Four online MBA student teams from all over the U.S. lead by Professor Shannon Threlked from the Kelley School’s Bloomington campus just returned to their homes after spending a weekend together in Tampa, Florida. Two Kelley faculty coaches, Sam Misar and John York, joined them at the Moffitt Cancer Center where they met the center’s business leaders including COO Jack Kolosky, who leads this project for the center.
Each of the four student teams was tasked with addressing a specific problem or evaluating a business opportunity for the center, and this weekend trip was the students’ chance to meet their clients in-person, tour the facility, and network with Moffitt’s leadership team. The students especially appreciated the opportunity to meet face-to-face and took the time to strengthen their relationships with classmates as well.
Partnerships between Kelley Faculty and Student Lead to Innovation
The stakeholders at the Moffitt Cancer Center were just as eager to meet the Kelleys because of the positive experience they had working with another group of Kelley Direct students in the previous year. Then-president of the Kelley Direct Healthcare Association and current faculty coach, John York, organized an independent study consulting course with the Moffitt Center in 2014 after half a dozen club members expressed interest. The Moffitt Center implemented one of the recommendations from those students and wanted to continue the relationship. (more…)