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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Poets & Quants ‘best and brightest MBAs’ includes host of Consortium alumni
Poets & Quants highlighted its annual list of the “Best and Brightest MBAs” in the class of 2016 from business schools across the country. The list included a number of Consortium alumni — students who started their MBA journey at the 48th annual Orientation Program & Career Forum in Austin, Texas, in 2014, and who are now walking out with MBAs and career opportunities ahead of them.

“Grabbing attention won’t be an issue for Poets & Quants’ Best and Brightest MBAs. In fact, you could describe this year’s recipients as the rock stars of their own classes,” the online magazine wrote in its introduction. “Amid never-ending demands, these second years were the ones who were always available to organize events, tutor peers, and recruit future students. They were leaders, volunteers and problem-solvers, who started conversations, challenged conventions, rallied peers, and inspired change.”

Poets & Quants highlighted 100 students emerging from their studies this spring. Here are the Consortium-affiliated honorees from the class of 2016. Did we miss anyone? Let us know at communications@cgsm.org and we’ll update this post.

2016 Best MBAs: Coral Taylor, Georgetown

2016 Best MBAs: Lauren A. McGlory, Emory Goizueta

2016 Best MBAs: Samuel Edwards, Indiana

2016 Best MBAs: Mikayla Hart, University of Rochester

2016 Best MBAs: Jean-Marie Menga, Virginia

2016 Best MBAs: Lily Hamburger, University of Michigan

2016 Best MBAs: Samantha Grant, Carnegie Mellon

2016 Best MBAs: Rahul Sharma, USC Marshall

2016 Best MBAs: Ronica Reddick, New York University

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Consortium job postings: Alumni relations and individual giving  [#permalink]

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Consortium job postings: Alumni relations and individual giving
We have two openings at The Consortium for critical roles in the organization. Please let us know if you can recommend a candidate, or forward these to anyone you think might be interested. Please send resume, cover letter and any supporting information to jobs@cgsm.org.

Director, Individual Giving
Summary:

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management was founded in 1966 in order to promote diversity in full-time, two-year MBA programs across the ranks of American management. Since then, it has grown to include 18 leading MBA programs and enjoys the support of more than 70 corporate sponsors. To date, there are 9,000 alumni with 400 new graduates every year. By using state-of-the-art donor development theory and practice, the Director will advance The Consortium’s mission via high-tech/high-touch outreach efforts.

Major Duties:

  • Responsible for coordinating all individual donor fundraising, which includes the annual fund, class gifts, recurring gifts, comprehensive campaign and major donor efforts
  • Identify alumni needs and concerns in order to develop an overarching fundraising strategy
  • Promote alumni engagement to maximize the value of The Consortium network by working with alumni chapters across both geographic and industry lines (Special Interest Groups)
  • Devise effective messaging to communicate various Consortium fundraising programs through both mail and electronic formats
  • Using Raiser’s Edge and other sources, identify potential donors and map outreach efforts
  • Analyze campaign results to make continuous improvements in effectiveness
  • Work closely with the Vice President and Executive Director, particularly in regard to major gifts
  • Chair the Alumni Relations committee, reporting to the Board of Trustees
  • Manage gift entry into Raiser’s Edge, including school shared gifts, accessing pooled giving databases and identifying matching gift opportunities in order give donors the proper attribution. Regularly reconcile tally with Manager, Database Operations and Senior Manager, Accounting
  • Coordinate with school development offices to create joint giving opportunities
  • Hands-on participant at the annual Orientation Program & Career Forum each June
  • Maintain visibility in the advancement profession and be active within the St. Louis community
  • Other duties as may be assigned
Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with some advanced development training a plus
  • Four years of Alumni Relations experience
  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to think and act independently
  • Sound judgment, the ability to analyze problems quickly and accurately and offer practical and effective solutions
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Knowledge of donor management software used for both data capture and analytics. Raiser’s Edge experience a plus
  • Fluency with various social media platforms
  • Command of Microsoft Office applications
Manager, Student & Alumni Relations
Summary:

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management was founded in 1966 in order to promote diversity in full-time, two-year MBA programs across the ranks of American management. Since then, it has grown to include 18 leading MBA programs and enjoys the support of more than 70 corporate sponsors. To date, there are 9,000 alumni with 400 new graduates every year. The Manager will help build a class identity and community by providing programs and services relevant to Consortium students.

Major Duties:

  • Working primarily through the student liaisons at each campus, create school specific and cross campus programs designed to engage students as Consortium members as opposed to being subsumed into the culture of the specific school they are attending
  • Direct student specific gift programs, including the First of Many and the Class Gift. Enter individual gifts into the Raiser’s Edge donor tracking system
  • Hands on participant at the Orientation Program & Career Forum held each June. Oversee scheduling 80+ volunteer shifts
  • Manage multiple social media efforts including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter groups
  • Award the annual T.E.A.M. trophy to the school that has best demonstrated their commitment to The Consortium
  • Coordinating with school placement officers, compile the annual Student Employment report
  • Based on mutual interest, connect students with alumni and corporate partners, thereby increasing the value of The Consortium network. Specifically, administer the Still Seeking Employment program to link students with late breaking job opportunities
  • Other duties as may be assigned
Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of Student Services or Alumni Relations experience. Demonstrated experience with volunteer development and oversight
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Sound judgment, the ability to analyze problems quickly and accurately and offer practical and effective solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, successfully coordinating many projects requiring close timing, often by enlisting the cooperation of students and volunteers
  • Highly motivated and self-starter with the ability to think and act independently
  • Knowledge of donor management software used for both data capture and analytics. Raiser’s Edge experience a plus
  • Fluency with various social media platforms
  • Command of Microsoft Office applications
Please send resume, cover letter and any supporting information to jobs@cgsm.org.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Consortium alumna’s parents contribute $1 million endowment in her memory
The family of an MBA student and fellow of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management has established a $1 million scholarship endowment to the nonprofit organization in the name of their daughter — Leslie Elise Adkins.

Ms. Adkins, who earned a full-tuition Consortium fellowship from the University of Southern California in 2013, died on May 5, 2015, of complications from chronic diabetes, after completing her MBA.

Ms. Adkins’ parents, Lynette and Kedrick Adkins, announced the endowment in order to further the mission of The Consortium by funding scholarships for promising African American students and other underrepresented minorities seeking to earn an MBA.

“Leslie was deeply committed to the mission of The Consortium, and lived it out in her personal and professional life,” the Adkins said. “She would have wanted to show her gratitude to The Consortium for the opportunity extended to her.”

After completing her MBA requirements, Ms. Adkins was awarded the degree posthumously on May 15, 2015. She had received a job offer from Amazon on the day of her death.

“The entire Consortium community is humbled and honored by this generous gift,” said Peter J. Aranda III, executive director & CEO of The Consortium. “Leslie fully embodied the spirit of the Consortium community. This gift secures her legacy for future generations of Consortium students.”

Leslie Elise Adkins Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for African American students, particularly women, and with preference to students attending USC’s Marshall School of Business or the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where Ms. Adkins received her undergraduate degree.

Details of how students can apply for the scholarship will be provided on The Consortium’s website at a later time.

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OP was fun, it was the 50th anniversary so much more activities than usual including black tie dinner. Final day which is interview day was very intense, I had 7 interviews, I know some people that had 9 and 10. Some even got offers that same day.
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The Consortium’s 2016 Schoen, Jones and Thorp award recipients  [#permalink]

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: The Consortium’s 2016 Schoen, Jones and Thorp award recipients
Lifelong commitment to diversity and inclusion work; stewardship of The Consortium; and intense focus and commitment to the cause of The Consortium at the university and corporate level—these traits mark the recipients of the organization’s 2016 service awards, granted at the 50th annual Orientation Program & Career Forum last week in St. Louis.

The Consortium awarded the Sterling H. Schoen Achievement Award to Dr. Mahendra Gupta, dean of the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, who is stepping down from the post at the end of June to return to teaching.

In announcing the honor on June 7, Phil Miller, assistant dean for research programs at the Wisconsin School of Business of the University of Wisconsin, noted that “his students must love him in the classroom; they have awarded him the business school’s highest honor eight times since 2001. He has long been a friend of The Consortium as a faculty member and as dean and we are sorry to see him stepping down from that role.”

The Schoen award is named in honor of The Consortium’s founder and granted “to individuals in recognition of their courageous leadership and commitment in advancing the goal of equal opportunity for underrepresented minorities in American business.”

The Consortium awarded its Peter C. Thorp Leadership Award to Natalie Brown, senior vice president, enterprise campus diversity manager at Bank of America. She has been a steadfast support from her position at Bank of America and in her introduction, it was noted that she “actively promotes the company’s commitment to diversity, serving as a member of employee resource groups such as Charlotte LEAD for Women, Black Professionals Group and the Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement.”

The Thorp award is named for the longest-serving member of The Consortium’s corporate advisory board and is awarded to individuals who, among other things, “shows evidence of generous financial support of MBA fellowships and evidence of leadership as a corporate champion of ethnic diversity.”

Finally, The Consortium awarded the Wallace L. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award to its executive director & CEO, Peter J. Aranda III, who has been associated with The Consortium for 31 years, since he was granted a fellowship to attend Washington University in St. Louis. He served as a volunteer alumnus frequently after receiving his MBA in 1987, and returned as its leader in 2003.

“I was fortunate to have served on the search committee that named him to his present position 13 years ago,” Miller said in his introduction. “When you read the criteria for this award, we quite honestly could not have chosen a more perfectly qualified recipient.”

The Jones award is given “to recognize an alumnus who has excelled or demonstrated commitment in: professional achievement; community involvement; mentoring; advancement of The Consortium’s mission; giving back of time, effort, and/or capital; and encouraging and inspiring future leaders.”

Pictured above: Aranda, Brown and Gupta receiving their awards at the Schoen Dinner on June 7, 2016.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: 1st Consortium students: ‘Never even imagined’ business was a possibility


For members of the first class of Consortium students in the mid-1960s, the notion of a business career involved running a barber shop or a funeral home. They only thought about small businesses. Anything that exclusively served the African American community.

“I didn’t think about big business and I didn’t think about having a career in big business because it just wasn’t there,” said Leon Todd, part of the first Consortium class in 1967. He received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It was something I never even imagined.”

Todd shared his insights and more as part of a sweeping hourlong video chat The Consortium hosted May 19 as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. The Google Hangout joined Todd with three Indiana University-Bloomington alums: Robert Lee, Charles Randall and Charles Vernon.

Successful Careers
After getting his MBA, Todd could imagine a big-league business career.

The Milwaukee man had a career that included several years of sales and marketing experience. Later, he joined Strategic Technologies Consulting as a strategic planning, marketing and public relations consulting partner.

The other three also had successful careers in business. Lee, of Austin, Texas, spent 38 years with IBM. Randall, of Clifton, N.J., also enjoyed a long career at IBM. Later, he started his second act, earning his primary school teaching certification.

Mason, of New York City, attended Columbia law school and worked as a managing attorney and partner in a law firm. Later, he ran his own law practice and served as CEO for a nonprofit. He’s since become an ordained minister and teacher.

Transformative Experience
“I can’t highlight enough how transformative it was for a professor we had not met, Dr. (Sterling) Schoen, who had basically conceived of something…that has literally changed corporate America,” Mason told viewers in the Google Hangout.

All four men said their reception on campus was great, though Randall said it was tinged with some apprehension.

“The reception at Indiana was excellent. It was a wonderful experience,” he said. “But I did have a little shock when I got there, when I learned two things. One, Bloomington had been a founding site of the Ku Klux Klan. And the Klan had celebrations throughout the year where they paraded quite openly. I didn’t know how to take that. And secondly, when I found out that the year we came to Indiana was the first year the student union was desegregated. Those two things were kind of a shock to me. But it didn’t have any bearing on the school of business itself. The seven of us did socialize, come together, work together, study together.”

View the entire hourlong chat above for more of their insights and visit our YouTube channel, where you’ll find more videos and soon, excerpts of the Google Hangout.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Derica Rice: Consortium alum’s differences have made a difference
Because he was a little different, Consortium alumnus Derica Rice met the queen of England — and his wife.

Rice, Eli Lilly and Company‘s executive vice president of global services and chief financial officer, is quick to note that his Consortium fellowship opened those opportunities and more. Rice received his MBA in 1990 from Indiana University-Bloomington. One of those opportunities started at the very beginning of his association with The Consortium.

Rice’s Orientation Program was on the campus at Washington University in St. Louis. At the time, organizers placed men and women in separate dorm suites.

“The administrators looked at my name and thought I was a woman,” Rice said. “They put me in the female suites.”

Too late to make any adjustments, that’s where he stayed throughout OP — and that’s how he met his now wife, Robin R. Nelson-Rice. She also received her MBA from Indiana in 1990, and her marketing career has included positions at AT&T and Eli Lilly. She serves as a volunteer on a variety of community boards and institutions, including the Indiana Museum of Art.

Gratitude for The Consortium
Both Rices are members of The Consortium’s Eagle Club, showing the highest level of financial commitment from individual donors. Derica Rice said it’s a natural result of the opportunities he received from The Consortium.

“I have a great deal of gratitude for The Consortium,” he said. “In hockey terms, I scored a hat trick: I got a degree, a career and a best friend and soul-mate all in one swoop. It laid the foundation for me to have the career I have at Lilly for 26 years now.”

Since then, he’s traveled the world, working for Lilly in international assignments including CFO for Lilly Canada; CFO for European operations based in London; and general manager of Lilly United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Rice also serves on the boards of directors at Target Corp.

Rice originally heard about The Consortium as an undergraduate at Kettering University, where he was studying engineering.

“I decided I didn’t want to do engineering any longer. I thought I’d go to law school. Then, my roommate came home and said there’s this thing called an MBA,” Rice said. With no business background — and no business school at Kettering at the time — Rice assumed he couldn’t qualify. When he researched The Consortium, he realized he had a shot.

Differences in Diversity
Rice said he’s been fortunate in his career as an underrepresented minority to have experienced more positive than negative experiences related to workplace diversity.

“Have there been negatives? Absolutely, and sometimes they’re quite subtle, about how people acknowledge and recognize the differences,” he said. “Diversity is more mainstream in the sense that it’s more top of mind. Diversity is starting to encompass the elements that we dream of. It really is about getting the most out of each and every individual.”

Living internationally has also shown Rice that attitudes about race vary tremendously in other parts of the world. He noted that social class and lineage seemed to make more of a difference in the United Kingdom than race — though he did tend to stand out as an African American man at UK business functions.

Queen Encounter
Remember our reference to the queen earlier? Rice had the opportunity to meet her twice in the early 2000s — largely because he stood out in a crowd.

The first time was in 2001, shortly after President George Bush’s inauguration and after Tony Blair had returned from a visit with the new president. The event was a top-level business meeting for corporate leaders in the UK. “I am the only one in the room who looks like me. I met everyone in the room and I never moved” — including members of the royal family, Rice said — because they moved around the room toward him.

A second meeting occurred a few years later.

“My wife and I were invited to this white-tie ball, with probably 1,000 people there. And we were among the very few people who look like me,” he said. As the royal family bid greetings to every third or fourth person in the queue, Prince Albert went out of order, noting he hadn’t had the chance to meet the Rices. That’s when Rice had his second encounter with the queen — though he acknowledges they haven’t exactly exchanged cellphone numbers.

“You have no idea about the doors that one opportunity can open. I never left the state of Alabama before I was 18,” he said. “Now, I’ve spent almost half of my career outside of the U.S. Could you imagine being in those kinds of situations? It was through The Consortium that all of that was enabled.”

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Affirmative action ruling in University of Texas case a great gift
The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management congratulates the University of Texas for its victory in the landmark affirmative action case before the United States Supreme Court.

In Fisher v. University of Texas, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that public universities have a compelling interest in achieving the various benefits afforded by the presence of a diverse student body on campus.

Beginning with the University of California in 1978’s Bakke case, to the University of Michigan’s Grutter and Gratz cases in 2003, to Thursday’s University of Texas triumph, our member schools have been at the forefront of championing the cause of diversity and inclusiveness in higher education.

The University of Texas was not alone among our member schools in its most recent efforts. Carnegie Mellon, Emory University, University of Rochester, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Georgetown University and the University of North Carolina all dedicated resources to filing friend of the court briefs in support of the University of Texas.

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is committed to increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities in the ranks of business schools and corporate management. Without its member schools leading the way, it would be impossible for us to fulfill our mission.

There could be no better gift for The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management’s 50th anniversary than this tremendous achievement by the University of Texas and all of its supporters. Thank you, UT.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Emory wins T.E.A.M. trophy for 2016 contributions to diversity, The Consortium
The Consortium awarded its 2016 T.E.A.M. trophy to Emory University Goizueta Business School, recognizing students’ contribution to diversity awareness and the mission of The Consortium. T.E.A.M. stands for “together, everyone achieves more.”

Emory students’ accomplishments that led to the recognition included:

  • Five Consortium students held the leadership positions of the business schools’ premier diversity event.
  • Consortium students supported the National Black MBA Association and the American Business Women’s Association in the annual breast cancer walk.
  • Students also tackled the topic of building engagement among CGSM students while in school. They hosted a game night entitled “real talk,” which was an opportunity for first-year students and second-year students to get to know each other outside of the classroom.
  • Eleven Consortium students participated in the annual volunteer event at orientation. The students netted a total of more than 30 volunteer hours.
  • The entering student government president was a Consortium student;
  • Two Consortium students were recipients of the core values award for demonstrating their commitment to the business principles of the Goizueta Business School.
  • Students participated in the business school’s annual diverse leadership conference and they connected with fellow Consortium liaisons at other schools in an effort to learn, grow and engage their students.
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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Consortium alumna Kim Harris Jones: Weathered spinoffs, Chrysler bankruptcy
The year 2009 wore out Consortium alumna Kim Harris Jones. The 1986 University of Michigan MBA and Consortium member had spent 23 years in the auto industry. That year, as senior vice president and corporate controller for Chrysler, she played a key role in guiding the company through its bankruptcy and sale in a 42-day sprint.

“I was tired,” Jones recalled in an interview with The Consortium. “It was exhausting.”

At that point, the first African American woman to hold a senior executive position at Chrysler decided she’d had enough. On June 9, 2009, Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy. Later that month, Jones started a new job, in a new industry, as senior vice president-corporate controller for Kraft Foods Group.

“I was 49 at the time. I was financially ready to retire, but not mentally ready,” she said. “But it was time to leave the auto industry.”

Today, Jones is both financially and mentally ready for retirement. She took that step just over a year ago. With free time on her hands and an itch to get involved, The Consortium was one of her first phone calls.

Years of Consortium Involvement
Jones spent years attending Orientation Programs to recruit for General Motors, and then Chrysler. Today, she serves as a volunteer on The Consortium’s finance committee and has joined the Eagle Club, among The Consortium’s elite top tier of private donors.

“I decided I wanted to focus on education. The Consortium was the ideal place in graduate education, but I’m looking at the entire educational spectrum,” she said.

Jones first heard about The Consortium from a former professor at Michigan. Dr. Alfred Edwards — a long-time friend of The Consortium (and founder Sterling Schoen) — had advised Jones to jump immediately from undergraduate to business school.

She politely declined, insisting she needed some “real world” experience first. Besides, she said, what about the money? “I said, ‘Let me know when there’s a way for me to go for free,'” she recalled. A year later, Michigan joined The Consortium and Jones’ phone rang. It was Dr. Edwards.

“He called me and said, ‘Kim, I have a way.'” A year later, she applied and joined. The only hiccup? She had to miss her Orientation Program in 1984 — but she had a good reason. She was planning to be on her honeymoon instead.

“I told (Consortium CEO) Wally (Jones), ‘I just got notice of this, but I’ve been planning my wedding for a long time,'” Jones (no relation) said. She attended OP the next year.

Proud Moments
Jones emerged from Michigan’s MBA program with a job offer from General Motors — where her father had worked for years on the assembly line.

“The proudest day of my father’s life was when I got my MBA and went to work with General Motors,” she said. He died a year after she took the job, but she was able to memorialize and honor him in a book project by a college friend. Dare to Be Extraordinary — A Collection of Life Lessons from African-American Fathers is an anthology of stories that includes Jones’ story about her own father.

After ending her auto industry career and moving on to the food industry, Jones wasn’t done with tough assignments. She worked on the 2012 spinoff of Kraft into two separate companies, staying with the larger global company — Mondelez International – which includes brands such as Oreo, Cadbury, Wheat Thins and others.

With 30 years of executive experience behind her, Jones looks back and sees change in corporate inclusivity and diversity — but not enough.

The auto industry “wasn’t a very diverse place to be,” Jones said. “The assumption was that I got the job because I was an African American and a woman — not that I earned something. I had to prove myself every day. That was the reality. It wasn’t fair, but I said to myself, just get over this.”

Today, though she’s retired from the executive suite, she’s not done with board rooms. She serves on the board of True Blue, a workforce staffing company. And she’s a member of the Executive Leadership Council, where she looks at issues involving representation on corporate boards and C-suite jobs.

“When all the smoke clears, things have changed a lot in the last 10 to 20 years,” she said. “There is a lot of opportunity to improve.”

“We need organizations like The Consortium to make sure we have the right people in the pipeline. We have to make sure our young people are prepared from an educational and career standpoint.”

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Consortium referrals: 13 students recommended by you
About eight months ago, The Consortium launched a new process to accept and track Consortium referrals. We get them often through our alumni outreach efforts, but we also added a new referral page to our website in November inviting any visitors to submit the names of potential Consortium members.

We know word-of-mouth is a very powerful tool to draw potential members to our organization. Why not encourage people who already love The Consortium to send us the names of people we should contact?

Since then, visitors to our website have used the page to submit the names of 123 prospective Consortium members. Among those Consortium referrals, visitors referred three prospects twice and one of them three times!

The new page has been a big help: Fans of The Consortium know people who ought to be Consortium members. More than one in 10 of those 123 names have turned into Consortium students. That’s right: At least 13 of those Consortium referrals are starting their MBA programs in the fall.

Who Sends the Most Consortium Referrals?
The last time we looked at this particular topic was in late November, shortly after we started accepting online referrals through the web-based form. At the time, with fewer Consortium referrals, current students delivered the highest share of names — 53 percent came from students.

Now, that number is down to 50 percent, but current students are still the largest source of Consortium referrals. We are also gratified to see that the second largest category is Consortium alumni, who provide 32 percent of our referrals. After that, member school representatives provide 7 percent of Consortium referrals. The rest come from “other,” which likely means individuals with no connection to The Consortium whatsoever.

Since November, we have received 108 referrals from people with a connection to one of our 18 member schools. That means they were either a student, an alumnus or an employee of one of those schools.

By a large share, most of those 108 names came from representatives at the University of Southern California. You can refer to the graph below to see the breakdown.

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People with a connection to one of our 18 member schools referred 108 students to us.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Consortium member schools hosting ‘diversity’ events on campus
Hundreds of potential MBA students will deploy to campuses across the country this fall seeking a taste of life in business school. Business schools — including The Consortium’s 18 member schools — typically host diversity events, which are often weekend-long affairs. They draw prospects to campus and show off the variety of students, faculty and alumni they would encounter.

“Last year, we welcomed over 200 prospective students to campus for a day of networking, diversity panels, interactive workshops and presentations by both admissions and career management staff,” notes the website for the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

We’ve compiled a list of campus awareness/diversity weekend events. As we get more, we’ll be sure to add them. Click each for a few details. Then, link to the schools’ websites for more. In some cases, the events require students to register in advance.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Schools spotlight 2 Consortium students committed to diversity message
Two Consortium member schools recently shared stories of Consortium students with very different backgrounds, from very different parts of the world. Yet they share a common vision of what diversity means and a commitment to building diversity in their programs and beyond.

“I can’t even think of many minorities with MBAs that I met before this,” Brandon Shields, in the class of 2017 at the University of Wisconsin. “I can think of black lawyers and black doctors that I’ve met in my life, but MBAs? No. It really is an underrepresented degree within the underrepresented minority community.”

The Marine veteran served in Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013. He told his story in the Wisconsin School of Business blog on July 12.

A Positive to Standing Alone
Meanwhile, the University of California, Los Angeles, highlighted class of 2017 student Colleen Thomas, a Chicago native who was the only black women in her Catholic high school.

“I knew there were times when I would be the only black female. Sometimes there is a positive to being the only one. Your opinion can be heard,” Thomas said in a two-minute video UCLA shared last week on its blog. (See the video below.)

Thomas started in the entrepreneur program at UCLA. She founded an online travel agency that targets low- and mid-income communities as part of her studies. She’s working this summer at Accenture Strategy in Chicago.

“I think consulting is a great opportunity to gain some of those skill sets that I could later apply to an entrepreneurial venture,” she said.

Focusing on Veterans
Shields worked in DuPont’s Management Leadership Development Program this summer on new product development, assessing the market, making site visits, and making a launch recommendation. He specializes in brand and product management.

He also works part-time in the Wisconsin School of Business’s full-time MBA admissions office. His focus is on helping to recruit more veterans into the program. “Companies know what veterans bring to the table,” Shields said. “And I want to make sure every veteran who is capable realizes that as well.”

Thomas works to make sure her colleagues at school and beyond understand the importance of not only diversity in race and background, but diversity of thought.

“We have different ideas of what the world should look like. I have to learn from you as much as you have to learn from me,” she said. “Black culture isn’t just for black people. Black culture touches global markets.”



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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Alums, sign up to represent The Consortium at recruiting events
The Consortium’s recruiting team begins its fall travel this month. We need your help. Prospective MBA students are anxious to connect with Consortium alumni. We have our heaviest slate of Consortium recruiting events in September and October and we’re hoping you can join us at one of our recruiting events in a city near you.

Our member schools would be delighted to have you join us at these Consortium recruiting events to share your experience with prospective students. If you are interested in participating in one of our Consortium recruiting events, please complete the form below. Have questions? Email Danny Brown at brownd@cgsm.org.

Note: Picture above, prospective students at our Houston MAPS event during the 2015-16 recruiting season.

Alumni Representatives - Recruiting Events 2016-2017
Please complete the form below to indicate which event(s) you can attend. You will be contacted at a later date to confirm your participation and location details.

  • First Name*
  • Last Name*
  • Phone Number*Please use dashes in between (ex. 636-681-5553)

  • Email Address*
  • Consortium School AttendedSelect OneUniversity of California, BerkeleyUniversity of California, Los AngelesCarnegie Mellon UniversityCornell UniversityDartmouth CollegeEmory UniversityGeorgetown UniversityIndiana UniversityUniversity of Michigan-Ann ArborNew York UniversityThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUniversity of RochesterUniversity of Southern CaliforniaThe University of Texas at AustinUniversity of VirginiaWashington University in St. LouisUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonYale University
  • Graduation Year*
  • MAPS Recruiting Events & LocationsYou may select multiple MAPS events


    • New York (MAPS) Sept 1st 6-9pm (Location: TBD)

    • San Francisco (MAPS) Sept 7th 6-9pm (Location: Google, Inc. 345 Spear St., Floor 7 San Francisco, CA 94105)

    • Los Angeles (MAPS) Sept 8th 6-9pm (Location: TBD)

    • Chicago (MAPS) Sept 14th 6-9pm (Location: TBD)

    • Atlanta (MAPS) Sept 20th 6-9pm (Location: TBD)

    • Washington D.C. (MAPS) Sept 27th 6-9pm (Location: TBD)

    • Houston (MAPS) Oct 1st 10am-2pm (Location: HP Inc. 11445 Compaq Center W Dr. Houston, TX 77070 Building CCA5 Level 2 North & South Conference Rooms)

    • New Orleans (MAPS) Oct. 15th 9am-2pm (Location: TBD)
  • Additional Recruiting Events & LocationsYou may select multiple events

    • Los Angeles (DMAC) Aug 20th 9am-5pm

    • Chicago (Forté Forum) Aug 29th 6-9pm

    • New York (Forté Forum) Aug 31st 6-9pm

    • Washington D.C. (QS World MBA Tour) Sept 28th 4-9pm

    • Houston (Prospanica) Sept 29-30th All Day Event

    • New Orleans (NBMBAA) Oct 13-14th 9am-5pm

    • Seattle (SHPE) Nov 3-4th All Day Event

    • Philadelphia (Net Impact Conf) Nov 3-4th 8am-4;30pm

    • Minneapolis (AISES) Nov 11-12th 9am-3:30pm
  • RECRUITING EVENT DESCRIPTIONS
  • MBA Application Preparation Seminars (MAPS)The MAPS event is intended to provide Consortium prospects a platform to learn about The Consortium’s 18 member schools, the application process, The Consortium Fellowship opportunity and the benefits of being a Consortium Fellow. The last hour of MAPS events will consist of a networking/exhibition mini-fair. This will provide you with the opportunity to share your MBA experiences with prospective students who are interested in your school. Below are the event locations, dates and times.
  • Forté ForumThe Consortium will participate as an exhibitor at the school fair portion of the Forté Forum. The fairs are an opportunity to meet with prospective students on a one-on-one basis, answer questions about the Consortium application process, and help prospective students better understand the value of The Consortium network.

  • QS World MBA TourWe will host a 45 minute panel during this MBA mini-fair that will consist of a short presentation about the history of The Consortium, followed by a moderated discussion about the benefits of being a Consortium Fellow and the Consortium student and alumni experience.
  • ProspanicaThe Consortium will participate as an exhibitor at the Prospanica Conference. The conference is an opportunity to meet with prospective students on a one-on-one basis, answer questions about the Consortium application process, and help prospective students better understand the value of The Consortium network.
  • NBMBAAThe National Black MBA Association® Annual Conference and Exposition is one of the largest professional development and job recruitment events in the nation. Each year, this successful affair attracts more than 9,000 business-minded attendees who are fascinated to know about topics including career, education, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and leadership.The Consortium will participate as an exhibitor at the NBMBAA Conference.
  • Net ImpactThe Net Impact Conference is the leading forum for students and professionals who want to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. The Consortium will be on hand to meet prospective members.
  • SHPEThe SHPE Conference is the major event for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Inc. and the largest technical and career conference for Hispanics in the country. The Consortium is hosting a workshop and participating in the Career Fair.
  • AISESMeet The Consortium in Minneapolis at this event. The Annual AISES National Conference is a one-of-kind, three-day event focusing on educational, professional and workforce development! Attendees include American Indian high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies!

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Meet the Consortium recruiting team
We’re fresh off our 50th annual Orientation Program & Career Forum and the Consortium recruiting season is already in full swing. Members of the Consortium recruiting team are already answering questions at a blistering pace and they’ve started to hit the road, hosting all the recruiting events we’ve got lined up.

Since most of the Consortium recruiting team is new since our last season — and because we’re just a few days from opening the application period on Aug. 15 — we thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to the entire team: Danni Young, director of recruiting, and her team: Danny Brown, Felicia Linear and Paige Wheeler.

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St. Louis, Mo. (The Show-Me State)

Education: Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., bachelor’s in business administration; Washington University in St. Louis, MBA.

  • My business card says I’m…director, recruiting.
  • What I actually do is…develop the recruitment strategy to attract outstanding MBA candidates and connect them with our top-tier MBA programs. I also manage a team of three recruiting staff members.
  • People are surprised when they find out that I…love, love, love cats, blackjack and crab legs. In that exact order.
  • I wish you wouldn’t ask me to…cook. I absolutely can’t. End of story.
  • The best part of my job is…meeting intelligent, motivated and enthusiastic students from all walks of life! And of course helping carry out the mission of The Consortium.
  • You and I will probably interact when…I’m in a city near you attending a conference or hosting our MAPS event. Don’t be a stranger, feel free to say “Hey Danni!”
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The Great Nation of Texas (Houston to be exact)

Education: St. Louis University, master’s in higher education administration.

  • My business card says I’m…Lebron James…wait, wrong card…manager, recruiting and application processing.
  • What I actually do is…recruit some of the best and brightest individuals around the country to become members of The Consortium. I am also the lead on our application processing and database system.
  • People are surprised when they find out that I…drive 25 miles to get a 32-ounce snow cone two times a week.
  • I wish you wouldn’t ask me to…come outside when it’s below 60 degrees.
  • The best part of my job is…being able to have conversations with so many students with so many unique stories to tell.
  • You and I will probably interact when…you call and ask questions about how the application process works.
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St. Louis, Mo.

Education: Webster University, Webster Groves, Mo., bachelor’s in business management and master’s in human resource management and human resource development.

  • My business card says I’m…recruiting manager.
  • What I actually do is…manage various portions of The Consortium’s recruiting process from the beginning to the end.
  • People are surprised when they find out that I…am a coupon queen!
  • I wish you wouldn’t ask me to…go outdoors for long periods of time.
  • The best part of my job is…interacting with students in person and by phone, providing information so they can make life changing decisions. Most importantly, when they come back expressing their gratitude because of our assistance. Impacting lives one day at a time, building lasting relationships.
  • You and I will probably interact when…I’m recruiting in your area, if you have recruiting questions, during the Orientation Program and throughout the application process. So ALL THE TIME!
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Chesterfield, Mo.

Education: University of Missouri-Columbia, bachelor’s in journalism.

  • My business card says I’m…program administration coordinator
  • What I actually do is…partner with both our recruiting team and our director of events to assist with anything they need. I plan and organize all the recruiting team’s MAPS events, assist with answering questions from prospective students, process applications, and do anything else they need help with. I help our director of events plan our annual Orientation Program — one of the biggest projects I’ve ever worked on!
  • People are surprised when they find out that I…used to be a competitive swimmer. I swam year-round for 10 years and went to many high-level competitions in high school. My events were the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter butterfly.
  • I wish you wouldn’t ask me to…do laundry. I feel like I’m in a constant state of laundry.
  • The best part of my job is…seeing everything come together at OP. Seeing the students, the events, the meal functions, the corporate partners, just…everything! It’s one of the most rewarding accomplishments I’ve experienced in my life. I wish I could be at OP 300 days out of the year. I’d need the other 65 to recover.
  • You and I will probably interact when…you call or email with a question regarding the application process.
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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Thanks, alumni, for being Consortium ambassadors
We’re grateful for the dozens of alumni who have already answered Friday’s call for Consortium ambassadors. So far, 87 have agreed to help at our fall recruiting events. It’s a big time for us. We visit numerous cities, attend a variety of events and stage numerous webcasts. Recruiting builds the Consortium community.

We posted our request for volunteers at about 10 a.m. St. Louis time on Friday. From there, we shared it on Facebook, Twitter and our private alumni LinkedIn group. Within 90 minutes, we had 26 alumni volunteers willing to share their time to meet prospective Consortium students at our recruiting events.

At 11:45 a.m. on Friday, my colleague Jeff Farris sent an email blast to alumni. When I arrived at work Monday morning, we had more than 70 volunteers. As I write this, we have 87. Thank you! And there’s still plenty of time to sign up.

Who Has Volunteered?
We won’t name the Consortium ambassadors here, but we’ll share a little about them as a group. So far, most are graduates from the 2000s and 2010s. Seventeen volunteers graduated in the 2000s and 64 graduated in the 2010s. That includes 22 from May, the largest single class of volunteers.

We have one volunteer from the 1970s, one from the 1980s and four from the 1990s.

We have Consortium ambassadors from almost every member school, too! Congrats to the Wolverines for raising your hands most often to serve as volunteers at our events. (Note: Two people evidently left their school blank when they sign up.)

SCHOOL
NUMBER*

Carnegie Mellon University
4

Cornell University
3

Dartmouth College
4

Emory University
5

Georgetown University
1

Indiana University
5

New York University
5

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1

The University of Texas at Austin
7

University of California, Berkeley
5

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
15

University of Rochester
3

University of Southern California
5

University of Virginia
5

University of Wisconsin-Madison
8

Washington University in St. Louis
5

Yale University
4

* (as of Aug. 9, 2016)

Pictured above: MBA prospects and alumni mingle at the 2016 Consortium yield event in New York City. Alumni are key to being Consortium ambassadors at these events.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Louis Jordan: Too few African American mentors in business
It’s a long way from the home of a Baptist minister in north Philly to the Sonoma County wine country in California, where Louis Jordan owns a vineyard. He couldn’t have made that journey without The Consortium and some African American mentors — something he says is in too short supply today.

“The wine business isn’t the natural outcome of someone whose father was a Baptist minister,” Jordan conceded in an interview with The Consortium. But one thing sort of led to another. He started collecting wine in 1990. During a break from the workforce, he took a wine executive class at the University of California, Davis, in 2002.

“I didn’t know what would become of that,” said Jordan, a member of The Consortium’s Eagle Club. “I did it as sort of an avocational interest.” By 2006, he’d reaped his first harvest at Tympany Vineyards. Today, he’s a vintner, an investor and one of those African American mentors he says the business world lacks.

The Pace of Change in Diversity
Jordan’s background includes long stints in corporate finance for major corporate players such as Gap Inc. and Nike, as well as startups such as the now-defunct Webvan. He spent eight years at Consortium corporate partner Starbucks, retiring as a senior vice president. He only sees “a handful of African Americans in key executive roles.”

Jordan himself was the highest ranking African American executive when he left Starbucks in 2013. The same was true at Nike when he left in 2006.

“I don’t think it’s changed all that much over the years,” Jordan said. He says there are too few organizations offering the opportunity to climb the corporate ladder, get developmental opportunities and move to the executive suite.

“They’re not terribly different from when I got out of B-school,” said Jordan, who earned his MBA from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1980 as a Consortium fellow. “The challenge is still the fact that we are underrepresented. What that means from a mentor standpoint is that our mentors are unlikely to be people of color.”

Why Join the Eagle Club?
Today, Jordan participates in a number of entrepreneurial and investment-oriented organizations, in addition to his vineyard. He has been working with a 22-year-old entrepreneur on an alumni engagement startup, for example, and a few other ventures he’s not ready to discuss yet.

He works on the board of RocketShip Education, a nonprofit network of public, elementary charter schools that “takes underprivileged kids and provides them with an education that’s commensurate with what many private school students get.”

Jordan also serves on the board of the Indiana University Foundation, a $2 billion operation. All this, he says, because “I’ve been able to acquire some wealth” and it’s important to give back.

“I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today, I wouldn’t have the degree of success I’ve had in terms of management and moving up the ranks without The Consortium,” said Jordan, who has been among the organization’s top-tier of donors for years.

He calls Wally Jones an early mentor, one he spoke to often about the concept of giving back. He had the same conversations with Bill Mays, another Indiana/Consortium fellow and longtime benefactor who died in 2014.

“I believe we should be philanthropic and we should be giving back,” Jordan said.



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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Lou Garcia: Lauding the power of the MBA
Louis Garcia, a member of The Consortium’s fourth class (Indiana ’72), says the power of the MBA is what carried his career from coast to coast and from universal as bingo and as sophisticated as wine-making.

“Safe to say without the MBA and The Consortium, a lot of the jobs I had wouldn’t have been possible,” Garcia said in a recent interview with The Consortium. Now retired, but working part-time for a wine-barrel distribution company, Garcia stays in touch with other Consortium members and his alma mater.

In fact, he’s part of the team organizing a class reunion and a celebration on Indiana University’s campus to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Consortium and the school’s involvement. Organizers scheduled the celebration for Oct. 7-8.

Easy Transition from Undergraduate School
Even though he entered grad school and the workforce in the early 1970s, Garcia called himself fortunate. He said he never felt any discrimination or bias as he made his way.

“I actually think the climate has changed over the years, but maybe not the way you’d think,” Garcia said. “I think back then, diversity was looked on as a very positive thing. Nowadays, everyone thinks diversity is a negative thing, that everybody should be treated totally equally, that you shouldn’t get any benefits because you’re a minority.”

As “the kid” in his class of Consortium recruits, he began his MBA program immediately after undergraduate school in Cincinnati.

At the time, the Orientation Program ran eight weeks on the campus of Washington University. Garcia only had to stay for the first week. He credits his recent college experience and a business major for avoiding the additional seven weeks. Only five schools were members of The Consortium back then, too: Washington University in St. Louis, Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Rochester and the University of Southern California.

He knew he had to leverage the power of the MBA to take his career where he wanted to go.

A Great Career
From Indiana, Garcia worked in a variety of finance positions for companies in a wide variety of industries, starting with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, to North American Van Lines, to Pepsi. He took his first shot as a CFO for Lancaster Bingo Company in Ohio, eventually running a new division developing electronic bingo games.

He caught urge to buy a winery while living again in Ohio, but ended up moving to California for another job. There, he shopped around and, with his wife, bought a winery in Placerville, Calif., east of Sacramento. That led to a full-time job as CFO and general manager for another winery.

Now (mostly) retired, Garcia stresses the importance of continuing to give back to The Consortium to help future generations. He recruited prospects for many of his employers, often recommending Consortium membership for prospects seeking an MBA, and he credits himself for two Consortium alumni that he referred and recommended, Beverly Smith Malone (Indiana, ’09) and Irving Moses Jr. (North Carolina, ’78).

“That’s probably one thing that’s critical—for alumni of the program and very important for future alumni. Make donations to the Consortium and to your business school,” Garcia said. “You don’t have to give thousands of dollars every year. But if every student would give a couple hundred dollars, that would be a lot of money. It would generate a lot more fellowships.”

Garcia’s Memories of Sterling Schoen and Wally Jones


 

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Facilitating mid-career moves for experienced alumni
At The Consortium, we’re great at launching post-MBA careers. In my new role at The Consortium, we’re going to get great at cultivating mid-career moves, pairing alumni with our corporate partners at the intersection of opportunity and preparation.

I’m Brian Wesley and as The Consortium’s new talent engagement leader, that’s the role I now play in the organization. I have the great fortune of working with two of the three VIGs (Very Important Groups) that are critical to The Consortium’s success: alumni and corporate partners.

Our alumni rise in their post-MBA careers, building their toolkits with fantastic and valuable experiences. Meanwhile, our corporate partners create and fill unbelievably cool career opportunities at various levels of their organizations.

In my new role, I take inventory of those unbelievably cool opportunities from our corporate partners. Then, I match them with our alumni’s fantastic experiences. The result: Create those mid-career moves. That’s why I like to call it the intersection of opportunity and preparation.

Why Me?
Why am I the right guy for this job? Well, to start with, I came from the other side of the equation, from the world of management consulting. I’ve been one of those Consortium corporate partners on the lookout for experienced hires for positions in our company.

Before consulting, I spent several years in various HR leadership roles—including talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion—at some of the world’s best companies. I’ve even brought some on as Consortium corporate partners.

Our objective at The Consortium is simple. We want to help our corporate partners connect, cultivate and convert top talent from some of the globe’s best universities (our third VIG). In my role, I connect with our experienced alums, cultivate relationships with our corporate partners and connect them both at the intersection of opportunity and preparation.

How to Get Involved
You can connect with this initiative in a couple of ways: As an alumni member, update your profile/resume in CGSM Online. Contact me directly for consideration in confidential searches. As a corporate partner, you can connect with me directly and we can discuss a sourcing strategy for your searches. Email me at wesleyb@cgsm.org or call 636-681-5445.

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