Clear Admit’s archive of MBA-related events and happenings.
Students at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business were seeing pink last week thanks to the annual school-wide PINK party, an initiative designed to raise awareness about the LGBTQ community at Booth. Sponsored by OUTreach, a Booth student organization for gay and lesbian members of the community and their allies, the PINK party took place this year at SPIN nightclub in downtown Chicago on Saturday, May 18th.
Booth students were encouraged to dress in pink and come out to support the LGBTQ community as part of what was billed as “the absolutely biggest Booth party of the year.” Wearing pink got you a free drink at the party; dressing in drag as part of the Drag Contest 2013 got you free admission and unlimited free drinks all night. Continue reading…
For our readers who are matriculating to business school this fall, we wanted to let you know about a new two-week pre-MBA bootcamp.
The Summer Forum offered by Practice MBA is specifically designed to place non-traditional MBA students on an equal footing with their more experienced peers in the incoming class and to bridge the language and culture gap for international students.
The two-week program was created to give you a competitive edge in three areas:
- Career Development – Develop strategies to navigate the MBA recruiting process and secure a competitive summer internship after your first year and convert it to a full-time offer.
- Academic Preparation – Get the foundational business skills to achieve strong academic results in your first semester, even if you have minimal prior commercial experience or exposure to fundamental business concepts.
- Language & Culture Orientation – Learn tips for successfully transitioning into a new linguistic and cultural environment. Arrive on campus knowing how you conduct yourself in a new professional, academic, and social setting.
Beyond what you learn in the classroom, you will have the chance to network with students going to other leading business schools. Continue reading…
Created ten years ago, the renowned Access MBA Tour travels to 65 cities every year with a hundred international business schools. Access MBA gives selected candidates the chance to meet individually with admissions directors of top-tier MBA programs. MBA candidates have twenty minutes to convince admissions representatives of their strengths as a candidate as well as to determine which MBA program is the best for them.
Representatives of full-time, part-time and distance learning programs will be present at the sixth annual New York City One-to-One event taking place Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 from 4pm to 9:30pm at the Warwick New York Hotel.
2013 Wharton Business Plan Competition Winners Announced; Previous Participants and Competition Organizers Share Their Thoughts On The Competition’s Value to Wharton Students and Future Entrepreneurs
The inspirations and motivations of those pursuing places in top MBA programs are many. For some, the goal is to further careers in existing business institutions by gaining additional knowledge and skills that will propel their professional paths to the highest echelons of management. For others, the main goal is to develop the insights and relationships necessary to create their own ventures, and to foster the growth and success of said ventures once they have completed their MBA studies. There are many other circumstances that might spark the passion for a b-school education, but this afternoon and evening the latter entrepreneurial mindset was on full display during the final Wharton Business Plan Competition (WBPC) event.
Held in the auditorium of Jon M. Huntsman Hall, the day began with the eight finalists providing ten-minute presentations followed by ten minutes of questions and answers with a panel of expert judges. This group included David A. Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder of Karlin Asset Management, Inc.; Maxine Gowen, President and CEO of Trevena Inc.; Richard Perlman, Founder and Executive Chairman of ExamWorks Group Inc.; and Rich Riley, former Executive Vice President, Americas, of Yahoo! Inc. Among the “Great Eight” were Wharton MBA and EMBA students, as well as members of UPenn’s larger student population, including one freshman, two seniors, and multiple Penn Medical School students. Business ideas ranged from online solutions to buying childcare products in Southeast Asia to a new, non-invasive method of treating rheumatoid arthritis.
To get to Venture Finals and present their respective business plans in front of the judges’ panel, the teams went through four competition stages. While similar business plan competitions are held over the course of just a few days, this was the culmination of eight months of hard work. In fact, Clear Admit checked in with past winners of the competition, an early round judge, and the leader of Wharton’s overall Entrepreneurship Program to learn more about the WBPC’s structure and impact. Many of those interviewed commented on how Wharton’s longer format provides participants with the opportunity for educational reality checks and feedback from a wide range of judges and competition contributors, even for those who don’t make it to the finals.
Emily Cieri, current Managing Director of the Wharton Entrepreneurship program, described the opening round as being a safe environment for all Penn students to begin exploring their entrepreneurial ideas: “The beginning stage is really open to the whole university. Any student can participate. There are no barriers to entry. In that first phase students can submit multiple ideas and get feedback on all of them. The lack of barriers allows us to capture a pretty large and diverse range of ideas and participants.” This first optional “advisory” stage allows interested parties to begin the process of fine-tuning their idea in preparation for the first competitive round of the WBPC. Davis Smith ’11, whose business—baby.com.br—came in third in the 2011 WBPC and tied for first in Harvard’s New Venture Competition, contrasted the two competitions. “I was blown away by Wharton’s competition,” he said. “It wasn’t just a week-long thing. It was a year-long event. There were multiple levels of feedback, which included a lot of mentoring and coaching, and events to help people refine or think of ideas, connect with mentors, and develop the skills to write a business plan in a clear concise way. While at HBS? It was basically just show up. Also Wharton’s structure led to more teams competing. I think over 200-250 teams submitted ideas to Wharton the year I competed. At HBS the total was more like 75.”
Over 200 individuals volunteer as judges for the competition’s multiple rounds, providing the opportunity for students to access a wide range of industry expertise and experience. Rohan Deuskar, a winning team member of the 2011 competition praised the value the competition’s incremental stages had for his business, Stylitics, as well as the opportunities it created to interact with a wide variety of industry insiders throughout the judging process. The progressive stages “forced us to be structured in our thinking and to begin anticipating the questions we would get from potential investors,” Deuskar said. Continue reading…
For the ninth year running, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Office of Full-Time Admissions will partner with the Chicago Women in Business Alumnae Network (CWIBAN) to host events in cities around the world for female prospective and newly admitted students. Women’s Week 2013 will take place from May 4th through 22nd, featuring a range of events from Los Angeles to New York to London to Shanghai.
The casual, informal events are designed to help female prospective applicants and newly admitted students learn from Chicago Booth current students and alumnae about what they have done to be successful at Booth and beyond.
“Depending on your city, some events are intimate, while others are quite large,” wrote Associate Director of Admissions Joanne Legler in a recent post on the Booth Insider Blog. “No matter the size or location, CWIBAN and Admissions plan these events each year to give you a chance to speak to a group of women who have been there, done that, and thrived both as Booth students and in their careers,” she continued. Continue reading…
The QS World MBA Tour is scheduled to visit New York City this May. Designed by MBA graduates, the QS World Tour features free workshops led by experts and MBA alumni to help prospective applicants understand the differences among MBA programs and stand the best chance of getting into the business schools of their choice. During each event, attendees have the chance to meet face-to-face with admissions directors from top business schools around the world. Additional features of the QS World MBA Tour include: $1,200,000 (USD) of exclusive scholarships available for attendees, workshops designed to help improve GMAT scores, and pre-fair careers panel with MBA recruiters and alumni.
What – QS World MBA Tour
When – Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1-6pm
Where – Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
How – Admission is $5 for online registrants, or $15 the day of the event
Called the W50 Summit, the two-day event is part of a year-long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of women being admitted to the two-year MBA program. Continue reading…
Later this week, students at Wharton | San Francisco, the West Coast campus of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, will host the Wharton San Francisco Social Impact Conference. The event, which will take place on April 4th, marks one of the first times students at the San Francisco campus have organized and run their own conference.
The event this week builds on an inaugural conference students organized last year jointly with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, the Baker Retailing Center and the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership. “The half-day event was attended by more than 120 Wharton students, alumni and friends and was a great success,” wrote Raghavan Anand in a Wharton Magazine blog post. “So we decided to continue the tradition, except to organize and run it ourselves this time around,” he continued. Continue reading…
Calling all 2013-2014 MBA applicants: The 8th Annual Beat The GMAT scholarship is now accepting applications.
Since 2006, Beat The GMAT has distributed more than $200,000 in scholarships and prizes to MBA applicants from all over the globe, including the U.S. and Canada, South America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
For the 2013 competition, there will be eight GMAT and MBA consulting packages awarded. Each winner will receive a $250 voucher for GMAT registration fees, a full GMAT test prep course, and MBA admissions consulting services. Clear Admit is among the firms that donates free services to scholarship winners. Continue reading…
As part of Harvard Business School (HBS)’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of women in the MBA program, the school’s Baker Library Historical Collections has opened a new exhibit this month unveiling the course of events that led up to women joining the full MBA program in 1963, the school announced this week.
The exhibit, “Building the Foundation: Business Education for Women at Harvard University, 1937-1970,” reveals the many ways in which women were a part of HBS long before the 1962 HBS faculty vote that led to women’s admission directly into the first year of the MBA program. Continue reading…
UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Center for Responsible Business
The Center for Responsible Business (CRB) at the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business will celebrate 10 years of promoting corporate social responsibility (CSR) on March 20th with a daylong workshop on sustainability for Haas alumni.
What began as a mere startup to help establish CSR as a business strategy has grown into a full-fledged organization boasting five associated faculty members, 10 classes a year and more than 1,2000 alumni, the school reports. Continue reading…