International Social Media Platform Allows Sharing of Cultures
For an immigrant, adjusting to life in America can be challenging, and Tomveyi Bidamon had some negative encounters. Fortunately, he was able to use those experiences to create a business venture that may benefit people in different cultures around the globe.
Bidamon came to the United States in 2007 from Togo, West Africa to attend Iowa Western Community College. He identified a problem and a solution based on his personal experiences and set out to make his idea a reality.
In January, Bidamon enrolled in the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation E-Scholars program at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Having earlier accepted a position at Russell Stover in Kansas City, Bidamon knew the Bloch School was the direction for his venture.
Clara Maingi’s (Executive MBA ’12) approach to people and learning has helped her craft a successful career, maintain a strong network and build a lasting legacy.
“I cannot stop learning,” said Maingi. “I always say, ‘Throw me something complex where I will learn.’ ”
Successfully navigating a variety of learning opportunities has earned her the position of Vice President at Swiss Re, a leading provider of reinsurance. In this role, Maingi is the program and operations manager for a new initiative in the Life & Health division in the company.
Bloch Welcomes Five New Staff Members
The UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management continues to grow. Recently, five new staff members have come on board to service the areas of Executive Education, the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Special Events.
UMKC Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Announces Honorees for 31st Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City, has announced the honorees for its 31st Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebration.
“Fearless City: Celebrating Those Who Fearlessly Create” is the theme for the awards celebration. The dinner is Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Kansas City Convention Center, Great Ballroom, 301 W. 13th St., Suite 100, Kansas City, Mo. A Student Venture Showcase and Reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner immediately following at 7 p.m.
Mary O’Connor, Senior Vice President, Country Club Bank, will serve as honorary dinner chair.
Doranne Hudson, MBA, Associate Teaching Professor and Executive-in-Residence at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management, received the Henry W. Bloch Trustee Excellence Award June 20.
This prestigious honor has only been awarded twice before: to Henry Bloch at its inception in 2011, and to Hugh J. Zimmer in 2014. The purpose of the award is to inspire excellence and commitment on the part of all UMKC Trustees by periodically recognizing long-term, in-depth service to both UMKC and the UMKC Trustees’ organization.
Photo Credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Marketing and Communications
Claire Hansel Will Realize Hers
Claire Hansel began her college journey more than a decade ago. She will earn her degree in December and, this month, she received special recognition because of her heritage.
“I started working right out of high school, but my jobs lacked challenge. I knew I wouldn’t find more challenging positions without a college degree,” said Hansel. “However, I married young, and with us both as college students, it was difficult to afford the double tuition.”
Hansel will receive a bachelor of science in accounting degree from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, thanks to help from the scholarship from Osage Nation. She served as the representative of the Osage Nation at the Dreams to Degrees second annual national education dinner in Washington, D.C. on May 25 after winning an essay contest describing what the scholarship meant for her.
Always ready for the next experience, Rebecca Warren (BBA ’07, MBA ’09, CCHL’14) rode her Bloch education all the way to San Diego.
Warren never imagined a career working with information technology professionals and health care organizations. However, her previous experiences and Bloch School education showed her the importance of being open to new directions in your career.
Team of business majors among 23 to compete
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A team of business majors took 2nd place at the in the 2016 Community Bank Case Study Competition. The students are seniors in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Maria Davis (B.B.A.), Jacob Renner (B.B.A.), Dakota Sommerfield (B.B.A.) and Clara Stahl (M.S.F.) made up the UMKC team. Each team produced a 15-20 page paper and a 10-minute video to promote public awareness and an understanding of community banks and to stimulate interest among undergraduates in careers in community banking.
The competition theme was lending to small businesses, where each team evaluated their partner bank’s management of lending, the impact of the bank’s lending on the community and the impact on the bank’s financial performance.
The UMKC Enactus team celebrates at the National Exposition
The UMKC Enactus team placed in the top 16 at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis May 17. They advanced after receiving the top prize at the regional competition in Chicago March 21.
There are over 500 Enactus teams in the United States. 120 of those qualified for the national competition through their success at the 7 regional Enactus competitions. Of the 120 teams at nationals, UMKC was one of only 20 teams to advance to the semi-final round. This success places them in the elite status among universities nationwide and highlights the extremely high quality students that UMKC is producing.
Bloch Executive MBA students recently completed their one-week international residency in China. During this week, they had the opportunity to spend time at the Tianjin Wuqing Development Zone, a national high-tech industrial park encompassing 93 square kilometers in the northwestern Wuqing District. Since its founding in 1991, the Wuqing Development Zone has attracted a total investment of 70 billion yuan, of which foreign investment has reached 60 billion US dollars. Wuqing has welcomed more than 50 countries and regions and more than 1,000 companies, many of which fall into the Fortune 500 category.
In recent years, economic collaboration and international trade activities have spiked between the United States and China. According to the China Ministry of Commerce website, a quarter of China’s foreign direct investment in the non-financial category grew 55.4 percent in 2016, $5.24 billion of which was invested in the U.S. This indicates that economic and trade cooperation between the countries is growing, creating a huge space for further development.
When selecting their international residency location from a vast list, Bloch EMBA students voted China as their top destination.