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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Bears Beyond Borders: Alumni raising money for bicycle charity
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Consortium alumni Jean-Marc Chanoine and Juan Casanova are traveling the world on a mission. The recent University of California, Berkeley, graduates join Bears Beyond Borders, participating in the Charity Race to support World Bicycle Relief.

This Mongol Rally is a race in which more than 300 teams from around the world will attempt to drive woefully small cars from London to Mongolia over the course of six weeks. Why would these two do such a thing? The reason is philanthropic: The Mongol Rally was originally created with the idea of delivering ambulances to Mongolia.

This year, each team gets to select a charity that is near and dear to their hearts. Chanoine and Casanova have chosen World Bicycle Relief. WBR is an organization that builds specifically designed, locally assembled bicycles for students, health care workers and entrepreneurs across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. In many areas throughout Africa, it takes eight hours per trip to collect water than only lasts a day or two.

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Mia “La Picante” Kia

The guys have transformed a boring white Kia Picante into the undeniably fierce and foxy Mia “La Picante” Kia. “We’ve reinforced our suspension for bumpy times ahead and installed a steel sump guard to defend against Mongolia’s malicious rocks, infamous for puncturing unfortified oil wells. Our Kia Mia has also been dressed to the nines in beautiful graphics, turning our one-liter tire burner into a bona fide head turner. For the cherry on top, we put ‘Barry the Bear,'” stated Chanoine, a tip of the hat to the mascot of UC Berkeley. Barry the Bear is Bears Beyond Borders’ mascot and has been chained to the roof of the Kia Mia.

At our last communications, Chanoine and Casanova were en route to Dover, England, where they were catching a ferry to Calais, France and continuing on to Brussels. After completing this 10,000-mile trek to Mongolia, Chanoine, Casanova and Barry the Bear will be changed forever by a mission to make others’ lives better. What are you doing this summer?

Additional rally information and how you can support this community improvement project can be found at www.bearsbeyondborders.com.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: UNC Kenan-Flagler Dean Named New Chair of Consortium Board of Trustees
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (July 31, 2017) — An award-winning researcher, teacher and the dean of The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School has become the 20th chair of The Consortium’s board of trustees.

Douglas A. Shackelford, the Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation at UNC Kenan-Flagler, began a two-year term as board chairman on July 1. Joining him as the board’s vice chair is Stephanie Barbee Williams, Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions and Student Recruitment at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

“I am extremely honored to serve as chair of the board of trustees of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and contribute to its mission to increase diversity in U.S. business schools and corporate management,” Shackelford said. “I admire the Consortium’s important work and, as a UNC Kenan-Flagler graduate, I’m especially proud that we — as one of the first business schools to join — have partnered with the Consortium for more than four decades. Our diverse community is one of our greatest assets and enriches all students’ experiences and learning.”

Founded in 1966 with three universities, UNC Kenan-Flagler became the sixth school to join in 1973. Now with 19 top-tier member schools, The Consortium provides fellowships to nearly 500 students annually and access to a network of corporate partners and alumni to increase diversity in corporate leadership and business education.

“We’re fortunate to have strong leaders who are so committed to our mission at the helm of our board,” said Peter J. Aranda III, executive director and CEO of The Consortium. “I’m looking forward to working with both of them in their new capacity.”

Dr. Shackelford’s work focuses on taxes and business strategy, particularly relating to the effects of shareholder taxes on equity prices, taxation of multinationals and disclosure of corporate tax information. He served as associate dean of MBA@UNC, the innovative online MBA program, and the Master of Accounting Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., and has held visiting faculty positions at Stanford University, Universiteit Maastricht in the Netherlands and Oxford University.

Williams has more than nine years of experience in higher education admissions and recruitment. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Hampton University, her master’s degree in business education from UNC-Greensboro and her law degree from NC Central University School of Law. She joined the UNC Kenan-Flagler admissions team in early 2015.

Pictured above: Douglas A. Shackelford, dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler, becomes the 20th chair of The Consortium board of trustees. Stephanie Barbee Williams, senior associate director of MBA admissions and student recruitment, is the vice chair.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Guest Post: Why use an admissions coach?
By Kofi Kankam, Admit Advantage

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As we enter the season of your favorite schools releasing their applications, many of you may be asking a question we hear frequently: “Why do I need an admissions consultant to help get me in?”

You may be surprised to hear my response: “You don’t need one. But you probably would benefit from using a good one.”

Do you absolutely need a coat in the winter? Nope. But, you know that knowing smile that someone wearing a super-warm goose feather has in a full-on winter storm? That person is never unhappy. And applicants who use an exceptional admissions coach usually have that same smile of inner peace.

Seriously, here are few reasons to consider finding yourself a good admissions consultant to help you get on campus at your dream school.

Knowledge and Muscle Memory
A coach who has seen hundreds or thousands of candidates from a variety of backgrounds, professions, nationalities and perspectives can offer an applicant a true compass on effective structures of persuasion as well as ones that fall on their faces.

Knowing how to leverage stories, accomplishments and personal characteristics into a cohesive narrative across essays, letters of recommendation, resumes, and data portions of applications takes time. Good admissions consultants have built-in muscle memory you can tap into.

Honesty in Ways Nobody Else Has
Don’t expect your mother, your best friend, your partner or your Friday night crew to be critical (enough) of you in this process. Especially when they know the odds of getting into your dream schools are statistically tough.

But the honest critique of a paid supporter will compel you to address weaknesses that give you a viable shot at getting into your dream program as opposed to excusing blemishes that will likely keep you out.

While it can be hard to give objective and sometimes harsh (and accurate) feedback about someone you have known for awhile and care deeply about, admissions coaches have no such qualms. It’s not that we don’t love you. But tough love is our business. Literally. And administered correctly, it can be quite good for you.

Structure for Days
For days…a good…er…great admissions consultant will be equipped with a robust process that will exhume your finest points and mitigate your most crippling weaknesses. He will focus on how to harness the 20 minutes you have during a weekday, while giving you the undervalued ability to avoid writer’s block of any kind.

He will give you a compass (and a shove) to start along a well-lighted path and ensure you don’t falter or quit in the dark of indecisiveness.

How? Because the process will be outlined. It will have been architected before you even started. The good ones will know where you’re most likely to get a bit wobbly and they’ll be there to steer you through this period.

You’ll have peace of mind in the security that you’re putting your best foot forward in an admissions world of great opaqueness.

And the benefit of working in a modular manner with a leading advisor will help you be efficient and get your applications out to more programs for round one and round two alike.

Intuitive Knowledge, Personal Relationships
The base of inner knowledge on a business school program is three-pronged and quite helpful for you if used correctly.

Your admissions consultant likely went to a top-tier MBA program, has friends who are attending or are alumni of many of your target schools, and has placed candidates there.

So, she’s got a little “inside baseball” that can make your application more reflective of the culture and give the admissions committee more confidence that you’re actually going to matriculate if you’re accepted—and have an outsized impact there.

That foundation can yield a better result than your hours of looking through the website and speaking to a few current students a few weeks or months before you apply.

These reasons partly explain why great admissions companies like ours with AdmitAdvantage have consistently helped candidates gain entry into great MBA programs and often with scholarship money.

I’m not remotely stating that you need an admissions consultant to get into an MBA program. Walk away—in fact, run away—from anyone who dares engage in such stupidity. However, I am suggesting that the correct selection and usage of one can give you a decided admit advantage (see what I did there? So impressive) when you do make that push.

Think I’m crazy, insightful or just plain fascinating? Let’s discuss your admissions candidacy (or swap stories about the craziest thing you’ve seen in the admissions process).

Never Apply Alone.

Kofi Kankam is the cofounder and CEO of Admitadvantage.com and Admit.me. An alumnus of Harvard (AB, MEd) and Wharton (MBA), he is excited to have paid off his loans before he turned 100 years old. A member of recruiting and leadership efforts for both universities, he is often found rooting on his Cavs and trying to re-assemble things he should have never dared taken apart before his wife finds out.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Consortium Connections – Taking it to the streets
Join us for a brief evening of networking to meet fellow alumni and the newest Consortium staff working in alumni relations.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31

6:30 – 8:00 PM

We are teaming with our recruiting department to meet you – the pillars of our organization – in a city near you! Hear about what’s new with The Consortium and learn how you can get involved. First stop . . .

NYU STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Paulson Auditorium, Tisch Hall

40 West 4th Street at Greene Street, New York

Light appetizers and libations will be served.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Washington University students send video support to UVA counterparts
Consortium students at Washington University in St. Louis sent a video postcard showing support for their counterparts at the University of Virginia‘s Darden School of Business in the wake of last weekend’s violent clash between neo-Nazi white supremacists and counterprotesters—some of which occurred on the UVA campus.

Organized by class of ’19 first-year student Ony Mgbeahurike at the Olin Business School, the 3-minute, 28-second video also features seven other students: Jose Reynoso, Janell Cleare, Gheremey Edwards, Ricardo Mexia, Oscar Vasco, Bryant Powell and Jennifer Franklin—all first-year MBA students.

“If you need anything, hit us up and let us know,” Edwards said in his message of support and love.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Wells Fargo makes hire through Consortium’s alumni recruiting process
We’re pleased to let you know about another success in The Consortium’s “experienced hire initiative”: Wells Fargo has hired Consortium alumnus Martin Reavis for a position as community development credit analyst.

Reavis, a 2017 MBA recipient from the University of Rochester Simon Business School, worked through The Consortium’s Brian Wesley, assistant vice president for talent engagement, in order to connect with the Wells Fargo opportunity.

“Whether you have 20 years of experience and you’re looking for your next step on the career ladder, or you’re a young alum holding out for the right dream job to launch your career, we are here to help,” Wesley said. “We’re here to connect members of the Consortium family with great opportunities with our corporate partners.”

Reavis comes to Wells Fargo with extensive experience in commercial lending, credit risk management and community development and financing. He started in the position June 19.

The search was aided by Wells Fargo’s strong partnership with The Consortium—and involvement by another Consortium alumna, Fannie Pryce, relationship manager. Pryce is a 2010 MBA recipient from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ross School of Business.

Reavis is yet another success for The Consortium’s experienced hire initiative along with Tyler Converse(Rochester ’14), hired by CVS Health, and Vasco Bridges (Michigan ’10), hired by Northwestern Mutual.

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FROM The Consortium Admissions Blog: Breaking into tech with an MBA
This is a guest blog post by Will Nash, Dell’s product marketing manager and MBA recruiter. He’s also a Consortium alumnus from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ross School of Business, class of 2012.

Many of the most successful and innovative companies in the world are within the technology industry. Tech companies are disrupting the way we live and need top talent to continue to compete and bring groundbreaking solutions to customers.

I’ve noticed that more MBA students are interested in pursuing a career in tech, but may be unsure how to proceed. Without a computer science or engineering degree, it may seem to be a daunting task.

You may be surprised to find out that you do not need a technical background to join a tech company. As a product marketer and MBA recruiter at Dell, I can tell you that tech companies need your diverse perspective and your transferable skills to make an impact in MBA roles across the business.

There are steps you can take to stand out, display your passion for tech and connect with the right people to be successful and break into tech with an MBA.

Have a Story
Even though you do not need to have a technical background to gain a role at a tech company, you need to have a great story and to be able to articulate why you are interested in tech today. Tech is innovative; cool will not do.

For me, I have always been a lover of all things technology and have focused my marketing and sales career on growing new product and business lines.

It’s up to you to connect the dots for recruiters and market yourself appropriately. Your interest in tech may have been sparked by a side project at work or through volunteer efforts. Perhaps you have always been interested in technology products and tinkered with computers as a child. Your story is your story and you should make sure it portrays your true interest in tech so it resonates with recruiters.

Do Your Homework
Which are the top tech companies to target based on your interests? What is their interview process? What business are they in and how do they serve customers? You have to do your homework and research the companies so you know who to—and so you can talk knowledgeably about their solutions.

It also helps to have a perspective on their business based on your research. In a marketing interview, you should not be stumped if asked a case question about their top tech product. Displaying your passion for technology will help you stand out and will demonstrate your interest in joining a tech company.

Use Your Network
Joining a tech company is competitive. You need all of the resources you have to gain connections and display your interest to top tech companies. You will have classmates, alumni or friends of friends who have worked at your target tech company. They can provide great feedback on their experiences to help you walk the walk and talk the talk.

Also, make the most of corporate presentations by tech companies and network with recruiters when they visit campus. The first time recruiters meet you shouldn’t be at a potential interview. Building a relationship is key when you are new to the industry and have a unique story. Set up informational chats as needed and mock interviews to practice your story. Be scrappy and leverage the power of your network.

After executing the largest tech integration ever, Dell continues to need top MBA talent across the business. We value all experiences and believe that your transferable skills and passion for tech mean more than a technology degree. Dell looks for collaborative candidates who are data-driven and operate well in ambiguity. Consider us as you explore this dynamic industry and take the steps above to successfully break into tech with an MBA.

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