Twenty DePaul graduate business students had an opportunity
to ask the “Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett questions about careers, investing
and the economy at an invitation-only event for MBA students hosted by the business
magnate in Omaha Oct. 25. (Read MBA student Kate Stevenson's firsthand account of the trip).
DePaul was among seven business schools, including Harvard
and Columbia, invited to send students to meet Buffett at the Kiewit Plaza headquarters
of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate he helms, and tour several of its
Omaha-based ventures. The group was
chosen from more than 300 DePaul MBA students who applied to meet the renowned
CEO, investor and philanthropist.
Buffett answered a wide range of questions during a two-hour
Q & A session with students. He
advised them 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.”
“Getting to interact with Mr. Buffett and visit several of
his companies was a priceless opportunity,” said MBA student Brad Harbaugh,
summing up the reaction of the DePaul group. “However, just as inspiring was
getting to spend quality time with other DePaul students and to reflect on the
ways our experiences at DePaul are preparing us to be leaders in our own right.” (Read more on Harbaugh's blog).
While in town, the students also toured Berkshire’s Nebraska
Furniture Mart, Borsheims jewelry store and the Oriental Trading Co., meeting with
executives at each of these companies. Dean Ray Whittington, Associate Dean Dan
Heiser and Assistant Dean Christa Hinton joined the students on the trip.