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Last Updated Aug 30, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan as a Parent

There has been much digital ink spilled on these Clear Admit pages about how prospective b-schoolers can navigate the major life transitions that MBA degrees entail.  Usually these articles take the form of balancing school with a demanding job or uprooting across the country (or continents). However, one issue that has not been discussed as widely in business school circles is pursuing an MBA as a parent. Mid-career professionals have historically used the MBA as a way to climb the corporate ladder or pivot to new lines of work. As the profile of an MBA student skews older, the reality... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 29, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Lisa Rios of the NYU Stern School of Business

We continue with our Admissions Director Q&A series in the ever-bustling New York City.  Lisa Rios, executive director of MBA admissions at the NYU Stern School of Business, fills us in on exciting new developments at the school, what applicants should consider about the application process and plenty more.  Lisa has been a member of the admissions team since 2008 and works with the Full-time MBA programs. Prior to Stern, she worked in industry at JP Morgan Chase and Liz Claiborne. She earned her MA in Higher Education Administration at NYU Steinhardt and her BS in Business Administration from the... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 26, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Kirsten Moss of the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Are you dreaming of attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business?  With an acceptance rate that generally hovers around five percent, it can certainly feel like a fantasy.  Fortunately, Kirsten Moss is here in our latest Admissions Director Q&A to explain how you can make your Stanford MBA dreams a reality. Prior to her current role as Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at Stanford GSB, Kirsten developed tools to assess leadership potential as a consultant with Egon Zehnder and coached senior executives in the technology, private equity, entertainment, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors.  Earlier in her career, she... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 26, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Chad Losee of Harvard Business School

It’s hard to believe that the Round 1 deadline for Harvard Business School is next week!  Before you submit your application, you’ll want to read our Admissions Director Q&A with Chad Losee, the Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid.  He walks us through the life of admissions, new and exciting developments at Harvard, the interview process and more. Losee applied to business schools in the Fall of 2010 and feels grateful to have been admitted to HBS. While a student at HBS, Losee developed his interest in higher education leadership as an admissions ambassador, through an internship in... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 23, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Moving to Rochester? Current Simon Students Are Here to Help!

When you are about to embark on a major life change like an MBA, it’s not only the curriculum and campus that can feel daunting. Learning new neighborhoods and deciding where to call “home” for two years also presents unique challenges. That’s why Rochester / Simon Business School students shared advice to ease the transition for future Flour City residents. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the Simon Admissions Blog. Moving to Rochester? Current Simon Students Are Here to Help! Picking up your life and moving to another city to begin a graduate... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 22, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Shari Hubert of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

Next up in our ongoing Admissions Director Q&A series, we hear admissions insights from Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  Hubert is responsible for overseeing recruitment and admissions for Fuqua’s Daytime MBA, Weekend Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, and four Specialty Masters’ Degree Programs. Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business Prior to Fuqua, Hubert was in charge of admissions for the Full-time and Evening MBA programs at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She has extensive experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and entered higher... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 21, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Danielle Richie of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

We are thrilled to continue our  Admissions Director Q&A Series with Danielle Richie, the senior associate director of full-time MBA admissions at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Danielle Richie began at UNC Kenan-Flagler in April 2018. She has more than 12 years of higher education experience within admissions and student recruitment with a primary focus on the MBA. Previously, Richie worked at Syracuse University and Bentley University recruiting MBA candidates from around the world. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, Richie oversees the full-time MBA admissions team and overall recruiting process. She is a co-chair of Empow(H)er for women, male allies and advocates, advisor... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 19, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Blair Mannix of Wharton

While you may have recently enjoyed her podcast with Clear Admit or her Real Humans profile, Blair Mannix, the director of admissions at the Wharton School, has plenty more to share about the leading MBA program. While she has been a member of the Wharton MBA Admissions team and admissions committee for seven years, her career in university admissions spans fourteen. She started her career in the undergraduate admissions office at the University of Pennsylvania working with international students, and finished her time with Penn undergraduates as the Associate Director of Evaluation and Selection thinking deeply about the process and ideology... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 19, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Shelly Heinrich of Georgetown McDonough

“You do an MBA because you want the ROI; you ultimately want to gain your ideal career,” says Shelly Heinrich, the associate dean of MBA admissions and director of marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.  She joins us for our ongoing series, Admissions Director Q&A, to reveal how the Georgetown MBA delivers on that investment—and how you can be successful in the application process. Heinrich leads the MBA Admissions team in both its marketing and operational strategy to build awareness, recruit, yield, and retain the Full-time and Flex MBA programs. She also develops the integrated marketing strategy for the... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 16, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Duke Fuqua – Gaining Marketing Experience During the Brand Challenge

Brands are more than just umbrellas or avatars for a business—they reinforce what a business stands for. When businesses develop initiatives to bolster their brand equity, they are really trying to influence the associations the general public makes with their product(s). To manage the “perceived value” of a business is a delicate process that Duke Fuqua MBA graduates are quite well suited to oversee. Tarun Desai, Daytime MBA ’20 and a five-year veteran of the strategy consulting and private equity industries, recently took to the Duke Fuqua blog to discuss his illuminating experience with the Marketing Club’s annual Brand Challenge.... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 15, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Margaret O’Neill of Cambridge Judge Business School

We are excited to kick off our Admissions Director Q&As for the 2019-2020 MBA admissions season!  Admissions committee members will be shedding light on the admissions process, program changes and new developments in the dynamic field of graduate management admissions. This year, we start the series with insights from Margaret O’Neill, Head of MBA Marketing, Admissions, and Careers at Cambridge Judge Business School.  She has spent the past 18 years in business education, working with post-graduate business school professionals across projects, careers and programmes at both Cambridge Judge and London Business School. Read on for her insights into the MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 9, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: NYU’s Student-led Impact Investment Fund Completes Its First Deal

If you want to understand some key hallmarks of the MBA experience, look no further than NYU’s Impact Investment Fund (NIIF).  First, it’s student-led, giving participants hands-on leadership experience and skills that translate to real world success.  Second, it represents the educational advantage of being part of a larger university–NIIF was born out of collaboration between the NYU Stern School of Business, the Law School and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  And what’s more, it represents the ideal goal of blending business and social impact. Recent Stern & Wagner double-degree student Gabriel Ng ’19 recently shared with Clear... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 2, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Tuck WIB – The Moment I Knew Tuck Was Right for Me

Many applicants spend so much time wrestling with fundamental questions about their MBA programs before taking the plunge:  Which school is the right cultural fit? Which schools will open doors in X industry? Which school offers the best value? Dartmouth Tuck MBA student Alex Wood T’20 took to the Tuck 360 Blog to unpack the moment she decided the school was the right place for her, and how their Women in Business Conference informed her involvement with the event now. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the Tuck 360 Blog. Tuck WIB: The... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 26, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Lessons from MBAT – Trust, Camaraderie, and Leading from Behind

MBA students spend a lot of time with one another both in and outside the classroom. Since community is at the heart of the MBA experience, many programs spearhead innovative—and fun—initiatives to fortify the relationships that naturally develop between students. Colin Tierney ’18-’19 took to the Oxford Saïd Business School blog to share lessons learned from the recent MBA Tournament, which assembled students from across the world to spar in a friendly competition featuring sports, dance, music, and more. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the Saïd Business School blog. Lessons from MBAT—Trust,... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 19, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: My MBA Timeline – Year 2 at Chicago Booth

Last week, Fridays from the Frontline featured the first-year experience of recent Booth graduate Monisha Shivakumar.  Now, we continue along the rest of her business school path, from a summer internship through graduation. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the Booth Experience Blog. My MBA Timeline: Year 2 by Monisha Shivakumar (Booth ’19) While technically the summer internship is a part of the first-year experience, I saw it as a way to kickstart my second year at Booth. Picking up where my first year timeline left off, read along to hear about how... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 12, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: My MBA Timeline – Year 1 at Chicago Booth

The business school experience crams so much into such a short timeframe, it’s easy to blaze right through those two years.  Given the combination of coursework, internships, case studies, networking, and extracurriculars—not to mention exploring your surroundings—it’s understandable why many students find it difficult to stop and take stock of the once-in-a-lifetime experience an MBA offers when they’re in the thick of it. To encourage current students to reflect, recent Chicago Booth graduate Monisha Shivakumar took to the Booth Experience Blog to share a timeline of the first year of her MBA degree. Tune in next week for Monisha’s summary... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 9, 2019 by

Episode 39: 5 Key GMAT Tips As You Approach Test Day

Before taking on the dreaded GMAT, what are the most important tips you’ll need to remember? One of the world’s few owners of both a 99th percentile GMAT score and an NBA championship ring, Brian Galvin, Veritas Prep’s Director of Academic Programs, would gladly help Charles Barkley (but not Karl Malone) achieve either. Since earning a Master’s in Education from the University of Michigan, Brian has made the GMAT his full-time course of study since 2006. In addition to his amateur stand-up comedy career and status as a certified Ironman, Brian might very well be one of the foremost GMAT... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 5, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Tips for MBA Students and Their Partners from a Kellogg Spouse

Business school often turns one’s life upside down—whether interrupting a career, requiring relocation, or balancing professional goals with the needs of a burgeoning family.  The greatest shockwaves, however, may be felt by one’s partner. Samantha Dorsey—a member of the Joint Ventures (JV) club and whose husband attends the Evening & Weekend  MBA program at Northwestern / Kellogg—is intimately familiar with the challenges an MBA lifestyle can bring.  So, she took to the Kellogg blog to help incoming MBA students and their partners smoothe the transition to a hectic, but ultimately rewarding, lifestyle change. The following piece has been republished in... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 28, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Recruiting for a Non-Traditional Industry at Anderson

While finance, consulting and technology tend to dominate business school employment stats, the recruiting landscape can, in fact, support a variety of goals—real estate, energy, sports business, non-profit and more.  The MBA is a versatile degree, empowering business school students to blaze brighter professional trails. Current UCLA Anderson student Tim Maleski ’20 opted to pursue an MBA to give himself a leg up in the lucrative, but unconventional, field of sports business. Maleski took to the Anderson blog to unpack how to find a job along the professional road less traveled. The following piece has been republished in its entirety... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 21, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: What I Did Differently Before Reapplying to HBS

The MBA admissions process can be a humbling one.  Many applicants to elite MBA programs seemingly tick all the boxes—an excellent undergraduate GPA, high GMAT score, robust work experience, poignant essays—but may still face rejection.  However, one round of dings does not need to completely dash one’s dreams—re-applicants often find success in subsequent admissions cycles, usually after a period of self-reflection and action to improve their candidacy. This week, we hear from current HBS student Arman Keshani, who shares his experience of getting rejected by Harvard and then taking steps to re-apply successfully. The following piece has been republished in its... Read more »

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