Student Spotlight: Derick Florian

1395183_696689442043_1255847136_nBefore Duquesne: Derick, a Pittsburgh native, attended The Ohio State University where he majored in Mandarin Chinese and minored in Business.

Why Duquesne: “I chose this MBA program for the ability to participate in the live consulting projects”. This year Derick had the opportunity to complete consulting projects with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Braskem, and B Corps. Duquesne gave him the opportunity to compete in various case competitions including the Aspen Business & Society International Case Competition and the ACG Cup. Derick was part of the team that placed 2nd place in the Aspen business & Society International MBA Competition.

Beyond Duquesne: After graduation, Derick is excited to pursue a management role in a supply chain. In the future, Derick is interested in opportunities in China since he enjoys the Chinese language and culture.

A Class with the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

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Yesterday, Erika Johnson, executive director of the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, visited our Organizational Behavior to shed light on group dynamics.  Erika brought a variety of different items from yarn to building blocks, and allowed each of us to select one item to “play” with for a few minutes.  I don’t think many of us find the time to sit down and simply play.  Without speaking we followed a variety of directions.  In the end, each student consulting team took the items in their group to create something.  Some teams created art work, while others created games.  The exercise allowed us to get outside our usual element to see our group dynamics, as well as individual strengths and weaknesses, while having a lot of fun!  Creative Reuse will be back in class for our final wrap up for the semester, and we are excited for what the next visit will bring!