By Terri Hughes-Lazzell
In Dell’s first Tech Day this fall with the Full-Time MBA program at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business, Stephanie Mims, Dell’s executive director of global services, helped students understand how their business skills could be applied to the technology company.
Mims holds an MBA from the Broad College and said Dell likes MSU’s “roll-up-your-sleeves, can-do, teamwork attitude.” That’s one of the reasons she returns to the MBA program not only to recruit, but also now to help students understand how their business education can enhance technology.
“MSU graduates fit well with our culture,” Mims (MBA ’95) said. “We want people to be creative in an environment where they may deal with ambiguity. We want them to work as a team and take risks—be willing to try something and if it doesn’t work, try something else and learn.”
Broad College’s MBA program allows students to mold their own experience while developing an end-to-end understanding of business. This allows students to prepare for jobs in continually changing environments across the spectrum, including the fast-paced world of technology.
MBAs can connect business to how technology affects people and how quickly it can change, she said.
“We give students a taste of technology beyond the personal use—how trends affect them and how their business acumen can impact a company like Dell,” Mims said. Technology issues affect business and business affects technology—it’s how people solve those problems—that is what Dell is seeking, she added.
Mims has used her business skills in the technology world for several years now. She chose MSU’s Full-Time MBA program in part for the opportunity to be in a strategically smaller program. That choice allowed her to develop relationships with her professors, work in research, and serve as a teaching assistant.
“(The Broad program) taught me balance, how to prioritize and get things done,” she said, adding that the program’s size allows students to focus their education on what they want to do in the business world.