Finance Academy: The Role of Visualization in Communication, Anna Bruno & Nina Kim

September 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:50pm
C425 PC

Anna Bruno - Frank Communications Center, Tippie College of Business and Nina Kim

The Role of Visualization in Communication

Anna has worked extensively with students in the Full Time MBA program on enhancing their written and spoken communication skills. A key theme of her coaching is how to make presentations more effective. At this week’s Academy session, she will explore the important role of visualization.

Anna has an MBA from Cornell University, an MFA from the U of Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a BA from Stanford. She has also worked in Silicon Valley. Her workshops and coaching activities have been very well received by students.

MBA Stock Picking Competition

September 11, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm
C435 PC

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to the campus!

As the MBAA finance chair, I am organizing a stock picking competition.

It will be a month-long activity and we will have $100, $75 and $50 AMZN gift cards for the top 3 investors who have the highest alpha (% return over S&P 500 return). We will have a lunch hour kick-start orientation session on Tuesday 11th Sept which will be catered, please RSVP before 6th Sept (Thursday) to be eligible for participation (I have to register participant email addresses on the platform) and also to be counted in for the meals. The objective of this whole exercise is to make our whole class enthusiastic about stocks and get investment savvy. 

Attention (Current) Stock Enthusiasts:

I am also inviting up to 5 of you to make a quick 3 min stock pitch (+ 3 min Q&A) for a company you like and have been following. The company should not be in the current Henry Fund portfolio (no UAA/UA too). Each presenter will receive a $25 AMZN gift card and the slots will be allotted on first come first serve basis based on when you reply to this email. You are strongly recommended to submit a one-page slide to accompany your pitch no later than Monday 10th Sept 11:59 pm. 

Thank you,



Finance Academy: Fred Crawford, Executive Vice President & CFO Aflac Incorporated

September 20, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:50pm
C425 PC

Fred Crawford,  Executive Vice President and CFO,  Aflac Incorporated

The CFO in Financial Services: What does the Role Involve?

Crawford joined Aflac as CFO in 2015, having held leadership positons at CNO Financial Group, Lincoln Financial Services and Bank One. He has an MBA from the University of Iowa and serves on the Advisory Board of the Tippie College of Business. He has a keen interest in enterprise risk management. He has also been active in community service. 

Tippie Advisory Board Meeting with FT MBA Women

September 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
W404 PBB (off of W401 PBB)

Female full-time MBA students are invited to join Tippie Dean Sarah Gardial and female members of the Tippie Advisory Board for a casual networking session. This event is designed as an opportunity for the women in the program to meet some of the prominent women serving on the college’s most prominent advisory board. For a full list of advisory board members, please visit:


No Academy

September 27, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

No academy due to National Black career fair