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FACE OF THE FUTURE 38 Allison Putnam Class Year: 2012 Degree: MBA (innovation and entrepreneurship concentration) and master of science in arts management Why the UO Lundquist College of Business? "I've always been interested in social entrepreneurship, arts and culture, and education. I discovered I could get a dual degree, and the assistant director of the MBA program helped create such an offering by combining the MBA with a master of science in arts management. I was the first to go through the program, and it was an excellent combination of my interests. The UO Lundquist College of Business is very flexible and proactive for people who have specific goals." Activities "During my second year, I was a graduate teaching fellow with Lundquist College Career Services, and I loved it. I worked with students—probably seventy-five undergraduates per term—teaching them to highlight their skills and experiences in their résumés and cover letters. Helping students put together résumés that look polished and demonstrate the exceptional skills they attain at the Lundquist College was very rewarding." Most Influential Instructor or Professor Andrew Nelson, Assistant Professor of Management "I took his Recognizing Business Opportunities course. He really cares about students, and he challenges us. He really gets to know us and wants to help us learn and grow. Most of all, he balanced academic knowledge with 'real-world' lessons to teach us to think critically." Best Courses Strategic Management with Beth Hjelm, senior instructor of management, and Life- Cycle Analysis with Joshua Skov, adjunct instructor of management. "Both of these instructors were very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and passionate. They both have really high expectations, and inspire students to meet them. Josh encouraged us to think about life cycles in context in order to understand what personal and regulatory actions might have the greatest impact to reduce our carbon footprint. Beth taught us how to apply a theory to a scenario and justify our position with reasoning and evidence. Both professors are interested in teaching students to ask the right questions, communicate clearly, and think, 'What does this all mean and how can I apply it?'" Words of Advice "For MBAs, and all students, be proactive. Don't feel like you have to stay on the path that's given. At the University of Oregon, most people will try to help you in whatever you want to do with your life. Just don't be afraid to ask." People May be Surprised to Know "I love to travel—it's always my reward to myself. I studied abroad in New Zealand as an undergraduate and have had the travel bug ever since. I once held a job where I traveled about twenty days out of the month. Traveling reminds us that the world is bigger than our bubble, and that culture, creativity, beauty, and ideas take all forms." Ultimate Career Goals "I would love to lead a nationally known organization or foundation that fosters creativity in education." What's Next Putnam has landed a position as a program manager for City Year, a national nonprofit aimed at reducing school dropout rates and transforming low-performing schools. "I'll be managing seventeen- to twenty- four-year-old corps members who provide academic support, positive behavior encouragement, and community leadership projects for struggling students in an elementary school setting."

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