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Professor Profiles: Gregory B. Fairchild, University of Virginia Darde [#permalink]
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B-School Chart of the Week: December 2016 and January 2017 Social Curr [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: B-School Chart of the Week: December 2016 and January 2017 Social Currency Rankings Rankings come in all shapes and sizes, but can any ranking truly capture social cachet? For a different perspective on the value of an MBA, we turn to the New York Times society pages, where the editors select and profile promising couples. Each month, we dedicate one B-School Chart of the Week to tallying how alumni from top-ranked business schools are advancing their social currency ranking.Despite the picturesque photo possibilities of snowy grounds, winter weddings appear to be somewhat of a rarity among MBAs—in fact, the New York Times profiled only eight nuptials involving MBAs during the month of December and nine in January. Perhaps the fewer the merrier, however, since these weddings featured some true business school romances.Leslie Voorhees and Calley Means, who tied the knot in December, met at Harvard Business School (HBS) while pursuing their respective MBA degrees. Another December couple, Whitney Keefe and David Snider, also met while both were HBS students—but on a blind date!In addition, some current MBA students were busy with January weddings. One groom is currently pursuing a degree at the Yale School of Management, another is studying at the New York University School of Business, and one bride, who is also the co-president of the student body, is hard at work at HBS.
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Beer Blast at NYU Stern [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Beer Blast at NYU Stern Alumni connect at NYU Stern’s Summer Beer BlastWhen you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.Beer Blast—a party that takes place every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at New York University’s (NYU’s) Stern School of Business—is held in the basement of the school’s Henry Kaufman Management Center (in a renovated lounge area) and the adjacent Sosnoff Lounge. The gathering provides an opportunity for students to relax, interact, and get to know one another. A second year told mbaMission that Beer Blast allows students “to mingle once a week,” noting that “business school is about networking more than anything else.” Asserting that Beer Blast “is one of the best things about Stern,” a first year with whom we spoke explained, “It’s an opportunity for students to unwind at the end of the week and hang out with their classmates in a social setting. Fun fact: Beirut and flip cup are played.” After Beer Blast ends at 10:00 p.m., Sternies typically head to a local bar to continue the party.For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at NYU Stern and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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 FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: Emory University’s Goizueta Business School MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.Named after late Coca-Cola CEO Roberto C. Goizueta, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is deeply rooted in a legacy of global business leadership. Goizueta’s MBA program offers one- and two-year formats, strives to maintain an intimate learning environment, and affords its students the benefits of being located in a significant global commercial hub. One of the program’s notable advantages has been its success in attracting recruiters. The school’s recruiting strengths seem to be reflected in its latest employment report as well—95% of the Class of 2016 received job offers within three months of graduation and accepted positions with such major companies as Accenture, Barclays, Deloitte, Delta Air Lines, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey & Company, and Wells Fargo.
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Monday Morning Essay Tip: How Will You Contribute to the Program? [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tip: How Will You Contribute to the Program? Many business schools use their essay questions as an opportunity to ask about the unique contributions you will make to their particular program.Many candidates unwittingly make the mistake of thinking that a bland summary statement like “I will bring my leadership skills to XYZ School” will sufficiently express their intended contribution. One reason we prefer to work with business school candidates “from start to finish” is so we can proactively prevent such problems. Simply relating a story about a past experience and then repeating the main point does not demonstrate that you can or will make a meaningful contribution to the school. Ideally, you want to go further, explaining how you would apply and use your experience and skills while at the school in a way that would offer some benefit to others, thereby demonstrating a true understanding of your fit with that particular program.Example 1:“My experience as a stand-up comedian will allow me to bring humor to the Kellogg environment.”With this statement, the MBA admissions committee is left wondering, “How exactly will this applicant bring humor to the environment? Does this person really know what our environment is about?” In contrast, consider the following:Example 2:“My experience as a stand-up comic will prove particularly useful at Kellogg, a dynamic environment where I will be constantly joining new and energetic study teams. I anticipate using my sense of humor to create more relaxed team environments, helping everyone feel comfortable contributing, though I will use my humor judiciously, such as to diffuse tense moments during late-night study sessions, rather than as a distraction. I believe my skills and experience being funny on stage will also allow me to play an important role in the Kellogg Follies.”In this example, the writer has applied his/her personal experience and intended contribution directly to the Kellogg experience and has thereby shown a clear connection with the school, proving that the candidate truly identifies with it and accurately understands its nature.
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 FROM mbaMission Blog: Mission Admission: The Value of Current Community Service Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday.MBA admissions committees try to identify applicants who are constantly active, challenging themselves in all spheres of their lives. So, not only are extracurricular and community activities powerful in showing an MBA candidate’s benevolence, but they also help create the impression that the applicant is constantly pursuing goals and is therefore predisposed to success.We regularly encounter applicants who say, “I have been so busy professionally that I haven’t had time to volunteer, but I was really active during college.” In almost all cases, however, as candidates get further from their college years, their undergraduate experience becomes decreasingly relevant. Although having a record of consistent achievement throughout college and into one’s professional life is best, MBA applicants are often evaluated on a “What have you done for me lately?” basis—meaning that contemporary community service is generally more important.MBA admissions officers know that finding time to commit to external activities can sometimes be challenging, but they still see many applicants from the most competitive fields who indeed find time to give back to others. So, if you had a rich and rewarding college experience filled with leadership, in short, keep that trend going. You have a powerful complement to your contemporary involvements, but not a substitute.
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Fuqua Partners [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Fuqua Partners When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.Fuqua Partners is an organization at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business made up of students’ wives, husbands, and significant others who come to Durham while the students complete the MBA program. According to the school’s Web site, approximately 30% of the students in a typical incoming class at Fuqua are married or in some form of a committed relationship. The Fuqua Partners group is designed “to help partners make a life for themselves while students tackle the daily demands of an MBA,” explains the school’s Web site. A club officer told mbaMission that attendance at Fuqua Partners events can vary greatly, explaining that “a manicure/pedicure party may only attract ten people, whereas a barbecue may attract 100.”One second-year student with a partner told mbaMission, “Fuqua does a really, really good job of integrating everybody,” and another noted, “Everyone’s invited to everything.” A first year we interviewed commented that the programs and the community support provided to partners were “very important” elements in his evaluation of MBA programs and that “Fuqua had the appeal that [my wife] and many others’ partners were all coming to the area for the first time and could build a network together, as opposed to trying to contend with trying to join existing cliques.”Another married first-year student told us, “The key thing here is the strength of the partners’ network. For example, even from Blue Devils weekend, which is a ‘sell’ weekend for admitted applicants, I signed in, and my wife signed in separately and had her own bag of goodies waiting for her. [Partners] are really interwoven here; as much as possible, they’re invited to many of the events.” He added that at Fuqua, partners “have their own activities—running clubs and book clubs.” And another first year told mbaMission he felt that Fuqua is “hands-down the best for partners” of all the schools he considered and that this was one of the two primary reasons he applied.For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Duke Fuqua and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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 FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: Simon Business School MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.The full-time MBA program at the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester offers a broadly finance-oriented general management curriculum featuring particular strengths in analytics and accounting. Simon’s program is built on a foundation of 11 core courses, including “Managerial Economics,” “Capital Budgeting and Corporate Objectives,” and “Marketing Management,” as well as a communication sequence.Students complete their core with an assigned study team before exploring more specialized professional interests. The school’s elective courses represent a variety of industries and functions, such as entrepreneurship, consulting, and real estate. Students may choose among 11 optional career concentrations, ranging from Competitive and Organizational Strategy (which includes both a Pricing track and a Strategy and Organizations track) and Marketing (which includes tracks in Brand Management, Pricing, and Marketing Strategy), to such analysis-heavy fields as Business Systems Consulting and Computers and Information Systems. In addition, the Simon MBA EDGE Program provides students with opportunities for personal development in such areas as problem solving, communication, and leadership through involvement in activities including clubs, advisory boards, and other groups on campus, as well as case competitions and projects with area companies. The program aims to complement knowledge learned in the classroom and increase students’ value to potential employers.Simon’s Ain Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Information Intensive Services, and Center for Pricing offer curricular and research support to supplement the specific career concentrations. Simon is also home to nearly 30 professional and social student-run organizations aimed at coordinating networking events and professional development resources to assist students in advancing their careers.
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“Startup Junkie” Toby Hervey Shares His Journey from Georgetown to Pag [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: “Startup Junkie” Toby Hervey Shares His Journey from Georgetown to Pager, with Many Stops Along the Way Today, many aspiring MBAs and MBA graduates want to join start-ups or launch such companies themselves. Is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? Is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.Toby HerveyAs a self-proclaimed “startup junkie,” Toby Hervey has been involved with such organizations as Waywire and Timehop. But to get where he is today, Hervey had to knock on quite a few doors…literally! He was determined to work in public policy during his studies at Georgetown, but after graduation he changed course and wanted to work at the designer clothing Web site Gilt. After first having coffee with “anyone at the company who agreed to do so,” Hervey eventually rose to be the company’s strategy and business development manager. His latest endeavor is Pager, a mobile service that connects health-care professionals with patients. Tune in to the podcast episode to hear Hervey discuss his journey so far, including these details:Why he firmly believed that 15 years after his high school graduation, he would be secretary of stateHow he learned to navigate the business world after joining Gilt by recording and transcribing conversations and meetingsHow a 50-year-old French medical service served as one of the inspirations for PagerBe sure to subscribe to the podcast series to hear each episode as it is released!
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