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Calling all McDonough Applicants:(2016 Intake) Class of 2018!!

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The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management has committed to increasing the representation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in American business schools and corporate management by connecting people, institutions, and companies who believe in their mission. Admitted students who apply through The Consortium and demonstrate a record for promoting inclusion are eligible for merit-based fellowships. As a member school, Georgetown McDonough welcomes outstanding fellows such as Christopher Blank to campus each year. Christopher joined Georgetown McDonough after working in the nonprofit sector. Meet Christopher and hear his thoughts on the benefits of The Consortium and his journey at Georgetown McDonough.
Why did you choose to apply to the Georgetown MBA Program?
I was attracted to the diversity of the student body. By that I mean the different perspectives people bring to the classroom, be it geographic, work experience, and/or life experience. I also appreciated the global focus of not just international study and consulting opportunities, but the curriculum and student body.
What has been the most impactful part of your experience?
The camaraderie and cooperativeness of my classmates. I made a big switch from non-profit pre-MBA to investment banking for my internship, and my classmates were instrumental in helping me prepare for interviews and make that switch.
Why did you choose Georgetown?
I chose to attend Georgetown because of the collaborative, global community. When I attended Focus on Diversity and the Admitted student Welcome Weekends the most common refrain from current students was how collaborative the student body was – in both academics and career preparation. It is rare for a Hoya to give someone the wrong interview time or due date on an assignment – in fact if that ever happened it would be a serious issue because it goes against the central ethos of the school. In terms of global, beyond the global curriculum and global consulting project opportunities, we have students from all over the world and each bring a unique perspective to the classroom and enrich the global case studies that are an integral part of the curriculum.
Why did you apply through the Consortium?
I wanted to maximize my network while in business school. Between Orientation Program (OP) and continued engagement with Consortium during school, I saw Consortium as an opportunity to have a multi-school network of people committed to increasing the representation of people of color in business. I still keep in touch with many of the people I met at OP and definitely during the recruiting process during first year walking into a networking event and immediately knowing someone I met at OP helped me immensely.
What do you wish you’d known about the Consortium or Georgetown prior to your MBA?
I wish I had done more research on what each Consortium school look for in their applicants. I thought it was the same for everyone, but it really is not and you need to do your homework.
What has been your experience like in the program thus far?
I have had a transformative experience thus far. I came to business school to build my finance and analytical skill set and just the other day I was reading an investment thesis that was very technical; I understood every word and valuation techniques used – I know I would not have understood any of it a year ago. Georgetown is truly a school that sets you up with the academic and career preparation for you to pursue your goals – you just need to put in the work.
What is the relationship among the Consortium Fellows on campus?
We are very close. Especially my class, which was the 2nd Georgetown Consortium class, we bonded very quickly the summer before our first year at OP. My Consortium Fellows are my trusted advisors in my professional and, many times, my personal life. All of us came to business school to have transformative experiences and change our career direction. We have all put in long hours while deepening our connections with each other. The Consortium at Georgetown is a safe space where you do not need to worry about appearing vulnerable or scared of whether you can achieve your goals – a place where you can doubt yourself and be built back up again by your Consortium family because they want to see you succeed.
How have you taken advantage of the Consortium’s corporate relationships?
I had a few interviews at OP in investment banking so I got early exposure to the recruiting process which I believe ultimately made me successful when I recruited at Georgetown.
What are your post-MBA plans?
I am currently deciding whether I want to go back to investment banking. I am becoming more interested in business development and/or marketing roles in tech and media as well as the startup ecosystem, including venture capital.
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Consortium Fellows have access to a network of students in top MBA programs in the United States and corporate partners, including Fortune 500 companies. Starting with the annual Orientation Program (OP) and Career Forum held the summer before beginning your MBA program, students tap into these resources. At home, Georgetown McDonough fellows support each other through mentor programs, tutoring and social events. Tejal Desai shares her thoughts on the collaborative nature of the Georgetown MBA Program and how this support helped her during her transition back to academic life.

Why did you choose to apply to the Georgetown MBA Program?
I applied to Georgetown McDonough because a friend of mine, Coral Taylor, had just enrolled, and told me about the community, global-focused curriculum, and faculty. As I was interested in learning about the intersection of public and private sectors in the business world, I felt that Georgetown McDonough would be a good fit for me. I was also excited over the prospect of living in Washington, D.C., and felt that the location, mixed with the school’s social impact programming, offered the best match for what I was looking for in an MBA program. Additionally, I attended a very large public university for undergrad, and have since desired a small program where I can get to know my class and the faculty, and make a difference for the program.
What has been the most impactful part of your experience?
My involvement in the Consortium, Graduate Women in Business (GWiB), and Net Impact have shaped my experience and have made me feel like a part of the McDonough School of Business community. Through these leadership opportunities, I have been able to engage and collaborate with a diverse group of students and professionals who have been aligned with the same values and interests, and have been able to develop programming and opportunities that support students’ career goals and personal interests.
Why did you apply through the Consortium?
I applied primarily because of the core mission of The Consortium, as I am passionate about improving diversity and inclusion across the business world and academics. I also was drawn to the vast network of Consortium students, alumni and employers, and the opportunity to apply for fellowships. A friend of mine applied through the Consortium and highly encouraged me to reach out to the Consortium liaisons of various programs and talk to them about what they appreciated about the partnership at their respective MBA program, and everyone raved about the network!
What do you wish you’d known about the Consortium or Georgetown prior to starting the program?
I wish I knew more about the valuable employer network available through the Consortium before starting my first year, and I wish I had put in more work when preparing for the annual Orientation Program and Career Forum (the Consortium’s big conference in June!) I had a major scheduling conflict towards the beginning of the conference, and though I enjoyed attending, I wish I had done more research on the employers who were present. Even if I didn’t secure an internship at the conference, I would have broadened my professional network.
I had heard from friends that the first year at Georgetown McDonough was difficult, but did not realize how challenging it would be transitioning back into academic life. Additionally, the module system moves fast, so it’s always important to ask questions and seek help when you need it. I’m thankful that I’ve had the Consortium network at Georgetown McDonough available. During my first year, our second year students helped guide us through academics, through tutoring, and by scheduling extra study sessions to help us review for midterms and finals.
What has your experience been like in the program thus far?
I had been nine years out of college before attending Georgetown McDonough, so I found preterm and the first year’s core curriculum to be challenging. However, my Consortium family has been my rock all the way through! We have not only organized study sessions and dinners together around midterms, but we also help each other out with recruiting, and keep tabs on each other, mentally and emotionally. Getting involved with leadership opportunities on campus for McDonough clubs and the Consortium has  inspired me to make a positive difference at McDonough and in the community, while helping guide first year students through the academic and professional hurdles they may face.
What is the relationship like among the Consortium Fellows on campus?
We have a strong sense of community, and view this as an on-campus family. We assign mentors/mentees for the Consortium Fellows at Georgetown McDonough  at the beginning of each academic year, and check in as a larger group through bi-weekly group lunches. We also organize occasional community and social events after class and on the weekends. We try to support each other’s club initiatives and events, and make ourselves available for academic and professional support during exams and recruiting periods. I’ve always viewed the Consortium network as a safe and supportive space within the MBA program, where I’ve been able to share ideas, concerns, and questions about school, social justice, and my own personal/professional path..
How have you taken advantage of the Consortium’s corporate relationships?
Although I did not secure my internship through the Consortium, I have created and maintained strong relationships with the recruiters and individuals I met at OP. I have also had the opportunity to participate in case competitions through the Consortium, and have connected peers and prior employers (who are not currently Consortium partners) with the Consortium to explore potential corporate partnership opportunities.
What are your post-MBA plans?  
Post-MBA, I hope to work in corporate social responsibility for a large, global company in program strategy and partnership management. I would also love to stay involved with building and scaling diversity and inclusion initiatives at the corporate level.
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A rigorous curriculum,  internship search, and professional and social clubs - when looking at everything involved in earning your MBA, you may think to yourself, “how can I balance it all?” Many students have gone before you and been successful. With a cohort of students by your side, and the support of our Career Services and Program Office Teams, you will learn to balance all of the elements of the program. Today, we share with you a day in the life of our Full-time MBA Student Ambassador, Theresa Wong, including everything from a class on leadership to Zumba!

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I was never much of a napper. Since coming to business school, napping has quickly become one of my favorite activities! All kidding aside, I am enjoying my spring semester as a first-year Full-time MBA student. A typical day is always a balance of academic, professional, and personal activities.
I woke up extra early today at 6:45 a.m. because I have an 8 a.m. class on Tuesdays. By 7:30 a.m. I am out the door to start my 20 minute walk to school. I live in the Palisades, a quiet residential neighborhood west of Georgetown University. Since I am in the Rafik B. Hariri Building for most of the day, I enjoy the nice strolls to and from school.
My Leadership and Social Intelligence class starts at 8 a.m. and today’s class is particularly interactive because my classmates pair up to practice our negotiation skills. My next class is Data Mining from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. In this elective course, I’m learning how to use Tableau to create fun and insightful visualizations using large datasets.
I eat a quick PB&J sandwich for lunch before starting my 1 - 3:30 p.m. shift as a Student Ambassador. In this position, I meet prospective students who come from fascinating backgrounds. Today, I hold a call with a recently admitted student to chat about the program and student life.
From 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. I meet up with my team to finalize some decisions for our project for my Data Mining class. I’m glad that teamwork is such a big component of student life because it exposes me to different skills and perspectives from my peers.
At 5:30 p.m. I have a brief call with a contact from a company to which I am interested in applying  for my summer internship. Recruitment is in full swing at this time (February) and I am excited to prepare for a second round interview with the company.
I haven’t been consistent with working out because of my busy schedule, but today I head to a 7 p.m. Zumba class at Yates Field House, the campus gym. This semester, I vow to make health and fitness a non-negotiable part of my day! After working out, I walk home, make dinner, do some reading for the next day’s classes, and retire for the night. It’s been a long, but productive day.
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For three weeks at the beginning of August, our Full-time MBA students kick things off with the Opening Term. These intense weeks set the stage for the entire MBA curriculum, introducing you to the issues and industries you will focus on during your core coursework and the Global Business Experience. You will learn what you want to know and what you’ll need to know. Lauren John, Full-time MBA student and Student Ambassador, shares her experience with the Opening Term.
Georgetown McDonough’s Opening Term was much talked about before I started the Full-time MBA Program, and it turned out to be a rewarding experience. Once my class was done with Orientation during the first week of August, we were off!  After being out of school for almost seven years, the thought of sitting in the classroom every day for three weeks seemed daunting.  However, the intense classes helped knock off the rust quickly.
The Opening Term curriculum consists of two courses: Financial Accounting, and The Structure of Global Industries (SGI). SGI is the first foray into the integrated global curriculum. Through case studies and the final group presentation, I began to think from a more global perspective, which is woven throughout future classes. The accounting course also helps build the foundation for the entire program. Even though I had some prior accounting exposure, I found my classmates to be very helpful for going through problem sets and impromptu review sessions.
The Program Office formed study groups within each cohort, and my group was comprised of five classmates from all over the world. I worked with them to complete most assignments and the final presentation for SGI. My study group from Opening Term has become some of my best friends from the program after spending many hours together studying and preparing our presentation.
Taking 4.5 credits in three weeks is a tall order, but it helped knowing my study group and other classmates were all in it together. The Opening Term is a unique way to get everyone on the same page and prepared me for the core curriculum that encompasses most of the first year. The capstone presentation enabled my study group to demonstrate what we learned over the three weeks. Although we didn’t win the competition for the best presentation chosen by the professors, we learned so much about the course content and each other in the process. The presentation day ended with a reception where we got to interact more with the professors and other classmates followed by an after party. After completing the term, I felt like I climbed a mountain and gained great friendships along the way!
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Meet Evening MBA student, Pia Trivedi. As an Evening Program student, Pia takes the concepts she learns each day at Georgetown McDonough and applies them directly to her job as a Strategist at the International Finance Corporation - World Bank Group. Pia shares her defining moment - the moment when her team successfully pitched an idea to a real estate firm in Shanghai.

Hometown: Boston, MAInvolvement at McDonough: President, Evening Student Government Association
On the McDonough Experience
Georgetown McDonough provides a globally-focused MBA program. But to have a global program in a global city, like Washington, D.C. is unique. You’re at the heart of a melting pot of world leaders and policy makers where working at the intersection of business and policy is a way of life. You’re also in class with other students who work for some of the world’s largest organizations and contribute relevant and current information to class discussions. The richness of the discussion here is remarkable.
The community and network is also very strong. Many of my classmates have found job opportunities through other student colleagues. It’s this ethos of Hoyas Helping Hoyas throughout the world that I know will be a huge benefit for my career.
Defining Moment
One of my defining moments was the Global Business Experience, a required consulting experience of both Full-time and Evening students. We were consulting for an alumnus at a prominent global real estate firm in Shanghai to create a housing solution for the aging Chinese population. We’d been working for months. The defining and most rewarding moment came when we pitched our solution to the client and saw his eyes light up; he actually liked our idea. In a short amount of time, we were able to assess a problem and provide a solution that added value. It was at that moment that I knew that all this learning that had come from our classes over the last few years had paid off and that I could actually pitch a valuable solution in an industry in which I had no previous experience.
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Meet Full-time MBA graduate, Aditya Kapur. Aditya joined the Full-time MBA Program in 2014 after a career in marketing, and jumped into the student experience by joining: Graduate Student Consulting Group, Graduate Marketing Association, Out@MSB LGBT organization, Student Corps. Aditya shares his defining moment - the moment when he connected with cross-functional teams at his summer internship.
Hometown: New Delhi, IndiaCurrent Job: General Mills, Associate Marketing Manager
On the McDonough Experience
From the time we stepped foot on campus in August with Opening Term, our core courses were very rigorous. This academic rigor is challenging, but it gave us the ammo we needed, preparing us for the job market and making us more competitive. I feel lucky to have learned from professors like Associate Dean Prashant Malaviya (marketing), Sandeep Dahiya (finance), and Ken Homa (strategy). Not only did they and other Georgetown McDonough professors provide me technical and functional knowledge, but they also equipped me with the soft skills in leadership and teamwork that I needed to succeed in my new career.
Defining Moment
The culmination of all I learned during my first year really came to life and was put to the test during my summer internship at General Mills. I was expected to work in cross-functional and diverse teams. Coming from India, I started the program really wanting to gain global exposure. McDonough really exposed me to this diversity and I was able to bring this knowledge and perspectives to my internship and now my full-time job. The growing and influential diverse McDonough network is one that I’ll have forever access to and is an asset for life.
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