In an increasingly global economy, international experience for Indiana University MBA candidates comes from hands-on work in the field as much as the classroom. A group of students, led by Dr. Phil Powell, travel to Peru to help local entrepreneurs tackle business challenges using cutting edge business practices. The Kelley MBA GLOBASE initiative provides a unique social enterprise experience by partnering with Peruvian businesses to make a global impact.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena ...

Teddy Roosevelt said something like, "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes up short again and again...who does actually try to do the deed; who with great enthusiasm spends himself in a worth cause; who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

And finally - I wouldn't be me if I did not make some overdue shoutouts. My definition of a shout out is mentioning / calling -out someone for a contribution or a thing they have done.

So let me begin, shout outs to AmCham for being great in country partners. For the Pisco Sours, great facilities and inroads to small businesses in Peru. Shout out to Kunal and Matt for suffering through a working lunch which included an additional hour of Monica, Marjorie and me shopping. Shout outs to the amazing Peruvian small to medium sized businesses who allowed us to consult their businesses and offer recommendations for implementation.

Next phase of shout outs ... Shout out to the Alums, prospective students, visiting faculty and other guests who attended our official dinner once in Lima. We had the best time and a life changing view of ruins right in the heart of Lima... Shout out to whoever had the guts to hold that nice gold clutch ... it really looks good with your eyes ;-)

Lastly, I would like to give an IU shout out to Chair Whalen, Pam Roberts, Amanda Bannon, Professor Garcia, PhD Candidate Denise Williams, Tania Sanchez, Monica Olivia, Colleen Powers, Mike Seeger, Scott Maloney, Chris Ryan and anyone else who contributed to the launch, planning and execution of this trip. We appreciate it and future MBAers will be fortunate to have it ...

Super finally, a shout out to the entire globase team for 2009 ... there will never be another first and it was us ... glad to have shared it with you!!

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