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Last Updated Aug 2, 2018 by

Inside the History-Making, Half-Female USC Marshall MBA Class of 2020

The incoming full-time MBA Class of 2020 at the USC Marshall School of Business is making headlines across the country thanks to preliminary class profile information shared late last month. Graduating exactly 100 years after the business school’s first cohort, this year’s incoming class will go down in the history books as the first cohort at a top-ranked business school to feature more women than men. The incoming class will be 52 percent women, up from just 32 percent last year. The USC Marshall MBA Class of 2020 has reached gender parity while most other leading business schools continue to hover at... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 by

Financial Times Ranks Top MBA Programs for Entrepreneurship

Leading entrepreneurs in the business world today can often be seen as trailblazers, standing strong and independent in an often cutthroat world. What isn’t seen as often is the kind of support—whether financial capital or mentorships—that can help get an idea off the ground. In recent years, business schools and MBA programs around the globe have made this kind of support for new businesses a core part of their operation, often offering entrepreneurship majors, business pitch competitions, startup incubators and more. Each year, the Financial Times releases its ranking of the best MBA programs for entrepreneurship, helping up-and-coming entrepreneurs make informed choices about... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 16, 2018 by

Scoring a Job at Salesforce with Your MBA

Salesforce, one of the country’s highest valued cloud computing companies, is actively looking for promising MBA graduates, offering diverse opportunities in tech, business, and sales. Since it’s founding in 1999, Salesforce has been growing wildly, becoming the first enterprise cloud company tor each $10 billion in revenue as of August 2017. And Salesforce isn’t just remarkable for its product’s success—the company was also rated as the “#1 Best Company to Work For” by Fortune. The Salesforce culture is centered around the idea of “Ohana” (Hawaiian for “family”) and earned its place at the top of the list by offering incredible... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 20, 2017 by

Your Future A.T. Kearney Career Is Waiting for You

For many organizations, finding a candidate with an MBA on their resume can be an early indicator of how well he or she will succeed. With the strong foundational business skills the degree provides, companies can feel safe hiring these kinds of candidates. Founded in the mid 1920s, A.T. Kearney is a Chicago-based global management consulting firm and one of the more active MBA recruiters. As of 2016, the company holds 60 offices in more than 40 countries throughout the globe, with roughly 3,500 employees. Why Work at A.T. Kearney? A.T. Kearney has made a commitment to creating transformational experiences for its... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 by

Value Without the Price Tag: How MIT Sloan Assists Low-Income MBA Students

It’s no secret that attending an MBA program can often come with a hefty price tag—and when it comes to one of the top MBA programs in the country, you can guarantee you’ll be paying a lot for the high value of that program. At the MIT Sloan School of Management, rated as the fourth best business school in the country by U.S. News and World Report, one year of tuition will set you back $68,250. Factoring in additional fees, such as insurance, food, and supplies, the annual cost is upward of $100,000. For ambitious students with skills that qualify them... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 by

Matthew Myers Announced as New Dean of SMU Cox

The Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business has recently announced that Matthew Myers, a strategy expert on global marketing and Latin American economies, will take on the role of dean for the school. Myers, a global marketing and strategy expert, will replace Albert W. Niemi Jr., who will step down on August 1st to teach full time. Niemi has been dean of the Cox School since 1997. SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven C. Currall commented on Myers’ appointment in a press release. “As the new dean of the Cox School of Business, Matt Myers brings extraordinary... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 by

Jones Veterans in Business Association Aids MBA Transition

The Rice University—Jones Graduate School of Business (Rice Business) recently highlighted its Veterans in Business Association (VIBA)—a unique student club that works to increase the number of veterans in Rice Business’s MBA program and bring a national awareness to their efforts—as part of a feature article in Rice Magazine. VIBA was founded in 2011 by former Navy SEAL James Battista, who served for a decade in the military. The student organization aimed to provide mentoring opportunities for students making the challenging transition from military life to academia. The following year, Rice Business Dean Bill Glick, along with Rice trustees and others from the... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 by

Society Spotlight: The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)

Although minorities have long been involved in the corporate sector, challenges remain for minority MBAs entering the workforce. Thankfully, organizations like the National Black MBA Association (NMBMAA) seek to address these challenges, provide resources, and create a community for minorities in business. NBMBAA: An Origin Story The NBMBAA began more than 45 years ago as an opportunity for Blacks in the corporate sector to share their experiences and help each other during this often difficult journey. The organization began as a two-day conference organized by MBA students at the University of Chicago in 1970. The conference focused on issues related to Black MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 9, 2016 by

Alumni Spotlight: Lado Gurgenidze, MBA Emory Goizueta

Since earning his MBA degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, Vladimer “Lado” Gurgenidze has charted a remarkable career, from successful career banker to political leader, from Georgia to…well, Georgia. From Georgia to Georgia Born in December 1970 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Gurgenidze’s undergraduate studies took him from Tbilisi State University all the way to Middlebury College in Vermont. After receiving his degree in 1993, Gurgenidze chose to continue his education by attending the MBA program at the Goizueta Business School of Emory College in Georgia. Making an Impact at the Bank of Georgia Following a decade of work... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 5, 2016 by

Summer Reading: 10 Books to Understand the Tech Revolution

In today’s world of quickly changing technology, it can be hard to stay current, especially when it comes to technologies relevant to staying afloat in the business world. Nonetheless, understanding tech and its evolution in business is imperative for staying competitive and effective. Understanding both how technology has changed throughout history as well as its effects on the future are important to grasp how the tech revolution affects us today. This summer, take a break from the heat (or set up on the beach!) with 10 books that can help you understand the tech revolution. 10 Must-Read Books to Understand... Read more »

Last Updated May 20, 2016 by

Jones School Rises in Ranking of Top MBA Programs

The Rice University – Jones Graduate School of Business MBA program has ranked No. 25 of the best full-time MBA programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Over the last decade, Rice has seen a tremendous rise in ranking, increasing from below the top 40 to top 25 in all three top business school rankings: Bloomberg Businessweek (unranked in 2006 to No. 19 at present), U.S. News (No. 44 in 2006 to No. 25 at present) and Financial Times (No. 41 in 2016 to No. 24 at present). Rice is the only university to experience such a... Read more »

Last Updated May 18, 2016 by

Why Is Goldman Sachs Hiring So Many MBAs?

If you are looking for a career in finance, it’s likely that industry giants like Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley are already on your wish list of potential employers. As it turns out, the same companies you are looking for may just be looking for you. Even though an MBA doesn’t guarantee you an automatic spot at an investment bank, industry leaders like Goldman Sachs consistently top the list of MBA-hiring companies. In 2015, CNN Money ranked Goldman Sachs seventh in its list of top 15 MBA employers, reporting that 10.71 percent of MBAs surveyed expressed a desire for... Read more »

Last Updated May 5, 2016 by

Overseas MBA: 5 Reasons to Earn Your Degree in Europe

The following post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com.  Moving to a new area for your education can be a difficult decision to make, whether you are moving across the globe or just a few hours’ drive away. Especially for moves abroad, problems like culture shock, language barriers and homesickness are understandable concerns. Nonetheless, more and more students today are discovering the massive benefits of earning an MBA abroad. If you are prepared to make the leap, here are just a few of the benefits of earning your MBA overseas: 5 Reasons to Earn Your Degree... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 12, 2016 by

MBAs and Silicon Valley

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. Earning an MBA is no easy task: With so much time and money invested in a business education, the last thing you need to hear is that your degree isn’t worth the effort. And yet, just a few years ago, many MBAs hoping to enter the tech industry heard just that. MBAs and Silicon Valley: Loveless Beginnings The question of whether or not an MBA education is “worth it” is not just a conflict that undergraduates struggle with as they contemplate their future. In 2012, an article... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 30, 2016 by

Dare to Share: MBAs and the Sharing Economy

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. From ride-sharing services like Uber to fashion websites like Rent the Runway, it should come as no surprise that these so-called “sharing economy” companies are changing the face of business. Of course, when business changes, so does business education. In today’s changing world, understanding the sharing economy and how to best use it could be key for new MBAs as they navigate the workplace. What is the sharing economy? It is no coincidence that the growth of the sharing economy—platforms that allow people to “collaboratively consume” by sharing... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 25, 2016 by

Jones School Dean Offers Advice to Prospective MBA Students

Bill Glick, dean of the Rice University – Jones Graduate School of Business, was recently featured in an article from US News which examined the important factors to consider when choosing an MBA program. US News recently released their 2017 ranking of the Best Business Schools, and with it, important insight into what sort of factors US News deems the most important for prospective students to consider. Bill Glick, who serves as chair for the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, in addition to his role as dean of the Jones School, offered important advice to... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 5, 2016 by

UT Austin Appoints Jay Hartzell as New Dean of McCombs School

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin recently appointed Jay Hartzell— currently the senior associate dean for academic affairs—to serve as its new dean.  In addition to his position as senior associate dean, Hartzell is the Trammell Crow Regents’ Professor in the finance department at McCombs. His new appointment began on February 1, 2016.       McCombs Dean Jay Hartzell Photo courtesy of UT Austin Hartzell has been with McCombs since 2001, when he came to Austin from the Stern School of Business... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 23, 2015 by

SMU Cox Names the Top 100 Entrepreneurial Businesses in Dallas

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. The Cox School of Business at SMU recently held the 25th Annual SMU Cox Dallas 100 Awards Ceremony Banquet. Taking Place at the Omni Dallas Hotel, the event included an announcement of the 100 top entrepreneurial companies in Dallas this year. At the top of the list was JM Bullion, an online precious metals retailer. The rankings were assembled by the Caruth Institute at SMU, which looks at the success of entrepreneurial companies in Dallas based on sales growth and absolute dollar growth over the past three... Read more »

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