• Oasis Foods: Not Your Average Start Up

    Oasis Foods: Not Your Average Start Up

    The following blog post was written by Sarah Spoto, 2017 MBA candidate and Simon Leadership Fellow What do you think of when you hear the word “entrepreneur”? A young man in a hoodie hunched over a computer, perhaps? A graying–but young at heart–millionaire venture capitalist, maybe? Whatever you envision, I bet you didn’t picture three […]

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  • Student's passion for analytics leads her to Whirlpool -- Zakia Barnes, 2017 MBA Candidate

    Student’s passion for analytics leads her to Whirlpool — Zakia Barnes, 2017 MBA Candidate

    As someone with a passion for analytics, Zakia Barnes, 2017 MBA candidate, found a natural fit with Simon. Even though she was skilled at using analytics to problem solve in her daily life, she knew that rounding out her skills with an MBA was key to adding value in her professional role. Having completed her […]

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  • Hult Prize Reflections: Simon Team Developed Strategy to Combat Global Poverty

    Hult Prize Reflections: Simon Team Developed Strategy to Combat Global Poverty

    The following blog post was written by Mikayla Hart, 2016 MBA candidate Attending the semi-finals of the Hult Prize was one of the best experiences I’ve had thus far in business school. The Hult Prize is a global social business plan competition that challenges students to develop sustainable social enterprises to address poverty alleviation, with a […]

    May 02, 2016 | 0 comments | View Post

MBA Summer Internship Reflections

Several of our second-year MBA students share their internship experiences from this summer.

katie.freiert“I spent my summer interning with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the Player Development Department. This department is unique as their goal is further the professional and personal development of current and former players on and off the court. During my time, I was tasked with preparing presentations for personal branding and effects on the business of basketball, which were used for programming given at the 2016 NBA Draft as well as the Rookie Transition Program. In addition, the interns in my department planned and executed a NBA Cares event for a Rookie Photo Shoot experience. As part of our overall internship deliverable, we had a Graduate Think Tank project that tackled a real business issue and present our findings to the managing League department. The Player Development team was the best part of the position as they integrated me into all project processes, meetings, and event execution. The opportunity to meet and work with League staff, executives, and players made the experience one that I will never forget. Through this process, I saw how my Simon education could turn my passion for sports into a successful career after graduation.” -Katie Freiert, 2017 MBA candidate

“I spent the summer as a Summer Financial Management Associate at Citigroup with the corporate strategy team. I directly reported to the Director of img_7666Corporate Strategy. I worked on several projects simultaneously, including tasks related to the July 2016 board meeting and the organization’s long-term strategy. I analyzed firm-wide and segment returns (RoTCE) and how capital is allocated to each business, both internally and compared to competition. RoTCE is correlated to firm valuation and thus very important for senior management’s decision making. I enjoyed the fast-paced environment, the highly skilled team, and with previous experience as a consultant, learning about a new field and industry. The summer program provided excellent opportunities to learn and explore what it is like to work there full time. Access to senior management, speaker series, trainings and much more made it a truly rewarding and exciting experience that I strongly recommend to people seeking a corporate finance career in the financial services industry.” – Carl Johan Mattias Svensson, 2017 MBA candidate

sarah_spoto“This summer  I interned with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as part of their Leadership Development Program. I had amazing, unique opportunities to experience the automotive industry through car shows, plant tours, ride and drives, and of course, my daily business processes auditing work. I even had the opportunity to meet FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, and in true Simon Women in Business style I asked him: “How can we create more opportunities for women in the automotive industry?” I’m proud to be a woman in auto pursuing my career in an ever-evolving industry.”      – Sarah Spoto, 2017 MBA candidate

Diversity Conference and Experience Simon Weekend – Oct. 21-22

The following post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

Classes are in full swing now at Simon, and it’s hard to believe our first application deadline is less than one month away! We are also getting excited about our recruitment event schedule, particularly Diversity Conference and Experience Simon Weekend on October 21-22.

As in past years, we are running these events concurrently and most of the programming is shared, which creates a cohesive environment where our prospective students can get acquainted with Simon and with each other.

Simon's Consortium MBA Class of 2018.

Simon’s Consortium MBA Class of 2018.

Diversity Conference, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, begins midday on Friday, Oct. 21. The afternoon features Consortium application preparation for those who are interested, and a Diversity Leadership Panel.

Dinner on Friday is where the Experience Simon Weekend registrants join up with Diversity Conference attendees, and attend the remainder of the weekend’s programming together. We are very excited about Friday’s dinner at The Strathallan, which features a keynote presentation by NFL Super Bowl Champion and Rochester native Roland Williams. He is also founder of the local non-profit organization Champion Academy, which uses sports to help youth within underprivileged areas across the city through empowerment and mentorship. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to network with faculty, alumni, and current students at dinner.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, our prospective students will fill their day at Simon with the following activities:

  • Alumni and student panels
  • Campus tours
  • Career roundtables with alumni
  • An overview from Simon’s Career Management Center
  • A sample MBA class
  • Admissions interview (you have this option as long as you have created an application to Simon or to the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management with Simon designated as a target school)
David Tilson, associate dean of the full-time MBA program, speaks with prospective students.

David Tilson, associate dean of the full-time MBA program, speaks with prospective students.

Lunch on Saturday will be another particularly exciting time, as we welcome back one of our Simon MBA alumni, William Reynolds, for a presentation. Will is a retired U.S. Army captain who received a Purple Heart for his service to our country. After earning his MBA in 2010, he is now working as a manager with Deloitte. We are eager to welcome him back to campus, and we know he is looking forward to meeting with you, potential additions to our Simon family.

After our formal event programming concludes, you’ll have the option of attending our Fall Ball, where you will be able to meet and mingle with current Simon students and get a taste of student life.

We are very much looking forward to these events, and we know October will be here before we know it! We anticipate registration being at capacity for these events, so I encourage you to register for Experience Simon Weekend or Diversity Conference today. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 30.

As always, if you have any questions about event programming or the application process, don’t hesitate to email the Admissions Office. We are always happy to help.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you in October!

If you’re interested in applying to Simon Business School, get started

The Simon MBA – One Month Down

The following blog post was written by Chris DiGiacomandrea, 2018 MBA candidate

After the first month of the incredibly intense programming at the top-ranked Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, I completely understand why the motto is Meliora.

Meliora is Latin for “ever better;”at Simon, the focus is always on becoming ever better. Here, we hit the ground running. Most business schools start in mid-August with some team-building orientation, a variety of cocktail hours, or maybe a wild trip to kick off the experience. Not here. At Simon, we started on August 1 with a full week of career preparation and activities designed to strengthen teamwork, such as a ropes course at Bristol Mountain, before beginning classes on August 5. Meliora indeed.

Chris DiGiacomandrea is a 2018 MBA candidate and was a senior district executive with the Boy Scouts of America before coming to Simon.

Chris DiGiacomandrea is a 2018 MBA candidate and was a senior district executive with the Boy Scouts of America before coming to Simon.

As August continues, each student completes over 40 hours of concentrated career preparation, including crafting résumés, strengthening communication skills, gaining in-depth knowledge of multiple industries, and absorbing knowledge from dozens of speakers and alumni who know what it takes to not only land a job, but how to excel in that role. One of those skills is superior data analytic capabilities.

Simon has been known for its data analytics focus for decades. As they say, it was “big on data before data got big.” It has always been a premier research institution and a world leader in economics, able to attract and produce world-renowned faculty. As the world continues to demand data analytic capabilities, Simon is poised to deliver the top talent demanded by all industries.

But don’t make the mistake of assuming that all Simon students are exclusively “quants.” In fact, some students come to Simon looking to bolster their quantitative knowledge as a complement to their other skills. Students from many different backgrounds succeed at Simon. The Simon MBA’s strength comes from the rare combination of number-crunching abilities mixed with the creative mindsets, leadership abilities, and strength of character developed throughout the MBA experience. All of this is made possible by the innovative Simon EDGE program.

The Simon EDGE program is the real trademark of the Simon MBA. EDGE is a great example of the intense data analytics and problem solving that Simon is known for. After reviewing data from hundreds of employers, the Simon faculty designed their program around building skills today’s companies demand: problem solving, communication, leadership, global awareness, integrity, and teamwork. Simon’s MBA Class of 2018, at 106 students, is small when compared to many top-ranked peer schools, but has students from 17 countries and 6 continents. Backgrounds range from banking, consulting and engineering to amazing pre-MBA careers in non-profits, medicine, and performing arts. At Simon, you will gain perspectives from just about any angle you can imagine. This mix of students develops the leaders that employers are seeking.

With increased globalization and fierce competition, companies of all types would benefit from adopting that motto of Meliora. Though changing an entire company’s value system can be a challenge, every great task can be accomplished by taking one small step to start. It’s like that classic riddle, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” How can a company benefit from the Simon MBA program? They can start by hiring one Simon MBA at a time.

Class is about to start, so I must go. It’s time for me to live Meliora.

Getting Started at Simon

The following blog post was written by Zachary Lynch, 2017 MS in Finance candidate

My preferred study space is in Rush Rhees library. I could really get used to learning in such a beautiful space.

My preferred study space is in Rush Rhees library. I could really get used to learning in such a beautiful space.

As I write this, it’s crazy to think that we’re already done with our first round of classes. Like many students, I was a bit nervous starting out and didn’t fully know what to expect. Thankfully, the master’s programs at Simon begin with a week-long orientation, which gives everyone time to adjust to business school life and meet classmates in the program. The pre-fall term consists of a few important courses and job search lessons that are condensed in order to prepare us for the recruiting season and the fall semester. Every master’s student is assigned to a study group, which I have found to be very helpful during my first few weeks of classes.

Park Ave Fest was awesome -- it was the 40th annual event and is just minutes from the University of Rochester.

Park Ave Fest was awesome — it was the 40th annual event and is just minutes from the University of Rochester.

I’ve also found the coursework requires more effort than I had to put into my undergraduate studies, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have time for anything else. I went with a group of fellow master’s students to Park Ave Fest, a huge weekend-long gathering that showcases all the food and art Rochester has to offer. Many of the students have also made it out to places like The Beer Market in College Town and many other restaurants throughout Rochester. Even though classes started just over a month ago, I’ve already had the chance to visit New York City with some classmates. Going to NYC is exciting because of the great opportunities to network with Simon alumni and everything else the city has to offer.

To sum up, the past few weeks have been everything I wanted in a graduate business program, and I’m ready for the fall term to get started!