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Last Updated Aug 7, 2017 by

MIT Sloan Women’s Week Events on Tap in Six Cities for Prospective Female MBA Applicants

At MIT Sloan School of Management, advancing women in leadership is a core commitment. For starters, the student-led group MIT Sloan Women in Management offers female MBA students a range of opportunities to help propel their careers. Sloan also puts on an annual Women’s Week to showcase for prospective female applicants just what the Sloan MBA student experience is like, as well as the many paths its accomplished alumnae pursue. Women’s Week Each August, the MIT Sloan admissions team hosts a Women’s Week featuring evening events in multiple across the United States. These events, designed for prospective female MBA applicants,... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 4, 2017 by

GMAT Prep Courses Taught by Foster MBAs Raise Money for Kids in Paraguay

Non-traditional MBA candidates at the University of Washington Foster School of Business now have a new way to prep for the GMAT. In collaboration with PrepCorps, a test prep company designed for MBA candidates without a business background, several Foster MBA students are teaching GMAT courses to raise funds for to The Superkids Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving education for children in Paraguay. The fundraiser was set up by Estee Katcoff, a ’17 Foster MBA student and the founder of The Superkids Foundation. Her idea was to combine two things she knew and enjoyed. “I was both GMAT tutoring... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 by

Carnegie Mellon Offers New Master of Science in Product Management

In January 2018, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will welcome the first class of a new master of science in product management program. The new program is a joint degree offered by the university’s School of Computer Science and its Tepper School of Business. It was designed to meet a need felt by technical organizations, which have found that employees with strong skill sets in engineering and computer science would also benefit from training in product management. “We heard repeatedly from employers how much difficulty they have recruiting good technical product managers,” explained Robert Monroe, co-director of the new degree program... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 by

London Business School Reveals Newer, More Flexible MBA Curriculum

An MBA program needs to continuously evolve to stay relevant. That’s why most business schools reevaluate their curricula every few years to ensure that they’re on the cutting edge. The London Business School recently completed a top to bottom review of its MBA program to determine how it could improve. The school found that while it has a strong employment outlook, conversations with students, alumni and recruiters revealed than an overhaul of the program itself would help to better meet the needs of students and employers. Why the London Business School Updated Its Curriculum “There were two drivers,” Gareth Howells, Executive Director of... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 by

Inside the McCombs MBA Classroom: The Power of Information Technology

One of the best ways to get to know an MBA program is to sit in on a class. While the classroom is just one aspect of the business school experience, a class visit offers a valuable preview of the learning environment, instructor expertise, student interaction and quality of discussion. Unfortunately, not many MBA candidates have a chance to attend a course before landing on campus. That’s one reason that the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business began offering a detailed write-up describing one of their popular MBA classes. Strategies for a Networked Economy (MIS 381) Taught by Prabhudev... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 by

The Cambridge Judge MBA Finance Approach

According to U.S. News & World Report, a career as a financial manager is the third hottest job for a graduating MBA student in 2017, while a career in accounting ranks number one. Indeed, finance careers pay well and they offer robust job growth, low unemployment rates, and the opportunity for MBAs to use both their quantitative and creative skills. According to Shawnice Meador, executive director of MBA career and leadership at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flager Business School, who spoke to U.S. News, “These sorts of roles are really critical for a company since they’re trying to make sure that they’re making strategic... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 by

Beyond Business School: Two Goizueta Grads Turned Up-and-Coming CEOs

At Emory’s Goizueta Business School, one of the MBA program’s goals is to develop and support entrepreneurship in its students at every stage of their careers and venture creation. “This includes those not only supporting those who plan to start a business but also enhancing entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial thinking amongst all Goizueta students, through educational content, intellectual engagement and infrastructure,” explains the website. To this end, the school offers 16 entrepreneurial-focused electives, co-curricular options, and a yearly Emory Entrepreneurship Summit, as well as partnership opportunities with alumni, mentors, and industry experts. Today we’re highlighting two Emory alumnae—Louise Wasilewski and Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim—whose Goizueta MBAs helped them become... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 by

Yale Faculty Discuss the Global Network for Advanced Management

What happens when leading business schools join forces to increase their resources for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and stakeholders? This is what the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) set out to discover in 2012. GNAM is a collection of 29 leading business schools from around the world working together to connect their students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The network goes beyond traditional partnership models, facilitating the development of innovative initiatives that leverage the comparative advantages of each member school. It was founded on the shared belief that management education stakeholders are global, that no single school can have a truly global... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 12, 2017 by

Forté Foundation Power Pitch Competition Gives Women the Floor

Women-led businesses were once relatively rare, but that is no longer the case. According to the 2016 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, women make up 40 percent of new entrepreneurs in the United States: a nearly 30 percent increase from 2007. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that women entrepreneurs get the same opportunities as their male counterparts. While there are numerous resources for women in business—including the Forté Foundation, a nonprofit focused on enhancing gender diversity among MBAs, as well as helping women to start careers in business and finance—would-be women entrepreneurs still face an uphill battle. According to a 2014 report from... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 10, 2017 by

Babson Expands Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Women MBAs

While more women than ever are earning MBAs, there’s still a lot to be done to advance the role of women in business. Though the average enrollment of women in full-time MBA programs at 36 top business schools climbed from 32 percent to 36 percent between 2011 and 2015, that growth hasn’t necessarily been reflected in the workforce yet. Women occupy only 22.9 percent of board positions for Fortune 500 companies and only 6.4 percent of CEO positions. The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab at Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business is part of that school’s effort to bridge this gap and increase the... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 7, 2017 by

Beyond Business School: USC Marshall MBA Alum Talks Myanmar Business Opportunities

Sometimes, success is about being at the right place at the right time. That was the case for Paul Wilson, an ’94 IBEAR MBA graduate from the USC Marshall School of Business and the managing director of Four Rivers—a Myanmar-based consulting company building businesses in Myanmar, Russia, India, Iraq and the UAE. Using his MBA and military background, Wilson has had the unique opportunity to influence the emerging Myanmar economy. Brief Bio: Paul Wilson Wilson has spent the past two decades in Asia—Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand—and has spent over 15 years in Myanmar. He has worked for such prestigious companies as Microsoft,... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 4, 2017 by

Rice Jones Graduate School Announces New Online MBA Program

Technology has transformed almost every aspect of our world, and that includes MBA programs. While just a few years ago, the only way to earn an MBA was to attend classes in person, that’s drastically changing, even at top-tier schools. For example, just last year five more schools were added to the annual Financial Times Online MBA Ranking. Even more telling, enrollment in online programs rose on average 7 percent for the 15 schools in the 2016 ranking. “Nearly everywhere you look, demand by students for online education has exceeded supply,” Matt Robb, managing director at Parthenon-EY—an education industry consultancy—told the Financial Times.... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Two UCLA Anderson MBA Alums Discuss Running a Company

Entrepreneurship is one of the fastest growing career choices; Forbes estimates that approximately 543,000 new businesses are started each month. That said, the truth is that 90 percent of startups eventually fail, which makes it vital for budding entrepreneurs to learn from their predecessors. Recently, Erik Basu, a UCLA Anderson School of Management MBA alum and founder/CEO of Sentek Global, and John Tabis, Anderson MBA ’06 and co-founder of the Bouqs Company, shared their advice about running a company. And while both company founders offered different perspectives, their advice is valuable for any potential entrepreneur. We thought it made perfect... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 by

New GMAC Report: Is the GMAT Getting Easier?

Is the GMAT getting easier? That’s the question that the Graduate Management Admission’s Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization of leading graduate management schools, set out to answer in their recent market intelligence report: The GMAT Exam Is Not Getting Easier: The Fallacy of Score Increases and the Impact of Score Preview. The 26-page white paper is the first in an annual series that will serve as a sort of quality assurance (QA) report for the GMAT. Used by 6,500 degree programs worldwide and taken by more than 200,000 candidates each year, the GMAT is one of the most common application... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 by

2017 Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference

Every year, hundreds of women MBA candidates from around the United States gather before their first semester to attend the Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference. This year–the 10th anniversary of the event–the sold-out conference took place in Seattle, Washington on June 16th and 17th. About the 2017 MBA Women’s Leadership Conference Run by the Forté Foundation, a non-profit focused on promoting gender diversity among MBAs and helping women start careers in business, the annual, invitation-only conference provides support to women MBA students before they even set foot on campus by providing insight into their career options and offering advice for success. Photograph... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 27, 2017 by

Oxford Saïd Offers Six New MBA Scholarships

Earning an MBA from a leading program typically isn’t cheap. In fact, the average cost of an MBA when you total tuition and living expenses is between $100,000 to $200,000 for two years. For that reason, MBA scholarships can be invaluable for many candidates, and now the University of Oxford Saïd Business School is offering six new scholarship opportunities for incoming MBA students. Six New MBA Scholarships Thanks to the generosity of Saïd MBA alumnus Leo Tong Chen, six incoming Oxford MBA students will have an opportunity to attend on a partial scholarship. “Although it’s been many years since I... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Alex Lawrence of the UCLA Anderson School of Management

Alex Lawrence, an alumnus of the UCLA Anderson School of Management (MBA ’99), took the helm as the school’s assistant dean of MBA admissions and financial aid in August 2012. Lawrence knows the school well. Five years after receiving his MBA, he returned to campus in 2004 to serve as executive director of the Riordan Programs, an initiative founded by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to help high school and undergraduate students attain higher levels of education. In this role, Lawrence developed programs targeting students who are the first in their family to apply to college or seek an MBA.... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 21, 2017 by

Interview with the Dean: SMU Cox School of Business

Since 1997, Albert W. Niemi, Jr. has served as the dean of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU Cox) in Dallas. He is also currently the Cox School’s Tolleson Chair in Business Leadership, as well as the William J. O’Neil Chair in Global Markets and Freedom. During his tenure, the Cox School has undergone many changes. He has helped to expand the degree offerings at the business school—expanding the school’s offerings to include four specialized master’s programs as well as multiple interdisciplinary program opportunities and a new Fast-Track MBA—and has also grown the school’s endowment... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 by

One-on-One with New Georgetown McDonough Dean Paul Almeida

On August 1st, the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business will welcome a new dean, Paul Almeida. Almeida is the current deputy dean of executive education and innovation, as well as a professor of strategy and international studies. When he takes his place as dean, Almeida will also become the William R. Berkley Chair. In a press release, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia spoke about the appointment: “Throughout his tenure at Georgetown, Paul has exemplified a commitment to principled leadership, instilling a global mindset focused on service to others into each program and project he oversees. I am deeply... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 by

Funds Help McCombs MBA Students Pursue Social Impact

With the rising emphasis on social impact in recent years, it has become fairly common for MBA programs to prepare their students not just to do well in business but to also do good in the world, and students are on board with this shift in focus. Based on Net Impact’s 2014 “Business as UNusual” guide to graduate programs, 88 percent of surveyed MBA students reported that learning about social and environmental business is a priority. At the UT Austin McCombs School of Business, peer-generated funds are supporting MBA students in exploring social impact as a career emphasis, starting during... Read more »

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