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Wharton Commencement Speaker to Share How the MBA Could Save His Life

david fajgenbaumDavid Fajgenbaum, MD, MSc, has been working toward his MBA as if his life depends on it. Because it does. On Sunday, in his commencement address to his classmates at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, he will share just why he believes a graduate management education can be the difference between life and death.

Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with idiopathic Multicentric Castleman disease (iMCD) in 2010, a rare and poorly understood hematologic disorder in which the immune system becomes activated and causes cells to release inflammatory proteins that ultimately shut down the body’s organs. At the time of his diagnosis, he was in his third year of medical school at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. He took a year’s leave and underwent aggressive chemotherapy, which initially was unsuccessful. Over a six-month period, he was hospitalized for four and a half months and even read his last rites. But ultimately the chemo helped put the disease into remission, and Fajgenbaum returned to complete his MD. He then proceeded straight into the MBA program at Wharton. Continue reading…

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HEC Paris Hosts 25th Annual MBA Tournament    

mbat imageTeams from 16 of the leading business schools in Europe convened last week to compete in 25 different sports as part of the 25th annual MBA Tournament (MBAT), hosted by HEC Paris. More than 1,500 MBA student athletes battled each other in everything from badminton and basketball to petanque and salsa dancing while also creating valuable new friendships and networking opportunities.

“MBAT is the meeting ground for MBA students across Europe, and new friendships and networking opportunities are at the heart of the tournament,” Bernard Garrette, HEC Paris MBA associate dean, said in a statement. “The MBAT provides the chance for students to put what they have learned in the classroom to the test on the field, creating and leading strong teams.” Continue reading…

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Leading Business Schools Commemorate Earth Day

earth dayFrom Philadelphia to Los Angeles, business schools and their students are endeavoring to combat climate change at both the campus and the corporate level through innovation, conservation and awareness raising.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, for its part, is hosting the 8th Annual Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Conference. This year’s theme, “Business Takes the Lead,” will examine how business innovation holds promise for helping the world both mitigate and adapt to climate change. Continue reading…

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Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business to Host 2015 Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference

forte foundation logoThe 2015 Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference, scheduled to take place in June at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, will welcome current female MBA students and alumni for two jam-packed days of sessions devoted to exploring the nature of power, presence and workplace politics. The annual conference, hosted by a different sponsor business school each year, is put on by the Forté Foundation as part of its mission to help women succeed in business careers through increased access to business education, opportunities and a community of successful women.

With the theme “Let’s Power Up!” this year’s conference is scheduled for June 19th and 20th in Washington, DC, on the campus of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. The event will feature more than 100 speakers and presenters, as well as 50+ workshops on topics ranging from money management to communications strategies to help make your voice heard in the classroom and beyond. Continue reading…

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U.S., European Business Schools’ Expansion to China Continues with New IE Collaboration

acuerdo_escuela_china_800x450Late last month, IE Business School signed a collaboration agreement with Chinese business school Antai College of Economics and Management to offer dual degrees to students from the two institutions, IE announced recently. Antai College, a leading business school in China and part of Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University, hold accreditation from each EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Antai College Dean Lin Zhou joined IE Dean Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño for a signing ceremony at IE’s campus in Madrid on March 26th.

As part of the new agreement, students in IE Business School’s International MBA program can take a dual degree program with the Antai College of Economics and Management and vice versa. A dual-degree program is also available students in IE’s Master in Management and Antai’s Master in International Business program. In either instance, students will be able to complete both degree titles in two years, instead of the three years it would take to complete the degrees separately. Continue reading…

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MIT Sloan to Host May Workshop for Prospective MBA Students Interested in Finance

300px-MITSloanE62FrontIf you are considering how an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management could help advance your career in finance, an upcoming workshop was made for you. The MIT Sloan Admissions Office has collaborated with several other offices and groups to organize a jam-packed day full of activities next month, all geared toward highlighting MIT Sloan’s strengths in finance for prospective MBA applicants.

The MIT Sloan Focus on Finance Symposium will take place on campus on Saturday, May 9th. The event is a joint effort between the Admissions Office, the MBA and Master of Science in Management Studies program office and the MIT Sloan Finance Group. The day-long workshop will include two sessions taught by finance professors Nittai Bergman and Rajkamal Iyer, including a case study in which participants will get to work together addressing questions of capital structure and financial distress. Continue reading…

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Leading Admissions Consultants Converge in France, England for AIGAC Annual Conference

aigacLeading graduate management admissions consultants are gathering this week in Europe for the eighth annual Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) members’ conference, where they will share best practices and speak directly with admissions officers from many of the world’s top business school.

Almost 30 attendees representing admissions consultancies from 12 different countries are scheduled to attend the seven-day conference, which takes places at London Business School (LBS) and includes visits to INSEAD, HEC Paris and Cambridge Judge Business School.  Continue reading…

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SXSW Conference Spotlights Business School Students’ Embrace of Design

sxsw logoStudent-led design clubs can be found at 70 percent of the top-ranked MBA programs both in the United States and globally, an indicator that MBA students are embracing design wholeheartedly as part of their general management education, according to a presentation yesterday at the SXSW Conference in Austin. The presentation, entitled “Design in Tech,” was delivered by John Maeda, former president of the Rhode Island School of Design who last year joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) as its first “Design Partner.”

As part of the presentation, Maeda provided a data-driven examination of the intersection of design and technology. Reporting on the findings of his inaugural “Design and Technology Trends Report,” Maeda highlighted the rising importance of design in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, noting the acquisition of design firms by tech companies like Facebook and Google, as well as the trend toward venture capitalists funding startups that have designers as co-founders. Continue reading…

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Seminar for Prospective MBA Applicants with Liberal Arts Backgrounds

forte foundation logoThe Forté Foundation, an organization devoted to helping launch women in careers in business, will host an online seminar next week designed for women from a liberal arts background who are interested in pursuing an MBA. “Women with liberal arts degrees are valued in the MBA classroom,” notes Forté. The online seminar, open to Forté members, will take place Tuesday, March 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST.

The webinar will feature women currently enrolled in MBA programs discussing the challenges and successes they experienced coming from liberal arts backgrounds. Specifically, the webinar will address how to leverage a liberal arts background or limited quantitative profile as part of the application process. “The diversity of backgrounds in an MBA classroom is one of the hallmarks of the degree,” notes Forté.  Continue reading…

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USC Marshall School of Business Draws Google, Amazon Studios to Annual Evolution of Entertainment Conference

usc marshall editedA student-led club at the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business will draw executives from Google, Amazon Studios, Electronic Arts and others to its 7th annual Evolution of Entertainment (E2) Conference later this month, the school announced.

The conference, hosted by MBA student group Business of Entertainment Association, will take place on Friday, February 27th. This year’s topic, “Convergence: Mobile, Media and Technology,” will focus on the overlap of media, technology and entertainment across all platforms. Corporate sponsors this year include Entertainment Arts, OnPrem, Warner Bros., SanDisk and Deloitte Digital. Continue reading…

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CMU’s Tepper School of Business Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

CMU Hunt LibraryIt’s been a busy week at the Tepper School of Business and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) overall, where students have been partaking in a global celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2014 began on November 17th and will continue through November 23rd. Observed in 140 countries worldwide, GEW was launched in 2008 to inspire “people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.”

At Tepper and CMU, the week has included a series of campus-wide events designed to showcase and support the school’s thriving entrepreneurial spirit. Proceedings have included everything from fireside chats and open office hours with venture capitalists to an elevator pitch competition and a startup job fair. Throughout the week, CMU campus experts in new business creation, along with stakeholders in venture capital and community development, have delivered lectures and workshops for aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs. Continue reading…

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