Carol Elliott | April 22, 2019
Today, as an IBM client executive, Kelly Chase (MBA ’16) is responsible for managing the overall relationship between the giant information technology corporation and several large multinational clients. She’s had early career success: earning promotions, gaining exposure to senior executives and increasing sales revenue within her territory.
Ask her to reflect on what brought her to her current success, and Chase draws a straight line from her Chicago office to remote villages in Timor-Leste (East Timor), a tiny Southeast Asian nation more than 9,000 miles away. In spring 2016, she traveled there as part of an innovative, and as it turns out, transformative Notre Dame MBA course Business on the Frontlines (BOTFL).
“Business on the Frontlines has been the differentiator as I started my career,” said Chase. “It was an experience that completely changed the way I make decisions, the way I approach problem solving, and my overall perspective.”
Business on the Frontlines, a signature course of the Notre Dame MBA, has a unique goal: to examine how to harness the dynamism of business to rebuild war-torn societies as a means of bringing about peace. BOTFL teams study a business challenge presented by an outside partner, such as an international humanitarian organization or multinational corporation.
In the spring semester, they fan out across the world to conduct fieldwork, meeting with everyone from government leaders to street vendors. The team provides the partner with detailed reports outlining sustainable solutions to the targeted problem.
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