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Last Updated Apr 15, 2021 by

Stanford MSx Class of 2021: Profile in Resilience & Purpose

Stanford GSB’s MSx program is a mid-career one-year, full-time master’s degree program that traditionally begins in July at the Knight Management Center. Mike Hochleutner, director of admissions for the MSx program, told Clear Admit: “The MSx program itself is a very unique program that blends full-time business education with a particular model that is geared much more toward experienced and mature leaders. In the midst of Silicon Valley and Stanford, they have full access to the best of our faculty and other resources.” Mike Hochleutner, Director of Admissions, Stanford GSB MSx Program Current MSx student Katherine Garlinghouse says, “What I love... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 12, 2021 by

Episode 157: Wire Taps— Am I Crazy to Turn Down HBS for Love?

What would you do if you and your partner weren’t both accepted to all of the same MBA programs?  And what if one of those non-overlap programs was Harvard Business School?  Fasten your seat belts, as Alex and Graham put on their ‘relationship counselor’ hats this week…with potentially disastrous consequences. And that’s just one of the conundrums covered in this week’s podcast episode of Wire Taps. Beyond love and b-school, this week’s episode assesses the plans that one applicant has laid out for deferred enrollment, while also looking at the results of an accepted candidate who returns from a previous... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 12, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Interview Invitations, April 12-16, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 3 & 4 Deadlines Continue Many of the leading MBA programs have now released their Round 2 final decisions, and Round 3 deadlines continue. Monday, April 12, MIT / Sloan has its Round 3 application deadline. UNC / Kenan-Flagler has its Round 4 application deadline. Tuesday, April 13, Yale SOM has its Round 3 application deadline. Wednesday, April 14, CEIBS has its Round 4 application deadline. London Business School is scheduled to release its Round... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 8, 2021 by

Episode 156: Meet Podcaster Cassandra Pittman, CBS MBA & Former INSEAD/LBS Adcom

We are excited to welcome Cassandra Rae Pittman, host and executive producer of the Power Done Differently podcast, to share her rich perspective on MBA admissions, empowering women in business, entrepreneurial grit and more. Cassandra Rae Pittman, host and executive producer of the Power Done Differently podcast Cassandra spent nearly 20 years working across three continents with some of the world’s leading business schools. At INSEAD and London Business School, she held the roles of marketing and admissions officer. She also garnered work experience at a top 5 management consultancy firm, Capgemini, and has launched a few start-ups. First airing... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 5, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Notifications, April 5-9, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 3 deadlines continue as Round 2 wraps up. Many of the leading MBA programs have now released their Round 2 final decisions, and Round 3 deadlines are underway. Monday, April 5, Berkeley / Haas has its Round 3 application deadline. Tuesday, April 6, Stanford GSB has its Round 3 application deadline. Wednesday, April 7, Northwestern / Kellogg and UVA / Darden have their Round 3 application deadlines. Thursday, April 8, Cornell / Johnson has its... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 5, 2021 by

Episode 155: Wire Taps—Berkeley Haas or UCLA Anderson for Tech?

It’s time for another podcast episode of Wire Taps! As the dust settles on R2 decisions, Graham and Alex report in from the frontlines, sharing a couple of really challenging dilemmas faced by accepted students. The first dilemma involves a candidate with offers from Wharton (w/$50K) and Haas ($160K) and goals in PE/real estate. The second features an applicant with offers at Haas (w/$50K) and UCLA (w/$160K) and goals in tech. Beyond these tough decisions, Alex and Graham explore the profiles of two early bird applicants coming from non-traditional backgrounds (homebuilding, and fashion/acting) and outline the challenges typically faced by... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 29, 2021 by

Episode 154: Wire Taps—Can I Negotiate a Scholarship?

Drained from a crazy week of R2 admissions decisions at Wharton, Kellogg, UCLA, Berkeley, Yale, UT Austin, and more – not to mention a first appearance on the Clubhouse app – Graham nearly forgets to show up to record WireTaps! The resulting episode is a bit like the podcast equivalent of an HBS ‘cold call’. Thankfully, our hosts still manage to tackle some big issues including the influence of geography on GMAT/GRE testing, the curious case of an American solely targeting European b-schools, and the dilemma one candidate has of choosing between offers from USC or NYU for post-MBA goals... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 29, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, March 29 – April 2, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 2 final decisions are underway, Round 3 deadlines, too. Many of the leading MBA programs have released their Round 2 final decisions, and Round 3 deadlines are underway. Monday, March 29, Dartmouth / Tuck, Michigan / Ross and Georgetown / McDonough have their Round 3 application deadlines. Tuesday, March 30, Harvard is scheduled to release its Round 2 decisions. Texas / McCombs has its Round 3 application deadline. Wednesday, March 31, LBS is scheduled to... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 22, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions, March 22-26, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 2 Final Decisions Roll out amid Late Round Deadlines Some of the leading MBA programs have started to release their Round 2 final decisions, and Round 3 deadlines are looming. Tuesday, March 23, IESE is scheduled to release its Round 2 decisions. Wednesday, March 24, Northwestern / Kellogg is scheduled to release its Round 2 decisions. Thursday, March 25, UPenn / Wharton, Berkeley / Haas, Texas / McCombs and Emory / Goizueta are scheduled to... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 22, 2021 by

Episode 153: Wire Taps—March Madness, Clubhouse, and Tepper or UNC for Tech

Reporting from the eye of the R2 results storm, Alex and Graham share exciting news of Clear Admit’s presence on Clubhouse, discuss our March Madness bracket challenge (that pits post-MBA employers against each other), and carefully dissect a set of candidate profiles. Admissions tips abound, as always, including how to approach late round apps with low numbers, whether or not an Austrian in the automotive sector is aiming high enough, and where an admitted student to Carnegie Mellon and UNC should go given a goal of working in tech post-MBA. Preview which posts Graham and Alex dig into in this... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 21, 2021 by

Northwestern Kellogg Hits Fundraising Milestone of $500 Million

Thanks to the recent $5 million gift from Michael ’88 JD, MBA and Cari Sacks, Northwestern Kellogg has surpassed their fundraising campaign milestone of $500 million. Kellogg’s Transforming Together campaign is part of the University-wide “We Will” Campaign, dedicated to advancing education at the institution. The school’s flagship Global Hub on the school’s Evanston campus stands out as a hallmark of the Transforming Together campaign. Additionally, $120 million in donated funds have created new scholarships. Over 31,000 unique donors have contributed to Transforming Together. “The Kellogg community has demonstrated its extraordinary commitment to the school by making this fundraising achievement... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 20, 2021 by

The Wharton School & Deloitte Partner to Advance Inclusive Leadership

“What are the barriers to inclusive leadership?” The Wharton School recently announced a partnership with Deloitte, a consulting and advisory company, to research and resolve this pressing question. The school and firm plan to collaborate to gain a more nuanced understanding of effective sponsorship and mentorship of minorities. Their efforts will build on previous research conducted by Wharton Professor Stephanie Creary. Her research suggests that leaders may provide their racial minority direct reports with qualitatively different types of support. The partnership’s new research will survey managers from racial minority and majority groups. Additionally, they will conduct a field experiment to... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 18, 2021 by

Wharton Professor Named Next Director of Cambridge Judge Business School

Professor Mauro F. Guillén of the Wharton School will assume the role of Director of Cambridge Judge Business School on September 1, 2021. He succeeds Professor Christoph Loch, who had a successful decade of service to the business school. Mauro Guillén, Wharton Professor & New Director of Cambridge Judge Professor Guillén has taught at Wharton since 1996. He held the Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management. Between 2007 and 2019, he served as director of the Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies. Additionally, he is a trustee of the Royal Foundation of Spain and a member of the advisory... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 15, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions, March 15-19, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 2 Final Decisions & Round 3/4 Deadlines All Week! Some of the leading MBA programs have started to release their Round 2 final decisions, and Round 3 deadlines are looming. Monday, March 15, NYU / Stern has its Round 4 deadline. Wednesday, March 17, Michigan / Ross and UVA / Darden are scheduled to release their Round 2 decisions. Emory / Goizueta has its Round 3 deadline. Thursday, March 18, Chicago / Booth, Dartmouth /... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 14, 2021 by

New Business & Society Institute at Emory Goizueta Tackles Inequality, Climate Change

In early March, Emory Goizueta launched The Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute, renaming Social Enterprise at Goizueta. The new name represents an elevated commitment to social and environmental impact from the business school and The Goizueta Foundation. Furthermore, the Institute creates interdisciplinary study that explores the connections between business practices, market structures and social and environmental outcomes. In particular, business students will address the challenges of inequality and climate change. Launch Event 300 people, a mix of current students, prospective students, and staff, enjoyed the Institute’s naming ceremony virtually on March 4th. Goizueta Business School Associate Professor and... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 10, 2021 by

Fellowship Honors Black Excellence at Michigan Ross

Michigan Ross announced the first recipient of the Black Business Student Association (BBSA) Fellowship: TJ Banks, Ross MBA ’21. The Full-Time MBA team and Michigan Ross faculty selected Banks for the inaugural $10,000 fellowship. The BBSA Fellowship was created to honor Black excellence at Michigan Ross. Graduating members of BBSA could apply for the $10,000 fellowship beginning in 2021. Banks is one of three Black male Ross student ambassadors. He is also a Ross liaison to the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and serves on the MBA Council’s DEI Committee. “TJ has gone above and beyond within the Consortium... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 8, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, March 8-12, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 2 Decisions & Later Round Deadlines Some of the leading MBA programs continue to release their Round 2 interview invites, and Round 3 deadlines are looming. Monday, March 8, UNC / Kenan-Flagler is scheduled to release its Round 2 decisions. Cambridge / Judge has its Round 4 application deadline. Wednesday, March 10, CMU / Tepper is scheduled to release its Round 2 decisions. IESE and CEIBS have their Round 3 application deadlines. How “The Wires”... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 8, 2021 by

Episode 151: Wire Taps—MIT Sloan or London Business School for MBB?

As Graham battles a case of near-laryngitis, Alex decides to put him on the spot about his ‘other life’.  Meanwhile, Graham marvels at the coincidental CPG-Canada-Tech connections across this week’s WireTaps candidates. As always, the duo work in some key MBA admissions lessons, such as how first generation Asian-Americans (and Asian-Canadians) are viewed in the applicant pool, whether or not there is grade inflation in Canada, and how a candidate who loves London (and London Business School) should weigh offers from Booth, MIT, and LBS…given the target of McKinsey/Bain/BCG (short-term) and a tech job (long-term). See which profiles from MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 7, 2021 by

HEC Paris’ Efforts for Zero-Waste Campus

Though already considered France’s most environmentally-friendly business school, HEC Paris continues to raise the bar with ongoing recycling & waste reduction initiatives. The business school, just 17km from the center of Paris, kick started plans to have a zero-waste campus in mid-2020. One goal is to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Another goal is recycling as much of its food, plastics, bottles, boxes, cigarette butts and paper as possible. On an annual basis, HEC Paris’ 2,000 student residents, 4,000 short-term students, 700 collaborators and hundreds of visitors produce an estimated 514 tons of waste. Partners in Cleaning... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 4, 2021 by

Healthcare at Kellogg Bolstered by Gift for Biopharma

Northwestern Kellogg alumnus, Kent Hawryluk ’07, gifted $3 million to the business school, establishing the Hawryluk Biopharmaceutical Scholars Endowed Fund. The fund builds upon the existing Program on Healthcare at Kellogg (HCAK). The scholars will be Full-Time MBA students with a demonstrated interest in healthcare. They will receive scholarships and benefit from dedicated co-curricular programming. Additionally, the scholars will engage alumni and other experts in the healthcare management field, particularly in biopharmaceuticals, through treks to industry hubs, presentations from field leaders and mentorship. Moreover, successive cohorts of scholars are expected to form a supportive career network. Kent Hawryluk, Kellogg School... Read more »

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