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hartBy Justin Hart, MBA ’10, cross-posted from the Eller MBA Blog

On Friday, October 16th I attended the Eller MBA Industry Roundtable and General Networking Event in Phoenix.  The event was a great opportunity for me and my fellow full-time Eller MBA colleagues to network with students in the Phoenix Eller Evening MBA program as well as representatives from various Phoenix-area businesses.

The event started with a presentation by Brad Casper, the CEO of The Dial Corporation.  Having interned at Dial this past summer, it was great to see Brad and a few of my old Dial colleagues at the event.  Brad’s discussion covered topics ranging from his international assignments during his career at Procter & Gamble, the challenges of leading a consumer packaged goods company in the evolving retail environment, and general Q&A from the audience.

Next on the agenda was a series of small group discussion sessions on the topics of health care management, renewable energy, and small and mid-size business issues.  I attended the health care discussion and really enjoyed hearing the insights shared from leaders of The Mayo Clinic and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The event ended with a hybrid job fair/networking happy hour session.  I enjoyed conversation with representatives from companies like Stirling Energy Systems, SRP (Renewable Energy Division), U.S. Solar Holdings, and caught up with colleagues from a number of different disciplines and backgrounds.

Overall, the event was a lot of fun and increased the networking opportunities for each of the various MBA programs and locations that exist at the Eller College of Management.  I’m already looking forward to the next opportunity to catch up with my new contacts .