Category: Events

Attend Our Women’s Conference Week Virtual Sessions Nov. 11–13

WC Email HeaderSimon Business School is deeply committed to creating opportunities for female leaders to learn and excel within their chosen professions. This is particularly important because 42% of Simon’s MBA Classes of 2021 and 2022 are women. Please join us for Women’s Conference Week—a series of webinars and virtual events where current and former students will offer insights and share their experiences with prospective women MBAs.

Please register for as many sessions as your schedule allows—those who attend one or more sessions live will receive an application fee waiver and be eligible for Simon gear giveaways!

Women’s Conference Week:
Cultivating Wellness: How Taking Care of Yourself Leads to More Creativity, Authenticity, and Excellence
Wednesday, November 11
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET
(Video optional)
The MBA journey will empower and evolve who you are in so many ways. This session will explore the importance not just of taking care of yourself, but staying true to who you are at every step of your career. Kathryn Flaschner, an alumna from our MBA Class of 2017, will be joining us virtually from San Francisco to share reflections from her personal journey and what she has learned about the intersection of wellness and building a meaningful career. Kathryn is a brand strategist at Walmart, a yoga and meditation teacher, and an actor and storyteller in the Bay Area. During her time at Simon, Kathryn served as president of Simon Women in Business, was named one of Poets&Quants’ MBAs to Watch, and served as an assistant coach to the University of Rochester field hockey team. 

Negotiations Workshop – How to Get a “Yes”
Friday, November 13
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Negotiation is a key skill in your professional life and in your personal endeavors as well. Join Andrea Holland, executive communications coach, to learn how to get a “yes”—whether it’s salary negotiations, asking for that big promotion you’ve had your eye on, or even more effectively managing personal relationships and commitments in your day-to-day life.

Women’s Alumni Leadership Panel Webinar
Friday, November 13
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET
(Attendees will be in listener-only mode)
Join a panel of MBA alumni as they discuss their career paths since leaving Simon and offer advice for prospective students as they embark on their business school journey. Our panelists have current or prior work experience at Deloitte, GE, Pandora, Verizon, Wells Fargo, and more—don’t miss this opportunity to learn from their post-MBA experience!

Ask Anything Happy Hour with Current and Former Women MBAs Hosted by Forté and Simon Women in Business
Friday, November 13
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a virtual happy hour with current Simon women and alumnae to learn about the benefits of Simon MBA experience.

Register for Your Sessions

We hope you will join us at these upcoming events to learn more about the various ways we support and champion our future women business leaders. If you have any questions, please contact

Attend Our Diversity Conference Week Virtual Sessions October 27 & 30

With 32% of the MBA Class of 2022 identifying as African American, Black, Hispanic American, or Native American, Simon is leading the way in efforts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). If you’re considering a full-time MBA degree, please join us for Diversity Conference Week—a series of webinars and virtual events scheduled during Simon’s school-wide, weeklong celebration of our diverse community that will educate both our Simon family and prospective students and elevate discussion around DEI issues. We would love to “see” you at as many of the sessions as your schedule allows, so please register for those that work best for you!

Courageous Conversations: When We Rise: Elevating LGBT+ Narratives
Tuesday, October 27
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
(Video optional)
This session is hosted by Simon’s Graduate Business Council, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center of Excellence, and Simon Spectrum club and will focus on enabling participants to build their skills and understanding around issues of diversity and inclusion as they relate to the LGBT+ community—a skill desired by many companies. This event will include MBA Simon Spectrum members who will speak to aspects of the LGBT+ community/experience they wish had greater awareness. Following the panel, you will be grouped with other prospective students in breakout rooms where student moderators will facilitate dialogue in a safe space around the LGBT+ narratives discussed in the event.

Finding the Human Denominator – Moving from a Judging Mindset to an Open Mindset
Friday, October 30
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 
We all find ourselves in situations where a voice in our head tells us to make a snap judgment. While that instinct aims to protect us, it can also lead us to draw the wrong conclusion and close us off to diversity of thought and of the people around us. Join Andrea Holland, executive communications coach, for strategies to think about difference in a positive way and value diversity in your day-to-day interactions with coworkers, friends, and acquaintances.

Diversity Alumni Leadership Panel Webinar – Managing your Career for Advancement and Success: Insights from Consortium Rochester/Simon Alumni
Friday, October 30
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. 
(Attendees will be in listener-only mode)
Join a panel of MBA alumni as they discuss their career paths since leaving Simon and offer advice for prospective students as they embark on their business school journey. Our panelists have current or prior work experience at Intel Corporation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, MorganFranklin Consulting, SiriusXM + Pandora, VMware, and more—don’t miss this opportunity to learn from their post-MBA experience! Submit a question when you register for a chance to have our panelists answer it during the webinar.

MBA Student Leadership Webinar: Have an Impact and Make a Difference
Friday, October 30
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
(Attendees will be in listener-only mode)
Meet Simon’s director of student life, Nate Kadar, and several current MBA students who will share their involvement in the Simon community through clubs and other co-curricular activities. With 30+ club offerings, there is no shortage of opportunities to make an impact during your MBA experience. Our students will describe their experience and the legacy they hope to leave on the Simon community and the City of Rochester through their leadership roles.

Happy Hour with Consortium Current MBA Students and Alumni – Ask Anything!
Friday, October 30
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a virtual happy hour with current and former Consortium MBAs to learn about the benefits of Consortium membership, the Simon MBA experience, and our support for students of color pursuing a graduate business degree. Upload your résumé in the registration form to qualify for this special event—attendees will be eligible for Simon gear giveaways. We are prioritizing participation for candidates who are applying to the full-time MBA program through The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.

We hope you will join us at these upcoming events to experience our close-knit community and culture of inclusiveness firsthand. If you have any questions, please contact

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Alumni Chat with James Cuthbert ’09S (MBA), Sr. VP of Brand and Marketing Strategy at BET

Black and white portrait of James Cuthbert.Join us at noon on Friday, October 2, for a virtual chat with James Cuthbert, a 2009 MBA graduate of Simon Business School. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in marketing or strategy or you’re curious about how you can support diversity, equity, and inclusion, this alumni chat will inspire and prepare you for your future career.

James Cuthbert is an award-winning marketing professional and youth advocate with over 15 years of experience, including four global CPG companies (Red Bull North America, The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg’s, and General Mills), two non-profit organizations (KIPP Philadelphia Charter Schools and The Center for Youth Services), and currently the Senior Vice President of Brand and Marketing Strategy at BET.

He graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Management from Pennsylvania State University and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. In 2017 and 2018, he was named a “40 Under 40 Brand Marketer” by Brand Innovators (the largest network of brand marketers in the United States).

We hope you’ll be able to join us! If you have questions, please reach out to us at

UR Simon Weekend Reflections

The following blog post was written by Akshatha Kumar, MBA Class of 2021

UR Simon Weekend was an incredible experience that gave me a preview into what my life at Simon would be like. The chance to have an up-close interaction with my future classmates, senior students, and the faculty was one that I definitely did not want to miss. In all honesty, I did have admission offers from other schools, but the warmth of the Simon community and the feeling of being a part of a collaborative and cohesive environment was what cinched the deal for me!

Akshatha with friends and family at UR Simon Admit Weekend 2019.

Me, Khushi Vijaykumar, my mom, and Vanessa Li at UR Simon Weekend 2019.

I traveled to the United States from India with my mother for the weekend. I was under the impression that my mother would probably be in the hotel room all day while I was at school attending the events but we were surprised to find an itinerary waiting for her! Simon had organized separate events during the day for partners and families while the students were at school. This was amazing because my mother got a chance to explore Rochester and the University of Rochester campus through guided tours and see what life would be like for her daughter, who was moving away from home for the first time!

The events organized for the students throughout the weekend had a perfect balance of learning and fun. Interacting with stalwarts like Kathy Waller ’83 (MBA), former CFO and president of enabling services with Coca-Cola, helped me gain a deeper insight into the legacy of the school and the pedigree of its alumni.

This is a group of us on our visit to Goler House to look at housing options. Sanjan, a second-year MBA was kind enough to show us around his house!

A photo from our visit to Goler House to look at housing options. Sanjan, a second-year MBA was kind enough to show us around his house!

I have two favorite memories from this weekend. The first is the Mock Career Fair, where we have one minute to give our pitch to alumni from different walks of life, and they in turn gave us constructive feedback. This exercise was great for an international student like me as it gave me a flavor of what job recruitment would be like in the United States. My second favorite memory was the ‘Amazing Race,’ where we were divided into teams and we ran around the school completing one task after another! The race showed how much Simon values teamwork and it helped me get to know my future classmates better—getting to explore the school was an added benefit!

I fell in love with Simon Business School during UR Simon Weekend! Every minute on campus felt surreal (it still does!) and I started school later in the year with a happy heart knowing that I had made the right decision.

UR Simon Weekend is April 3–5, and offers programming designed to lay the foundation for your internship/career search before you begin your first class. We are also thrilled to announce that Kathy Waller ’83 (MBA) is returning this year for a Fireside Chat! If you’re beginning your full-time MBA or MS degree at Simon this summer, visit the Admitted Student Portal to register for UR Simon Weekend today—and don’t forget to inquire about a partial travel stipend!