How AGILE Greece Strengthened My Kelley Direct Online MBA Relationships

kelley direct in athens greeceThere are few greater joys in life than the liberation you feel after letting down your guard. You know that moment when you see their eyes widen – that smile of acknowledgement appears on the others’ faces. You are no longer a stranger, a colleague or a classmate – you are recognized for you, the individual. It wasn’t until 3 months of weekly phone and Skype calls, ongoing online chats, 1 weekend together in Philadelphia, and 4 days in Athens, Greece that this moment finally happened with my Kelley Direct AGILE study abroad team. Continue reading

Tips for Entrepreneurs from the Founders of DP Legal LLC

Umang DesaiI had the privilege of being Umang’s stunt partner on our college dance (raas) team. We shared many hours of practice together on the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana campus, and also two victories in national competitions.

Now he has partnered up with another fellow Illini, Ashish Patel, Ashish Pateland together they recently founded DP Legal, a Chicago based law firm specializing in corporate law, estate planning and real estate. Ashish and Umang are excited about their new venture, and were kind enough to share things they’ve learned from their experience for others who are thinking about forming or joining a start-up here. Read on for some pro bono tips: Continue reading

Tips for Entrepreneurs from the Founders of Elegance Decor

elegance decor outdoor weddingIt is with great pleasure that I share this behind-the-scenes look at Elegance Décor and the founders, who are 3 the most creative minds in the wedding and event décor business. Both my wife and I went to the University of Illinois in Champaign with them and since then we have shared many great times together with this family. We were also fortunate enough to have them help us with the décor for our wedding events (even though they attended), which made everything look beautiful! But of course that’s not the point of this post. In this interview Swetal, Bhavik and Ronak Patel reveal the not-so-glamorous side of working on a start-up and share the fears that they had when they started. They have great insights for new entrepreneurs, and after reading this you will be reassured that you’re not alone if your struggle – and that it’s totally worth it! Continue reading

Tips for Entrepreneurs from Sumeet Patel – Co-founder of BrandBacker

Sumeet and I competed in an Indian dance competition many years ago back when I was on the Illini Raas Team and he was on Berkeley’s Raas Team. Fortunately, my team won that night – his placed 3rd. Although his dancing may not have been up to par (kidding of course), I can’t say the same about his knack for business. Sumeet has started three start-ups – BrandBacker is his latest. I got in touch with him recently to find out more about it and his other ventures. Continue reading

11ish Takeaways from the 2014 Higher Education Summit

pathik bhatt kelley badges I had the opportunity to attend the SalesForce Foundation’s 2014 Higher Education Summit in Tempe, AZ earlier this month – my first higher education conference after becoming a “higher education professional” this year. It was a great learning experience with nearly 600 attendees who were very willing to connect and share ideas with each other. In that same spirit I wanted to share some of my takeaways from the conference as well, so here goes: Continue reading