Category: Web/Tech

Unlocking Opportunities at Google – Treadwell Singfield, 2018 MBA Candidate

“Are you sitting down, or standing up?”

When he received the call from Google offering him a summer internship, Treadwell Singfield, 2018 MBA candidate, recalls the moment was exciting, nerve-wracking, and intense. But there was one thing he knew for sure: he made the right choice to pursue a Simon MBA.

As someone who had his sights set on the tech industry, Treadwell knew he could easily advance within a company if he had the right combination of skills and understanding of cross-functional roles. At Simon, Treadwell discovered that the School’s emphasis on analytics allows him to take a deep dive beneath frameworks to identify problems and assess if the correct mix of factors are in play to resolve them. As he puts it, “I’ve only been at Simon for a few months, but it definitely changes the way you think.”

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Alumni Profile: Richard Bailey, MBA ’15

Richard is a 2015 graduate of the MBA program and is working as a senior finance analyst at Intel. Before coming to Simon, he majored in engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Simon Admissions: You came from an engineering background. What made Simon’s MBA program a good fit for you?

Richard Bailey: There were a few factors that influenced my decision. The first was that I wanted a school that offered a concentration in Information Systems, or something similar. Simon was one of the few Consortium schools that offered this concentration. The second factor was an environment I felt comfortable in. I wanted a small school that was family-oriented, and Simon was a good fit in that way. The third factor was curriculum. Simon’s analytical focus and FACt Approach was very appealing to me. I had no prior business experience before starting my MBA. In fact, the last business class I had taken was AP Macroeconomics in high school, which allowed me to place out of college economics classes. I had a meeting with a Simon admissions officer and then I came to Diversity Weekend in the fall and fell in love with the program. The rest is history.

SA: You studied abroad while at Simon. What was that experience like for you?

RB: International study had always intrigued me, and I didn’t get that chance as an undergrad. Simon offers a large array of international experiences, so studying abroad was a no-brainer—I knew I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity immediately. I went to the Universidad del CEMA in Argentina, and the experience was definitely one of the top three best things I did while at Simon. It made me more culturally aware of differences in the business world and changed my business school experience. Meeting other study abroad students allowed me to gain valuable global perspective.

Bailey's app, CrowdFit, allows users to crowd-source fitness information and is slated to launch in February.

Bailey’s app, CrowdFit, allows users to crowd-source fitness information and is slated to launch in February.

SA: Tell me more about your CrowdFit app. How did the idea come about?

RB: In May of my first year as an MBA student, the idea for CrowdFit stemmed from a class with Professor Avi Seidmann. I vetted the idea with several classmates who I trusted to give me unbiased opinions and with Prof. Seidmann and former professor Paulo Albuquerque. The professors helped me get the basics down. They helped me get a deeper understanding of the customer/user, helped me find the right price point and assemble the right team. My classmates helped refine the idea by comparing it to other existing apps to clarify its unique value add. I am now working with another Simon alum, Nate Kumapayi, MBA ’14, and we are looking at a February launch date. Stay tuned!

SA: How did your Simon education prepare you for your role at Intel?

RB: Simon prepared me in a huge way. Finance wasn’t really on my radar when I came to business school, but after I took some core classes, I became interested in the principles. One thing I was concerned about coming into business school was how I would catch up to my peers who likely had more business background than I did. Simon’s analytical approach really helped me shorten my learning curve. My work at Intel is largely project-based and my role has a lot of influence in the Global Marketing Communications Group. I am responsible for looking for marketing efficiencies (including ways to save money and time) and for understanding financial trends within the industry and within Intel. I help strategize, execute, and plan the entire operations budget for the Global Marketing Communications Group, and my readiness to handle this type of role at Intel is definitely a reflection of my education at Simon.

Bailey represented Simon on a trip to Mount Rushmore.

Bailey represents Simon on a trip to Mount Rushmore.

SA: Do you have any advice for prospective students?

RB: My advice is two-fold. First, figure out your goals for during and after business school. Having a set of goals that I could execute while I was in business school helped propel me when I graduated. While I was a Simon student, I wanted to attend a certain amount of job fairs, be a leader in clubs, build relationships with my peers, and step out of my comfort zone. If I hadn’t done those things, I wouldn’t be at Intel now. Second, you should come into business school with an open mind. It’s good to have an idea of what you’d most like to do, but you should also have plans B, C, and even D in place in case you need them. I knew I wanted to work in the tech industry, but I would have taken any role: Operations, accounting, marketing, and obviously, finance. If you keep an open mind, you’ll be ready to take advantage of great opportunities when they come along.

Learn more about Richard in a recent blog post on Caila K Speaks.

Simon Admissions announces Webinars to help prospective students navigate the application process

Back by popular demand, is the Simon MBA/MS Admissions webinar series designed to help you learn more about the Simon student experience and the full-time application process.  We have special sessions dedicated to MBA and MS prospective students where you can connect with current students to hear more about their experience at Simon.  They will talk about why they chose Simon and what their experience has been like so far in their respective programs. We also have sessions hosted by our Admissions officers where they will provide general tips on the application process, and also field your questions.  Finally, we have a special session on funding your graduate studies that will talk about financial aid – a topic that everyone will find helpful! For more details on our upcoming Webinar schedule:

If the upcoming dates don’t fit your availability, we will archive and post each of these sessions for review after the event.  We also have archived webinars from last year available through these links for you to listen to at your convenience.  We look forward to advising you during your application to Simon!

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration

 

Technology in the Simon Classrooms

By: Crissi

The Simon School provides an Economics-based and analytical approach to business education.  This format can be intimidating to someone without a quantitative background; however, one thing I have noticed is the positive impact of technology in the classroom for teaching quantitative and theoretical concepts.

I would like to first preface this with the fact that tenured and accomplished faculty teach at the Simon School.  Many have authored and contributed to the core textbooks used to teach M.B.A.s at top schools across the country, and these same people are the professors students interact with daily.  I say this because often times it is assumed that there is a generational gap in regards to the use of technology.  This is simply not true in the Simon classrooms. 

Faculty use tablet notebooks in lectures, writing directly into their presentations to elaborate on concepts and go through practice problems.  Gone are the days of chalk and dry-erase.  The best part of this setup is that through the Simon student website, after class you can download a full lecture with the professor’s notes.  This saves tons of time instead of trying to write down everything during the lecture.

One Simon Professor in Operations Management also happens to be a whiz at writing programs for Excel.  I have taken two business statistics courses with this professor; in both classes, the professor created programs to calculate many complicated statistical outcomes with the input of a few simple values.  Lecture is spent explaining what the outcomes mean and how to calculate them by hand, and when you get to the homework, you can speed right through it by merely imputing the correct numbers (which were identified in class) into the program.  This intellectual property is free to all students at Simon, and has helped me countless times for homework and exams.  I also recently learned the same professor created another Excel program for the calculation of queuing concepts in the Operations classes.  Again, this professor specializes in Operations, not Information Technology.

An Excel add-in program or the ability to reference the professor’s notes makes a big difference when tackling new quantitative material.  I know this has helped smooth the learning curve for all students, particularly those who are not innately gifted in understanding mathematical and theoretical constructs.