Allie Pearson, who’ll be graduating from Indiana Universitiy’s Kelley School this year, has been named a Poets&Quants Best & Brightest Online MBA for 2020 Facing a fall semester with more distance learning, Escondido educators are trying to figure out what worked and what didn’t Slack (NYSE:WORK) had its target price cut by equities research analysts at Wells Fargo & Co from $41.00 to $40.00 in a report released on Friday, BenzingaRatingsTable reports. The brokerage presently has an “overweight” rating on the stock. Wells Fargo & Co‘s target price indicates a potential upside of 22.85% from the company’s previous close. […]
“Friendliest of friends of God has 25 hours each day, wife and Great Dane mom.”
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Fun fact about yourself: My husband, Patrick, and I volunteer with our Great Dane, Knox, as a Canine Volunteer Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We get the privilege of visiting extraordinary patients, families, and staff members – spending time at CCH is one of our favorite activities!
Undergraduate School and Degree: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) – Graduated May 2015 Bachelor of Science in Business, Marketing
Bachelor of Science in Business, Interdisciplinary Business Management (Entrepreneurship)
Bachelor of Arts, Interactive Media Studies
Where are you currently working? Procter & Gamble, Assistant Brand Manager, North American Hair Care – Herbal Essences
What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? I’ve been afforded many valuable opportunities during my career at Procter & Gamble. One of the achievements I am most proud of is the time I spent working on the Luvs business in North America Baby Care. During that season, we executed a product intervention plan in record timing to deliver more value to the consumer, developed and optimized the “First Kid, Second Kid” campaign that was celebrated across the company, strengthened the first moment of truth via packaging updates, and built a strong innovation pipeline. I was lucky to get to work with my brand manager, Chad Brizendine (another proud Kelley MBA alumni), and my assistant brand manager, Mansi Shah. We had a great deal of autonomy over the business strategy and a team culture that many dream of internally and with our agency partners. It is inspiring how much can be accomplished with the right team and trust from leadership. This role was one of the contributors to earning a CEO Award during my second year at the company.
Why did you choose this school’s online MBA program? When I left Miami University, I knew that I would eventually want to get an MBA. However, after a quick start at P&G, I did not want to leave a career that was providing exceptional mentorship and unparalleled brand-building opportunities. I wasn’t willing to compromise going to a top-ranked business school, so I began looking to see if those programs had online options and Kelley quickly rose to the top. I heard countless testimonies about the best-in-class online MBA structure, passionate professors, and impressive students. The admissions office was incredibly helpful in walking me through the process. Before I knew it, I was a Hoosier!
What was your favorite part of being in an online MBA program? My favorite part about being in an online MBA program is a tie between my talented classmates and my brilliant professors. After accepting my offer of admission to the Kelley online program, I was still nervous that I wasn’t going to get to know my professors or make any friends since we all would not be together in person. That was a significant concern of mine because half the value of an MBA lies in the relationships you build. I was quickly and delightfully surprised at how misplaced my nervousness was. I was able to meet my professors and fellow students in person at the beginning and middle of the program via our on-campus Kelley Connect Week and it was a blast. That was where I built the strong relationships that carried over into our classroom zoom sessions, professor office hours, team meetings, and so on. The professors love teaching online students because we come with real-world knowledge from our careers that we can directly apply to class content and I also became such close friends with my classmates that some of them even came to my wedding! My fellow Kelleys are the ones who made my online MBA experience exceptional.
How did your online experience compare with your in-the-classroom experience as an undergraduate student? I loved every minute of both my in-the-classroom undergraduate experience at Miami University and my online MBA experience at Indiana University. Being on campus for my undergraduate degrees afforded me the opportunity to fully engage in all Miami had to offer – classes, student organizations, office hours, competitions, sports, mentoring, internships, study abroad programs, business school events, and so on. School was my only priority, so I was able to begin thinking about the business professional I wanted to be by fully leaning into all of those outlets. With my online MBA experience, I felt like I got to have my cake and eat it too – I was able to continue growing in my career at P&G while also getting a top tier education. It was helpful to have a career during my online MBA experience because I was able to directly apply class concepts to my work plan, as opposed to hearing them again predominately outside of the business world as I did during my undergraduate career. Similar to my in-person undergraduate experience, the online program was highly relational, but it also provided far more flexibility than a weekend or nighttime MBA program would have. Both formats, in-person and online, were perfect for the stage of life I was in during each one.
What is your best piece of advice to an applicant for thriving in an online MBA program? My best piece of advice to an applicant who wants to thrive in an online MBA program is to engage with your classmates and find friends quickly for two reasons. The first reason is because in an online program, your classmates live all around the world and participate in a variety of industries. Their anecdotes, perspective, and knowledge are incredibly helpful to get a broader view of the business world and a taste of what it’s like to work on projects far different than the ones on your own work plan.
The second reason is that an online MBA is difficult – not just because of the coursework rigor, but also because you’re choosing to balance it with your career, family, hobbies, etc. It is invaluable to have people in your corner to help you through it. Friends help with confusing assignments, recruit you for team projects, and cheer you on when you feel like you’re under a pile of work. It also works vice versa-: you’re able to help and cheer for your new friends too. When we all work together, the workload becomes far more manageable. We learn more by teaching each other and asking each other questions, and we all deliver higher quality work. For example, in my operations course, we had to manage a factory simulation that was running 24 hours each day for a whole week. Let’s just say if my classmates hadn’t patiently provided the coaching that they did, my factory would have quickly been out of business.
What would you change about an online MBA Program? Fortunately, some of the closest friends that I’ve made in this program live within a reasonable distance of each other and Bloomington (Indianapolis, Nashville, Louisville, Cincinnati). One weekend, we all decided to meet each other in Bloomington to go to an IU football game so we could “feel like real students” again. It was a lot of fun, but it also would have been nice to be able to connect with some of the in-resident MBA students while we were there. I think Kelley is making strides in this, but by connecting the in-resident students to the online students yet another highway is built for knowledge and experience to travel. The connection enables in-resident students to have access to employees that work at companies that they may have interest in after their MBA and it gives the online students a more tangible invitation to the culture at Indiana University and within the Kelley School of Business. I would have gladly made more trips to Bloomington to engage in person with students, professors, and programs!
How has your online education helped you in your current job? One of my favorite courses at Kelley was Developing Strategic Capabilities, which was led by Will Geoghegan. In that class, Will taught us a variety of tools we can use to conduct internal and external analyses that enable business strategy development. At the beginning of the quarter, we selected a focal company and applied all of the tools to that company’s industry and business model. At the end of the quarter, we took what we learned and used that content to support three strategic recommendations for the business. I chose the brand that I work on at Procter & Gamble, Herbal Essences, to be my focal company – meaning that when the course concluded I had a set of recommendations that I was immediately able to apply to my business. It doesn’t get much more helpful than that. With many of the courses at Kelley I was able to take what I was learning in the program and apply it immediately to my career.
What is your ultimate long-term professional goal? One of my favorite professors at Miami University, Brett Smith, once told me that we can make long-term plans but that we never know what could change tomorrow. Therefore, it’s important to work towards goals … but with a degree of flexibility. With that being said, my more abstract long-term professional goals are to leave a legacy at Procter & Gamble, to be known as a true champion and advocate of others, and to be obedient in pursuing the work that God points me towards regardless of my circumstances.
Author: Jeff Schmitt
Are students logging into online school? Escondido schools assess remote learning participation
The Escondido Union School District is measuring engagement in its distance learning programs during the COVID-19 closures, and grappling with ways to increase student participation, in the likely event that remote learning continues in some form in the fall.
The district recently surveyed teachers to learn how many of their students logged onto online class sessions and activities, and how many completed class assignments during the closures.
Among elementary school students, they found 46 percent of students participated in most distance learning activities, and 34 percent completed most of the work their teachers assigned. Another 35 percent logged into some distance learning sessions, and 36 percent did some of their classwork. However, 19 percent of students didn’t participate at all, and 30 percent did no school work during the closures.
In middle school, participation was lower; just 34 percent of students participated in most remote learning activities, and 24 percent did most of their classwork. A third of students logged into some distance learning sessions, and did some work. But another third did no online activities, and 42 percent completed no class assignments.
“Obviously, we’re all disappointed in the level of engagement,” board member Doug Paulson said. “However, this was a crisis situation that we really were’t prepared for, like every other district in the state.”
It was unclear whether the students who fell off the radar entirely faced technical difficulty logging online, were unmotivated, or faced family circumstances during the closure, such as financial hardship, crowded space at home, or other family difficulties that prevented them from participating, officials said.
READS AWKWARD Although school officials reached out with phone calls, emails and home visits to families, administrators said there are some students they were unable to contact. They said they couldn’t be sure those students remained in the area during the closures. Superintendent Jose Rankins-Ibarra said it’s possible that some students may be staying with relatives during the closures, and others may have moved out of the areas after their parents lost jobs.
Although recent distance learning programs were unplanned responses to a sudden crisis, school officials said the district is considering how to increase participation next year, whether schools continue online education programs, or adopt a blended approach that combines some personal instruction in compliance with state and local health guidelines, and some digital instruction.
Unless the pandemic subsides considerably in the next month or two, that would look very different from traditional classrooms, officials said. Precautions would include six feet of social distancing, daily disinfection of classrooms and other facilities, and required masks for situations where distancing is not possible. Students could be on campus on a part-time or rotating schedule, with far fewer students per classroom than usual. Based on the six-foot distance requirement, maximum class sizes would be 12 students per class for elementary campuses, and no more than nine per class for middle schools.
Teachers and administrators are also using the experience of the past couple months to plan for a more consistent curriculum and ensure better participation next school year.
“We were taking notes along the way of what worked and what didn’t,” said Laura Philyaw, assistant superintendent of educational services. “We want to make sure our design has some specific supports.”
That may include purchasing packages of online curricula for different grade levels, and assigning “support staff follow-up with students and families that are not engaging, she said, and (building) learning activities that are going to engage the students.”
Author: By Deborah Sullivan Brennan
Slack (NYSE:WORK) Price Target Cut to $40.00
Slack (NYSE:WORK) had its target price cut by equities research analysts at Wells Fargo & Co from $41.00 to $40.00 in a report released on Friday, BenzingaRatingsTable reports. The brokerage presently has an “overweight” rating on the stock. Wells Fargo & Co‘s target price indicates a potential upside of 22.85% from the company’s previous close.
Several other research analysts have also recently issued reports on WORK. Stephens increased their price objective on Slack from $32.00 to $37.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, May 29th. Canaccord Genuity increased their price objective on Slack from $25.00 to $38.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday. Zacks Investment Research raised Slack from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Saturday, May 23rd. Oppenheimer reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Slack in a research note on Friday. Finally, ValuEngine raised Slack from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 6th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and sixteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $34.00.
Shares of NYSE WORK opened at $32.56 on Friday. The business’s 50 day moving average price is $30.32 and its 200-day moving average price is $25.17. Slack has a fifty-two week low of $15.10 and a fifty-two week high of $42.00. The company has a market cap of $21.13 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of -22.77.
Slack (NYSE:WORK) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, June 4th. The company reported ($0.02) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.14) by $0.12. Slack had a negative return on equity of 81.89% and a negative net margin of 87.91%. The firm had revenue of $201.65 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $188.12 million. Slack’s revenue was up 49.6% on a year-over-year basis. Research analysts expect that Slack will post -0.61 EPS for the current year.
In related news, CTO Cal Henderson sold 1,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.35, for a total value of $36,525.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Tamar Yehoshua sold 50,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.31, for a total value of $1,215,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 95,184 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,313,923.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 1,950,498 shares of company stock valued at $50,548,133. Company insiders own 26.82% of the company’s stock.
Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Belpointe Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in Slack in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $374,000. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in shares of Slack by 88.1% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,488,048 shares of the company’s stock valued at $39,939,000 after buying an additional 696,835 shares in the last quarter. Credit Suisse AG raised its stake in shares of Slack by 32.0% in the 4th quarter. Credit Suisse AG now owns 191,437 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,303,000 after buying an additional 46,454 shares in the last quarter. Financial Counselors Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Slack in the 1st quarter valued at $743,000. Finally, Jupiter Wealth Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Slack in the 1st quarter valued at $405,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 51.91% of the company’s stock.
Slack Company Profile
Slack Technologies, Inc operates Slack, a business technology software platform in the United States and internationally. Its platform brings together people, applications, and data, as well as sells its offering under a software-as-a-service model. The company was formerly known as Tiny Speck, Inc and changed its name to Slack Technologies, Inc in 2014.
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