Category: Featured

NEW: Simon Student Series

The Simon Admissions Office is excited to present the Simon Student Series. This new blog series, written entirely by Simon students, will unveil personal perspectives not found on our website or brochures. Students will offer insights into why they chose Simon, what they have enjoyed about their Simon experience and advice for prospective students. Without further ado, below is the first installment of the Simon Student Series, written by Mikayla Hart, MBA ‘16. Enjoy!

Mikayla Hart, MBA '16

Mikayla Hart, MBA ’16

I started my two-year MBA program a little over a month ago, and I could not be happier with my choice of attending Simon Business School. The communication and support I received throughout the admissions process far surpassed that of any other school in which I was applying. I really enjoyed all of the events Simon hosted during the admissions process, such as Experience Simon Weekend, which brought applicants to campus and provided an opportunity to experience the school’s culture. Witnessing the close-knit environment of the Simon community confirmed my belief that it was the right school for me.

Since accepting Simon’s offer, I have also been pleasantly surprised with the school’s contact and preparation for a couple events I participated in this summer. The Consortium Orientation Program and Forté Women’s Leadership Conference were both multi-day conferences and career fairs I attended before the start of classes. The assistance, resources, and network I received from Simon were remarkable. Thanks to this support, I arrived at these conferences with confidence and was able to start networking and interviewing for summer 2015 internships.

I am very grateful for Simon’s dedicated staff and mentors, and their help in this process. I begin my MBA program feeling confident and ready to take on the next steps!

Gregg Lederman ’00S (MBA) Featured Guest at Alumni Event in NYC on October 3rd

The Simon School of Business is excited to host an alumni event in NYC featuring Gregg Lederman ’00S (MBA) as he highlights the Eight Principles in his new book Engaged! Outbehave Your Competition to Create Customers for Life.

Recently named one of the “30 Best Business Books in America” by Soundview Executive Book Summaries, attendees will learn how to define behaviors that power a branded experience.

Attendees will also learn how to use hundreds of powerful reminders to reinforce expectations and create a culture of accountability for consistently delivering the brand, and show real ROI by quantifying the branded experience and linking it to critical financial results.

Gregg received his MBA from the Simon School of Business, where he has been a professor teaching the Achieving Brand Integrity methodology since 2003. His work, along with the work of his team at Brand Integrity Inc. where he is currently the Managing Partner, has helped many of today’s “best places to work” companies such as Wegmans Food Markets, Erickson Retirement Communities, and the American Red Cross close the gap between their business strategies and employee behaviors needed to bring his strategies to life.  He is also a member of the National Speakers Association. Gregg resides in Rochester, NY, with his wife and three daughters.

Student Spotlight: Drew McPartlin, 2015 MBA Candidate

McPartlin_DrewHometown: Hackettstown, NJ
Undergraduate Institution: Boston University
Expected Concentration: Brand Management
Fun Fact(s): M&Ms are manufactured in my hometown, and I am a huge Yankees and Giants fan.

Three weeks into my Simon experience, and I can feel my perspective shifting.  I listened closely as alumni, second year students, and faculty members all told me how much of a life changing experience this would be, and I thought I understood, but now it is really starting to sink in.  The opportunity here does not just lie in expanding my career horizons, but developing as a person.  The curriculum is rigorous, as is the preliminary internship search.  However, these challenges are simply opportunities.  How hard can I push myself?  What are the bounds to my success?  Simon is providing me with a way to answer these questions.

Perhaps the part of Simon that has gotten me most excited is all of the cultural exchange around me.  I find it fascinating to better understand how people live in different parts of the world.  I now have new friends from China, Taiwan, India, and many other countries thanks to Simon.  Furthermore, I am beginning to understand just how much value different cultural points of view can contribute in a business setting.

At Simon, I have come upon an unprecedented chance for personal growth.  Through facing each challenge in the classroom, in the community, and in other business settings, I will learn more and more about who I am.  Achieving a better understanding of myself will aid me greatly in my career, and if this has only been three weeks, I can only imagine what the next two years hold!

Take on the World at Simon

By: Jerrica

As someone who will be posting regular blog posts for Simon, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Jerrica, and I just started the MBA program in early August.  In contrast with most of my fellow students, I don’t have an exact plan in mind for after graduation; I have an idea, but I’m still fleshing out the details on what path to take to realize my goals, especially because I have always had varying interests.

To give you an idea of what I mean: I was, and still am, interested in studio art; I began my undergraduate career at Lake Forest College intending to go into Chemistry, but after working in a research lab one summer, decided I needed more personal interaction than a gas spectrometer could provide; worked as a DJ for the campus radio station and eventually became the General Manager; graduated with a degree in Communication and English; worked at a bank; was the Office Manager for a small law office (meaning I had a chance to do pretty much ev-er-y-thing for the office), and then finally applied to business schools and enrolled at Simon. Phew.  Though some classmates have seemed destined for management since childhood, I’ve never felt like that (as if the wandering path couldn’t tell you already).

But, as I’m sure you’ve felt, I had a moment when I felt I could take on the world, and I knew that business school was the tool I needed. For me, it happened during a breakfast conversation with my parents one Saturday, while my mom was venting her frustrations about her boss. Hearing her laments, I started coming up with solutions and giving advice (some that I clearly was not qualified to make) and thought, why not? After that, I began my search for programs, eventually found Simon, and instantly fell in love with the campus and the people.

If you’re interested in Simon (and if you’re taking the time to read this, you probably are—just a little bit), then I want to talk to you.  What are your plans, or better yet, what has been your path?  What was your “take on the world” moment? Though I can’t speak for other business schools, I know that Simon is all about networking and connecting, so you might as well start practicing.  Post a comment below, or send me an email: Jerrica.Krzywicki@Simon.Rochester.edu.