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Calling All 2016 Consortium Applicants!!!

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Hey guys. I recently got an interview invite at Anderson and I was disappointed to see that they are requesting official GMAT and Transcripts to be mailed directly to them. Does anyone know if Haas does the same as a part of their interview invite?

I had hoped that paying for official reports for the Consortium would save me the effort for individual schools, except a possible request after being admitted and accepting the offer.

Still grateful for the interview and holding my breath for a last minute interview invite from Haas.


Congrats!! Anyone else hear from Anderson. On pins and needles over here.
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PsiTheta wrote:
Hey guys. I recently got an interview invite at Anderson and I was disappointed to see that they are requesting official GMAT and Transcripts to be mailed directly to them. Does anyone know if Haas does the same as a part of their interview invite?

I had hoped that paying for official reports for the Consortium would save me the effort for individual schools, except a possible request after being admitted and accepting the offer.

Still grateful for the interview and holding my breath for a last minute interview invite from Haas.


Congrats!! Anyone else hear from Anderson. On pins and needles over here.


Thanks! I appreciate that and I know what you mean.

This rolling interview invite format has been challenging. Despite my love for the real-time nature of this forum, it really adds to the anxiety of the process.
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New post 06 Dec 2015, 09:27
Got an interview invite from Anderson on Friday! It looks like they're doing all CGSM interviews the first week of January, and yeah, they're requesting transcripts and GMAT... Maybe worth calling the office to double check in case you can save yourself the $ and energy.
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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Ed Torres touts ROI of his Consortium fellowship
Ed Torres likes to tell about the day he got engaged. Though he’s now a member of The Consortium’s Eagle Club as a top donor, the University of Michigan student was broke on that day.

He still managed to rent a plane to fly a banner over Michigan’s football stadium for the homecoming game: “Sherri, will you marry me ♥, Ed.” But Sherri—a speed-reader—apparently missed her name as she glanced at the passing banner in the sky.

She elbowed him in the ribs and asked, “Why don’t you propose to me like that?” The story turned out happily: The couple has been married 26 years and has four children.

Since 2002, Torres has been managing director for Lilly Ventures, a venture firm spun off from Eli Lilly and Company that focuses on startups in biotech and medical technology. He earned his MBA from Michigan in 1989 and received The Consortium’s Peter C. Thorp Corporate Leadership Award in 2006. He became an Eagle Club member on June 1, 2008.

We asked him to tell us a little about his experience and the reasons for his deep financial involvement with The Consortium.

How did you first learn of The Consortium and what compelled you to apply for a fellowship?

When I decided to get an MBA, I did research on all of the top 10 business schools. When I received the information from the Michigan B-school (as it was known then), The Consortium figured prominently in the admissions materials. It was one of the main reasons I chose Michigan.

What did you do between undergraduate school and your MBA?

Completed the first year of medical school at Creighton University and then went to work at a nonprofit for two years.

Why have you decided to become so deeply involved financially with The Consortium? How would you persuade someone to become a member of the Eagle Club?

ROI. ROI. ROI. The Consortium, in my opinion, is the best single place to invest if you want to accelerate the ascent of people of color and diverse life experiences into the senior management ranks. I say that not only as a recipient of a Consortium fellowship, but also as a person who was intimately involved in diversity recruiting for a Fortune 200 for more than 15 years.

In what other ways does your work—personally or professionally—align with our mission?

I’m not sure it does directly. But I am certain that my association with The Consortium had a huge impact on my career. My wife Sherri and I have been financial supporters of The Consortium for years. And I routinely mentor young men and women of color. In fact, I did just yesterday!

What benefits have you drawn from your association with The Consortium, both personally and professionally?

Wow. We could write an article with several (fun) stories demonstrating how the Consortium has positively impacted me, my family, my business! First and foremost, I received an MBA from a great school several years earlier than I would have on my own. Second, the networking with Consortium-sponsoring companies was invaluable, as I was transitioning from pre-medical studies to business. Third, the network of colleagues involved in Consortium recruiting at other firms, while I was part of the recruitment efforts at Lilly, is invaluable. I leverage the network professionally often, and several of these people I would call personal friends.

Where would you like to see The Consortium go in its next 50 years? Where are our growth or improvement opportunities, from your perspective?

I’m probably biased as I answer this question. I was part of the Consortium Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees when we did a top-to-bottom long- range strategic plan. That plan resulted in a vision of becoming the place to educate and employ diverse, top-tier managerial talent.

Eli Lilly and Company has been a Consortium corporate partner nearly as long as the organization has been around. Your post-MBA career started there and now you work for its spinoff venture firm. How have you seen Lilly’s commitment manifest over the years and how has that carried over to Lilly Ventures?

Lilly was an early believer in the power of diversity. As I said earlier, I was intimately involved in Lilly’s MBA recruitment efforts for more than 15 years, and as such, I saw both boom and bust years and Lilly always supported The Consortium. In that time, I saw many a Fortune 500 start to support The Consortium, stop and sometimes even start again. Not Lilly. The Consortium is blessed with a cadre of fully committed corporate sponsors.

How has the climate for diversity in U.S. business helped or hindered you on your path? Has that climate changed over the years? Have you seen ebbs and flows? In what way?

I am a fair-skinned Puerto Rican. I have never experienced substantive, obvious racism. My parents did. Many of my friends and colleagues have. As a result, I could actually be a student of racism and society’s attempts to promote diversity. I think in the ’80s and ’90s, it was frequently a numbers game. Fast forward to today, and I think most leaders understand that diversity of experience equals diversity of thought equals better decision-making. We’ve come a long way.

When is the last time you referred someone—either a student prospect or a business associate—to The Consortium? What was the conversation like?

Every year, I have a half dozen young people seek me out to talk about the pros and cons of leaving the workforce to pursue an MBA. Almost always, the conversation results in me boldly and proudly talking about how The Consortium and/or Michigan Ross, as it is now known, helped me get to where I am today.

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Lots of activity in the Yale thread today since decisions were released! Any Consortium Yale acceptances or word of fellowships??
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Was anyone able to find the school code in the academics section of the application?
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Ahhh I feel so neglectful, I forgot to post over here. Yale Consortium applicant Round 1 here. Admitted with $ (but not the Consortium Fellowship)!
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Hey guys, I had my interview scheduled with UCLA and I got an email "UCLA Anderson: cancelled Skype interview". Of course, the subject line worried me but the text stated that the interview was cancelled due to 'unforeseen circumstances" and instructed me to reschedule. Did this happen to anyone else?
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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: 5 points on the required ‘demonstrated commitment to diversity’
The Consortium’s mission is clear. We aim “to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans” in business education and corporate leadership. We reinforce our commitment to that mission by asking Consortium applicants three questions:

  • What have you done pre-MBA in your business, academic or personal life to demonstrate commitment to this mission?
  • What will you do while enrolled in your MBA program to demonstrate your commitment to the mission?
  • What will you do post-MBA with respect to community service and leadership involvement to demonstrate your continued commitment to The Consortium’s mission of diversity and inclusion?
What do we mean by a “demonstrated commitment”? It’s a good question, because we take it very seriously. We outline that requirement on our website, so prospects know about it well before they apply. And we gauge applicants’ commitment through the mission support essay and membership recommendation.

It’s worthwhile to take a step back and try to explain what we mean by a “demonstrated commitment to diversity.”

1) It’s been our mission from the beginning.
The Consortium was established nearly 50 years ago to increase the representation of African American men in business education and corporate leadership. Over time, that mission has extended to women and members of traditionally underrepresented minorities such as Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.

There is a simple principle at work here: These groups of Americans have for generations been disadvantaged throughout countless examples in our history. The Consortium exists in part to create and expand opportunities for these groups and for like-minded corporations that value diversity among their leadership.

2) Consistent mission, expanded membership eligibility.
The phrase “underrepresented minority” is key to our mission, and it is widely recognized to include the core groups named in that mission: African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanic Americans. Yet, there are Asian Americans and Caucasian Americans—MBA prospects from a variety of ethnicities—who are Consortium members because they have demonstrated their commitment to driving diversity among our core communities.

By growing the ranks of corporate leaders who value diversity and inclusion—regardless of their own race or ethnicity—we drive The Consortium’s mission. Our members are not all African, Native or Hispanic Americans. But they all have demonstrated their commitment to diversity in a way that supports our mission.

3) We know “demonstrated commitment” when we see it.
Admission decisions are not built on a rigid algorithm. It’s not a strictly objective process, but our team operates within a common framework when we evaluate applicants’ answers to those three questions.

We’re looking for consistency: Have you shown an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion? We’re looking for longevity: Have you started something and followed through on it, or shown years of engagement on a related initiative? We’re looking for specificity: Can you describe, in detail, how your work has supported The Consortium’s mission? And we’re looking for how your recommendations back up your work.

4) All social justice work does not align with our mission.
We often hear from applicants who have been involved with organizations such as the Peace Corps. They have served impoverished or oppressed populations overseas. They want to improve their own education in order to return and better serve those populations. It is truly worthy, important work. Work that should and must be done. We have high regard for this sort of social justice work in the world.

But it’s not The Consortium’s mission. Our mission is specifically tailored to affect business education and corporate leadership for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We certainly value and recognize other social justice work. Our focus must be on work that aligns with and drives our mission.

5) We encourage storytelling.
Tell us a story. How has this work been a part of the way you live your life? Do you actively work with organizations that serve the communities of underrepresented minorities? Have you created a program on your own? Talk about your work. Talk about results. Talk about your ongoing commitment. Be specific.

We love hearing stories from prospective members, describing why this mission is as dear to them as it is to us. In the end, we want members who are committed to working for the day when membership in an organization like ours will no longer be necessary.



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Ahhh I feel so neglectful, I forgot to post over here. Yale Consortium applicant Round 1 here. Admitted with $ (but not the Consortium Fellowship)!



Congrats! How exciting!
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gwycliff wrote:
Ahhh I feel so neglectful, I forgot to post over here. Yale Consortium applicant Round 1 here. Admitted with $ (but not the Consortium Fellowship)!



Congrats! How exciting!


Thank you! It is very exciting :-D
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Invited to interview during Stern Perspectives Diversity Interview Day! Honestly thought I was going to get rejected since I hadn't heard a thing from them.
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Invited to interview during Stern Perspectives Diversity Interview Day! Honestly thought I was going to get rejected since I hadn't heard a thing from them.


That's awesome congrats!
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Suckerrrrs!
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Has anyone heard anything from Haas here? It sounds like they started calling some international admits last night. Good luck to everyone this week!
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Has anyone heard anything from Haas here? It sounds like they started calling some international admits last night. Good luck to everyone this week!


Nothing here. In the Haas thread, I noticed an NYC based applicant got an admit call in addition to the international students. Staying positive until the 17th. Good luck everyone!
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I've got a Consortium Membership question.

According to the website, "Once you are accepted to a school, your commitment to The Consortium’s mission will be evaluated". Does anyone known when we can expect updates on this? Will we just have to wait until the Fellowship decision comes out in March?

It would be nice to know ASAP, so that I can start planning to pursue other options if necessary.
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I've got a Consortium Membership question.

According to the website, "Once you are accepted to a school, your commitment to The Consortium’s mission will be evaluated". Does anyone known when we can expect updates on this? Will we just have to wait until the Fellowship decision comes out in March?

It would be nice to know ASAP, so that I can start planning to pursue other options if necessary.


Membership and fellowship decisions are released in March. They wait to assess membership after you've been admitted to a Consortium school.
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PsiTheta wrote:
I've got a Consortium Membership question.

According to the website, "Once you are accepted to a school, your commitment to The Consortium’s mission will be evaluated". Does anyone known when we can expect updates on this? Will we just have to wait until the Fellowship decision comes out in March?

It would be nice to know ASAP, so that I can start planning to pursue other options if necessary.


What I have been told is that your first choice on the Consortium's list has the opportunity to give you that sweet, juicy full-ride right at admission. It may not be the school's practice, though it seems to be common to do it that way. If the school doesn't offer you the fellowship either due to denial of admission or admission w/o scholarship, your subsequent schools get the opportunity to offer you the fellowship in March.
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Has anyone heard anything from Anderson? I know the email I got a while back said they would let us know about interviews in Mid-December, but I never received any info about creating a login.
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