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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Is Diversity Really a ‘Business Imperative’ at Your Company?
Some of the topics that caught our eye in the news recently included a Huffington Post column on whether businesses are really treating diversity as a business imperative; a conference at the White House for undergraduates; strategies for communicating in a global workforce; and Starbucks’ continued efforts to talk about race with a move into Ferguson, Mo.

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11 years post-injury, Will Reynolds supports troops [#permalink]

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: 11 years post-injury, Will Reynolds supports troops
Will Reynolds just doesn’t know when to give up.

The U.S. Army veteran didn’t give up after a life-threatening battlefield injury devastated his left arm and left leg, knocking him out of the Iraq war. A remotely detonated improvised explosive device tore apart his left side while he was on a reconnaissance mission in southwest Baghdad on Nov. 7, 2004.

He didn’t quit when that injury required 23 surgeries as doctors worked to save his left leg, fighting his way back to the athletic lifestyle he had grown up with. And once more, after he was involved in a bike-on-car accident in 2013, the “damage to my previously salvaged limb” compelled him to pursue “what my doctors and I fought off for nearly 10 years” — amputating his left leg.

 

And he didn’t quit when he needed to remake his career after the injury.

Reynolds considered business school while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. When he retired from the Army in 2007, he enrolled at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester as a Consortium fellow. He earned an MBA in 2009 and a masters in public health in 2010.

He was featured in a Fourth of July video highlighting his recovery and his work as a board member with Team Red, White & Blue, which works to connect U.S. military veterans with their communities through physical and social activity. Reynolds is also a cyclist for Team RWB.

“I don’t think I could pin any of my rehab successes on any one person,” Reynolds explains in the video. “It’s always a group effort. That’s where organizations like Team Red White & Blue kind of fill that gap.”

Reynolds works as a senior consultant at Deloitte in Washington specializing in program and operations management as part of the company’s Government Operations Service Line.

 
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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Do we have superpowers of persuasion?
Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been reading this week, ending Aug. 7, 2015. Highlights were a report in the Harvard Business Review (by a Cornell professor) indicating that we’re all probably more persuasive than we think we are and, of course, the end of the Jon Stewart era on The Daily Show.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Take the time you need to prepare your MBA application
‘Tis the season. The application period opens on Saturday for The Consortium and our 18 member schools. One of the benefits of seeking a The Consortium membership is the opportunity to apply through our website’s common application to up to six MBA programs for $300.

So, the application period begins. The first-round application deadline is Oct. 15, so you’ve got two months to make sure your application is in tip-top shape. But the truth is, only about 20 percent of our applications arrive by that first-round deadline.

The bulk of last year’s 1,075 applications arrived in time for the second-round deadline of Jan. 5. And here’s a little secret: You’ll suffer no disadvantage if you meet the second application deadline instead of the first.

Sure, you may find out sooner whether the MBA program of your choice has accepted you. But the most important thing is to make sure your application is thorough, complete and says what you want it to say.

We know you’re already busy in the work-world. You have jobs and personal lives — and often, families — to juggle while you’re preparing your MBA application. So this message is simply to reassure you: Take the time you need to get that application done right. Don’t try to hit the early deadline if you’re not ready.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind as you prepare your application.

Know thyself. Forbes magazine advises applicants take the time to consider what makes them stand out. “How have you impacted the world, and how will you continue to do so?”

Why an MBA? Similarly, applicants should be very clear about why an MBA is important to their career goals. “The more concrete detail you can provide,” Forbes writes, “the better admissions officers will understand your rationale for pursuing an MBA, and the more likely it is that they will decide to invest a space in their class in you.”

Nail the essays. MBA.com, the official site of the GMAT, notes that the essays are singularly important. Failing to answer the questions that are asked, rambling and poor spelling and grammar are, obviously, no-nos. Clearly explaining how your interests fits the focus of a particular school, or how a particular course of study will benefit you post-MBA are vital.

Fill the gaps. Be critical of your own resume. What gaps can you find, not only in your work history, but your involvement outside of work? Forbes notes that if you’ve got three years of work experience, but few extracurricular activities, you’ll need to be able to explain that, or take the time to fill it out.

Get those recommendations. If you haven’t already cultivated relationships with mentors, instructors, employers, volunteer supervisors or other community leaders, get busy. You’ll need those recommendations. If you’ve been in contact with them, asking for their feedback on your work and your contributions, Kaplan’s Business School Insider says, most of them will be flattered to be asked to contribute to your application.

Share your passion. Isser Gallogly, assistant dean of MBA admissions at NYU Stern School of Business, was just interviewed for an article in Poets & Quants. He’s read thousands of essays. “You can tell which essays are coming from a place of passion, excitement, and authenticity,” he said. “What it needs to be is an honest statement about what you’re passionate about.”

Know where you’re going. Gallogly shares a related point: You should be clearly heading toward something, not away from something. He hears applicants say they don’t like what they’re, and they’re hoping that by getting an MBA, it will help them figure out what’s next. “An MBA’s a great place to make it happen,” he said. “It’s not the optimal place to figure it out.”

Discuss the Three Cs. Finally, remember that the MBA application is about three things, Gallogly says: The classroom (how you’ve performed and can expect to perform); your career (what you’ve done professionally); and your character (what you’ve done outside the first two Cs).
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