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Michigan Ross School Gets $20M for New Leadership Center

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has received a $20 million gift from former General Mills CEO Stephen Sanger and his wife Karen Sanger to launch a new center that will expand the …

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The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has received a $20 million gift from former General Mills CEO Stephen Sanger and his wife Karen Sanger to launch a new center that will expand the school’s leadership development programming.

According to an announcement made Thursday by the school, the new Sanger Leadership Center builds upon the current activities of the Ross Leadership Initiative — including the annual Impact Challenge and Crisis Challenge, Legacy Lab, Story Lab, and skills-based workshops — as well as the Leaders Academy, where students create, launch and lead actual businesses.

Ross students will use the center as a resource for personalized coaching, development, and feedback, while faculty will take advantage of the center to help develop cutting-edge ideas and new leadership practices.

“Leadership development is a strategic imperative for companies around the world—it is one of those burning issues that keeps CEOs up at night,” says Alison Davis-Blake, Edward J. Frey Dean of the Ross School, who expressed her appreciation for the Sangers’ generosity and commitment to expanding the school’s most intensive, realistic leadership development opportunities.

One of the things that sets Ross graduates apart is their leadership skills, says Sanger, who received his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1970. “This difference reflects the innovative, hands-on programs of the Ross Leadership Initiative. Karen and I are honored to support the continued growth and development of this program through the establishment of the Sanger Leadership Center.”

The Sangers’ gift is part of the university-wide Victors for Michigan campaign, which kicked off in 2013 with a goal of raising $4 billion.

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UV Darden School Names Scott Beardsley as Dean

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business has appointed Scott Beardsley as its next dean, effective August 1. Beardsley succeeds Robert F. Bruner, who is completing his 10th year as dean, and last year …

UV Darden names new dean Scott Beardsley

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business has appointed Scott Beardsley as its next dean, effective August 1. Beardsley succeeds Robert F. Bruner, who is completing his 10th year as dean, and last year announced his plans to return to the faculty at the end of his second term.

Currently a senior partner of McKinsey & Company, Beardsley leads learning and leadership development for all McKinsey professionals. He has been based for most of his 26-year career in its Brussels, Belgium office.

Beardsley received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering magna cum laude from Tufts University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, where he received highest honors as a Henry S. Dupont III Scholar and served as editor and marketing manager of the MIT Sloan Management Review. He is a candidate at the University of Pennsylvania for an executive doctorate in higher education management, expected in May.

“The Darden School of Business is moving from strength to strength,” says U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan. “Scott Beardsley’s knowledge and vast experience will help guide the school to greater heights of excellence. We are very fortunate that Scott will build upon the strong legacy of Bob Bruner, who, along with his team, achieved recognition for Darden as the world’s best graduate business education experience.”

A frequent author, speaker and media commentator, Beardsley has presented at the World Economic Forum at Davos and teaches as a faculty member in McKinsey’s programs. Previously, he lectured in the MBA program of the Belgian business school Institut d’Administration et de Gestion. He chairs the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium.

In a press statement, Beardsley expressed great enthusiasm for this new role, saying, “I believe deeply in Darden’s values and its clear and focused mission to improve the world by developing responsible leaders and advancing knowledge. I am very excited to be part of the University of Virginia family, and its Jeffersonian commitment to excellence.”

You can learn more about Darden’s newest dean, Scott Beardsley, here.

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Round 2 Deadline at Harvard Business School

Today is the Round 2 deadline at Harvard Business School, and Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid Dee Leopold updated her blog with a brief re-cap of what will happen. As a reminder, the …

Today is the Round 2 deadline at Harvard Business School, and Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid Dee Leopold updated her blog with a brief re-cap of what will happen.

As a reminder, the deadline is at noon EST, and you can expect traffic on the server to be heavy around that time, so don’t panic if it takes time to successfully submit, Leopold urges.

While the deadline for applications and recommenders is officially the same, Leopold explains that the admissions team will keep the system open for a few days to allow recommendations to arrive. Once there is one recommendation letter in the file, the AdCom will begin to review your application.

By mid-day Wednesday, AdCom will have a handle on the size of the Round 2 applicant pool, and Leopold expects her team to have a good idea of when interview invitations will go out.

Off-campus interviews will take place in Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, London, Paris, Menlo Park, and New York City, she says.

As soon as we hear additional interview details, we’ll share them here. Good luck HBS applicants!

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Stanford GSB Expands Course on Female Entrepreneurship

Stanford Graduate School of Business‘s course on female business leaders has become so popular it has a lengthy waiting list. According to a recent profile in Fortune, “Entrepreneurship from the Perspective of Women,” taught by …

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Stanford Graduate School of Business‘s course on female business leaders has become so popular it has a lengthy waiting list. According to a recent profile in Fortune, “Entrepreneurship from the Perspective of Women,” taught by Professor Fern Mandelbaum, will now be offered as a full, quarter course, beginning in 2015.

The idea for the course came ten years ago, when Professor Garth Saloner, currently dean of the Stanford GSB, created a two-week seminar on female entrepreneurship with the simple goal of exposing business students to a multitude of entrepreneurship examples.

According to the current course description, this seminar shows how successful women entrepreneurs navigated finding an idea, forming and building a team, being an effective leader, raising money, overcoming setbacks, and assembling a board. It also explores some of the unique challenges women face when approaching entrepreneurship.

“Something that we talk a lot about [in the class] is, ‘how do you use your differences as strengths?’” Mandelbaum tells Fortune. “And [these feelings] could come from being an Asian or African-American person or an introverted male. It’s not just women, but the fact of the matter is, 50 percent of the population is women, and many of them view their differences as weaknesses.”

Female enrollment at the Stanford GSB currently stands at 42%, and perceptions are evolving so that participants no longer view the topics covered in the course as women-specific issues; rather, they are simply people issues, and are important for anyone who wants to be successful in today’s diverse business environment.

“Everything in the class is as important for men as it is for women,” Mandelbaum says.

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R1 Decisions from Michigan Ross

Moved by the holiday spirit, Soojin Kwon, MBA admissions director at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, tapped into her inner poet for her latest blog post announcing the Round 1 admitted student …

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Moved by the holiday spirit, Soojin Kwon, MBA admissions director at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, tapped into her inner poet for her latest blog post announcing the Round 1 admitted student calls she and her team completed Thursday. All decisions are now posted online.

The Michigan Ross MBA admissions officers plan to issue Round 2 interview invitations on January 19th, with interviews  taking place from January 22 to February 23, 2015. Kwon also notes team exercises will happen on campus during that period every Friday and Monday, and a few Saturdays, beginning on January 30th.

For those who cannot make it to campus in Ann Arbor, the Ross School will hold team exercises in Sao Paulo and Delhi on February 7th; Seoul on February 8th; and Shanghai on February 10, 2015.

For applicants planning on submitting in Round 2, the admissions director had some advice to share. The winter break is an ideal time to set up a Café Chat with a current Ross student near you, and Kwon says students are eager to share their experiences with prospective candidates.

Also, she recommends applicants review the admissions webinar from earlier this week, which, in addition to talking about the program, included last-minute application tips and answers to burning questions.

Finally, Kwon urges applicants to make time for doing things they enjoy with the people they care about in the coming weeks. “This will give you better perspective to review your app in early January (before the January 5 deadline) and see if it really reflects who you are and what’s important to you,” she says.

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HEC Paris Creates New Series of MOOCs for 2015

Capitalizing on the success of its first massive open online courses, HEC Paris has announced it will launch a series of new MOOCs in 2015. They begin with courses on understanding organizations, social entrepreneurship, technology-based …

Capitalizing on the success of its first massive open online courses, HEC Paris has announced it will launch a series of new MOOCs in 2015. They begin with courses on understanding organizations, social entrepreneurship, technology-based start-ups, and corporate finance. The first four are already open for registration, and others will follow later in the year.

Professor Rodolphe Durand teaches ‘Time to Reorganize’, an integrative approach to understanding organizations (termed ‘orgology’ by Durand). It explores how organizations can act strategically to protect or renew a sense of belonging in individuals. This course is offered on Coursera on January 13, 2015.

The second Coursera-platform MOOC  is dedicated to social entrepreneurship, and aims to inspire and help aspiring entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in society. It begins February 24, 2015.

On April 1, 2015, a course co-developed by HEC Paris Affiliate Professor Etienne Krieger and Romain Beaume from École Polytechnique engineering school focuses on how to set up a technology-based start-up. This program will also be offered to Master’s students from HEC Paris and École polytechnique.

Finally, HEC Paris will open the first online Executive Education Certificate program on Corporate Finance, in partnership with First Finance Institute. This certificate offers a comprehensive and practical curriculum in corporate finance targeted to a wide audience, including executives from different backgrounds and sectors.

Two sessions, led by HEC Affiliate Professor Pascal Quiry, will be available: one in French, and another in Mandarin in partnership with Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.

One year ago, HEC Paris was the first business school in France to launch a massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera. The success of the 2014 programs has affirmed HEC’s commitment to this innovative educational format.

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