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Last Updated Jun 21, 2018 by

Tech and Venture Capital Industries Have Real Work to Do to Hire and Retain Diverse Employees

Despite Google’s stated commitment to increasing diversity within its workforce, the tech giant is losing black and Latinx workers at nearly the same rate they are being hired. The annual Google diversity report, released last week, stresses that Google “care(s) deeply about improving workforce representation” and is “moving in the right direction.” But so far, its strategy of increased grassroots hiring of black and Latinx workers has not led to greater representation within the workforce. Google says that it wants to more accurately represent its users. However, black and Latinx workers currently only make up a combined 6 percent of... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2018 by

State-of-the-Art Marion Anderson Hall to Launch UCLA Anderson into the Future

Last fall, UCLA Anderson School of Management broke ground on Marion Anderson Hall, a new state-of-the-art facility designed as a “blueprint for the future” of the school. Developed in response to the dramatic expansion in programming, student body, and faculty that UCLA Anderson has experienced in the past 23 years, Marion Anderson Hall expands the existing cluster of five interconnected buildings that comprise the UCLA Anderson campus. As the new primary entrance to the UCLA Anderson campus, the building will serve as both a symbolic and functional gateway to the school. Its design seeks to complement the school’s existing visual... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 15, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Top Spots to Get Work Done at Chicago Booth

Fridays from the Frontline In a world filled with distractions, it can be tough to focus and get anything done. Sometimes, the devices and platforms we invest in to make our day-to-day lives more efficient (theoretically) are the very things making it hard to concentrate. But in other instances, it’s the actual space where we sit to work that can pose the greatest challenges. If you have the luxury of working remotely, you may have discovered that you’re most productive in a crowded coffee shop. (If this is you, here’s two hours of ambient café noise.) Or perhaps your faculties... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 8, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Kelley Student Writes About GLOBASE China

Fridays from the Frontline Few would debate that one of the major perks of a business school education is the opportunity to study abroad. While many students have the ability to travel to distant lands on their own dime, the true value of business school is the framework it provides MBA students to secure a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms of international business in a specific country or region of interest. The GLOBASE program at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is a shining example of what an MBA study abroad program can be. GLOBASE operates at the “intersection between... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 4, 2018 by

Chicago Booth Announces Social New Venture Challenge Winners

On Wednesday, May 23rd, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business announced the winners of its eighth annual Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC). The center awarded $70,000 total in venture funding and an additional $30,000 in specialized awards. The SNVC is open to currently enrolled Chicago Booth students. Teams that include unaffiliated individuals may apply if they have at least one current Chicago Booth student as an integral member of the team. First Prize for Autism Services The first-place winner and recipient of $45,000 was AIM Clinics for its proposal to... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 1, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Organizing MIT Sloan’s Israel Trek

Fridays from the Frontline Today’s Friday from the Frontline column comes to us from a student at MIT Sloan School of Management who helped organize the school’s largest student trek to Israel, fulfilling a promise he made when he interviewed. The piece coincides nicely with the school’s first “Sloan on the Road” event of the season, an evening “inspired by leaders, alumni, and current students who are making their ideas matter,” which will take place in Tel Aviv on June 3rd. The evening’s TIMTalk speaker is Aaron Zucker, MBA ’09, whose distinguished career as an impact-driven leader has seen him... Read more »

Last Updated May 29, 2018 by

Women Leaders Headline 2018 MBA Commencement Addresses at Many Top Business Schools

Spring has sprung, which means that classes have come to an end on many leading business school campuses, and commencement activities fill weekend after weekend from now through much of June. The roster of speakers top schools invite to send their MBA graduates off into the world can be revealing. Graduation speakers are typically invited to impart hard-earned wisdom and present words of encouragement to MBA classes, and this year is no exception in that regard. More exceptional, though, is the number of women delivering the headlining speeches. Instagram COO Marne Levine at Michigan Ross One of the first commencement... Read more »

Last Updated May 25, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Michigan Ross MM Grad to Other Grads on What Future Leaders of the World Must Consider

Fridays from the Frontline When business students travel to developing countries for the first time, they’re often struck by the vast disparities in business, cultural, and political climates. Though on first glance these differences can sometimes fluster and frustrate would-be business people, the act of doing business under vastly different circumstances is an opportunity for business school students to not only gain insight into a diverse culture but also gain a new perspective on cultivating business partnerships back home. Today’s Friday from the Frontline comes not from an MBA student, but from a Master’s of Management (MM) student at the... Read more »

Last Updated May 16, 2018 by

Healthcare Tech Teams Dominate 2018 Wharton Startup Challenge

Just a few weeks ago, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School held its 2018 Startup Challenge, which awarded cash prizes to outstanding student entrepreneurs whose startups all have the potential to become “the next big thing.” Billed as the school’s most significant entrepreneurship event of the year, the Wharton Startup Challenge saw 27 semifinalist teams compete for $135,000 in cash prizes. Eight teams made it to the finals on April 27th, where their ideas were assessed by six top-level executives from companies including Joor, Karlin Asset Management, the Charian Group, Monetate, Examworks, and Orasure. The judges were asked to evaluate each... Read more »

Last Updated May 11, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: A Glimpse at Lean In at Berkeley Haas

Fridays from the Frontline The University of California at Berkeley has long had a reputation as a hotbed of activism, from the Vietnam Day Committee’s march toward Oakland Base in the 1960s to its divestment campaign from South Africa during the 1980s apartheid era to the most recent protests against ultra-conservative commentator Milo Yiannopolous’ appearance on campus last year. The commitment to social justice present on Berkeley’s campus has also been infused into the curriculum of many of its schools, inspiring students to engage in direct action to shape the world they want to live. This is certainly true at... Read more »

Last Updated May 10, 2018 by

Gearing Up for Orientation: NYU Stern One-Year MBA Programs in Tech, Fashion

As it prepares to welcome students for orientation next week, NYU Stern School of Business has shared preliminary class profiles for its two new specialized one-year MBA programs—the Andre Koo Tech MBA and the Fashion & Luxury MBA. Stern announced the launch of the new May-to-May programs one year ago. The inaugural classes will each be made up of approximately 30 students. Though designed for students from different backgrounds targeting diverse post-MBA career paths, the two programs do share several things in common. Each pairs traditional core curricula and specialty and elective courses with real-world projects to provide hands-on experience for students... Read more »

Last Updated May 2, 2018 by

Action Learning: Setting the University of Illinois Gies College of Business MBA Apart

Sponsored Content Imagine you lived in a bubble and had never seen or heard of bicycles until one fateful day when someone handed you a book entitled How to Ride a Bike. After two years of intensively studying the mechanics of bicycles and the theory of balance, you’re then hand-delivered a bike and told to ride 100 miles. Regardless of how intimate you became with the theory, you’d probably fall flat on your face within seconds. This scenario is similar to the approach that many MBA programs take with their business curricula. For two years, programs pile on classroom-based assignments... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 28, 2018 by

Tuck Announces $250 Million Capital Campaign for Tomorrow’s Wise Leaders

Tuck School of Business has unveiled a new $250 million capital campaign designed to support “people, programs, and places” through increased financial aid resources for students and significant investments in the business school’s faculty, as well as program innovation and campus upgrades. Called “The Tuck Difference: The Campaign for Tomorrow’s Wise Leaders,” the fundraising campaign is part of a Dartmouth-wide initiative. Key supporters have already pledged $132 million, surpassing an earlier goal. People “Our most cherished asset is talent,” Tuck Dean Matthew Slaughter said in a press release. “The dynamism and diversity of our students and our faculty are why... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 by

HBS Crowns Its Latest New Venture Competition Winners

Last week Harvard Business School (HBS) announced the winners of its 21st annual New Venture Competition. Hosted by the school’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and its Social Enterprise Initiative, in partnership with HBS Alumni Clubs & Associations, the NVC offers cash prizes to both students and alumni for outstanding entrepreneurial and social enterprise ventures. The competition is open to all students and alumni who aspire to start their own businesses. Since its inception 21 years ago, NVC has awarded more than $2 million in cash prizes to student and alumni business ventures and has attracted more than 5,000 participants. Jodi Gernon, director of... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 by

Your Essential Guide to Pre-MBA Diversity Conferences, Boot Camps, and Forums

Several organizations are focused on helping increase the pipeline of underrepresented demographics—such as women, LGBTQ students, and those from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds—to business school and the larger business world. As part of these efforts, many host pre-MBA conferences, boot camps, and forums providing recruiting and networking opportunities to diverse admitted students headed off to business school in the fall. For eligible participants, these opportunities, designed to provide a head start for students in the MBA recruiting process before they even arrive on campus, are well worth pursuing. Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference The Forté Foundation, a non-profit consortium... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 20, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Booth’s LEAD Program Goes to India

Fridays from the Frontline The Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) program at the University of Chicago Booth’s School of Business was fostered to enhance students’ self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness when it comes to the critical aspects of leadership. One of the first programs of its kind, LEAD provides students with strategies to track and ultimately refine their abilities to work in teams, influence others, manage conflict, and communicate their ideas. In today’s Fridays from the Frontline, Booth student and second-year LEAD facilitator Alex Stratmann unpacks his experiences and the lifelong friendships the program nurtured, which precipitated a game-changing trip to... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 18, 2018 by

Stanford GSB Announces Financial Aid Update

Six weeks into a process to revamp financial aid protocol at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), the school has shared the most recent updates in an ongoing review and re-imagining of how financial aid is awarded. The decision to reassess the process, which we covered two weeks ago, came not long after a data breach exposed that Stanford had misrepresented how it distributed financial aid. Data analysis revealed that the school had not been been awarding scholarships exclusively on the basis of need, but rather disproportionately based on other criteria including gender, immigration status, and work experience. Dean Jonathan... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 13, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: 5 Reasons to Attend Tuck Military Visit Day in the Spring

Fridays from the Frontline Many business schools have stepped up their veteran outreach in recent years. In addition to government-subsidized financial aid unique to military personnel, like the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, a handful of schools also offer fellowships like Olin’s Veterans Association Scholarship. Conferences, events, and panels specific to military personnel are a major component of these outreach efforts. One example is the upcoming Military Visit Day at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, designed to introduce vets to school’s singular campus culture. It will take place on Sunday, April 29th and Monday, April 30th. In today’s... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 9, 2018 by

The Allure of AI: Haas Student Conference Tackles Complex Issues

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic in almost every industry in the business world today. And there’s plenty to chew on, particularly when it comes to its ethical and financial implications. Some intrepid MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business have set out to tackle a few of the biggest issues head on with an all-day conference this month called AI: Shape the Future. The April 13th event will take a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding AI, encompassing computer science, business, and policy. The day will feature presentations from industry professionals, faculty, and school administrators from across the... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 6, 2018 by

Passion + Career? Online UNC Business Essentials Course Helps Prospective MBA Applicants Hone Future Goals

Fridays from the Frontline Somewhere in the 5th century, Confucious wrote, “Take a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” No doubt this sage advice is easier said than done, especially in this day and age. I personally find the musician Thor Harris’ take more applicable to most people’s realities: “Find work you love. If you can’t do that, then find a job where you love the people.” Ally Daws recently took part in an offering from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School that helped her—as a college student—begin to recognize the aspects of business that... Read more »

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