Category: Current Affairs

Benjamin Todd Jealous delivers 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address at the University

Benjamin Todd Jealous, the youngest president in the history of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, delivered the University of Rochester’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 24 in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus at the University of Rochester.

Simon Business School students at 2014 MLK Jr. Commemorative Address

Simon Business School students at 2014 MLK Jr. Commemorative Address

As a fifth generation member of the NAACP, Jealous began his career in civil rights at age 18. He has since become an outspoken leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and via mobile. He announced last fall that he planned to step down from the leadership position at the end of 2013.

Mr. Jealous is a Rhodes Scholar, and a graduate of Columbia and Oxford Universities.  Additional notable accomplishments include that he was named to both Forbes and Time Magazine’s 40 under 40 lists, labeled a Young Global Economic Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was #1 on‘s list of 2013’s Top Black Influencers.

A number of Simon Business students attended the event and were very impressed with the words of Mr. Jealous. He articulated himself in way that connected with the students, yet provided the insight of a modern-day civil rights activist.

Minority Male Leadership Association

John Davis, a second year MBA student at the Simon School has been instrumental in launching a new organization, the Minority Male Leadership Association (MMLA).  The mission statement of MMLA explores the characteristics of successful minority male leaders and builds a community of young driven minority men focused on success by providing mentorship and promoting excellence.

MMLA Objectives:

  • Symposium in April 2013 will partner with Teen Health and Success Program to build a mentorship program.  The day is designed to be a dynamic and productive forum – focused on better understanding the obstacles leading up to success in young minority men and providing positive male role models
  • Take action on this critical-issue of minority males achieving success by bring on more awareness to Schott report (black male graduation rates – 9 %, Latinos 11% -> Lowest district in country) More info 
    • Past event: “The Urgency of Now! Discussion of the Schott Report on Black Male Graduation Rates” Friday, 2/15, LeChase Hall, Room 141 sponsored by GSOC, SADE. Discussion Leaders: John Davis (Simon), Douglas Flowe (AS&E), Peter Kungu (Simon), David Paul (URMC)
    • 4th Annual  Diversity Conference, April 12th – “Our Differences, Our Strengths”- Workshop that draws attention to the issues as well as presents models for solutions to engage the community
  • Provide more long-term support to minority males in order to help improve recruitment, retention, graduation and overall success of minority males in Rochester, NY (Enrichment seminars, Community service projects, Annual symposium)

We’re really proud of our MBA students who follow their passions and take initiative to support the community of Rochester.  If you are interested in learning more or donating resources, connect with John and the leadership team of MMLA:

New Faculty Members Join the Simon Community

I’m pleased to share with you that we have hired three distinguished scholars to join our world-class faculty as assistant professors of business administration.

Erin Smith is expected to earn her doctorate in Finance from the Stern School of Business in 2013. In her dissertation titled “Do Shareholders Want Less Governance,” Erin uses a novel instrumental variable of over-voting in passing anti-takeover provisions to estimate that anti-takeover provisions increase firm value rather than reduce as was previously theorized. She has been awarded the “Best Finance PhD Dissertation in Honor of Stuart Greenbaum” by Washington University in St. Louis. She will be visiting the Securities and Exchange Commission for most of the next academic year and will join us full time in Fall 2014. Erin earned a BA in Engineering and Economics from Dartmouth College.

Garrett Johnson combines marketing and cutting edge econometric techniques in his dissertation“The Impact of Privacy Policy on the Auction Market for Online Display Advertising.” He will finish his doctoral studies in Economics at Northwestern University this summer and will join the faculty in our Marketing department. In his innovative study, Garrett imputes the cost of privacy to advertisers by analyzing the bids for display ads. Hefinds that the website publisher’s revenue decreases by six percent under an opt-out policy, by 56 percent under an opt-in policy, and by 62 percent under a tracking ban. Garrett will be teaching courses in advertising and Internet marketing next academic year. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Jaewoo Kim will be receiving his doctoral degree from the University of Iowa this summer. In his dissertation “Asymmetric Timely Loss Recognition, Private Debt Markets, and Underinvestment,” Jaewoo studies the collapse of the junk bond market and finds the firms that were timelier in loss recognition had better access to debt markets. Jaewoo is also working on papers on merger-related accounting manipulation and the importance of CEO career concerns and external governance. He earned an MBA from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and a BA in Economics from Korea University.

Simon expands opportunities for Field Project experiences for MBA students

Simon has recently developed new partnerships with public and private companies to create a distinctive opportunity for our MBA students through Simon Field Projects. These assignments are 3-5 month consulting projects that allow our students the opportunity to apply classroom skills in a real-world setting while strengthening their professional resume. Teams will conduct research, develop recommendations, and propose an implementation plan. There may also be opportunities for the teams to work with the company on implementation of their suggestions.

The Field Project teams will include first-year MBA students acting as consultants who will provide recommendations to clients on a defined business situation. Each team will also have an experienced second-year MBA acting as the Project Manager and an assigned faculty advisor.  This year, Simon Field Projects span a variety of fields and industries, including finance, consulting and entrepreneurship.

Interested in learning more about the Simon student experience?  Post a question or connect with me over e-mail: and we can get you connected to a current student.

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration