Amy Kristof-Brown is just getting started

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

She cut her teeth in Tippie’s top spot by navigating through a once-in-a-century crisis. (No biggie.) Next up? Well, we’ll let her tell you herself.

Three keys to a successful company leadership transition from Kum & Go

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

For 17 years, Kum & Go's CEO was Kyle Krause (BBA85), son of Kum & Go co-founder W.A. (Bill) Krause. In January, Kyle Krause handed over leadership of the company to Tanner Krause, one of his five children. Kyle is now focusing on management of the Krause Group, the parent company of Kum & Go, which is comprised of 10 other businesses, including two wineries and a professional soccer team in Italy. To help others with management transitions, they agreed to talk about the experience and share a few tips.

Building authenticity and connection among diverse members of your workforce

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Calls for societal change from people of color around the country have created ripple effects in workplaces big and small. The Black Lives Matter movement in particular has provided new impetus for managers to invigorate positive connections with employees who come from different racial and cultural backgrounds and may be experiencing hurt and loss in ways that require special support.

Managing your mental (health)

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Mental health therapy is more than an hour on a couch.

Fearless entrepreneur

Friday, December 4, 2020

The ability to train your mind to see opportunities is a cornerstone of entrepreneurialism. Erica Cole (BA19) landed a spot on the elite Herky Security team in part because she saw an opportunity—Herky needed Halloween costumes—and her experience designing costumes for her theatre arts minor made her uniquely situated to see the project through to completion. Charging onto Kinnick Stadium on game day, hiking in New Mexico, taking ballroom dancing classes—Cole embraced every opportunity the university gave her with gusto.

Fearless Midwestern neighborliness

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Whether it is a tornado, a flood, or a global pandemic, Midwestern neighborliness is always a constant. In mid-March when it felt like the whole world was shutting down, certain everyday commodities shot up in demand, including toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Seeing the intense need, Scott Bush (BBA96) and his team at Foundry Distilling Co. just wanted to do something to help. They decided to explore how they could divert its lucrative distilling operation into creating hand sanitizer for the Des Moines-area community.

Fearless negotiations

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Sandy Davis (BBA04) needed a major change. She loved her work as a vice president in Equity Capital Markets for Goldman Sachs, but after 10 years in the role, and a full house with three children and a husband who also worked full-time in finance, she was constantly burning the candle at both ends.

Fearlessly tackling professional and personal disruptions with the Hawkeye spirit

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

There’s a temptation to think that if we check all the boxes, do the workouts, set the right amount of money aside, make the right decisions, we’ll always be happy and successful in life and business. Hardship won’t touch us. Yet the wisdom of years teaches otherwise. With experience and maturity, we learn challenges are inevitable and, even more, can be an instructive and formative part of life. It’s how we approach and weather the challenges that makes or breaks us.

Scholarships from a secret millionaire

Thursday, July 9, 2020

He might seem like the least likely candidate to fund a full-ride scholarship, much less 33 of them. But frugal carpenter Dale Schroeder wanted his savings to benefit young people who dreamed of attending college. Tippie alumni Katelyn Wheeldon (BBA16), Jenna Herr (BBA13), and Benjamin Kopp (BSE12/MD17/MBA17) are among the beneficiaries of his generosity.  

Sue Taylor brings innovation and leadership skills to Gates Foundation

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bill Gates created software that transformed the world forever. As chief information officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sue Taylor (MBA01) enables digital transformation at the charitable foundation.