Category Archives: School News
October 28, 2015
Managing Director of MBA Admissions & Financial Aid Dee Leopold, the voice of Harvard Business School admissions for the past decade, announced today that she will be moving on in May 2016 at the end …
Managing Director of MBA Admissions & Financial Aid Dee Leopold, the voice of Harvard Business School admissions for the past decade, announced today that she will be moving on in May 2016 at the end of this admissions season.
In a brief post on her blog to officially announce the news to applicants, Leopold assures she will be on the job until the Class of 2018 is all set and ready to go.
“It’s Business As Usual in Dillon House,” the director writes, quoting the headline of her post. “I’ve told you many times that Dillonites are the Dream Team – and I will say it again. So please go back to figuring out how to Introduce Yourself and Round One interviewees should be making sure they have clean socks picked out for their interview!”
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October 15, 2015
The UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, already a global powerhouse in the study of entrepreneurship, has announced it will further strengthen support for its students by providing $100,000 in seed funding for Haas student …
The UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, already a global powerhouse in the study of entrepreneurship, has announced it will further strengthen support for its students by providing $100,000 in seed funding for Haas student startups this year.
In addition to seed funding, Berkeley-Haas intends to boost its entrepreneurial offerings for both MBA and undergraduate students by pooling a variety of resources from across the Haas School. A new umbrella organization, called the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program (BHEP), will help integrate entrepreneurial thinking throughout the Haas student experience.
Those resources include:
- The Dean’s Startup Seed Fund, which will provide $5,000 grants to early-stage startups that include Haas students. The grant money will be used for prototype development and customer discovery activities.
- A new industry specialist in the Career Management Group who will advise students interested in working at startups.
- Competitions for both later-stage startups through LAUNCH: the Berkeley Startup Competition and for early-stage, social impact ventures through the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC). LAUNCH will add also a later-stage social impact track.
- Greater interconnection between the UC Berkeley and UCSF science programs to encourage cross-disciplinary innovation. (A pilot project pairs UCSF faculty with selected Berkeley-Haas MBA students for short projects designed to assess, validate, or generate business ideas.)
- Exceptional educators who teach entrepreneurship at the Haas School across programs.
- Lean Launchpad, a training platform for innovators, developed by Berkeley-Haas Lecturer Steve Blank.
- Collaborative projects such as SkyDeck, a multidisciplinary startup accelerator located at UC Berkeley.
- Mentorship programs and mixers that draw heavily on the Haas Alumni Network and broader Berkeley community to connect current students with entrepreneurs and those working in related industries.
According to the official announcement, the Lester Center, founded in 1992, will now be part of the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program and will focus entirely on student-facing activities and events as well as manage the Dean’s Startup Seed Fund.
“Our student entrepreneurs are already thriving within the Berkeley-Haas and Bay Area startup ecosystem,” Haas Dean Rich Lyons says. “This new effort will continue to build on and expand that success, creating a new generation of leaders who will be mixing with alumni and giving back to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
October 13, 2015
The University of Michigan Ross School of Business will now offer its alumni lifelong, tuition-free professional development through a new program called Alumni Advantage that is part of the Ross commitment to serving as a …
The University of Michigan Ross School of Business will now offer its alumni lifelong, tuition-free professional development through a new program called Alumni Advantage that is part of the Ross commitment to serving as a partner in alumni’s lifetime of success, the school announced this week.
The benefits of this program for Ross alumni as well as all alumni from the University of Michigan include free access to executive education and leadership development, and exclusive access to Ross thought leadership, online and in-classroom courses, livestream events, videos, and more.
“Our alumni are our most powerful and passionate resource,” says Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the Ross School. “We created Alumni Advantage to ensure that our alumni know that resources and support from Ross don’t end when they receive their diplomas.”
Exclusive Alumni Advantage offers for Michigan Ross alumni include:
- full tuition scholarships to Michigan Ross Executive Education for open enrollment programs in Ann Arbor as well as Hong Kong, Malaysia, and India
- the ability to give colleagues or family members savings of 50 percent off Ross Executive Education programs
- invitations to attend #ROSSTALKS, a new series that brings faculty to major cities throughout the world for engaging and thought-provoking discussions on topics from finance to leadership to innovation and more
- the opportunity to participate in Innovation Jams, bringing the brightest student minds from Ross together to help solve a corporate challenge
Offers for Ross and University of Michigan alumni include:
- access to enroll in a Ross course on campus in Ann Arbor
- access to Sanger Leadership Center workshops hosted in major cities
- access to free, online courses led by Ross faculty
- access to live events, speeches, and presentations by faculty and guest speakers at Ross
- Ross Thought in Action emails, featuring Ross faculty research for practitioners
- insights from global corporate leaders featured in our 60 Seconds in the C-Suite video series.
“We are taking our commitment to alumni to an unprecedented level,” and plan to add new programs, events, and resources in the future, says Scott DeRue, associate dean of Executive Education, who spearheaded the creation of Alumni Advantage.
“Learning is a lifelong pursuit, and our commitment to the personal and professional growth of our alumni is unwavering. This new program will engage alumni in a journey of professional development and personal growth,” DeRue says.
October 8, 2015
Though still deep in Round 1 application review, the admissions team at the MIT Sloan School of Management has paused to update first-round candidates on the upcoming timeline for interviews and status updates. Invitations to …
Though still deep in Round 1 application review, the admissions team at the MIT Sloan School of Management has paused to update first-round candidates on the upcoming timeline for interviews and status updates.
Invitations to interview will start going out in mid-October (next week) and will continue to be released until the week of November 9th, at which time all R1 applicants will have received word of their status.
The six-week interview period will run from October 26th through December 4th, and interviews may be scheduled on campus or at one of the 15 satellite locations planned in other U.S. cities and abroad.
Applicants who choose to come to MIT Sloan for their interview will be able to attend a special program for on-campus interviewees, including lunch with current students and a class visit, according to the school.
Finally, interviewed applicants who will not be offered admission will receive notice of their release by December 16th.
Good luck to all applicants awaiting word from MIT Sloan!
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October 6, 2015
The USC Marshall School of Business recently announced it has received a gift of $10 million from trustee Jerry Neely and his wife Nancy, long-time supporters of the University of Southern California, to establish the …
The USC Marshall School of Business recently announced it has received a gift of $10 million from trustee Jerry Neely and his wife Nancy, long-time supporters of the University of Southern California, to establish the Jerry and Nancy Neely Leadership and Ethics Institute.
According to the announcement in USC News, the new institute will advance the development of ethical business leadership with the framework of the global economy.
““Jerry and Nancy Neely (…) and their outstanding gift will dramatically bolster USC Marshall’s work in the area of leadership and ethics studies,” says USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “This visionary gift also speaks to the Neelys’ personal commitment to nurturing the next generation of ethical leaders, as the institute will be a living laboratory for understanding ethical leadership and finding new ways to develop it.”
The existing course offerings in leadership and ethics are very popular with USC Marshall students, and the new institute plans to bring in faculty from across the university to further strengthen these topics in the curriculum for business degree students as well as for professionals pursuing executive education or certificates, the article notes.
The Neelys have supported the university and its business school for decades, and have made additional donations to the school of engineering as well as the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Jerry Neely continues to contribute to the student experience at USC Marshall by participating in monthly meetings and gatherings to mentor MBA students.
“I cherish my work with the outstanding students at USC Marshall. They are bright, insightful and want to make a difference in the world,” Neely says. “Nancy and I are honored to be able to contribute to their education by helping them prepare for the global and local leadership roles they will take on in years to come.”
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September 25, 2015
Columbia Business School recently launched a new immersive experience for its full-time MBA students that provides students the chance to interact with C-suite executives and discuss the future of business, ongoing challenges, opportunities, and strategies …
Columbia Business School recently launched a new immersive experience for its full-time MBA students that provides students the chance to interact with C-suite executives and discuss the future of business, ongoing challenges, opportunities, and strategies at play.
The inaugural seminars, led by Columbia Business School faculty members, featured partnerships with companies across an array of industries, including data analytics, management consulting, brand experience, financial services, innovation, social media, technology disruption, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
“Our students have always enjoyed the benefits that New York City has to offer. They are just a subway ride away from tremendous career opportunities,” says Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School, in a statement announcing the program’s launch. “These immersion seminars students meet with industry executives and see theories taught in the classroom being applied in real-time in the business world.”
To drive home the impact these seminars will have on Columbia Business School students, the School launched a new video featuring commentary from two of the program’s leaders, Khalid Azim, Director of Strategic Curricular Networks and Partnerships, and Barry Salzberg, who recently joined the faculty of Columbia Business School after a nearly 40-year career at Deloitte, capped by serving as the firm’s Global CEO at the end of his tenure.
In the video, Professor Salzberg says that the School’s Immersion Seminars combine “the best of academia and the business world” and that students walk away with “opportunity and access to unbelievable people, businesses, and knowledge that you can’t get elsewhere.”
Shana Gotlieb, a member of the Class of 2016, describes her immersion seminar as “the best class I’ve taken” and one that “could only happen at Columbia Business School.”
“We are so grateful to these companies and the executives who took time out of their day to impart lessons to our students. Only in New York City does a school have access to this array of industry titans,” says Azim. “We look forward to capitalizing on the extraordinary momentum spurred by our inaugural seminars and strengthening the experience for future generations of Columbia Business School students.”
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