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Columbia Business School Students to Volunteer as Part of Inaugural Day of Impact

300px-Columbia_University_01Hundreds of MBA students, faculty and staff at Columbia Business School (CBS) will fan out into the communities surrounding the school this Friday for an inaugural student-led volunteering initiative called Day of Impact. As part of the day-long event, members of the CBS community will give back to their larger community by beautifying city parks, delivering meals to home-ridden residents, preparing food for a food bank, caring for animals in need and more.

“Making an impact on society — however large or small — is a huge part of who we are at Columbia Business School,” Sheila Lalani ’14, vice president of community service for the school’s Graduate Business Association, said in a statement. “The idea behind Day of Impact is to demonstrate our community’s commitment to not only bettering the business world once we graduate, but also working to improve the community in which we live.” Continue reading…

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UC Berkeley Draws Record Number of Entrants to Startup Competition

launch2More than 200 teams from UC Berkeley and UCSF have entered this year’s startup competition, including 18-Haas affiliated teams, competing for $60,000 in prizes.

The contest, previously known as Bplan, sports a new name this year, LAUNCH, which is intended to reflect the continued move away from long-form business plans to the one-page business model canvas and 10-slide presentation used by today’s startups.

“We thought about what this competition is really trying to do: It’s now much more about catapulting and launching companies from ideas to viable businesses over the course of the competition,” says Moses Lo, MBA ’15, one of the co-chairs of the competition. “LAUNCH exactly describes our aim.” Continue reading…

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Columbia Business School to Host Annual Odyssey Global MBA Competition

columbia_low_library-300x183Columbia Business School (CBS) is preparing to welcome top MBA students from around the world beginning tomorrow as part of the sixth annual Odyssey Global MBA Competition and Symposium.

The two-day, student-organized event will feature a three-part management competition in which students from leading global business schools will compete in pitching, case presentation and negotiation skills before a panel of industry leaders.

This year’s event will also include a symposium in which industry leaders will address the theme “Disrupt or Be Disrupted,” speaking to the need for companies to remain agile in the face of disruptive forces and manage innovation to stay ahead of any accompanying challenges. Keynote speakers include Frank Eliason, director of global social media at Citi; Neal Goldman, founder and CEO of Relationship Science; David Kidder, co-founder and CEO of Bionic; Bruce Greenwald, CBS Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management; and Craig Hatkoff, founder of Victor Capital Group and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.

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UCLA Anderson’s School of Management Celebrates Diversity with International Food Festival

anderson entryStudents at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA enjoyed foods from around the world as part of its annual International Food Festival last week. Roughly 350 students, staff and faculty turned out for the event, which also featured Anderson Afternoon beverages, wine from the Anderson Wine Club and desserts provided by Out@Anderson.

The cuisines of 14 countries were featured: Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, India, Philippines, Mexico, Thailand, Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Jamaica, Taiwan and Armenia. The traditional food options included Indian samosas, Filipino lumpia, Chinese dim sum and Mexican cactus salad, among others.

In addition to the food and drinks, karaoke provided the evening’s entertainment. “When students were done with the food and wine, they sang their hearts out,” Ayushman Jain, president of the International Business Association, said in an article on the UCLA Anderson website. Continue reading…

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Exclusive Pre-MBA Webinar

PMBA Pic for Clear AdmitSign up for an exclusive and complimentary webinar on formulating your “MBA Career Strategy”- just for members of the Clear Admit community.

The session will be led by Ivan Kerbel, CEO of Practice MBA, former Director of the Career Development Office at the Yale School of Management, and former Sr. Associate Director at Wharton MBA Career Management. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

The goal of this session is to highlight the spectrum of pre-MBA enrichment opportunities (including pre-MBA corporate and educational training programs as well as pre-MBA internships) and to help students align their personal career goals and overall MBA plans with the specific resources and relationships they are about to gain access to in business school.

Sign up HERE! Questions? Please contact Ivan directly at and be sure to mention “Clear Admit.”


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Women in Leadership Conference to Tackle Design Thinking at UC Berkeley’s Haas School


Students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business are gearing up to host the 18th annual Women in Leadership Conference next week, focused around the theme of “Design Your Future,” the school announced.

Tech leaders from Synopsus, Lending Club and Kaiser Permanente will take part in the March 15th event, which is the longest-running, student-organized conference in the school’s history. This year’s co-chairs are Stephanie Curran, MBA 14, and Lauren Fernandez, also MBA 14.

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INSEAD to Celebrate Women with a Month Full of Events

To mark Women’s History Month, INSEAD has filled March with a string of events celebrating women and showcasing their achievements on its campuses in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and beyond.

INSEAD’s first women’s event is a speaker session entitled, “Women @ Work.” The event will take place later this week, on Thursday, March 3rd on INSEAD’s Asia campus in Singapore. Claudia Zeisberger, academic director of INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) and an affiliate professor of decision sciences and entrepreneurship and family enterprise, will lead the discussion examining women’s journey in the workplace from the sideline to center field. A networking event will follow. Continue reading…

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UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to Host Business of Healthcare Conference

Students at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley are busy this week preparing for their 8th annual Business of Healthcare Conference, which will take place on February 28th.

Planned and run entirely by students, the conference will feature a hands-on expo showcasing disruptive healthcare technologies, as well as top innovators and thought leaders in the field.   Continue reading…

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UNC Kenan-Flagler to Co-Host Inaugural Clean Tech Summit

The Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) at the University of North Carolina (UNC)’s Kenan-Flagler Business School will co-host an inaugural Clean Tech Summit next week, where the focus will be on how to support clean technology growth in North Carolina’s Research Triangle.

The event, co-hosted by the UNC Institute for the Environment in partnership with the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and Strata Solar, will take place on Wednesday, February 26th. Specifically, it will examine ways for the Research Triangle to take a global leadership position in the clean tech filed, through the use of smart grid technology, efficient water management, efficient multimodal transportation, environmentally sustainable waste disposal technologies and more. Continue reading…

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Opportunities to Learn about Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Both on Campus and Abroad

Oxford University’s Saïd Business School is gearing up for a number of events on its campus, in cities around the globe and via webinar to introduce prospective applicants to the school and its MBA programs. Catch MBA Program Director Stephan Chambers in Toronto or Los Angeles, take part in Oxford MBA Open Day later this month or take advantage of a series of webinars directed toward prospective applicants in different parts of the world.

Tomorrow, February 20th, Stephan Chambers will speak to prospective applicants in Toronto, Canada, providing an overview of Saïd’s MBA program and the benefits of studying at Oxford. Alumni will also be present at the event to share their experiences and meet with prospective applicants. Chambers will host a similar event in Los Angeles on March 6th. Continue reading…

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Access MBA Announces North America Events

FLS_8086Meet the world’s top business schools and find the MBA program that is right for you at Access MBA’s one-to-one events in North America next month.  Join the Tour in New York on March 6, Toronto on March 8, Montreal on March 10 and Vancouver on March 13!

Highlights of the events include one-to-one meetings and workshops with admissions directors of some of the world’s best MBA programs, interactive panel discussions featuring school representatives, individual MBA consulting sessions and GMAT preparation advice. In New York, Manhattan GMAT will present a “Breaking 700” GMAT workshop.  All events are free of charge for prospective MBA candidates.

The Access MBA Tour travels to 65 cities per year and showcases over one hundred international business schools. The One-to-One events give selected candidates the chance to meet individually with Admissions Directors of top-tier MBA programs. MBA candidates have twenty minutes to convince school representatives of their eligibility for admission, as well as to decide if the B-school is the right one for them.

To attend an Access MBA event, candidates must register online on Places are limited for one-to-one meetings and early registration is recommended.

Access MBA is a project of Advent Group, a Paris-based communication agency that connects business professionals with Admissions Directors of international MBA programs. 




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