Four Reasons We’re Thankful at Simon

Here in the United States we are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday—a time when we pause and reflect on what enriches our lives. After a difficult year, we thought it also might be a good opportunity to think about what we are most thankful for about Simon, so here are a few reasons we feel grateful today and every day:

  • Our students. Simon students continuously impress and inspire us—they are exceptionally bright, hard-working, involved, and committed to making an impact on our community. This year our students have shown us their remarkable ability to innovate, adapt, and persevere despite unprecedented challenges, and we couldn’t be prouder of all they have accomplished.
  • Our faculty. At Simon, you will work one-on-one with thought leaders in finance, accounting, economics, management, and marketing. Our faculty are currently offering a mix of in-person and online classes to meet every student’s needs, further demonstrating their commitment to providing a rigorous, high-quality graduate business education.
  • Our location. Rochester, New York, is a great place to pursue a graduate business degree. You will be a one-hour flight away from New York City and other major metros and enjoy affordable cost of living—a two-bedroom apartment in a complex is roughly $750 per month. Plus, you’ll get to experience four seasons and all the beauty each has to offer.
  • Our impact. There are numerous ways for you to lead—not only in the Simon community but also in the greater Rochester community as well. Whether it’s participating in Simon Volunteers’ annual Secret Santa program, which helps 100 local families annually, or getting involved in PIECES, an educational equity program with Rochester City School District, the Simon family is committed to making a difference.

Our next application deadline is January 5, but if you’re ready to take the next step toward your future career, don’t wait—apply now! Here’s one more thing to be thankful for: if you apply by November 29 at 11:59 p.m. EST, your application fee (a $90 value) is waived! 

We wish you the best as the year comes to a close, and as always, we are here to support you every step of the way through the application process, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

P.S. If you’re interested in a Simon MS degree, there is a special opportunity available to begin your MS studies sooner, in January 2021. If you’re interested in this option, please reach out to us for next steps.

Attend Our Women’s Conference Week Virtual Sessions Nov. 11–13

WC Email HeaderSimon Business School is deeply committed to creating opportunities for female leaders to learn and excel within their chosen professions. This is particularly important because 42% of Simon’s MBA Classes of 2021 and 2022 are women. Please join us for Women’s Conference Week—a series of webinars and virtual events where current and former students will offer insights and share their experiences with prospective women MBAs.

Please register for as many sessions as your schedule allows—those who attend one or more sessions live will receive an application fee waiver and be eligible for Simon gear giveaways!

Women’s Conference Week:
Cultivating Wellness: How Taking Care of Yourself Leads to More Creativity, Authenticity, and Excellence
Wednesday, November 11
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET
(Video optional)
The MBA journey will empower and evolve who you are in so many ways. This session will explore the importance not just of taking care of yourself, but staying true to who you are at every step of your career. Kathryn Flaschner, an alumna from our MBA Class of 2017, will be joining us virtually from San Francisco to share reflections from her personal journey and what she has learned about the intersection of wellness and building a meaningful career. Kathryn is a brand strategist at Walmart, a yoga and meditation teacher, and an actor and storyteller in the Bay Area. During her time at Simon, Kathryn served as president of Simon Women in Business, was named one of Poets&Quants’ MBAs to Watch, and served as an assistant coach to the University of Rochester field hockey team. 

Negotiations Workshop – How to Get a “Yes”
Friday, November 13
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Negotiation is a key skill in your professional life and in your personal endeavors as well. Join Andrea Holland, executive communications coach, to learn how to get a “yes”—whether it’s salary negotiations, asking for that big promotion you’ve had your eye on, or even more effectively managing personal relationships and commitments in your day-to-day life.

Women’s Alumni Leadership Panel Webinar
Friday, November 13
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET
(Attendees will be in listener-only mode)
Join a panel of MBA alumni as they discuss their career paths since leaving Simon and offer advice for prospective students as they embark on their business school journey. Our panelists have current or prior work experience at Deloitte, GE, Pandora, Verizon, Wells Fargo, and more—don’t miss this opportunity to learn from their post-MBA experience!

Ask Anything Happy Hour with Current and Former Women MBAs Hosted by Forté and Simon Women in Business
Friday, November 13
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a virtual happy hour with current Simon women and alumnae to learn about the benefits of Simon MBA experience.

Register for Your Sessions

We hope you will join us at these upcoming events to learn more about the various ways we support and champion our future women business leaders. If you have any questions, please contact

Attend Our Diversity Conference Week Virtual Sessions October 27 & 30

With 32% of the MBA Class of 2022 identifying as African American, Black, Hispanic American, or Native American, Simon is leading the way in efforts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). If you’re considering a full-time MBA degree, please join us for Diversity Conference Week—a series of webinars and virtual events scheduled during Simon’s school-wide, weeklong celebration of our diverse community that will educate both our Simon family and prospective students and elevate discussion around DEI issues. We would love to “see” you at as many of the sessions as your schedule allows, so please register for those that work best for you!

Courageous Conversations: When We Rise: Elevating LGBT+ Narratives
Tuesday, October 27
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
(Video optional)
This session is hosted by Simon’s Graduate Business Council, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center of Excellence, and Simon Spectrum club and will focus on enabling participants to build their skills and understanding around issues of diversity and inclusion as they relate to the LGBT+ community—a skill desired by many companies. This event will include MBA Simon Spectrum members who will speak to aspects of the LGBT+ community/experience they wish had greater awareness. Following the panel, you will be grouped with other prospective students in breakout rooms where student moderators will facilitate dialogue in a safe space around the LGBT+ narratives discussed in the event.

Finding the Human Denominator – Moving from a Judging Mindset to an Open Mindset
Friday, October 30
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 
We all find ourselves in situations where a voice in our head tells us to make a snap judgment. While that instinct aims to protect us, it can also lead us to draw the wrong conclusion and close us off to diversity of thought and of the people around us. Join Andrea Holland, executive communications coach, for strategies to think about difference in a positive way and value diversity in your day-to-day interactions with coworkers, friends, and acquaintances.

Diversity Alumni Leadership Panel Webinar – Managing your Career for Advancement and Success: Insights from Consortium Rochester/Simon Alumni
Friday, October 30
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. 
(Attendees will be in listener-only mode)
Join a panel of MBA alumni as they discuss their career paths since leaving Simon and offer advice for prospective students as they embark on their business school journey. Our panelists have current or prior work experience at Intel Corporation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, MorganFranklin Consulting, SiriusXM + Pandora, VMware, and more—don’t miss this opportunity to learn from their post-MBA experience! Submit a question when you register for a chance to have our panelists answer it during the webinar.

MBA Student Leadership Webinar: Have an Impact and Make a Difference
Friday, October 30
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
(Attendees will be in listener-only mode)
Meet Simon’s director of student life, Nate Kadar, and several current MBA students who will share their involvement in the Simon community through clubs and other co-curricular activities. With 30+ club offerings, there is no shortage of opportunities to make an impact during your MBA experience. Our students will describe their experience and the legacy they hope to leave on the Simon community and the City of Rochester through their leadership roles.

Happy Hour with Consortium Current MBA Students and Alumni – Ask Anything!
Friday, October 30
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a virtual happy hour with current and former Consortium MBAs to learn about the benefits of Consortium membership, the Simon MBA experience, and our support for students of color pursuing a graduate business degree. Upload your résumé in the registration form to qualify for this special event—attendees will be eligible for Simon gear giveaways. We are prioritizing participation for candidates who are applying to the full-time MBA program through The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.

We hope you will join us at these upcoming events to experience our close-knit community and culture of inclusiveness firsthand. If you have any questions, please contact

Apply by November 1 to Begin Your Full-Time MS Studies in Spring 2021

A full-time MS degree from Simon Business School can accelerate your professional goals, and we wanted to make sure you were aware of a special opportunity to take the first step toward your future career sooner than next fall. If you apply by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 1, you can begin your MS studies during our Spring 2021 semester in January.

Consider the following:

  • It’s an exclusive opportunity. Simon is one of the few top-ranked graduate programs offering a cohort-based experience with a spring semester intake.
  • You’ll take advantage of all the typical benefits of our MS programs on an earlier time frame. All four of our MS programs—Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics—are STEM designated. In addition, you’ll have the choice to pursue the internship track and will complete required project-based courses for unique experiential learning opportunities.
  • The format is flexible. You may choose to study on campus in Rochester, engage in a hybrid model, or complete your program remotely, depending on personal preference and circumstances.

Learn more about the benefits of starting your degree in January at our webinar on Friday:

Don’t Wait to Start Your MS Degree: Begin in Spring 2021
Friday, October 23
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Don’t forget: if you attend the session live and have not yet submitted your application, an application fee waiver (a $90 value) will be applied to your account within two business days. Please keep an eye on your email for a confirmation.

If you have any questions about beginning on of Simon’s full-time MS programs in January, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you at the webinar and reviewing your application soon!