First-year MBAs Get a Glimpse of the Future During Boot Camps


Boot camps aren’t just for building muscles (and becoming overly familiar with burpees). As our incoming MBAs discovered last month, they’re also for building relationships.

A few of the academic groups within the Neeley School recently hosted boot camps, each focused on a different concentration of study, allowing students to have a glimpse of the possibilities ahead. For those who are in the midst of changing careers, these boot camps offered the opportunity for students to become conversant in their new field and better prepared for internship interviews.

A mix of Neeley School alum and business leaders shared insights into their fields, giving students valuable takeaways to carry them into their MBA program and beyond. Here’s a rundown of what the boot camps were all about.




Key players: alumni from leading companies, including Nestle, Nielsen, Scotts, ALCON, among others

Now hear this: Speakers covered topics that encompassed communications, data-driven decision-making, launching a new product and how to get a brand internship.

They said it: “The marketing boot camp was probably the best experience I’ve had so far in the program,” said first-year MBA Rodrigo León. “I was able to speak with alumni about my personal goals and gain interesting insights about practical experience.”

Cheers to that: Alumni stuck around to socialize with current MBA students during happy hour and an annual tailgate party. “It was great to have alumni present and engaged,” said second-year Mitch Howe. “[The tailgate] was one of the highlights of my first year, and it sounds like it was even better this year!”


Key players: Capital Markets Club officers, alumni, Mr. Jim Jeffries and Neeley School faculty Dr. Larry Lockwood

Let’s get real: Students had the opportunity to test out a career in finance for themselves via an interactive case study.

They said it: “The finance boot camp gave us a glimpse into an option for a finance career, specifically mergers and acquisitions,” said Thomas Caldwell, MBA ’18. “Coming from a completely different background, I appreciate any real-world exposure to finance before making the big decision of what career to pursue.”


Key players: Kay Harris, head of global graphics at ALCON, and Greg Spoon, VP procurement at DFW International, among others

Now hear this: Dave Malenfant, director of the TCU Center for Supply Chain Innovation, walked students through his own “zigzag” career path in supply chain and shared concepts for career success, including a willingness to explore best practices, and must-have attributes such as communication skills, motivation and creativity.

They said it: Brandon Journay, MBA ’18, found Harris’ description of the ripple effect of a merger and branding change truly enlightening. “I was very surprised at the cost and planning required to make a seemingly simple change in package labeling for a global brand.”

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