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Donor Support Engages Students with Immersive Learning Experiences

Donor Digest: Q1

By Wisconsin School of Business

February 10, 2023

The Wisconsin School of Business (WSB) Fund allows the school to invest in and prioritize new innovations and initiatives that enhance the student experience and improve our reputation as a world-class business school. Contributions to the WSB Fund help the school implement transformative learning experiences and curricula that uniquely prepare students for post-graduation success.

We are grateful for the gift you made to the WSB Fund within the last 12 months. Your gift is an integral part of our school’s ability to innovate, grow, and provide exceptional learning experiences. In addition to expressing our sincerest thanks, we wanted to share with you the following milestones that you helped make possible.

Students Spend Winter Break in Immersive Career Experiences

Thanks to WSB’s relaunched job shadow program and continuing career trek opportunities, undergraduate students spent their recent winter break maximizing career development. Working with employer partners, the job shadow program offered daylong immersive experiences for students to explore different career pathways and industries. The program had over ten employer partners—including companies like Alliant Energy, Deloitte, and Kohler—and more than 90 students participated. A cohort of 20 students also traveled to Austin, Texas—WSB’s first career trek outside the Midwest—to explore careers in technology and innovation at companies like Dell, Visa, and Expedia.

Professor Fabio Gaertner Receives Teaching Innovation Award

The WSB Fund helps ensure that we are able to recruit and support outstanding faculty and their research. We congratulate Fabio Gaertner on receiving the 2023 Chancellor’s Teaching Innovation Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has shown an innovative approach to learning. Gaertner is an associate professor of accounting and information systems and the Cynthia and Jay Ihlenfeld Professor for Inspired Learning in Business. In 2020, he was also named a Poets & QuantsBest 40 Under 40 Professor.” Gaertner’s research includes the effects of executive compensation and taxes on corporate outcomes, asset prices, and accounting information.

New WSB Brand Campaign Celebrates the Next Generation of Business Leaders

WSB recently launched a new phase of its Trusted to Lead brand campaign, which showcases the stories of 24 students through a collection of videos and web content that highlight the many possibilities in business. Meet Business Badgers like Ebrahem Wahba—a former semipro soccer player who wants to bring his investment banking skills to communities in his home country of Egypt—who are pursuing their passions, values, and purposes as they define their career paths.

Did you miss last quarter’s Donor Digest? Read it here.