Where business is personal

If The Lego Movie taught us anything, it’s that everything is awesome; everything is cool when you’re part of a team. Students in the W. P. Carey Executive MBA program recently learned this firsthand in Professor Mohan Gopalakrishnan’s Operations and Supply Chain Management course.

How hard could it be? You’re given 20 sticks of spaghetti, three feet of string and tape, and 18 minutes to crown a free-standing structure with one delicious marshmallow. Turns out, the Marshmallow Challenge isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Scott Gates is the vice president and general manager of Western Window Systems, an international window and door manufacturer based in Phoenix. A 2004 graduate of the W. P. Carey School and current Executive MBA student, this Sun Devil says donning maroon and gold for a second time was his obvious — and only — choice.

The W. P. Carey School of Business is honored to sponsor Forté Foundation, a nonprofit consortium of corporations and top business schools working together to pioneer change for women in business. Forté helps launch women into fulfilling and significant careers in business, through access to business education, career opportunities, and a community of successful women.