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2018-2019 Vice Presidential Candidates

President:

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Represent all Krannert Graduate Students
  2. Direct the efforts of the KGSA Board
  3. Work with Treasurer to allocate budget and manage finances of KGSA
  4. Active presence and participation on all Krannert events

President LOI Deadline: Jan 28th, 2018

President Speeches: Jan 31th, 2018 (Voting Survey Opens)

Election Results: Feb 2nd, 2018

Sample Letter of Interest (LOI):

Krannert Team and Family:

Let’s Enhance the Krannert Experience Together! Looking back through the first semester and looking forward to our second semester I know I made the right decision coming to Krannert. The down-to-earth, approachable nature of second year students, the cohesion and friendliness I’ve experienced within our incoming class, and the model of togetherness underpinning the Krannert academic experience has influenced the way I think about business and relationships with my peers. My impetus for running and working to earn your vote as KGSA President is underscored by the same principles: Learning, leading, and taking initiative alongside you to enhance our graduate experience together!

Before outlining specific pieces of the platform you have helped me develop, I want touch on the execution style we would use to follow through on any idea. Ideas are great but execution is the multiplier! The mantra I have been communicating over the past four weeks has hinged on Talent and Teamwork. We have highly intelligent, motivated, and creative minds in our Master’s programs, we want to get as many people involved in helping move Krannert forward and empower each other to take initiative and leadership. I want to be a part of this leadership effort, but I want to lead beside you and work with you. Most importantly, we want to publicly recognize and celebrate those individuals (You!) who take initiative and help enhance our program and student life. I am ready to commit myself to the leadership responsibilities KGSA President entails but will always project a leadership style of humility, inclusiveness, and equity.

The actionable plans in our platform are categorized in three areas: KGSA Administration, Academics, and Career. Each of these has been developed from written or verbal feedback I have received from you and your classmates. Empowering Krannert students to pinpoint gaps in KGSA effectiveness will always be the method we use to plan any course of action to improve our program.

KGSA Administration

  1. Strengthen KGSA Communication Outreach – The most common written and verbal feedback I received was how to make Krannert academic and social events accessible and easy for students to find and hear about. Solutions (digital and physical) and execution will involve students inside and outside of KGSA and will be our first priority. Students who lead this effort will be publicly recognized and celebrated!
  2. Krannert Social and Athletic Outings – Much of the conversations I’ve had with students concerning this piece has revolved around focusing on quality of event planning. There is tremendous opportunity here for people within the program to really get to know each other better and I look forward to helping lead this initiative.
  3. Monetarily Support Club Goals – KGSA has great support from administration with respect to budgeting for club goals. Our treasury team will consist of individuals committed to motivating students to set bold visions for their clubs and using each dollar to enhance a student’s Krannert experience.

Academics

  1. Quantitative Skills Team – Another common piece of written feedback I received was more availability for tutoring in quantitative subjects. Our aim will be to create a team of 1st and 2nd year students who can lead these tutoring sessions, reward their efforts, and have reliable outlets for students struggling with any class material.
  2. Industry/Academic Series – Throughout the year I’ve had many discussions with students that ended with a sense of frustration with themselves that they couldn’t make an evening event or speaker. Our goal will be to create lunchtime opportunities for students to sit in on academic or industry speakers who come to Krannert. The aim will be to provide more opportunity and ease for student’s professional learning outside of night sessions.
  3. Celebrate/Recognize Student Achievement – While this will also happen outside the academic setting, regularly and publicly recognizing our classmate’s success will underscore the culture of the KGSA team.

Career

  1. KGSA Job Search Teams – Many people expressed written feedback that they found Job Search Teams helpful. Our aim will be to partner with KPDC and identify the specific needs students would like to see represented then allow students to take leadership in organizing, partnering with 1st years, and holding each other accountable on these teams.
  2. Target International Jobs – Perhaps the most written and verbal feedback was received specifying this gap. This will be one of the more comprehensive project teams that will start immediately. It will include students from all programs, domestic and international. The goal will be simple: provide as many international students opportunities for networking and job search as domestic students. We will set the bar high and stay innovative.
  3. Get Alumni Involved- Whether it be academic/industry speakers, case competitions, city treks, athletic/social outings, or alumni partnerships, developing larger interaction opportunities with Krannert alumni will underscore any leadership initiative in KGSA.

If you have taken the time to read this far I appreciate your enthusiasm for our program, ask you to work with us to enhance the Krannert experience, and look forward to working with you this next semester and year. To close I’d like to share two things about myself that may help you understand what I value and how I will lead. Above all else, I value family. I am one of 8 adopted brothers and sisters all from different countries. I was adopted from a Syrian family, have brothers and sisters from Korea, Albania, and Bulgaria, all of us raised in Indiana. I love the perfect blend of Midwestern values and international excellence that Krannert embraces and will uphold the same ideals. The second thing you may not know about me was prior to coming to Krannert I worked one year as a math teacher and one year as an assistant principal at a public charter school in Oklahoma City. Both years in each position my top strengths in my leadership evaluations were Relationship-Building and Execution Implementation. I love people and I love solving problems. This is what I want to do as KGSA President. Get to know you better, combine our talents for a Krannert cause, and execute them together!

Let’s Enhance the Krannert Experience Together,

Ramsey Bradke

MBA Class of 2018

Vice Presidents:

Vice President - Administration

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Organizational Development
  2. Manage all Krannert Clubs and communication with club leadership
  3. Organize all Club Fairs
  4. Coordinate Club Council Meetings

VP LOI Deadline: Feb 4th, 2018

VP Speeches: Feb 7th, 2018

Election Results: Feb 9th, 2018

Sample Letter of Interest (LOI):

Hello All,

I am pleased to inform you that I am running for the post of Vice President of Administration within KGSA for the 2017-2018 school year.

Today Krannert functions more like an established organization rather than a traditional educational institution. The various clubs form the departments of this organization with the KGSA board as the governing body. As the VP of Administration and an integral of KGSA, I would implement 5 key principles to ensure that we reach our maximum potential as a team:

  1. A Lean Organization – Having worked in the Indian/Japanese manufacturing sector for 7 years I have experienced the advantages of a lean organization and how one kaizen (small improvement) can turn a negative P&L statement to positive. By adapting similar procedures, we can transform the club activities to see that we make effective utilization of available resources. This is in line with President Ramsey’s vision for ensuring organizational effectiveness.
  2. Interlinking of clubs – This will foster cross-functional communication and also see to it that the students get the best out of clubs even if they are not directly involved with a club.
  3. Channeling of club activities – By setting clear targets right at the beginning, we will be able to better direct our energies and channel the club activities to see to it that the students get a wholesome experience and the clubs deliver on their promises.
  4. Performance measurements – KPIs for clubs will be a new way of measuring performance of clubs and help members of the club to plan future course of action by taking all related interests into consideration.
  5. Discussions as part of elections – An open forum for discussion as part of elections will help the students better understand the candidates and also create a platform for exchange of ideas before they cast their valuable vote.

In essence I want to make an impact for the current and future students of Krannert and I believe that the above points will help me in achieving my goal of enriching the Krannert experience for each and every one of you.

Let’s be the change we want to see.

Sincerely,

Shashank Chinnolla

Vice President - Marketing

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Internal Relations / Communications
    1. Oversee masters student social hours and coordinate announcements
    2. Communicate events to student body (KGSA email account and Bulletin)
    3. KGSA branding activities
    4. Attend Club Council meetings for event awareness / Bi-Weekly meetings with VP Student Life
  2. External Relations / Public Relations
    1. Alternate Senator, PGSG
    2. Manage Krannert Life website / Newsletter

VP LOI Deadline: Feb 4th, 2018

VP Speeches: Feb 7th, 2018

Election Results: Feb 9th, 2018

Sample Letter of Interest (LOI):

Fellow Boilermakers,

#Let’s Talk. I am very excited to share my plans of running for the Marketing Vice President of KGSA. As Masters students here at Krannert, everyone is intelligent, everyone is a strategic thinker and everyone is capable of carrying out task. This has been proven through our academic and professional careers over the years and was a key factor into us being accepted into such a renowned Masters program. However, simply being intelligent or a strategic thinker or even being able to carry task out is simply not enough.

Upon coming back to grad school, a mentor of mine shared with me that the most important thing that an individual can bring to an organization is their rolodex. With that in my mind, my goal as marketing Vice President is to better connect not only our diverse cohort but also our vast alumni network together.

If given the opportunity to join the board next year, my goal is to provide more opportunities which will unite our diverse program and create long lasting relationships outside of the classroom experience. I will do this by working to plan several different types of new events to grab the interest of our diverse student population. However, in doing so, I believe that it is critical to first better understand the communication mediums in which information in transferred. Thereby ensuring that everyone is made aware and given the opportunity to be heard and involved in the activities available.

This is our time, and our experience. Don’t allow your Krannert experience to be left as a “What If”. Open up to your KGSA board and let your thoughts and opinions be heard on how to transform our program.

It would be a privilege to serve as your Voice. #Let’sTalk

Regards,

Adam Myers

Vice President - Professional Development

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Alumni Affairs
    1. Represent current students at the KSAA board meetings
    2. Increase student engagement with Alumni
    3. Organize networking opportunities
  2. Professional Development
    1. Official Liason between students and the KPDC
    2. Coordinate City Treks and Site Visits
    3. Carrer development activities
  3. Academic Affairs
    1. Mock Case Competitions
    2. Coordinate non-club affiliated

VP LOI Deadline: Feb 4th, 2018

VP Speeches: Feb 7th, 2018

Election Results: Feb 9th, 2018

Sample Letter of Interest (LOI):

“The voyage that begins in a college campus is an ever-changing story with many authors; after all, every writer has lived, endured, and loved in a different way” – John Foster. My own journey began at a crucial moment years before arriving at Purdue, the moment I left my home in search of a better future. I can clearly remember the fear and excitement that rushed through my spine, the voice of the captain as we departed from the airport, and more importantly, a sense of hope that I hold to this day. The hope that through hard work and determination I would be able to achieve my dreams and repay those that have helped me along the way.

As your VP of Professional Development, my goal would be to develop a more aggressive campaign that helps to bring back Krannert alumni. What I have noticed, is that those who reach out to alumni through LinkedIn have found them very supportive and encouraging. The loyalty and willingness to help exists, however there is a need for additional action to motivate alumni to return. Specifically, I plan to further advance the mentor program so that it includes at least one alumni contact per team.

Another goal I share is to diversify the number of companies that come to informational sessions and career fairs. Several programs and students are under-represented, especially those with non-profit interests. It is my focus to develop relationships with such companies, and to provide those interested students with additional resources for their career paths. Similarly, I also see a need and benefit for short duration projects in which we can help businesses and charities in our local community. These experiences can allow students to develop professional skills and valuable business knowledge.

Finally, integrate the responsibilities and duties from different departments within KGSA to foster an environment where students can grow and thrive.

Stay safe and positive my friends, our family shall endure the rough times ahead of us.

Regards,

Christian Bencid

Vice President - Student Life

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Manage all Masters Study Rooms
  2. Social Events
    1. KGSA Tailgates
    2. Graduate Celebrations
    3. Holiday and Major Sporting Events parties
    4. Study Breaks and Social Hours Scheduling
  3. Cultural Events
    1. Plan Annual Cultural Events and Talent Shows
    2. Cultural Events based around Holidays
    3. Promote Diversity and Country Highlights

VP LOI Deadline: Feb 4th, 2018

VP Speeches: Feb 7th, 2018

Election Results: Feb 9th, 2018

Sample Letter of Interest (LOI):

Fellow Boilermakers,

I am writing to express my interest in serving as your Vice President of Student Life.

While academia is important, so is developing communication skills. What better opportunity to practice than in a relaxed setting, surrounded by peers with similar goals? Over the last semester, I’ve observed low attendance rates at student events. There seems to be a common challenge in uniting students with others outside their current programs, and I would like to help think of creative ways to incorporate everyone. To grow as individuals, we need to be exposed to different cultures and experience diversity. To make this happen we need events that appeal to everyone, not just those from one walk-of-life or program.

As your VP of Student Life, I would strive to create quality, meaningful events that provide a place for students from different programs to gather and share their experiences, both personally and professionally. I have over 10 years of experience in organizing, hosting, and assisting both small and large-scale events. From budgeting to arranging, I enjoy all challenges associated with managing events efficiently. I hope to utilize my experiences and creativity to make current and future events better received and attended by all. My goals as VP of Student Life are to assess which clubs and programs feel under-represented, better organize how events are created and communicated, and help to increase the level of excitement and participation.

I would be honored to work alongside other KGSA members and use my skills to enhance your Krannert experience. Thank you for your consideration, and boiler up!

Cheers,

Carrie Zylstra-Skinner

First Year Representative:

What are the responsibilities of the KGSA First Year Representative? From the Constitution - ”The following shall be the powers and duties of the first-year representatives:

  1. To serve as the liaison between the KGSA Board and their class.
  2. To encourage participation from their class.
  3. Other duties as assigned by the KGSA Board.

Other duties will include development and execution of KGSA events, and full-participation at KGSA Board meetings.

Would you like to serve as a KGSA First Year Representative? If you meet the guidelines below, we invite you to prepare a Letter of Intent (LOI) to submit your strategic plans for the role.

  1. Candidates must be current full-time, good-standing students in the Krannert Graduate School of Management seeking an MBA, MSHRM, MSF, MSM or MSIA degree.
  2. Candidates must submit letters of intent and strategic plans for the positions before the date specified by the KGSA Board.
  3. Candidates will deliver a spoken address to the KGSM body during Social Hour.

Sample Letter of Interest (LOI):

Dear KGSA:

My name is Alexander Hartman, and I would like to submit my candidacy for the position of Director of Marketing for the 2017-2018 academic year. I am currently in the M.S. BAIM program, with extensive background in B2B & B2C marketing analytics and strategy. During my professional life, I worked in all three major commercial hubs (NA, EU, and China), working in a variety of positions from Marketing/Business Intelligence Analyst to Marketing Strategy Consultant. In all aspects of my work, I focused on creating actionable insights from data driven strategies. As a consultant, I was tasked with enhancing clients digital marketing strategies through a variety of digital strategic plans and implementation of technologies to help expand customer base.

During my undergraduate stay at McGill University, in Montreal, I was the Head of Fundraising & Publicity for the McGill Student Emergency Response Team (MSERT) tasked with negotiating funding from the student organizational body and promoting club offerings. I was responsible for: coordination of club activities, promotional material creation and delivery, outside fundraising events, and key representative towards student body organization. Additionally, as Chair of Finance, for NCCER (a three-day conference held by MSERT), I led a team of four students to raise $40,000 by selling tiered sponsorship packages.

I believe that I can utilize both my professional and academic experiences to help support the KGSA, as my background in marketing and analytics is well suited to deliver on promotional and engagement strategies.

Sincerely,

Alexander Hartman