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Clear Admit’s archive of MBA-related events and happenings.

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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Yale School of Management Hosts Inaugural Low Carbon Case Competition

yalesomThe Yale School of Management (SOM) today is welcoming student teams from around the world for its inaugural National Low Carbon Institutional Investing Case Competition, the first of its kind in the United States. The event was planned by a Yale SOM student group in collaboration with the school’s International Center for Finance.

Competing teams will be challenged to devise a strategy to help a hypothetical university lower the carbon intensity of its investment portfolio – and in so doing help address the risks of climate change on the university’s endowment and society as a whole. Continue reading…

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Dean’s Speaker Series Draws Janet Napolitano, Biz Stone to UC Berkeley’s Haas School

janet napolitanoTwo big names will visit the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley next week to address MBA students as part of the school’s Dean’s Speaker Series. Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system and the former United States Secretary of Homeland Security, will share leadership lessons on November 4th, and Biz Stone, co-founder and CEO of Jelly Industries and co-founder of Twitter, will talk about his experiences on November 6th.

Speaking on Election Day, Napolitano is scheduled to answer questions about the political climate in both California and the nation as a whole. She will also address the challenge of getting more young people involved in politics and public service, as well as her own leadership approach, her experiences as a female in leadership and more. Continue reading…

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Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business Announces Semi-Finalists in Inaugural Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

georgetown mcdonough editedEntrepreneurship has certainly become a buzz word at business schools, but “rural entrepreneurship” is a term you don’t hear quite as often. Unless you’re at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where rural entrepreneurship is currently front and center.

McDonough yesterday hosted the National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship, which included the announcement of 10 national semi-finalists in the first-ever Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge – a joint venture between the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), McDonough’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Startup Hoyas – is an opportunity for individuals to showcase innovation taking place in rural regions of the United States.   Continue reading…

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Yale School of Management to Host Online Career Panels for Prospective Applicants

yalesomThe Yale School of Management (SOM) admissions team will kick off a new series of online events later this month designed to showcase for prospective applicants the many MBA career paths the school’s students choose to follow. The live events will each focus on a different industry and will feature relationship managers from the Career Development Office joined by current SOM students. Continue reading…

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Reaching Out to Host LGBT MBA Conference Next Week in San Francisco

reaching outNonprofit organization Reaching Out will host a conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) business school students and prospective applicants next week in San Francisco. The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference expects to draw more than 1,400 students, business leaders and recruiters for three days of events, including a full afternoon of programming for prospective LGBT MBA applicants. This year’s conference will take place from October 2nd through 4th.

Now in its 16th year, the Reaching Out MBA Conference was established to provides future lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders from around the world the opportunity to network, learn and improve their skills and advance in the business world. From its beginnings in 1999 as a student-run conference organized by students at Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management, Reaching Out has grown into a year-round operating organization “dedicated to educating, inspiring and connecting business students to impact change in the classroom and workplace.” Continue reading…

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MIT Sloan School of Management to Host Diversity Weekend for Prospectives

mit sloanProspective MBA applicants from diverse backgrounds are invited to take part in an upcoming Diversity Weekend at the MIT Sloan School of Management. On October 2nd and 3rd, MIT Sloan will host a range of interactive sessions designed to help prospective MBA students get to know the MIT Sloan community by interacting with current students and getting a glimpse of the school’s experiential learning curriculum in action.

MIT Sloan’s Diversity Weekend events begin on Thursday night, October 2nd, with a welcome reception. Following the reception, Diversity Weekend participants are also invited to take part in the school’s weekly C-Function. These informal, after-hours celebrations, organized by MIT Sloan students, are held each Thursday evening and open to the entire graduate community, faculty and staff. Continue reading…

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