Simon Students Attend Annual Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Orientation Program

The following post was written by Rebekah Lewin ’02 MBA, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid.

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Atlanta, GA with Dean Ainslie and staff from the admissions, career management, and advancement offices. Our visit to Atlanta coincided with the 51st annual Orientation Program hosted by The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. As a board of trustee for The Consortium, I was excited to see the organization in action as they work to support the advancement of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in business management roles.

CGSM_OP2017When we arrived Friday afternoon, I spent time with Julie Sadwick and Kelly Umansky greeting our 15 incoming MBA students and providing them with some Simon swag to wear during the conference. Later that evening, we hosted a private dinner for our students, alumni, staff, and guests at White Oak. Following engaging dinner conversation, we were honored to have Kathy Waller, Simon MBA and Consortium alumna and CFO of Coca-Cola, provide welcoming remarks and advice to our students. We then heard from Jim Doyle Jr., a successful entrepreneur and generous Simon donor and scholarship supporter who provided additional words of advice and encouragement to our students. Alumni and current students who attended the dinner provided lots of networking opportunities with work experience at companies such as 3M, Accenture, Bank of America, Booz Allen, Kimberly Clark, Merrill Lynch, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, and more.

CGSM_Classof2019Saturday morning marked the official kick-off to the conference, and after an engaging session with over 475 students from all 18 member B-schools, we moved into our School-hosted meetings. After our incoming MBA students were taught the School cheer “UR Simon,” we moved into an interactive session of practicing interview questions and introductions, designed to help students as they navigate the career fair and networking opportunities with more than 50 corporate partners. Later that morning, we had our School photo taken – one with just the students and another with all of the staff, alumni, and Simon contacts who were on site.

I left Saturday afternoon to return to Rochester, but the conference continued through Tuesday for our incoming students. Even though I was only there a short time, it was an amazing experience. I left with a sense of pride in our students, alumni, and staff – we have an amazing and talented group of individuals who are deeply committed to supporting each other, and I am honored to be a part of the Simon family.

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