Going behind-the-scenes with Ecuador’s national airline

For International Business Strategy Lab class, I was part of the TAME airline team. TAME is Ecuador’s national airline.

Our team of four consisted of three second-year students and one first-year student who came from diverse backgrounds ranging from engineering to consulting and banking. We all wanted to work on the TAME airline project because of our personal fascination with the airline industry and our desire to know how an airline operates.

Our project was to evaluate and consider a launch of a new route for TAME from Quito, Ecuador (UIO) to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and our main client was ProEcuador, the Ecuador government agency whose objective is to facilitate and grow trading activities between the United States and Ecuador.

Leading Kellogg’s healthcare and biotechnology trek

For two days, MBA Candidates from Kellogg descended on the Bay Area to meet with companies across a number of competencies, industries and sizes. Big, small, public, start-up, healthcare, energy, consumer and Internet stalwarts, these treks ran the gamut in interest and industry.

In my particular case, I co-led a healthcare and biotechnology trek that attempted to touch upon many facets of the industry.

Faculty podcast: Growing a company from startup to sale

In this month’s special three-part Insight In Person podcast series, Kellogg School professor Linda Darragh and lecturers Daniel Weinfurter and Joe Dwyer join Enjoy Life Foods founder and CEO Scott Mandell ’01 to look at how he founded a company that was instrumental in creating the allergen-free foods category, how he scaled the business and how Enjoy Life was financed from startup to sale.

Breakfast with Visa’s SVP, Head of North America Marketing

Last month, 11 Kellogg ladies and I had the opportunity to grab breakfast and chat with Lara Balazs ’00, Visa’s SVP, head of North America marketing. Prior to Visa, Balazs held a variety of marketing and strategy roles at Prophet, Gap and Nike. She was recently named as one of Brand Innovators’ 2015 Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing, alongside the Chief Management Officers of the NBA, Nestle USA and JPMorgan Chase.