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Financier Warren Buffett Shares Wisdom With MBA Students

Investor Warren Buffet with DePaul MBA students
What’s it like to discuss careers, investing and the economy with Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett? For MBA student Kate Stevenson, it felt like investing two hours to gain “the lessons of a lifetime.”

Stevenson and 19 other DePaul graduate business students were invited to query the “Oracle of Omaha” and tour several Berkshire Hathaway businesses during a visit to the multinational conglomerate’s Omaha headquarters in October. The students were chosen from more than 300 Kellstadt Graduate School of Business applicants who sought a chance to meet the renowned business leader, investor and philanthropist. Kellstadt was among a select group of only seven business schools, including Harvard and Columbia, asked by Berkshire to participate in the student forum. Alumnus Frank Ptak (BSC ’65), president and CEO of Marmon Group, a Berkshire Hathaway company, helped secure DePaul’s invitation.

Buffett answered a wide range of questions during a two-hour Q&A session. He advised students to be true to themselves and follow their career passions.

“Very few people succeed at something that doesn’t excite them,” he said. “Find a job you would do even if you were already rich and didn’t need the money. I’m 83 and still excited by what I do.”

Scholarships Expand for Alumni and New Graduate Business Students

College News Scholarship Brief Grad PhotoDePaul is making graduate education more accessible for university alumni and new Kellstadt students by increasing its scholarship offerings.

DePaul alumni who wish to earn another degree from their alma mater through the Double Demon Scholarship program begun last year can now apply the scholarships to graduate study at Kellstadt or six other DePaul colleges and schools.

Alumni receive a 25 percent discount on tuition for master’s degree programs and select certificate programs. Meanwhile, beginning this fall, new students who enroll in Kellstadt degree programs may be eligible for thousands of dollars in DePaul scholarships, with award amounts determined by each student’s academic profile.

The Kellstadt Graduate Scholarship is for domestic students, and the Kellstadt Dean’s Scholarship is for students who require a visa to study in the United States. For more information about scholarship award amounts, eligibility and deadlines, contact the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business office at (312) 362-8810 or

Business Programs Receive High Marks in Three Rankings

The Driehaus College of Business was recognized for its academic excellence this year in the following rankings:

No. 1: Kellstadt’s Master of Science in Taxation (MST) tied for first place in’s ranking of the best MST programs in the nation, based on a survey of tax firm hiring managers.

No. 24: DePaul’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program again made the annual list of the best colleges for entrepreneurs published by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review.

Top 30: Thirteen of DePaul’s graduate business degree programs earned top-30 rankings among U.S. business schools in an international survey of 1,000 business school deans conducted by Paris-based education.

– Business Exchange Staff

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