Partnering with the Next Generation of Business Minds
When it comes to the world of business, there are two things that we have found to be true: the best ideas don’t always come from the inside, and giving back is essential.
At Reliable, we’ve been proud to embody both of these principles at the same time through our participation with the Suffolk University MBA program. Located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, Suffolk is a hotbed of business minds — current and future CEOs, executives and innovators. Suffolk’s recently redesigned MBA program places an emphasis on real-world experience, and each year its students collaborate with several businesses as part of their degree pursuit. As one of those businesses, we are privileged to provide students with practical business experience; in return, they give us fresh insights that help us grow our own business.
Since the start of 2018, we’ve been fortunate enough to be included as a business case study for an MBA-level class called “Collaborate,” taught by Jason Peterson, J.D., an associate professor and the Chair of the school’s Business Law and Ethics department. In this class, Peterson uses business case studies “to provide context for classroom content.”
As a rapidly growing company, our case study with the MBA candidates focuses on managing business growth in operations, human resources and strategy.
“For this type of partnership to be successful, you need a client that really welcomes the students into their world. Reliable has been very open and excited to work with us,” Peterson says. “They give our students a lot of access, and in return, they get professional consulting from our accomplished MBA students. It’s a great experience for both sides.”
Each semester, we kick off the program by visiting the new cohort on campus to give them an overview of our business and industry and to answer their questions about how the concepts they are learning actually play out in the business world. Later in the semester, students from the class visit our headquarters in Norwood to dive in deeper with our team and see what it’s like working on-site. The semester concludes with a paper and live presentation of ideas from the students.
Every group of students we have worked with in this program has demonstrated strong business acumen and understanding of the principles that keep businesses running successfully.
“These are sharp students, without a doubt,” said Yuliya Stoycheva, our Human Resources Manager. “One of the best ideas we’ve heard from a cohort was a buddy program to pair new hires with old ones as we continue to onboard new employees each week. Their suggestions confirmed some ideas our team had been tossing around, and we’re proud to be moving forward with the execution in the next few months.”
At Reliable, we value our involvement in the communities throughout Greater Boston where we operate. Our leadership team enjoys interacting with the MBA candidates to answer questions and give them a peek into what it’s like to run a real business, including the challenges and opportunities that come with it.
We’d like to give a special thanks to Professor Jason Peterson for allowing us to take part in educating his students. And, of course, a big thanks to all the cohorts of Suffolk MBA students, past, present and future, that have worked with us.
To learn about additional community involvement from Reliable, click here.