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Stanford GSB Launches Certificate Program in London

Stanford Graduate School of Business has announced it will launch its first Stanford Ignite certificate program in London in September 2015. The 10-week, part-time program will teach innovators how to formulate, develop, and commercialize their …

Stanford Graduate School of Business has announced it will launch its first Stanford Ignite certificate program in London in September 2015. The 10-week, part-time program will teach innovators how to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas.

Designed to deliver the same kind of immersive, innovative, and hands-on instruction that working professionals and graduate students at Stanford experience, this program provides exposure to both the fundamentals of management and the practical aspects of identifying, evaluating, and moving business ideas forward.

It is aimed at participants with strong scientific, medical, or technical backgrounds who do not have an advanced degree in business. Participants are taught by Stanford business faculty in London as well as as those beamed in from Silicon Valley through high-definition video technology.

During the program, which runs September 21 to December 6, 2015, participants will engage with faculty and each other in interactive sessions and group projects.

“This is a program for those who are planning to start a new venture, as well as for intrapreneurs —individuals who wish to bring innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to their current role within a company,” said Stanford Ignite faculty director Yossi Feinberg, John G. McCoy—Banc One Corporation Professor of Economics.

“It provides graduate students, innovators, scientists, and engineers from leading companies the essential toolset for creating impactful ventures,” Feinberg said.

The London program is one of seven Stanford Ignite programs available around the globe to enable audiences outside of Silicon Valley to tap into Stanford’s distinctive approach to teaching entrepreneurship and management. It is now offered in Bangalore, Beijing, Paris, New York, London, and Santiago (Chile), as well as at Stanford.

The non-degree program in London, which costs US$10,000, will be held every other week on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday from September to December 2015. Lessons will include approximately 200 hours of training, including 100 hours spent on participants’ own venture projects.

Participants will develop their projects by working closely with experienced mentors and panels of industry experts from both Silicon Valley and the New York area who will provide real-world feedback.

The program draws on the same world-class business faculty who teach in Stanford’s MBA Program, which is infused with the culture and practice of innovation that pervades Stanford University and Silicon Valley.

The London program will accept up to 50 participants. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Stanford Ignite certificate. The deadline for applications is April 22, 2015.

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HBS Students Fight Stereotypes with Food Bank Fundraiser

The actions of Ben Edelman, the Harvard Business School professor who landed in the national news this week by quarreling with the manager of a Chinese restaurant about a $4 overcharge, have spurred HBS students …

The actions of Ben Edelman, the Harvard Business School professor who landed in the national news this week by quarreling with the manager of a Chinese restaurant about a $4 overcharge, have spurred HBS students to publicly denounce his behavior.

HBS students often confront the negative stereotype that they are elitist and self-involved. One first-year student felt that Edelman’s behavior only furthered that perception, and he acted quickly to change the tide of public opinion.

Jon Staff and other HBS students decided to launch a campaign asking members of the public to donate $4 – the amount of the Edelman overcharge – to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston.com reports.

From the fundraiser homepage:

Negative stereotypes of Harvard and HBS were reinforced by an article in Boston.com about a $4 dispute between an HBS professor and a small business owner. In accordance with our community values, we are calling on all Harvard students to flip the script by donating $4 to provide food for those in need.  All donations will be given to The Greater Boston Food Bank, which will match all donations received before December 31.

“It’s an upsetting article,” Staff told Boston.com. “People here are really amazing and smart and supportive and humble. What Edelman did makes it much harder to make the case that this is an institution full of good people. This one action doesn’t define who we are as a community. Or it shouldn’t.”

Edelman has since apologized for his actions on his website. “I aspire to act with great respect and humility in dealing with others, no matter what the situation. Clearly I failed to do so. I am sorry, and I intend to do better in the future,” he wrote.

As of Thursday morning, the campaign had raised $4,994, with 320 contributors.

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Round 1 Notification at Harvard Business School

In an update to her blog, Dee Leopold, Harvard Business School‘s Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, informed readers that interviewed Round 1 applicants will have a status update on Wednesday, December 10th. At …

In an update to her blog, Dee Leopold, Harvard Business School‘s Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, informed readers that interviewed Round 1 applicants will have a status update on Wednesday, December 10th.

At approximately noon Boston time, you may log in to your application and one of three decisions will appear: denied, waitlisted, or admitted.

Leopold explains that admitted candidates will have immediate access to the prematriculation website, while waitlisted candidates will learn more about timing, updates, etc., and denied applicants will learn about opportunities for “touchpoint” calls.

Good luck to those of you anxiously awaiting Wednesday’s news!

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Round 3 Attracts Maverick MBA Applicants

Round three is far and away the most competitive round in MBA admissions. Almost all of the seats have already been filled, and applications submitted this late in the game need to be absolutely amazing…and …

Round three is far and away the most competitive round in MBA admissions. Almost all of the seats have already been filled, and applications submitted this late in the game need to be absolutely amazing…and come with some sort of explanation as to why the candidate waited until the last minute to apply.

One former admissions employee explains that people best suited for this round have a highly unique background that would truly add to the class. Such as, for example, the Olympic gold medalist from Cameroon.

The directors of MBA admissions profiled in a recent Wall Street Journal piece on late-round applicants seem to agree.

“We actually enjoy round three,” Dee Leopold, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid at Harvard Business School, tells the WSJ. “It takes a certain amount of confidence to apply then. Those applicants march to their own drum, and we would never want to miss them.”

In the past, applicants often applied in Round 3 as a last-ditch effort to get into business school after being dinged by their first-choice schools in Rounds 1 and 2. But Liz Riley Hargrove, associate dean for admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, believes times have changed. Fuqua admissions officers look for later-round candidates with backgrounds in Peace Corps service or nonprofit management, among others, she tells the WSJ.

Waiting until the final round has significant drawbacks, including reduced access to merit-based aid, having no choice but to interview on-campus, and missing out on welcome weekends. But this round may be a great time for military veterans, entrepreneurs, and candidates from underrepresented geographic or ethnic group to apply, notes the WSJ.

If you are considering submitting your MBA application in the final round, make sure it is strong on all fronts, and that your story is compelling with a capital C. You just might be that missing element the admissions committee is looking for to spice up the mix.

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UC Berkeley Haas to Build State-of-the-Art ‘Learning Laboratory’

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is constructing a six-story, 80,000 square-foot academic building devoted entirely to student learning and interaction, Haas School Dean Rich Lyons announced Thursday. The North Academic Building, as it will …

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is constructing a six-story, 80,000 square-foot academic building devoted entirely to student learning and interaction, Haas School Dean Rich Lyons announced Thursday.

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Image courtesy of Berkeley-Haas. Illustration: Jeff Stikeman.

The North Academic Building, as it will be known, will have state-of-the art technology and flexible spaces aimed at transforming the student experience. With group study rooms, flexible classrooms, an indoor/outdoor café, and a large event space with views of the San Francisco Bay, the building will be able to adapt to new forms of educational technology and learning.

This addition provides an extra 858 classroom seats, and each classroom will have the infrastructure for video streaming and capture, as well as video teleconferencing.

“The building also creates a place that will enhance our ability to teach innovative leadership concepts to our students, by providing abundant space for them to collaborate with one another as they learn in teams, and rooms for them to engage in applied innovation learning activities,” Lyons said. “This is at the core of what differentiates the Berkeley-Haas education.”

The $60 million structure will be funded with private donations from alumni and friends of the school. Ned Spieker, BS 66, managing partner of the private real estate firm Spieker Partners, was the school’s lead partner for developing the vision for this building.

The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund; Robert G. O’Donnell, BS 65 and MBA 66, retired senior VP and director of Capital Research and Management Company; and the late Barclay Simpson, BS 43, who founded and chaired Simpson Manufacturing Co.; among others, also have contributed significant gifts to the campaign.

Designed by the global architectural firm Perkins+Will, the project will achieve at least certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status in recognition of its environmentally conscious design, construction, operation, and maintenance. Construction should conclude in fall 2016.

“This new academic building will readily support and improve both on-campus and technology-enabled learning for our undergraduate and graduate students and enable the school to keep pace with rapid changes in the delivery of management education,” said Lyons. “The goal of the new facility is to create the best, most up to date learning experience for our students. It’s all about them.”

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New Look, Home for Chicago Booth Student Blog

The MBA student blog at Chicago Booth School of Business has a new look and a new home, Kurt Ahlm, Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Admissions, recently shared. If you’re an applicant who’s interested …

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The MBA student blog at Chicago Booth School of Business has a new look and a new home, Kurt Ahlm, Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Admissions, recently shared.

If you’re an applicant who’s interested in learning about the Chicago Booth community and student life, check out TheBoothExp.com. From academics to recruiting and career services, student clubs to summer internships, Ahlm promises “the Booth Experience will provide you with unique access and perspective on the daily lives of our students.”

In a recent post, second-year Linda Yan writes about her experience applying to Booth, and it may put some of you at ease as you prepare your Round 2 applications this month. Yan says she was a traditional MBA candidate–no awesome stories about being a member of the Peace Corps, a globe trotter, or an Iraqi war veteran–and that that’s absolutely okay!

Yan writes: “What’s completely overlooked is that by far and away, business schools are full of people like you and me: bright, ambitious young professionals in traditional fields that recruit talented undergrads and train them to be good at analysis and getting stuff done.”

She goes on to explain in detail how she conveyed her story to the admissions committee, conventional goals and all.  Doesn’t that just make you want to exhale a huge sigh of relief?

If Chicago Booth is on your short list, becoming a regular visitor to the Booth Experience blog is a great way to get to know the school better and determine if it would be a good fit for you. Happy reading!

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