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June 2018

“Your education is an investment unlike a car, house, or stock…you cannot sell it. 
So, you are explicitly linked to this institution and therefore, responsible for that brand.” -GMAC 2017

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Featured Scholarship Recipient – Jessica Lord, Evening MBA

Jessica Lord and Dean Solt

I count the Student Managed Investment Fund as one of the best classes I took during my M.B.A.  It was an honor to receive the SMIF scholarship, especially considering the caliber of the other students in the program. The scholarship helped pay for our student trip to New York, where we participated in a Global Asset Management Education Forum, visited the trading floor on the New York Stock Exchange, interviewed equity research analysts at Goldman Sachs and Deutche Bank, and toured the Bloomberg Headquarters. 

I am very excited for the next cohort of student portfolio managers, with the additional Bloomberg terminals and increase in Assets Under Management coming to them this summer. I am also looking forward to staying involved with the Finance Department as a member of the Finance Department Advisory Board. 

Thank you to Dr. Pete for leading such a fantastic learning opportunity, and to the University for providing it.

Featured Alum – Sheryl Bender, Evening MBA

Sheryl Bender

Sheryl Bender graduated from CSULB with an MBA in 2005. In 2007, she made the decision to invest her education in her community, and went to work for the City of Long Beach. For 10 years, she served as a Senior HR Business Partner for the Port of Long Beach, and she has recently been promoted to Superintendent of Personnel and Training for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine! Sheryl credits her time spent at CSULB with sparking her interest in Human Resources; after a brief stint in Marketing that did not pan out the way she expected, Sheryl was able to transfer her knowledge and skill set into a fruitful career in the public sector.

As part of her public service, one of Sheryl’s highest priorities is doing employment based outreach to the community. Sheryl has returned to CSULB several times to speak at COB alumni spotlight events, career center job search workshops, HRMA student events, and COB events addressing Green Initiatives in the Public Sector! Additionally, she regularly conducts job search workshops and resume/cover letter writing workshops for a series of educational and other nonprofit institutions. She is thankful for the opportunities the CSULB MBA provided, not the least of which was a new (albeit unexpected) career! 

Where are they Now?  - Ahmed Mohammed, MS Supply Chain Management

Ahmed MohammedAhmed Mohammed, a graduate of the Master’s in Supply Chain Management Program (MSSCM) recently received an exciting job offer as a Customer Operations Analyst at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE). Mohammed attributes his success to the knowledge and experience he gained in the MSSCM program.

“As someone who had limited experience in the field, the MSSCM program helped me gain a broad, holistic overview of how distribution and logistics tie into the supply chain,” Mohammed said.

The MSSCM program equipped Mohammed for the job market and paved the way for him to receive the Customer Operations Analyst position with SPHE. In this role, Mohammed supports supply chain operations and provides data analytics for various retail customers.

The MSSCM program also provides the opportunity to build a strong network. “I learned as much from my fellow students as I did from my instructors, and for that I’m grateful for being a part of the MSSCM program,” he said, “and I look forward to my new journey at Sony Pictures!” 

Graduation Banquet

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The 2018 Graduation Banquet celebrated and honored our graduate students who completed their programs. Sharon Eshett was our Honored Alum and Jessica Lord was our Outstanding Student.

Several others were honored on the Dean’s List and Delta Sigma Pi. For a full list of honored students and photos of the event check out:

Congratulations to all our graduating students! Go Beach!

Graduate Business Career Services!

Looking for a new career? Looking to hire talented employees? Want to advance in your current company? For all these needs, the Graduate Business Career Services (GBCS) team has you covered! We provide the following resources:

  • Fresh jobs and internships on Hot Jobs & Opportunities page (contact Bert if you’d like to post an opportunity here)
  • Resume books for alumni & current students (contact Michelle to participate, Bert to recruit)
  • Career advising and assessment (contact Michelle)

Please reach out to Bert and Michelle for any needs, questions or support.

New Programs in Grad Business

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We are working hard to create new and innovative solutions to meet our student’s needs! See below for our new program offerings coming Fall of 2018, Spring and Fall of 2019. Check out our new MS Finance, MS Marketing and Accountancy Blended Program webpages!

Fall 2018
Spring 2019
MS Accountancy will now offer Spring admission.
Fall 2019
Fully Online MBA

Make sure to check the Graduate Programs Website periodically for updates. Contact us if you are interested in any of these programs.

New! Alumni/Student Announcement


Would you like us to share your story? Click the link below to share your recent promotion, your new job or your trip around the country. Any announcement big or small, we’d be happy to share it on our upcoming announcements section.

Andre Davis and Jananee Sekhar

AMBA students Andre Davis and Jananee Sekhar were recently inducted in Phi Kappa Phi honors society. Andre wrote, “Got into an honor society a few days ago. If it weren't for Jananee Sekhar the email they sent me would've stayed in the spam folder lol. Shout out to phi kappa phi, thanks. CSULB CBA Graduate Programs California State University-Long Beach.”


Innovation Challenge All Groups

Congrats to Artemus Labs for winning the 2018 CSULB Innovation Challenge!  The team won support for their business, including $10,000 in seed funding, and space, marketing, legal and accounting services totaling up to $40,000.  Also great work and presentations by the other three teams StickUpBattery Effect, and Gravity Ball. Accelerated MBA student, Vanadan Vaswani, was part of Gravity Ball finalist team. She looks forward to working on this exciting new product idea during her summer internship.

Special thanks to Mayor Garcia for stopping by speak to our innovated and talented students. Event Pictures.

MSSCM Students Tour UPS Headquarters at LGB


MS Supply Chain Management Students

MS Supply Chain students recently toured the bustling UPS cargo facility in the corner of the LGB complex. As the LGB Blog explained, “this wasn’t your average sightseeing experience--students were given valuable insight into the operation of a hub-and-spoke network! When students arrived at the facility they were greeted by a long-time UPS employee. The knowledge and skill needed to operate a successful transportation center as part of one the world’s largest airlines is learned through years of experience. Several employees at this facility have worked for UPS for over 40 years.”

Thank you to LGB airport for allowing our students access, to the UPS employees who took the time to share their invaluable knowledge and insights into the Supply Chain field, and to MS Supply Chain Professors, Dr. Wade Martin and Dr. Tom O’Brien, and the Long Beach Airport Commissioner, Phil Ramsdale, for organizing this informative experience.  


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Second Annual Beach Entrepreneur Boot Camp

CSULB CBA Instructor, Bruce Sparks, returns for this second annual workshop to teach an intense overview of how to build a business plan with support from MBA alums and CBA Incubator co-founders.  Upon completion of the program, a certificate of training in entrepreneurship will be awarded to participants who complete the 6-week program.  This program is completely free and available for anyone to participate, visit the website to learn more and to register starting in June.

Tuesdays, July 10th - August 14th, 6-9pm

Join us!  On campus at CBA 140

DLBA Entrepreneurship Education Series

DLBA Teams


A partnership between CSULB’s IIE and the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) presents an education series focused on providing the tools and skills needed to start and run a successful business. 
Congratulations to the teams who have been selected to receive the $20k award!
Three Women, Broken Clock PR, Calidog Pomade, Ladie Kakes, PlantBerri, Shoreline Access Solutions, Vista Pacific.
And congrats to the 22 participants who earned a Certificate In Training.

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups LogoThe Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) is hosting a national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. CSULB’s IIE is partnering in this event founded by the Kauffman Foundation. 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. The FREE, monthly gathering helps build startup communities on a grassroots level.

The program’s model is consistent in each city: two startups present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.  In each 1 Million Cups city, local entrepreneurs drive the program as community organizers.  

When: Every 1st Wednesday, February 7, 2018 through January 2019

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Where:  Studio 111/Retail Design Collaborative, located at 245 East Third St., in Downtown Long Beach.

Cost: FREE

Register here

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