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Women’s Weekend- Don’t Miss this Opportunity!

By: Stephani Springer

As I think back on my admissions journey to the Simon School, there is one event that always seems to stick out in my mind; Women’s Weekend.  This weekend provides a great opportunity for prospective female students to come to the University of Rochester campus to learn about Simon and mingle with current students, alumni, faculty, and admissions staff. I am looking forward to joining the event this year to share my experience, as a current student for the first time!

When I attended Women’s Weekend as a prospect in 2011, I had the opportunity to network with alumni from my intended program who wound up becoming great contacts as I continue my time here at Simon. Female alumni fly in from all over the country to share their stories with future Simonites.  Hearing their stories can shed some light on what you can do with a degree from Simon and I can say from experience, you will not be disappointed. It also turned out that the alumni and admissions staff present at the networking dinner conducted admissions interviews the following day as well. Having the opportunity to chat in a casual setting ahead of time made the actual interviews the next day much more relaxed. This was one of the greatest advantages of attending the event.

Women’s Weekend also gives prospective students the opportunity to hear from current students what the Simon experience is really all about.  What better way to get the inside scoop than to talk to those currently going through it? Current students volunteer to help with these events, so take advantage of our presence and ask tons of questions; we are willing to help. Please click the link below for details and registration for this year’s event. I hope that all prospective female students will come join us for Women’s Weekend 2012 to hear the inspiring stories of these female powerhouses, learn about the program from current students, and maybe even have your admissions interview.

Women’s Weekend 2012 Event Details and Registration



Attending an On-campus Admissions Event is Highly Recommended!

By Stephani Springer

The admissions process to a graduate program can be an overwhelming and stressful experience.  Throughout my admissions experience I was also completing my final year of undergrad; talk about added stress. However, I was able to find some relief in what came to be my favorite part of the admissions process, the on-campus events.  These events provide a no-pressure look into the Simon experience (well, except Scholarship Weekend, that’s stressful).  There are countless opportunities to ask questions of staff, students and professors. My personal favorite on-campus event was Women’s Weekend.

I was initially drawn to Simon because of their initiative to bring in more females, specifically young women such as myself. Women’s Weekend provided me the opportunity to talk to female alumni of my chosen program and see where they ended up.  The results were not disappointing; past women of Simon have gone on to be business owners, directors and high powered executives of fortune 500 companies.  Not to mention they were all so friendly, down to earth and genuinely interested in the prospective students.  Who wouldn’t be drawn to a school that helped produce such fabulous and powerful women? I think all female, future business extraordinaires, have that secret desire to rule an empire. After my Women’s Weekend experience, I am confident that Simon is capable of getting me there.

Now of course the gentlemen out there are wondering how they can have a similar experience.  Simon offers numerous other on-campus events for all students such as Saturday at Simon, which this past year actually overlapped with Women’s Weekend.  Saturday at Simon hosted a particular panel that I can truly say solidified my intention to choose Simon when offered admission.  There was a panel of students, current and recently graduated, that held a Q&A session.  By this point we already had plenty of opportunities to ask our admission types of questions to staff, and were now seeking the student perspective.  They shared their experiences of life at Simon, gave opinions on course load and provided tips on making the most of your one or two years at Simon. The students also let us know that although the programs are tough and everyone seems to only talk about the academic aspects, Simon is a fun place too.  There is the Toastmasters Wine Club, happy hours and a party or two. It wasn’t just me, there was almost a sigh of relief across the room after that information was shared. At that point we all knew Simon’s stellar academic credentials so it was great to hear there is time to unwind as well.

I highly recommend attending an on-campus event at Simon during your admissions process. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions, tour campus and network with current students, alumni and future peers. Check out www.simon.rochester.edu for a list of upcoming events (note-the Saturday at Simon is now listed in the Simon Open House section) or contact someone in the admissions office directly, they are more than willing to help. Best of luck to everyone gearing up to navigate the business school admissions process!


2011 Women’s Weekend

By: Robyn Winstanley

Earlier in the month, our office hosted the annual Women’s Conference event. We had an incredible group of women visit our campus for the weekend – we had guests from many areas, including Florida, Texas, Oregon, and Wisconsin! Simon is a member of the Forté Foundation, a partnership between MBA programs and corporate sponsors to increase women leaders within graduate business programs and corporations. As a sponsor school, Simon awards Forté scholarships and offers networking opportunities through the annual Forté MBA Women’s Conference, as well as numerous seminars and events. In an effort to support the mission of the Forté Foundation, we invited prospective candidates to visit our campus and interact with alumnae, faculty members, current students, and admissions staff members.

Our guests were treated to two guest speakers: Rachel Fruendschuh, MBA Class of 2008, Senior Financial Analyst for Chevron in San Francisco, and Nicole O’Rourke, MBA Class of 2011, Business Operations Manager at Success Charter Network in New York City. These women, and the many other alumnae and current students who joined us for the weekend shared their stories of success and how the Simon School has provided the tools needed to be a leader. As an admissions representative, I am grateful to have met so many enthusiastic and energy filled individuals. It was the perfect weekend filled with wonderful conversation, laughter, and lots of delicious food!



Simon and Forté Foundation present…

by Alyssa Epstein

The 3rd Annual Forté Foundation Career Lab hosted by the Simon Graduate School of Business and co-sponsored by Gamma Phi Beta is this Friday, April 22nd 4:30-8:30pm in Schlegel Hall. We invite all undergraduate women with an interest in pursuing an MBA or a career in business. The event is free to attend, and there will be complimentary pizza, salad, beverages and dessert.

The Forté Career Lab Events provide college-aged women with information about business options available to them once they graduate, including seeking a career in business and a graduate business education. Diverse and successful women leaders discuss their paths, and provide insight on how the MBA has played a key role in their lives. Women seeking undergraduate degrees in all areas of study are invited to participate. We hope to see you there!

Sign up here: http://www.fortefoundation.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=9222