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On Track to Become an Electrical Engineer, MSLCE Student Does a 180

By Amy A. Ross

One year studying Electrical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines taught Amanda Strong lots of lessons, none more important than that she had no desire to be an Electrical Engineer.

“My time there made me realized the things I love about engineering, which had more to do with the business, project management, and design sides of the major, but still didn’t really have clear idea of what I wanted,” said Strong. “Being around people so math and science-based almost put me more in touch with my creative side and I realized my need to be around creative people and in a creative atmosphere.” (more…)

Tribeca Panel Producer Finds Opportunities in a ‘Super Supportive’ Film Industry

By Jacob Nelson

Mara Webster will be speaking on Thursday, October 1 at Frances Searle Building, #1-421 as part of the MSLCE October Speaker Series. The event is free. RSVP here.

When Mara Webster was growing up, she knew she loved film, but she didn’t know how she’d end up working in the film industry. In fact, she didn’t even know that the job she would end up getting existed.

Now, Webster works full-time to produce panels for the Tribeca Film Festival. So, for example, when Christopher Nolan and Cary Fukunaga appeared in 2015 as part of a master class series on directing — that was Webster’s doing. (more…)

MSLCE Student Hopes to Make Dance More Inclusive for Minorities

By Amy Ross

Hayley Bullock hadn’t been walking very long by the time she started to dance.

At the age of three she was taking tap, jazz and show choir lessons and soon after was performing in public, including a performance at Disney World. However, when she turned 15, Bullock abandoned her dream of becoming a dancer after an adult she respected told her that black girls couldn’t do ballet. She started to run track, instead. “I continued to teach smaller kids, but quit training. When you are told that as a teenager, it is certainly a deterrent,” she said. (more…)

MSLCE Celebrates the Success of its Inaugural Class

By Amy A. Ross

Thirteen students completed their year-long journey as the inaugural class of Northwestern University’s Masters of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises (MSLCE). The students received their degree in a ceremony at the Alice Millar Chapel in Evanston, Illinois, last Thursday, August 27th.

In an overview of the program’s achievements during its first year, MSLCE Director Pablo Boczkowski, highlighted the launch of 13 new classes, visits to more than 30 organizations in different parts of the country, the hosting of eight prominent  industry professionals in the Speaker Series and interactions with over two dozen other key professionals in classes.”Each quarter students increasingly talked about the ways in which their courses connected and complemented each other, deepening their understanding of the creative enterprises,” said Boczkowski at the beginning of the ceremony. (more…)

Incoming MSLCE Student Aspires to Develop Shows for NBC

By Amy Ross

When you ask Scott Lederman to dream big, his mind drifts off to 30 Rock in New York City, somewhere inside the NBC Television Network headquarters. Although most children love television, his fascination only grew with age, as he reflected on how production teams came up with ideas that would capture the attention of their audiences and then made those ideas a reality. (more…)

Internship at Oprah Winfrey Network An Unforgettable Experience for MSLCE Student


By Melissa Cline

A famous quote by James Herriot states, “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”  It made me think, if cats are connoisseurs of comfort, then what are Wildcats? Throughout my internship journey, from the application submission, to now completing my last week at the Oprah Winfrey Network, I was everything but comfortable. It took more tenacity, agility, and heart than I knew existed. The hunt for the internship alone gave me life lessons that I will be using for the rest of my career. Taking sole responsibility for my professional materials, application, personal brand, follow through, and most importantly networking, was key in this entire journey. (more…)

MSLCE Student Applied Classroom Lessons to Art Gallery Internship


By Mona Fu


I interned at Tyler Rollins Fine Art this summer for about three months.

This gallery focuses on promoting contemporary Southeast Asian artists, such as Tiffany Chung, Henri Dono, and Sopheap Pich. During my internship, I was responsible for researching and recording clients’ information into the gallery’s database and managing the invitation process for their participation in Basel Votal and the Seattle Art Fair 2015. (more…)