Jazmine Carter, Tady Chen named 2020 MBAs to Watch by Poets & Quants

Congratulations to Jazmine Carter and Te-chien (Tady) Chen, who were named to Poets & Quants’ list of 2020 MBAs to Watch! After graduation, Jazmine is headed to Johnson & Johnson in the Human Resource Leadership Development Program, and Tady will join WineDirect as an FP&A analyst.

Here are excerpts from their longer bios:

Photo of Jazmine Carter

Jazmine Carter ’20 (MBA), will be working in Johnson & Johnson’s Human Resource Leadership Development Program after graduation.

What was your favorite MBA event or tradition at your business school?
My favorite MBA tradition at Simon is our weekly Keeping Simon Social event held at local Rochester establishments as a school-wide networking night. All students are invited to come together for fellowship and celebration and to foster the strong bonds of friendship that make our community unique. It is a great way to connect with the incoming class and stay connected with your classmates. This student-led initiative (shout out to Josh West) truly reflects how close we are as a school community and how much we prioritize maintaining our strong culture.

Why did you choose this business school?
Undoubtedly, I choose Simon Business School because of the strong, diverse culture and community. I can genuinely say from the moment I stepped foot on campus that I felt at home. My interactions with alumni, admissions, and current students were authentic, welcoming, and inspiring. I felt surrounded by life-long learners also striving to better themselves and those around them. The opportunity to make an impact while also being impacted left a strong impression.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
Be your authentic self and allow your personality to shine in every interaction and touch point with Simon. At Simon, we genuinely want to know who you are and what makes you tick just as much as we want you to get to know us. Invite us into your journey and we welcome the opportunity to impact your story.

 

Tady Chen '20 (MBA) will join WineDirect as an FP&A analyst after graduation.

Tady Chen ’20 (MBA) will join WineDirect as an FP&A analyst after graduation.

What was your favorite MBA event or tradition at your business school?
JIHAN JAM, it’s a Simon Community celebration of the life of Jihan Cooke ’18S (MBA). She passed away because of cancer in 2018 and Simon MBA decided to pass her love to the future generation. Last year, we collectively raised more than $2,300 at the event for the Wilmot Cancer Institute. It really shows how our students and the school values the community and care about each other.

Another signature event I really enjoy is the Diversity & Inclusion Talent Show. There are so many talents in our school and this is the event that makes people shine. The event and other D&I events such as Global Showcase connect students from different backgrounds together even more than before, and you would know some of the hidden gems of our classmates!

Why did you choose this business school?
From the start, I felt there’s something special about this school. I enjoyed the conversation with the admission directors Julie Sadwick and Andrew Brayda. These discussions showed how they valued my own thinking processes and reflected genuine interests in me as an applicant. They also shared valuable information about Rochester and answered any questions I had. I then started to reach out to alumni of the school to learn more about it. After I did all the research, I felt this is the environment that could help me learn and grow.

After arriving at Simon, I was surprised by how strong the school community is. I have great and supportive advisors for career, student life, and clubs. The amazing professors, the student council, the club leaders, the coach, the Student Career Advisors, and the tutors (Yes! we have free tutors here for everyone at Simon!) are all important parts of this community and make us thrive.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
Be authentic and learn how to tell your story well. It will help even when you need to interview for different roles in the future. In addition, try to reach out to people in this program so that you can know what differentiates Simon from other business schools, and incorporate your findings in your story of why you chose Simon.

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