ITHACA, N.Y.—With the sun out (in some parts of the country) and the Super Bowl looming, Malik Dupri Morris’ sunglasses brand has had some major traction.
During his graduate doctor of physical therapy program at Ithaca College in 2017, where he also played on the football team, Morris co-founded Savage Ruthless, a fitness clothing brand, alongside University of Nebraska-Kearney student Corey Van Dorn. Van Dorn had begun printing “Savage Ruthless” shirts as part of a marketing class assignment, and demand had only increased after the initial batch. Morris brought the company to both Ithaca’s local and college communities, and the company continued to grow as Morris and Van Dorn marketed it by word-of-mouth and social media.
“I was working at Silky Jones and we would have Savage Ruthless Nights. I was building the brand and I was learning how to run a business myself. I kept working on it through graduation, and got my DPT in 2018 and I started working as an adult. COVID came in March 2020, and my physical therapy location closed, and I was furloughed,” Morris said.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding COVID, Morris saw the experience as a chance to throw himself into his passion project — enter Malik Dupri, the brand.
With the entrepreneurial experience that he had gained from his company with Van Dorn, Morris began selling sunglasses out of his house during the summer of 2020, sourcing them from within the States when possible. “It was crazy. People were coming at all times, at 2 a.m., to pick up glasses. I stopped doing drop-offs and started shipping. That was the push to get a kiosk so people could leave me alone and get their product at the location.”
The brand had such reach that Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals team’s quarterback, began wearing the glasses on Instagram and during press conferences. The sunglasses have been part of Burrow’s rise in popularity, with his pregame outfits drawing praise during the Bengals’ unlikely run to the Super Bowl, which will be played on Sunday, Feb. 13.
One Bengals teammate said the glasses are Cartier at one point, but Morris claims they’re his and they certainly match his inventory. Burrow could not be reached for comment through the Bengals.
“It was crazy. Through his agent, [Burrow] got the glasses and he basically just put them on,” Morris said. “That’s a lot of what the brand ends up playing out to be. There are a lot of celebrities that wear it, too, and people close to them think they’re cool. It’s wild because [Burrow] wears them on national TV, now I’ve got ESPN asking about them,” Morris explained, mentioning that he hasn’t yet been able to get in touch with Burrow to set up an official partnership.
Most recently, in June 2021, Malik Dupri’s first brick-and-mortar location in the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, expanding the brand to include clothing and other accessories to help fill out the store.
“I started the clothing when I opened the store, the brand was based around the sunglasses,” Morris said. “I can’t have a whole store with only sunglasses, it would look super empty. I already had all of that experience of creating a clothing brand from another company, so everything I’ve done has led to today. Even if I hadn’t gone to Ithaca, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
“I feel like that’s the perfect demographic for what I have,” Morris said of his goal to eventually open another location on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. He’s there this weekend to network and, if he’s lucky, meet Burrow. “The goal, really, is to get into Sunglass Hut and LensCrafters so that you can get national distribution — hundreds of stores, that’s when you’ve made it.”
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MBA Handicapping: Can You Punch Above Your Weight (GPA/GMAT) at Harvard/Stanford?
Shriya is a 27-year-old consultant working in London for a boutique firm. She applied to Stanford in round 2 last year and re-applied in round 2 this year, but had not gained an interview.
Her question: Has anyone ever gotten into Stanford on the third try?
Our answer: Not with a 690 GMAT score.
But Shriya does plan to retake the test, aimed for a 700-plus score and wants to apply again. She also plans to wider her options by applying to the first time to UC-Berkeley, UCLA, Wharton, Harvard, Stern and Kellogg.
Besides working as a consultant for two and one-half years, she also worked for Equiniti Group Plc, a London-based fintech firm for four and one-half years, during which she gained three promotions. She has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from the University of London.
In this episode of Fridays With Sandy, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg candidly tells Shriya to give up on a third try at Stanford and assesses her chances at her other target business schools.
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Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Ricardo Aaron Carrillo, Dartmouth College (Tuck)
Ricardo Aaron Carrillo
Hometown: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Fun Fact About Yourself: In the last eight years, I have lived in seven cities on three different continents.
Undergraduate School and Major: ITESM—Tecnológico de Monterrey, Architecture
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Woods Bagot Architects, Senior Designer
What word best describes the Tuck MBA students and alumni you’ve met so far and why? Encouraging. From my application process to being admitted, I have seen this value in all Tuck students and alumni. Every Tuckie I have met has been so invested in helping me achieve my goals. People like Michael Barbe (T’22), Kristin Ng (T’22), and Sanjana Tikkoo (T’22) exhibited selfless support to me even before I was part of this family. Compared to other top schools, Tuckies truly surprise you with an unparalleled level of encouragement. It is simply unique; I’ve never seen anything like this.
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? It would be the general management program, challenging core curriculum, student collaboration, and career outcomes. The general management program at Tuck allows you to gain skills to be successful in any industry you want. A combination of cases and traditional classes are used to gain the hard skills that complement case discussion. For me, being part of a school that took a structured core curriculum and had a collegial student body was crucial in my MBA school selection.
What course, club or activity excites you the most at Dartmouth Tuck? It is really hard to mention only one, but I will mention where I will be more involved. I am really excited to engage with Tuck Pride, the Finance Club, the Rugby Club, and the Center for Business, Government & Society. I am interested in Tuck Pride as I would love to attract even more LGBTQ+ individuals to our community and push forward LGBTQ+ representation in the business world. I also chose the Finance Club because I am fascinated by the power finance has to change the lives of many people. I chose the Rugby Club because I love to play rugby, and the Center for Business, Government & Society as I want to be more effective in creating social change.
What excites you the most about coming to live in Hanover? What is the one activity you can’t wait to do? The aspects that excite me the most about living in Hanover involve being in contact with nature, to have spaces to reflect on the big issues I want to solve and engage with my classmates 24/7. Hanover is a safe, friendly, and utterly charming place. One activity that I can’t wait to do is to play rugby. I love the comradery, collaboration, and open communication rugby brings out of each player.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I consider my biggest accomplishment to be the mentorship I offered kids, teenagers, and younger staff in my previous industry. Mentoring low-income kids and LGBTQ+ teenagers, while helping them to take positive changes in their lives, has been the best thing I’ve ever done.
How did COVID-19 change your perspective on your career and your life in general? COVID-19 taught me a lot of lessons. It taught me to keep dreaming and be industrious while making positive change for a better society. The COVID-19 pandemic caused me to re-evaluate my life, goals, and relationships with others. In my career, I realized that I wanted to be a more effective agent of change for minorities—women, LGBTQ+, and racial minorities—around the world.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? I am pursuing an MBA because of the impact it allows you to have in the world. I want to have a positive imprint on our planet. An MBA will help me develop the skills and credibility to bring more diversity to the workplace, to help others get better jobs, improve society, and work on nonprofit endeavors. After graduation, I hope to continue working in a company that allows me to advocate for more diversity and opportunities for minority groups while creating wealth for everybody.
What other MBA programs did you apply to? Harvard, Wharton, Oxford, LBS, Stanford, and Yale.
What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA program? I love this question! First, I would like to say there is no formula. Tuck is transparent in how applications are evaluated and what the school is looking for. Tuck looks for smart, accomplished, aware, and encouraging individuals.
Second, take the GMAT or GRE and score at or above the school mean. However, if you have taken it a few times and are still below the mean score, do not let it deter you from applying. Schools recognize that you are more than a score. On this subject, I personally recommend test prep services like GregMat, who was a game changer in my preparation.
Third, get to know Tuck. Go to the school’s Diversity Conference (DivCo) and Women in Business Conference. Attend admissions events, meet ambassadors, engage with clubs, and talk to alumni. I view Tuck as a family, not just classmates or a “network.” I really mean family, where you develop trust with classmates and alumni, and people will have your back. For this reason, I encourage you to get to know the family and demonstrate how you can contribute to the community here.
Fourth, do a lot of self-reflection on your essays, show your true self, be vulnerable, and leave your ego at the door.
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Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Francisca Carpentier, Dartmouth College (Tuck)
“A curious learner who firmly believes that we change the world with our day-to-day actions.”
Hometown: Santiago, Chile
Fun Fact About Yourself: I am probably among very few women arriving at their MBA experience pregnant! My husband is a fellow Tuckie, and the school was very supportive with planning how to approach this academic year. We couldn’t be more excited. Many classmates have already volunteered to babysit!
Undergraduate School and Major: Bachelor of Business Administration, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and Master of Science in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Associate at SummaPartners, a boutique firm founded by experienced consultants to join the worlds of management consulting and private equity.
What word best describes the Tuck MBA students and alumni you’ve met so far and why? Seekers. Tuck students are open to change and learning; students come here to question themselves and be questioned, to have an authentic transformational experience. I am also impressed by how humble successful Tuck alumni are, transmitting that same will to keep learning and challenging themselves.
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I wanted a small school, a place where I would get to know my classmates and professors and truly connect. Before enrolling, every Tuckie I spoke with would always reflect on how transformative their two years at Tuck were and how Hanover was a special place to make human connections and life decisions. That’s what I was looking for in my MBA experience.
What course, club or activity excites you the most at Dartmouth Tuck? Everything is exciting, but I don’t think TuckGO can be topped. The idea of traveling the world with a group of classmates and a professor to learn about the most relevant topics in our global economy is an experience I am sure no one could forget.
What excites you the most about coming to live in Hanover? What is the one activity you can’t wait to do? It is living in a place far from the noise and rhythm of the city. I’ve always lived in big cities, and I love it, but doing my MBA in a small place where I could focus on the experience resonated with me.
The one activity I can’t wait to do is skiing. I need to go to the Dartmouth Skiway at least once to say I did it!
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My first project as an associate was to reduce a company’s size, given the risk profile of some of its operations. It was the biggest company in its industry in the region, so the project’s impact was huge. It was a multi-variable problem, where we had to work on several scenarios and consider multiple effects in a short time. We built a cohesive team with the client and finally came up with a well-thought-out solution. We accompanied the company through implementation and managed to reduce over 40% of accidents in a year, positively impacting the company’s results. In the beginning, we truly believed it wasn’t possible, and I will never forget an experienced partner telling me this was the most fun and challenging project he had worked on.
How did COVID-19 change your perspective on your career and your life in general? I think working on challenging projects without having day-to-day team interactions had an impact on me. I realized a huge part of why I enjoyed my job so much was the great team I was surrounded by and how those small breaks and jokes throughout the day truly made a difference. It changed my career because I now know how important it is for me to work with a cohesive team with whom I can have fun and learn from. It’s more about the people than the role, and that was a great life lesson.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? After four years working alongside great leaders and mentors, I was more aware than ever of the dreams I had as a future leader and the gaps I needed to close to become that leader. After my MBA, I hope to join the strategic team of a large tech firm. I enjoyed consulting in tech and would like to keep growing on strategic roles in that industry because I genuinely believe those companies are changing the world.
What other MBA programs did you apply to? Darden
What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA program? Talk with Tuckies! They are the most open community I’ve known, and you will never meet anybody more willing to talk about Tuck, Dartmouth, and Hanover than alumni: they jump at the opportunity and truly enjoy it. So go through Linkedin. Find a Tuckie you can relate to because of your experience, what you want to do after your MBA, place of birth, or whatever reason and write; I always got an answer!
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