A 2015 Neeley & Associates Consulting Roundup: Part II

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In Part II of this three-part series, Shawn Wescott provides insight into his experience in TCU's Neeley & Associates Consulting program, where he recently led a project for Michaels. 

One of the most important differentiators of TCU’s MBA program is the emphasis the Neeley School of Business places on experiential learning. Neeley & Associates Consulting is a prime example of how MBA students turn what they learn in the classroom into real-world results that can impact a company’s bottom line. In return, students gain valuable experience consulting with leading national companies, including PepsiCo, Bell Helicopter, Nike, Oncor, Sabre Holdings, Frito-Lay, Alcon, Lockheed Martin and more.

Each year, paying corporate clients hire these student teams—composed of first-year students and helmed by second-year student "principals"—to resolve some of their toughest business challenges. The benefits of Neeley & Associates Consulting are unmatched in terms of professional experience, relationship building and exposure to project management.

Some of this year’s Neeley & Associates Consulting projects are with Michaels, YMCA and Frito-Lay. Principals on each of the projects took some time to explain the scope of their work and answer questions about the Neeley & Associates experience. Here's what Shawn had to say.

Michaels
Shawn Wescott, Principal

Explain the main goal of the project.

The goal of the Michaels project is to develop a strategy to ensure that “inventory is in a sellable location to reduce the amount of work employees have to do that takes away from customers.”

What departments are you working with specifically?

The team on this project has great exposure to the VP of level management, and will work with multiple departments, including inventory, supply chain and marketing.

What work have you done for the client so far, and have you hit any roadblocks?

“It has been a challenge to get charter established and develop roles and functions where consultants will be able to add value to Michaels. We’ve worked on creating the project charter for the client to make sure we are on same page with expectations, functions and deliverables.”

The team has also visited two stores, “creating analytics for why a SKU can’t fit on a shelf when it comes in.”

What would you say to a prospective student considering the TCU MBA program?

“TCU is great at experiential learning. Get your hands dirty with a company. I would recommend Neeley & Associates to anyone. It’s a way to get in front of companies and to get names on your resume other than those from your internship.”

Programs like Neeley & Associates Consulting give TCU MBA students the opportunity to transform their resumes and set themselves apart from their competition. The ability to participate in a real consulting project with real consequences while still pursuing a degree better prepares students for the realities they will face upon graduation, a true benefit to any prospective employer.
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