Marriott Alumni Magazine

Winter 2012

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Contents Winter 2012 4 in good company Alison Davis-Blake blazed an unexpected trail, gleaning wisdom from three role models on her way to becoming the first female dean of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. 10 the innovator’s dna Many people think creativity is something you’re born with. Research proves it’s something you can also learn. Discover five skills that will boost your creativity. 14 Emerging markets 2011 Honored Alum Eric Varvel talks about the global economy—how it has evolved and how technology is transforming the public and private sectors. 20 doing the math Restore your number-crunching confidence with these powerful business math concepts. 30 battling the winter blues The skies are gray, the days are short, and your mood is blue. These practical tips may help you—and your employees—overcome the winter blahs. Plus . . . 8 Around the Cooler Filling In the Blank 19 inside the classroom Ready, Set, Audit! 28 By the Numbers The Social Medium 36 school news 43 alumni news Cover photo by Bradley Slade

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