LAWRENCE — Finance and MBA students from the University of Kansas School of Business traveled to Omaha, Neb. last month to visit Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a multinational holding company led by billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
Students participated in a private Q-and-A session with Buffett, attended a lunch hosted by the investor and each got a photo opportunity with the billionaire. KU was one of eight universities invited to attend the annual meeting with Buffett.
"Meeting Mr. Buffett was both an opportunity and an education," said Michael Aldrich, second-year MBA student. "It was so refreshing and inspiring to hear such a successful business person push the basics of hard work, integrity and focus.
He is such a great example and has blessed many charitable organizations and individuals alike. Listening to his words gave me a renewed sense of purpose and accountability. I think our entire group walked away from the experience with valuable lessons, tools and vision."
"Part of what made the experience so unique was that Mr. Buffett was one of the most down-to-earth people I have ever met," said Erin Murphy, finance and marketing junior. "It was clear that he does not take life too seriously and cracked multiple jokes that got the whole audience laughing.
He said the most important thing in the business world is the relationships you build with others. Mr. Buffett stressed that you don't have to be the smartest person in the world to succeed, you just have to be willing to work really hard and foster relationships with people from different areas of life."
"Buffett's focus and wisdom were inspiring and he had a way of fostering a comfortable environment of openness and honesty for students," said Sarah Hageman, finance and management junior. "His unwavering faith in our economy was both fascinating to observe and encouraging to hear."
Students were accompanied by Jennifer Jordan, Business Career Services Center director. For pictures of the event, visit here.