Category: Staff Spotlight

Three Simon Students Named “MBAs to Watch” by Poet & Quants

Congratulations to Mike Alcazaren, Yonnas Terefe, and Victoria (Tori) Vossler, who were named to Poets & Quants’ list of 100 MBAs to Watch in the Class of 2019! After graduation, Mike is headed to Amazon as a senior product manager, Yonnas will join Morgan Stanley as an investment banking associate, and Tori is headed to PwC Advisory as a senior associate in management consulting for consumer markets.

Here are excerpts from their longer bios:

Mike Alcazaren '19 (MBA) will join Amazon as a senior product manager after graduation.

Mike Alcazaren ’19 (MBA) will join Amazon as a senior product manager after graduation.

Why did you choose this business school?
Simon’s culture felt like the best fit among all the business schools where I applied. Being an engineer, I wanted an MBA program that approached business challenges with an analytical approach. This was evident in the curriculum and experiential learning offerings at Simon. I knew Simon was the right fit for me after I attended an in-person recruiting event called “Experience Simon Weekend,” where you really get a feel for the school’s commitment to diversity, community, and academics.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
It’s cliché, but be yourself. The community is vital to Simon and a part of what makes our student experience wonderful. Tactically, I would highly recommend chatting with current students, alumni, and staff to get a feel for what makes Simon special. Lastly, don’t miss the Experience Simon Weekend events! They’re the best way to meet your future classmates and see Simon in person.

 

Yonnas Terefe '19 (MBA) is headed to Morgan Stanley as an investment banking associate after graduation.

Yonnas Terefe ’19 (MBA) is headed to Morgan Stanley as an investment banking associate after graduation.

Why did you choose this business school?
Simon has felt like a community to me since the very beginning. I interacted with Julie Sadwick and Andrew Brayda from the admissions team in 2014. Although I decided to push off business school for two more years, they embraced me with arms wide open when I returned. The fact that they remembered who I was and built that bond with me made it clear that this was truly a community and not just a slogan that admissions teams use to recruit students.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
Prior to applying, do some self-reflection and truly understand if this is the best school for you in terms of fit. The only way to determine the answer to that question is to visit the school and really get to know the current students and staff. Connecting with students and staff will also give you an edge in terms of your application because people will know you and can put a face and personality to your application.

 

After graduation, Tori Vossler '19 (MBA) is headed to PwC Advisory as a senior associate, management consulting.

After graduation, Tori Vossler ’19 (MBA) is headed to PwC Advisory as a senior associate in management consulting.

Why did you choose this business school?
My decision to join the Simon community came naturally. Simon’s culture of encouraging classmates, supportive faculty and staff, and inclusive learning environment—all in a beautiful space—provided the best opportunity to challenge my mind. Simon’s community-centricity drew me in, as I sought to grow myself both professionally and personally. The team-based coursework and 100 students per MBA class were major assets. I felt confident that this intimate setting would create strong lifelong connections, which has more than exceeded my expectations.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
Simon welcomes students from diverse cultures and backgrounds. My top three pieces of advice for admittance are:

  • Focus on your intentions. What makes you tick and drives your passion? Have the answer ready to go because at Simon, and beyond business school, passion will lead you.
  • Showcase your interest in being a leader. Simon’s small and mighty class presents a great opportunity to step up and lead organizations.
  • Express curiosity for a deeper understanding. Simon’s focus on analytics and the power behind comprehending data is a wonderful foundation for growth. You do not need to be an expert to be accepted. That is what our fantastic professors here teach us.

Staff Spotlight: Laura Gavigan

Learn more about Laura Gavigan from the Student Services Office and when is her favorite day of the year:

Q. What is your title and what do you do?
A.  Executive Director, Student Services. Our team provides academic advising and counseling, club support, speakers, international exchange programs, and supporting our students in any and every way possible.

Q. How long have you worked at Simon?
A.  It will be 9 years in March, 2014

Q. Where did you work prior to Simon?
A.  I worked for the University of Rochester undergraduate admissions office and prior to that, I lived and worked overseas for the University of Maryland’s European and Asian Divisions.

Q. What do you like most about your job?
A.  Getting to know students and helping them achieve their academic goals. Commencement is my favorite day of the year!

Q. Fun fact about you?
A.  I’m personal friends with a Grand Champion (“Yokozuna”) Sumo Wrestler.

Q. If you could recommend a “uniquely Rochester experience” to prospective students what would it be?
A.  The George Eastman International Museum of Photography and Film

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The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, located on East Avenue.

 

Staff Spotlight: Karen Kingsbury

Karen KingsburyTake a moment to learn more about Karen Kingsbury and her role in the Career Management Center:

Q.  What is your title and what do you do?
A.  Sr. Assistant Director for Research and Operations. I oversee/supervise the operations of the Career Management Center which includes the three staff members in that group. The Operations staff oversee our technology platforms, ensure the smooth running of our office, manage the data collection and are responsible for running the on campus and off campus recruiting events.  In my capacity, I also am responsible for business development research on companies that hire MBA and MS students.

Q.  How long have you worked at Simon?
A.  This fall (2013) I am starting my 15th  year.

Q.  What do you like most about your job?
A.  The opportunity to meet people from all over the world and be part of their program here at Simon which includes their job search process. Then watch them move on to amazing careers around the world and through the many technology platforms now available, be able to keep in touch with them.

Q.  Fun fact about you?
A. I LOVE to cook and am very passionate about great eating habits and sharing my knowledge with people.

Q. If you could recommend a “uniquely Rochester experience” to prospective students what would it be?
A. We have so many great festivals here in the great Rochester region starting in the spring right through the fall. Everyone should experience these great festivals that highlight our amazing region, products, artists and institutions.

Staff Spotlight: Julie Sadwick

Get to know Julie Sadwick from the Admissions Office and Why She Loves her Job:

Q. What is your title and what do you do?
A. I am the Associate Director of Admissions.  My responsibilities center around recruitment of prospective MBA and MS students, most specifically Consortium for Graduate Study in Management MBA students as well as Masters students (All full-time Masters programs except MS Finance).  My role involves recruitment travel, candidate application review and interviewing as well as selection of candidates while sitting on the Admissions Committee.  I also have the pleasure of overseeing the Simon Ambassadors program, working closely with current student volunteers on admissions-related initiatives.

Q. How long have you worked at Simon?
A. 8 years

Q. Where did you work prior to Simon?
A. I worked in hospitality (hotel) management for 8 years before becoming a full-time mom and part-time medical secretary (for 6 years).

Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Everything!  Where else can you travel the world to meet highly intelligent, business-minded prospective students and get to know them even better when they become matriculated Simon students?  These are individuals who are eager to consume a ridiculous amount of intellectual capital from world-renowned faculty while at the same time embracing the cultural diversity of their peers and working hard to become superior “networkers”, appropriately across many cultures.  Ultimately, they become successful Simon alums, helping to shape the future of our global business environment.  I am able to reconnect with many alums through their assistance at on and off-campus recruiting events.  I truly can say that I have friends all across the world!

Q. Fun fact about you?
A. Come have a conversation with me and I’ll tell you…

Q. If you could recommend a “uniquely Rochester experience” to prospective students what would it be?
A. The Rochester Public Market is one of the best ways to experience the feel of our amazing community and explore the items of many independent local vendors (including several famous food trucks). Market