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Alumni in Action

Donors Fuel Programmatic Innovations and More

Donor Digest: Q3

By Alumni Relations

October 9, 2023

The Wisconsin School of Business (WSB) Fund allows the school to invest in new programs and initiatives that enhance the student experience and improve its reputation as a world-class business school. Contributions to the WSB Fund help the school provide top-tier resources that prepare students for post-graduation success.

We are grateful for your investment in 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 celebrate with you and share key points of progress and impact that you helped make possible.

WSB welcomes 8 new faculty members

Eight new faculty members joined the Wisconsin School of Business this fall, reinforcing the school’s investment in top talent and impactful research. These bright minds bring a wealth of knowledge to WSB. They are thought leaders in cross-disciplinary topics like artificial intelligence, health care, and climate change. Their expertise positions them to address some of today’s most critical questions and help students think strategically about complex business issues.

Business Badger Launch creates community for direct admit students

Business Badger Launch is a new, cohort-based undergraduate program that takes place the week before the fall semester starts. The signature program is designed to support traditionally underrepresented direct-admit Business Badgers as they begin their first year at UW–Madison. The program allows students to maximize their college experience by building connections with other WSB students, faculty, and staff. The cohorts will equip students with resources as they learn about time management, understanding their identity as a college student, study abroad opportunities, and how to jump start their career development.

Real estate program adds new graduate track in affordable housing and sustainable development

This fall, WSB’s real estate program launched a new track in affordable housing and sustainable development. Meeting demand for two of the fastest-growing topics in real estate—housing affordability and sustainability—this new offering prepares graduate students for careers in both residential and commercial real estate development, with a focus on affordable and sustainable housing issues and financing. The track will provide students with tools to navigate these evolving areas of real estate and builds on WSB’s record of success in pairing a rigorous core curriculum with an applied learning experience component. The program is currently prototyping some of the track’s courses with current WSB students and will open for enrollment in 2024.

Flexibility, innovation drive WSB’s redesigned Executive MBA

WSB is proud to launch the newly redesigned executive MBA program this fall. Delivered through a combination of hybrid, online, and in-person learning, the flexible, 18-month program allows executive-level professionals to expand their skills and take their leadership abilities to the next level. Built on an innovative modular platform, the program includes four strategic modules: leadership development, business management, strategy, and innovation. In addition to new and innovative courses, the redesigned Wisconsin Executive MBA features experiential learning and increased executive mentoring and career coaching. Applications for the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program will open in Fall 2023 for classes to begin in Fall 2024.