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Cornell University claims the trophy for the 2018 T.E.A.M. award  [#permalink]

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Cornell University claims the trophy for the 2018 T.E.A.M. award
Every year, The Consortium recognizes students who have exemplified a commitment to the organization through time, talent and treasure. Although everyone contributes in one way or another, there are times when collective efforts far exceed expectations. This year was no different. Cornell University SC Johnson Graduate School of Management claimed the honor and took home the trophy for the T.E.A.M. award – “together, everyone achieves more.”

Johnson students’ accomplishments that led to the recognition included:

  • Supporting and standing in solidarity with the University of Virginia students after the 2017 Charlottesville, VA protests and counter-protests.
  • Planning and executing a Consortium Awareness Day.
  • Participating in the Southside Community Center Open House.
  • Obtaining leadership positions in the Hispanic American Business Leaders Association, Black Graduate Business Association and Sustainable Global Enterprise Club.
Success is never an accident. It is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution. Congratulations Cornell University!

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog:
In today’s society, mental and physical health takes priority in the wellness chain, but how does your financial health fit into the rank order? If you’re like many others in the country, it falls farther down the list. And at the root of the problem is debt. According to the Federal Reserve, the average American household carries $137,063 in debt. Yet the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the median household income as $59,039 in 2016 suggesting that many Americans are living beyond their means. Consequently, more Americans are using credit cards to cover basic needs like food and clothing. You may ask how does one reverse the trend or avoid it altogether?

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Enter Castleigh Johnson, NYU Stern Consortium alumnus, and CEO and Co-Founder of Trifigo, a platform created and tailored to help consumers manage their credit and improve their financial decision making. In his financial career, Johnson held many senior roles with Goldman Sachs, AIG, EY and BMO. He was also a bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY during the financial crisis that lead to his initial interest in developing a unique consumer credit resource.

Johnson offers the following information to help guide you in the right direction to good financial health:

  • Your credit score is the minimum cut off many firms use to identify consumers they provide money or services to.
  • It is your responsibility to review each of your credit reports and notify each credit bureau if there are errors.
  • Minimize requests for credit from multiple companies in a short timeframe. It could appear that you are desperate for funds.
  • Credit utilization is calculated off your revolving accounts (like credit cards) so keep your balances under 25%.
  • If there are 1 or 2 missed payments on your report that you have paid, you can request to have them removed.
With patience and proactive steps, anyone can improve their financial stability. Want to learn more? Trifigo is a free tool that can assist you with keeping your credit-worthiness front of mind by making better financial decisions, thus improving your credit score. The Trifigo app is available for both IOS and Android users. View this YouTube video for instructions on how to setup an account.

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New post 27 Jul 2018, 12:01
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I am a CGSM Alumna from IU Kelley School of Business, Class of 2010. Currently, I live in the Dallas, Texas area. The post B-School journey has taken some interesting turns for me. I have spent the bulk of the time working for CPG manufacturers as a Brand Marketing Manager.

In the nearly 8 years since I graduated, I have learned a lot about navigating my career, almost all through mistakes. I realized, as an African American and a Woman, I was not alone in my struggle to actualize my definition of success in Corporate America.

In 2017, I launched The Trill MBA Show, a live internet radio show, where I authentically and vulnerably talk about the struggles of succeeding in Corporate America as a person of color. I give the step by step knowledge that people don’t give you. I interview people who have made it through Corporate trials and tribulations and we talk about the real parts of the journey, the stuff people are afraid to talk about, such as…you didn’t get a full-time offer, now what do you do?

Currently, I’m in production on Season 2 of the Trill MBA Show. As the Trillest MBA you will ever know, my #1 Goal is to help you survive and thrive in Corporate America by getting you the real life information on how you can thrive in Corporate America. I will share people’s real life stories and get to the heart of what they got right, what they got wrong and what they learned to get to the level of success they are at now.

New episodes of the Trill MBA show are available everywhere you listen to your favorite podcast. Check out episodes from Season 1 at trillmba.com.

Submitted by Felicia Enuha

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Chicago MAPs was a success
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Prospective students listen intently to the presentation.

It’s recruiting season! Our staff just returned from our first MAPs event on July 24, 2018 in Chicago to educate and engage prospective students about the application process. There was a great turnout.

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Pictured: Karen Green, CGSM staff person and Chicago area alumni.

Additionally, we were extremely pleased to have several alumni participate. Not only were they there to support, they also had a great time catching up with one another. Meet us in our next location, New York City! Click here to register.

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New post 27 Jul 2018, 15:01
FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Beauty made simple
What challenges have you overcome starting and maintaining your own business?

At the beginning the biggest challenge in starting the business was balancing it with other things such as school and now work. As a result, we are very intentional in how we schedule in time to get things for the business done and have also found ways to either simplify processes or outsource different parts of the business. For instance, we started working with Shipbob- they hold our inventory and ship out orders whenever they come through the system. We are in the process of still looking for manufacturers to work with as we want the business to grow and need to ensure we can meet our customers’ demand. Another challenge is definitely finding investors who are interested in a) the beauty industry b) supporting a social impact business c) a small business that is still in its infancy.

What makes your products different from others in the market?

The nekawa butter is based on a family recipe of mine that has been passed down to me from the women in my family in Senegal. We are unique in that our product is handmade, uses all organic and unrefined products to maintain the high quality of the product, we donate proceeds from sales to non-profits in Senegal that empower and educate young girls and women, and our product is multi-use for skin and hair.

What are your long-term goals for Nek.awa Beauty?

Long-term, we hope to continue to focus on creating all natural products with a focus on skin care. We ultimately want to create a line of skin care products that help our customers realize their natural beauty with simple to use products that are not time consuming.

What did you learn in your business classes that helped you prepare for Nek.awa Beauty?

We learned so much from Kelley! Our business actually came from our class Venture Planning, in which I pitched the idea to a few classmates and we formed a team. From there we created a business plan that included everything from financial projections, market research, and marketing strategies. Chelsea and I then took this and continued to do market research by sending over 100 samples and surveys to individuals in our target group. We then took this information and made a few changes before we officially launched in March. Many of the ways that we run the business today is a result of things we learned from either finance, marketing, operations, or our strategy classes. They provided us with solid cases and experiential learning opportunities that have allowed us to put things we learned to practice.

What are you most proud of regarding Nek.awa Beauty?

We are most proud of coming in 1st place at the Clapp Business Idea Competition in April. This showed us that we not only have a strong business plan and idea, but also know how to articulate it to a range of audiences.

What’s next for you and Nek.awa Beauty?

We hope to introduce a new product by the end of this year and are really excited for our customers to use it! We will be working with a small marketing boutique based out of LA in the upcoming month to help increase our social media engagement, reach new customers, and begin partnerships with influencers.

Click here to visit Nek.awa Beauty.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Competitive Advantage Volunteer Form
Thank you for agreeing to volunteer during The Competitive Advantage Inaugural Program & Career Forum, September 7-9, 2018! Your consideration and selection of more than one assignment is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Adrienne Thomas at thomasa@cgsm.org.

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  • Consortium School Attended*Choose OneUniversity of California, BerkeleyUniversity of California, Los AngelesCarnegie Mellon UniversityCornell UniversityDartmouth CollegeEmory UniversityIndiana University-BloomingtonUniversity of Michigan-Ann ArborNew York UniversityThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillRice UniversityUniversity of RochesterUniversity of Southern CaliforniaThe University of Texas at AustinUniversity of VirginiaUniversity of WashingtonWashington University in St. LouisUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonYale University
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    • Student Check-in (Sept. 7, 2018 | 11:00-1:30)

    • Function Primer #4 - Healthcare/Non-Profit/Education (Sept. 7, 2018 | 4:00-5:15)

    • Making the Transition from College to Work (Sept. 8, 2018 | 11:15-12:00)

    • Finding the Leader Within (Sept. 8, 2018 | 1:15-2:00)

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Hansel – Unlocking MBA Travels  [#permalink]

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Hansel – Unlocking MBA Travels
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Phil Sprawls (left) and Felix Watson, Jr. (right) at the UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator.

Phil Sprawls and Felix Watson Jr., UCLA Anderson’s Class of 2018 alumni, are founders of Hansel, a venture-backed technology startup. Hansel started with a simple idea, “What if the powerful digital mapping technology on our phones was used for social purposes rather than navigation?” Phil and Felix took this idea and ran with it, receiving grant funding from UCLA, hiring Consortium classmates, and executing on the lean startup methodology (build, test, measure, iterate). They rose to the top of UCLA’s startup scene, excelled in its on-campus accelerator programs, and were selected to present to hundreds of investors at the Anderson Venture Accelerator Spring Showcase.

Hansel’s mission is to help people get trusted recommendations and make confident decisions. Their mobile platform gives people the fastest and safest way to see where their friends have traveled and reach out for private, personalized recommendations. This platform provides a major boost to MBA communities, where classmates come from diverse backgrounds and take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities. Hansel brings MBAs the platform and data to tap into their network in a powerful new way.

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Felix Watson, Jr. and Phil Sprawls were selected to present with top startups at UCLA’s Demo Day.

Phil and Felix met at OP back in 2016 and quickly realized they had a shared passion for technology and product management. That shared passion fueled them through MBA programming, where they completed courses in Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation, Business Plan Development, and UCLA’s Business Creation Option Master’s Thesis. Their persistence allowed them to iterate through multiple products and business models, build relationships with key investors, and ultimately secure institutional financing to launch their startup after graduating.

Hansel was founded with Consortium principles at its core. Phil and Felix are happy to pay it forward and help other Consortium members achieve their startup dreams. Feel free to connect with them at phil@teamhansel.com and felix@teamhansel.com, and download Hansel from teamhansel.com!

Submitted by Phil Sprawls, Anderson ’18 alum

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Haas INNOV8 Case Competition
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The Berkeley Haas INNOV8 case competition brings together top MBA students from around the world to tackle real business challenges facing brand managers.  We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Clorox, this year’s title sponsor. This year’s competition will feature a case study written in partnership with the Burt’s Bees Brand team, focusing on strategic recommendations for product innovation in cosmetics.

Innovation is fueled by diverse teams with diverse backgrounds.  In the past, teams with the best ideas have been comprised of first-year and second-year MBAs, representing different work experiences and life experiences.

Team Registration started Wednesday, August 29th and remains open until Thursday, September 20th.  The virtual first round case will be distributed by Friday, September 21st and submissions will be due on Sunday, September 30th.  Finalists will be announced on Tuesday, October 2nd.

Submitted by Rafael Sanchez, Haas ’19 MBA Candidate

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Dreamforce 2018
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Have you heard of Salesforce? I’m sure you have. It’s a cloud-based CRM software company founded nearly 20 years ago with over 30,000 employees and revenue and assets totaling in the billions. Salesforce was ranked first in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018 and is one of our valued Consortium partners!

You have the unique opportunity to learn more about the company via its annual user conference, Dreamforce 2018, by livestreaming the CEO’s keynote on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM PDT. Also, for a limited time, complimentary “explorer” passes are available to provide access to part of the conference.

Additionally, plan to participate in our Consortium webinar (October 2018) featuring Salesforce and the great job opportunities available to alumni. More details to come.

 

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: A Vision of Success
Now a successful businesswoman, Monica Monte remains driven by the vision she created for herself as a child growing up in poverty.

“I always knew that getting a degree and having a career was a mandatory part of my future,” she says, “because I didn’t want to repeat the cycle of poverty that I had grown up in.”

As chief marketing officer for Real Agent Pro in Rochester, N.Y., she has actualized her dreams of building both a successful personal and professional life for herself. In between getting married and raising two daughters, Monte earned her MBA and has since accumulated years of corporate and startup experience in marketing and management. She also makes time to give back to her community by volunteering and serving on nonprofit boards.

We recently spoke with Monte, an alumna of The Consortium, about how her education and varied experience have helped her in her career and what lessons she has learned along her path to success.

What role has your background played in your career decisions and success?

 The fact that I pursued college in the first place was because of my background. I grew up very poor, I grew up in group homes and foster homes, and I knew that I wanted a better life for myself when I grew up. I knew that education was the key to changing the dynamics for my future and me.

So, from childhood, I always knew I wanted to get an education. There was no question that I was going to go to college, and I worked in a hospital as a teenager to help pay for my education.

I hated being poor. I hated being hungry. I wanted security. I wanted to be self-sufficient. I wanted to be able to take care of myself and take care of my family, so college was going to happen.

What prompted your decision to leave your long-time employer Bausch + Lomb?

I was there for 22 years. I had a great career there. It was actually the only place I worked full time outside of internships because I had so many different opportunities there; there was never any reason to leave. I just kept advancing and having a lot of unique, challenging opportunities. I was in human resources for four years and spent the rest of the time building my marketing career.

I did not leave there by choice. They got bought out by Valeant; they pretty much gutted the company here in Rochester. I left there in 2013.

Did it just happen that you found the job in real estate, or was that an area you had wanted to move into?

Actually, my son-in-law is an entrepreneur, and … he was excited about the opportunity to have a senior leader help him build his company, Real Agent Pro. So, I started on the ground floor, kitchen-table planning, and since it was in its infancy, I joined the team in both an operations and marketing capacity. I helped set up the business from the ground up.

Obviously, I’m not used to the startup environment, so that was a good learning opportunity for me.

The company has since grown. It was on Inc 5000’s List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies — we were number 308 — and on the Rochester Chamber Top 100 as one of the area’s fastest-growing privately owned businesses; we were No. 7 for 2018.

What role did you play in helping the company take off?

My son-in-law and I are the ying and the yang. He’s an entrepreneurial salesperson. He has the go-go-go vision. He wants to do things, move forward. I am from corporate. I want to make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed — planning, ensuring that there’s quality assurance and processes and procedures. So he has his foot on the gas pedal, and I have my foot on the brakes; together, we move the car forward.

My role was to put that kind of infrastructure in place, or at least provide the guidelines, insights and advice to do that.

How has your MBA helped you in this role?

So, I talk about this a lot because my son-in-law pulled himself up by his bootstraps instead of [through] traditional education. He didn’t get an advanced degree, but I always tell him that the fundamental business principles will be a linchpin of the success of our company. You can move forward, but if you create a business on a weak foundation, it’s going to eventually crumble.

So, those fundamental business principles, those sound principles that have built all the successful companies we know today, need to be applied to our organization. I understand that the entrepreneur gets things done. That’s [good], but if you don’t have the fundamental business principles [in place], you’re going to make a lot more mistakes than you need to. Obviously, we still make mistakes, but you want to minimize those.

The entrepreneur can self-learn, and nothing’s wrong with that — you have to continuously learn — but through the MBA, you get connected more quickly to the best insights, proven, tested insights that have made companies succeed or fail. So I’ve always been able to say, “Well, I already know companies have tried this or have tried that, or here are resources that we should leverage.”

Do you still manage your own marketing and communications business on the side? What has that experience been like?

I had to put that aside to pursue this.

I was putting my business plan in place for that and doing some marketing and communications consulting, but it got interrupted.

What I can say is … because I’ve spent five years building this startup company, when I go back to my own marketing communications company, I think I will be more successful. [With] my MBA, my corporate experience and my entrepreneurial startup activities, I will be able to run any business that I ever imagine.

My experience is 360; it is wide and deep now. I’ve learned things that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn in corporate America. There are so many resources in corporate America that are not in the startup community, which forced me to learn new things that I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to learn otherwise. Now I can apply that to anything I do in the future.

My tool belt is complete. I have the education I need. I have the corporate experience I need. I have the entrepreneurial experience. So, I feel very secure and very happy with everything that has come together for me.

I understand that you have served on the board of Hillside Children’s Center for 15 years and as chair of the board from June 2016 to June 2018. Why is it important to you to make time beyond your professional life to remain active and involved in your community?

[With] Hillside, it’s not necessarily that I was looking for board membership. It’s good to do and I would have done that, but I specifically wanted to be engaged with Hillside because I had been in a children’s home myself.

I was also elected to its board of governors, which oversees all of the boards. So, in addition to being on the Hillside Children’s Center board, I’m on the board of governors for the Hillside Family of Agencies.

Beyond Hillside, is it important to you to do nonprofit work?

Yes. I would have joined a board at some point because I like sharing my insights, my knowledge, my expertise to help support and build my community.

Even before I was on the boards, I always volunteered to speak to youth — mostly high school kids in low-socioeconomic areas — to help inspire them to see that no matter what their circumstances are, they can break out [of that] and be successful. Whatever their dream is, whatever their vision is, they can achieve it, and I’m an example of that.

The reaction from the kids is very powerful for me, to see that they feel inspired and hopeful that they can achieve whatever dreams are in their own mind, [that] “if she can do it, I can do it.”

Everybody has a different mantra when sharing with the kids; mine was about education. I told them the only reason — besides my own drive — that I’ve been able to be successful is because I stuck with education. I made sure that I graduated with honors from high school and college and then went on to graduate school.

The key to success is education, and I told them, no matter what’s happening to them, don’t drop out of school; find a way to get it done.

What role did The Consortium play in your pursuit of an advanced degree and in your career?

The Consortium made my desire to get an advanced degree possible. It made it easy for me to focus on just making sure I was doing the work I needed to do to get the education, to get the degree, without having to have the financial burden, without having to juggle a job. And I had two kids when I went to graduate school. So, The Consortium’s support made it possible for me to pursue the degree in an expedient way. I was able to go full time and get it done.

I went straight from undergraduate to graduate school because I had seen so many people who worked and then weren’t able to go back, especially those who had kids. I know it is good to work and then get an MBA, but it doesn’t work out like that for everyone. But that’s not a reason not to pursue it; I am proof of that. Doing it the way you need to do it, as long as you’re getting it done, is the best path, because if I had said, “Well I’ll just wait, I’ll see if I can work first,” I don’t know if I would have been able to get back into that mode.

What do you believe is the driving force behind your success thus far?

From my childhood, I have always been good at vision-casting for myself. I’ve always had a vision of how I wanted to live my life, how I wanted to spend my time on this Earth. I focus on how our time here is limited, and so how do I want to spend that time? I just have a vision of what I want to do, and then I do anything I can to achieve that goal.

From childhood, I knew that I wanted to have security and an education, and that’s what I got. Once I had my education, I knew that I wanted to have a successful career, so that’s what I planned for. Obviously, I have personal vision-casting as well, as far as being a mother and wife, but from a business perspective, I always had that vision.

What are your hopes and goals for your future?

I want to continue leveraging all the experiences I’ve had. I want to circle back to my own marketing and communications vision. At this point in my life, I feel like I can focus on the things that I have fun doing. Obviously every job has things that you love and things that you hate, but at this point in my life, I can carve out a niche and focus only on the things that I love doing.

Do you have any recommendations for young, aspiring business people — students, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs?

For entrepreneurs, I say, to match your vision and drive, make sure you also have the underlying principles that traditional businesses use to build a strong foundation, which means you may need partners, people who have skills that you don’t have.

For people pursuing advanced degrees, make sure you stick with it no matter what obstacles come up.

Years ago, a friend of mine, who’s now the president of Complemar, … was trying to decide if he should get his MBA. He had a new baby, and he said, “Well, it takes two years, and I have a heavy workload, so I don’t know — two years is a long time.” And I said, “Yes, two years is a long time, but the only thing you know for sure is that the two years is going to go by no matter what you do. So, the only decision you have to make is whether, at the end of that two years, you want to have an MBA or not. That’s the only decision that’s in your control.” He said that made the decision for him. He ended up getting his MBA, and now he’s the president of his company.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Member Schools give back for #GivingTuesday
Since its creation in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become more than an international day of giving. To date, people all over the world have donated more than $1 billion on #GivingTuesday. It also is a movement that inspires people to donate their time and support causes with events throughout the year.

For the past three years, The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management has reached out to our member schools—now at 20 with the recent addition of The Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington—to participate in #GivingTuesday events with either a financial donation to The Consortium or by doing an act of kindness through volunteering at a local organization.

“We provide a list of organizations in the member schools’ cities from which they can choose and ask that they send us photos of what they did,” said Adrienne S. Thomas, manager of student and alumni relations at The Consortium.

This year, Cornell University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of California, Berkeley and Washington University in St. Louis shared photos of how they participated in Giving Tuesday 2018 fundraising events. Those events included:

  • Washington University cataloged books for The Consortium’s Normandy High School book drive.
  • Cornell University raised over $600 to support local charity The Learning Web that supports the mentorship of local youth, 1/3 of which experience homelessness.
  • The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor organized their very first “CGSM Volunteer Weekend” with a total of 33 volunteers who gave up to nine hours of their time to two organizations: Growing Hope and Meals on Wheels.
  • The University of California, Berkeley Cal Alumni Association (CAA) accepted donations on behalf of the Giving Tuesday campaign on their website.
#GivingTuesday, an international day of giving, is celebrated the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States and kicks off the charitable season. #GivingTuesday 2019 is Dec. 3.

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In September, The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management welcomed the inaugural class of Competitive Advantage: The Consortium Undergraduate Program Sept. 7-9 in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Competitive Advantage is a career and postgraduate readiness program that targets college undergraduates who are African American, Hispanic American and Native American whereupon graduation they are more employable or admittable to graduate and professional school, regardless of their academic discipline.

During the 2 ½ day leadership conference, 120 students were immersed in career exploration and attended a variety of workshops, such as identifying and developing relationships with academic allies, internship selection and maximization, and making the transition from college to work.

Participating schools included Georgetown University, Indiana University-Bloomington, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Rice University, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I had a such a rewarding experience being part of the inaugural class,” said Kathleen Ortiz-Tenesaca, a student at the University of Michigan. “I was able to connect with not only admired companies, but with such innovative and creative peers from across the country.”

Lead corporate sponsors of the 2018 Competitive Advantage conference were 3M and General Mills. Other sponsors included Discover Financial Services, Exxon Mobil, Colgate-Palmolive Company and The Dow Chemical Company, to name a few.

Next year’s conference will take place Sept. 6-8, 2019. The location has yet to be determined. Mentorship opportunities for consortium alumni also will be available. Stay up-to-date on those opportunities and more at gainyouradvantage.org.

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To date, The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management’s Experienced Hires initiative has yielded 15 alumni hires for various companies in positions such as executive advisor, communications development analyst, director of distribution performance and finance manager, to name a few.

Through this program, The Consortium initiate intake calls, post job openings on our website, push out open positions via our alumni channel, manage initial applicant flow, do initial candidate outreach, vet candidates and process candidate slate.

With more than 9,000 alumni, adding more alumni networking opportunities has become a top priority.

“Corporate partners were taking advantage of first and second year talent, but hadn’t tapped into the vastness and richness of our alumni network,” said Consortium Assistant Vice President of Talent Engagement, Brian Wesley.

Since 2017, we have held eight alumni networking events. In 2018, we have successfully held networking events with Microsoft, a non-sponsor that hired 27 students in 2017, in Seattle; with Google in New York City, and at the 2018 Orientation Program in Orlando.

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Beyond the powerful career development provided by The Consortium’s annual conference, the event has been known to bring new couples together.

This was the case for Joe and Erayna Sargent, who met at the 2008 OP in Dallas, Texas. They both attended Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington, where they graduated in the class of 2010.

The Sargents now live in Kansas City, Mo., where Erayna serves as senior marketing manager with QuickBooks at Intuit and Joe is director of brand marketing for the Kansas City Chiefs NFL football team.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: ‘Slaying’ it in the Beauty Business
In a little over a year, Kelly Bonilla and Jade Palomino went from being co-workers, to best friends, to business partners.

Working together at Endeavor Miami, a nonprofit economic development organization, Bonilla and Palomino helped entrepreneurs by providing them with the resources and tools to help scale their businesses. Now, with the knowledge gained at Endeavor, they are in the midst of building their own startup, Slay, and are pursuing the foundational knowledge that will help them succeed.

Having left their full-time jobs in January of 2018, Bonilla and Palomino — both fellows of The Consortium — are now in their third quarter at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, where they are pursuing an MBA.

In between studying and business planning, they took some time to speak with us about their venture, their decision to pursue an MBA and the importance of diversity and inclusion. 

How did you come up with the idea for Slay?

Jade: While we were at Endeavor, we used to treat ourselves to weekly manicures. Of course, having nonprofit salaries, it was very costly to get these regular beauty services done, and we also found the process of booking these services extremely inefficient because it always involved having to pick up the phone. When we finally got someone on the line, we always had to worry about payment; some places only accept cash versus card, for instance. We thought it was insane that in every other aspect of our lives, we can use our phones — whether it be to call an Uber or get our groceries through Instacart. Everything is on demand, but when it comes to the salon industry, it remains a very old-school, pen-and-paper industry. So, we decided to change that.

How would you describe what Slay is and does in just a couple sentences?

Jade: We call ourselves the most flexible and affordable beauty membership ever. We allow users to find and book appointments at nearby salons with a monthly membership while guaranteeing a 15 percent discount on every transaction made through the platform.

You had already taken the initial steps to launch your company prior to applying and being accepted to Darden, so why the decision to pursue an MBA?  

Jade: When we were working at Endeavor, we saw a lot of entrepreneurs having to step away from their businesses — from being CEOs, for example — because their companies would get to this point where they didn’t necessarily have the tools, skills or background to scale with the company. We never wanted to be in that situation. Of course, we can’t be experts in everything, but at the same time, we wanted to know what questions to ask and know what we don’t know.

Kelly: Exactly. And a huge part of why we both wanted to go to business school was to really gain those hard skills in finance, accounting, et cetera. Both Jade and I were liberal arts majors in undergrad, and that’s something that we really wanted to round out. We had developed really great business acumen and a lot of other skills through our on-the-job learning, especially at Endeavor, but we really wanted to add that to our toolkit to ensure that we could grow with our company in the future.

I understand that it was important to you to find a school that would support your entrepreneurial aspirations and your company. Why? 

Kelly: Yeah, that was definitely a consideration for both of us, and what’s great about Darden is that they make a lot of effort to support not only students who are interested in entrepreneurship but also those who come into school with ventures. So that was a big differentiator. I was considering other schools and didn’t see anything similar.

Jade: Darden actually created a program specifically because of us, because we asked for it. The school has an accelerator program over the summer; typically that is only to support current students as opposed to incoming students, but Darden made an exception for us and our classmates because they understand that it’s important to support entrepreneurs coming into school. Since then, they’ve tried to build out a new program, Darden Venture Lab, whereby students are exposed to regular mentorship, collaboration and educational opportunities like lunch-and-learns with experienced entrepreneurs. Plus, they have constantly sought our feedback to improve the program. So again, Darden has made a really concerted effort to make sure they’re listening to our needs and speaking to our demands.

As fellows of The Consortium, are there ways that you have benefited from the organization’s network and resources as an entrepreneur?

 Jade: Actually, one of our new mentors is a Consortium alum —

Kelly: Her name is Tawana Murphy Burnett. We met her here at Darden during a Diversity Week session. She’s an alum of color and works in the beauty marketing space at Facebook. We connected with her and had a really interesting discussion, especially about women of color in entrepreneurship, tech and venture. She’s also an angel investor, so she’s been really helpful and has been one of our more recent mentors who we are in touch with once or twice a month.

She’s also on the diversity board at Darden and feels very strongly about empowering students of color at Darden and beyond.

In what ways has the Darden community — faculty, staff, administrators and students — supported your venture and helped you take your product to the next level?

 Jade: We’ve been really fortunate to have amazing classmates that are really proactive and helpful. For example, someone on my learning team, JB, he’s a finance whiz. When we were putting together one of our pitch decks for a presentation in New York — a really important pitch — he actually helped us put together a lot of our financials, so that was incredibly helpful.

In addition, both Kelly and I have been regularly consulting with our marketing professors from last semester to get feedback on everything from the verbiage on our website to our recent consumer insights survey. 

Kelly: We also currently have three undergraduate students at UVA who are interning with us. They’ve been with us since August.

I know it was important to you that inclusion be a core principle of your business. Why was this important, and how have you incorporated it as a core principle?

Kelly: One of the things that really drew us to this industry, both being women of color, is that it’s one of the few industries where women actually make up the majority of owners. Over 85 percent of revenues in the beauty salon space are generated by small businesses, mom-and-pop shops, and the majority of owners are women — and an even higher percentage, compared to the national average, are immigrants and/or women of color. So it’s an industry where women of color actually own more of the businesses by a huge margin, compared to every other industry.

There’s such an opportunity for us through Slay to really help these businesses scale and grow sustainably. That’s something that we feel really passionate about: economically empowering not only these businesses but also the women of color who run them and work in them. That is something that’s really important to us and has always been at the forefront since we started writing our business plan two years ago.

Jade: We’ve also really taken into consideration diversity and inclusion in building out our app and the services offered on it.

I’m part black, and I have very particular hair. I find that a lot of times, many beauty technology companies, and beauty companies generally, don’t tend to consider the needs of women of color. So, something that we’ve been really thoughtful about is making sure, for example, that we’re onboarding salons that have stylists who are familiar with and comfortable working with African American hair, because women of color have different beauty needs than people from other backgrounds. That’s really been important in building out our network of salons.

In addition, in all of our marketing and campaign materials, we make sure we’re not just showing women of different colors, but of different sizes as well. Again, just making sure that we’re lifting women up, as opposed to having a very limited standard of beauty that’s been prevalent in the beauty industry.

Kelly: One more thing of note is that, as we build out our team and as we’ve had numerous interns over the past year and a half, we’ve been really conscious of who is part of our team and how that reflects not only our customer base but also our values. Making sure that we also have a diverse team is really important to us because we know how that enriches a company and enhances every part of a business.

How did you come up with the name Slay?

Jade: That’s a good question. We are big fans of Beyoncé —

Kelly: We are big fans of Beyoncé. But it was something that we toyed around with; we threw around name ideas for a while and couldn’t really find one that stuck, and I feel like we just — what did happen, actually?

Jade: We were playing with different names, but what resonated with us when we chose Slay is that it really speaks to our target consumer, that young millennial woman. They kind of all know what “slay” means; it connotes this idea of not just feeling fierce but also feeling confident and looking your best, all of those things.

Beyoncé has a couple of songs that reference “slaying.” It’s used colloquially, especially among millennials, as this term for empowerment, especially female empowerment. So, we thought that that name really encapsulated what we wanted our brand to embody.

Kelly: Exactly. We see it as an empowering female term. If I’m slaying, I’m crushing it — whether that’s in the classroom, at work, at home, in whatever way that might be — and really feeling fiercely me and feeling empowered in my own skin.

What are next steps for Slay?

Kelly: We’re in the final stages of completing our native app, which is a process that usually costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. We have actually completed it on a shoestring budget without taking on any outside capital, which is really great.

Once our app is ready this spring, we hope to launch it here in Charlottesville. We launched our beta in Miami last April. So, we had a pilot, learned a lot from it and tested a lot of our assumptions. It was a really small pilot with about 50 people so that we could learn the ins and outs of the industry and figure out what our product really needed to look like before we invested a lot of time and money into it. Now we’re at the stage where we are gearing up to launch in Charlottesville, which is really exciting. And we’re hoping to raise some money in the coming months to accelerate our growth.

I guess the plan is to eventually move beyond Charlottesville? 

Kelly: Yes, of course. The plan is always to run the world. In an ideal world, [we’ll be] expanding to cities like D.C., Boston, L.A., et cetera.

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