SBC Increases Support for Minority MBA Applicants Through Broad Partnership with Riordan Programs

Riordan ProgramsSBC has expanded its partnership with the Riordan Programs to support underrepresented and minority students interested in attending the world’s top MBA programs.

By Stacy Blackman

On June 2, I authored a blog post sharing a quote from American author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. It read, in part: “One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe place of ‘not racist.’ The claim of a ‘not racist’ neutrality is a mask for racism.”

I went on to share that I was focusing on listening, learning, and growing. Since that time, the SBC team has been working to identify ways to be better antiracists. As a step forward, I am excited to announce that Stacy Blackman Consulting will dramatically expand a long-standing relationship with the Riordan Programs.

For nearly 30 years, the Riordan Programs have led the charge to provide a pathway for underrepresented and minority students to excel at the country’s top MBA programs.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Stacy Blackman Consulting.
Our mission has always been to help high school students, college students, and recent college graduates from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds — often the first in their families to go to college — prepare for careers in management through education, mentorship, professional development and leadership training.
This partnership has already dramatically expanded the resources we offer to the MBA applicants from across the country that we work with.” 
—Roxanne Mendez,
Executive Director of the Riordan Programs

Connecting With Riordan Programs’ Fellows

This partnership will include free webinars led by SBC consultants and former admissions officers from the world’s top business schools. We’re also offering free one-on-one consulting sessions with a number of Riordan Programs Fellows. And finally, SBC has made a financial contribution to support the Riordan Programs important work.

“This partnership with Stacy Blackman Consulting is so beneficial to the young people we work with. Riordan Programs Fellows across the country have already connected with a number of Stacy Blackman Consultants, including graduates from top MBA programs like Harvard and Stanford.
These interactions are giving the applicants we work with the tools they need to submit stronger, more thoughtful, and more competitive applications.
Just as importantly, our fellows walk away energized and excited—with the confidence they need to present the most authentic and compelling versions of themselves in their applications.” 
—April Owens,
Associate Director of the Riordan Programs

We kicked off this expanded partnership on September 19th with a virtual convening focused on helping Riordan Fellows present themselves in authentic, powerful, and compelling ways via their MBA essays.

Next, we followed up with a second virtual gathering on October 31st, offering guidance on preparing for MBA interviews. Finally, we look forward to offering an expanded series of webinars throughout next year’s application cycle.

All of us at SBC are excited to grow this partnership, which supports a broad range of Riordan Programs initiatives—including their Scholars Program, their MBA Fellows Program, and their MBA Bootcamp program. To learn more about their wonderful work, please click here.

Respectfully yours,

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