York, Los Angeles, Boston or Chicago and with seven Fortune 500 company global headquarters (including Procter & Gamble, Kroger and Macy’s) located within three miles from the University of Cincinnati campus.
Being close to a vibrant business community is only an advantage if you make it one – and we do. It’s not unusual for C-level executives to guest speak in our classes or attend our networking events or even judge our student projects. Admittedly, it adds some extra pressure when you’re presenting your recommendations to a client company and the CEO is in the room listening and asking questions, but that’s also how you turn an MBA project into a job offer.
Further, here at Lindner, we believe that successful business leaders in the 21st century need to think globally, so we require all full-time MBA students to take part in a global, immersive business experience. A cornerstone of the Lindner MBA program involves a team-based consulting project with groups of 4 to 5 students working together on a business challenge assigned by a leading company in that region. Examples of past global immersions have included studying Entrepreneurship in Dubai, Supply Chain Management in Chile, and Project Management in the Czech Republic.