Tag: "Leadership"

Minority Male Leadership Association

John Davis, a second year MBA student at the Simon School has been instrumental in launching a new organization, the Minority Male Leadership Association (MMLA).  The mission statement of MMLA explores the characteristics of successful minority male leaders and builds a community of young driven minority men focused on success by providing mentorship and promoting excellence.

MMLA Objectives:

  • Symposium in April 2013 will partner with Teen Health and Success Program to build a mentorship program.  The day is designed to be a dynamic and productive forum – focused on better understanding the obstacles leading up to success in young minority men and providing positive male role models
  • Take action on this critical-issue of minority males achieving success by bring on more awareness to Schott report (black male graduation rates – 9 %, Latinos 11% -> Lowest district in country) More info 
    • Past event: “The Urgency of Now! Discussion of the Schott Report on Black Male Graduation Rates” Friday, 2/15, LeChase Hall, Room 141 sponsored by GSOC, SADE. Discussion Leaders: John Davis (Simon), Douglas Flowe (AS&E), Peter Kungu (Simon), David Paul (URMC)
    • 4th Annual  Diversity Conference, April 12th – “Our Differences, Our Strengths”- Workshop that draws attention to the issues as well as presents models for solutions to engage the community
  • Provide more long-term support to minority males in order to help improve recruitment, retention, graduation and overall success of minority males in Rochester, NY (Enrichment seminars, Community service projects, Annual symposium)

We’re really proud of our MBA students who follow their passions and take initiative to support the community of Rochester.  If you are interested in learning more or donating resources, connect with John and the leadership team of MMLA: minoritymaleleadershiproc@gmail.com

Simon Student Clubs…Another Way to Learn, Network, Give, and Join the Simon Community

By: Uma Pansari

Clubs are a great way to enhance your leadership and social skills. The Simon School gives you great opportunities with a variety of different clubs. Simon Women in Business Club (SWIB) is a club for the Simon women to get together socially, whether for happy hour, networking , playing golf or listening to a panel of fellow women peers  about their internships/jobs/interview experiences. We learn from each other and become a stronger group. We also invite women who have been successful in their respective careers and life and have them share their stories to inspire the Simon Women. It’s a great way to connect with the other women and learn from each other. We all come from diverse backgrounds and there is so much to learn. Women are amazing, as they can put a smile on and act like everything is fine even if really the world is on their shoulders and life is slipping through the cracks of their fingers.

Simon Volunteers is a club where we believe that volunteering and giving makes us better human beings . Taking time out from the busy schedule to volunteer at a Ronald McDonald house, participate in the local events like the East Ave Grocery run ,Polar plunge, JA in a Day… just to name a few. We also organize fundraising events to raise money for the Secret Santa Fund  to buy gifts for the kids while partnering with the local schools and charities. Not only do the students participate, but the faculty and school staff join in too. This just makes for a great experience to work with your fellow students and teachers outside of the academics.

These are only a couple of examples of the many Student Clubs that you can participate in. Take a look for yourself!

 

 

 

Scholarship Weekend is More than Earning Increased Scholarship Support!

By: Jonathan Markowicz

Scholarship weekend at Simon goes by very quickly. A lot is packed into a short amount of time. However, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The opportunity to earn a full scholarship meant the difference between launching my own company while at Simon and not. Therefore, I came to scholarship weekend with a strategy, which was to make an impression.

For me this meant more than just schmoozing with classmates and alumni. My professional background was directing a community rowing program and serving in the United States Air Force- far from Wall Street. I never did a case study before, let alone participate in a competition. When I was handed our case on Ikea, I read it through and thought, “Now what do I do?” Furthermore, I was nervous that people would converse using business jargon and I would have no idea what they were talking about. I couldn’t fake what I didn’t know. Therefore, I needed to highlight my strengths: my communication skills, my creativity, and my energy.

That weekend, we turned my hotel room into base ops where we worked diligently on our Ikea presentation. I worry that I don’t take things seriously sometimes because we framed our presentation as a travel itinerary, in fact my role in the presentation was the travel agent/emcee, and handed out little soaps and shampoos to the judges as a gimmick. In hindsight, it worked; however, on the day we presented, we had no idea how it would go over and just committed to doing something that no other group would. Not only was this the impression I wanted to leave with Simon, it was my way of giving Simon an idea of what I could bring to the class environment.

I’m reading this over and wondering if it comes across as kind of contrived. Let me conclude, then, by sharing a recent experience. I was down in Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy helping with the relief efforts. My military unit was stationed at the distribution site at Floyd Bennett Field loading and unloading truckloads of food and supplies. Two men from the Coast Guard pull up to load their vehicle with some water. And, wouldn’t you believe, one of the reservists was a teammate of mine from scholarship weekend. Although he didn’t end up going to Simon, for he resolved to pursue other career opportunities, we quickly reminisced over our over-the-top Ikea presentation, late-night work in the hotel, and the evening reception (which is a story for another time). So, there you have it, an example of making an impression at Simon’s Scholarship Weekend and seeing how far the Simon network can reach when you least expect it. It’s real.

Congratulations to everyone invited and I look forward to meeting you this weekend.

If at First You don’t Succeed, be Persistent!

Fahad Mahmood ‘12 overcame many challenges on the way to obtaining the Simon MSF degree and then landing a job with Ernst & Young, Transaction Advisory Services in their Boston, MA Office.   In his own words, here’s the story of his journey:

“I’m a candidate from Pakistan who got into the Simon School MS Finance program in 2010 but was ultimately denied a student visa to travel to the US. I did not give up and re-applied for admission to the Simon MSF program with a stronger profile in 2011. I was ecstatic to be re-admitted and offered a better scholarship, but that quickly turned to distress when I was denied a student visa again in 2011.

“This was when the Simon School took my case to Senator Chuck Schumer. He contacted the US consulate in Islamabad, Pakistan and pushed my case for approval. I re-applied and got the student visa within a week and ultimately joined the program, graduating with the MSF in 2012.

“It did not end over there. Completing my MS degree and graduating in June 2012 with a good GPA was just one step in the right direction. Landing a valuations job with a firm like E&Y was a big challenge, especially in current market conditions. During the job search, I remained steadfast and optimistic, along with the highest level of preparation and persistence to finally get the offer.

“Although I am early in my career journey, it is my utmost goal to make everyone who helped me or took a chance with me proud. Thank you so much once again – it would not have been possible without the support of the Simon School!”

What an inspiring story – this is a great reminder about why we do what we do here in the Simon MBA/MS Admissions Office!  And a great reminder to each of you as you start 2013 – if at first you don’t succeed, be persistent.  Results don’t always come on the timeline that you want, but success may be right around the corner if you stick with it!

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration