Not too far removed from the program, Ryan Kaltenbach (SMBA ’13) made an appearance to speak to SMBA ’15 before packing his bags and heading to Salt Lake where he recently accepted the position of Marketing Analyst at Clearlink (Congratulations Ryan!).
Ryan spoke of his personal experiences during the program, as well as his drive and commitment helping him to excel inside and outside of the classroom. He focused on a few key points to make it through the program, but two key words that stood out presented a lot of meaning: worth and culture.
As the initial creator of the Sports MBA Podcast (which is underway for SMBA ’15) Ryan explained how important it is to find something of worth. This is something that benefits not only yourself, but that can be shared with others, whether it be the members in the program, sports industry driven individuals, or those just watching/listening on. Ryan’s point was to essentially make yourself available to learn wherever you are and share your talent, mind and experiences with those around you.
Ryan emphasized the importance of creating a culture within our cohort through learning, growth and encouragement, and by avoiding negativity, jealousy and exclusivity. Current students must remember that they are surrounded by their classmates for the rest of the program and great friendships will be formed, and in the end potentially securing a future position.
On behalf of SMBA ’15, thank you for your advice Ryan and good luck in Utah!