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Two years is a long time to spend in one spot. As an MBA student, you want more: bigger networks and better opportunities — and always some place to go and some activity to do. That’s why people gravitate to Atlanta. It’s diverse and dynamic, full of possibilities to learn, live, grow, and gain. And there is something for everyone here.

Just look at Atlanta’s nicknames: The Melting Pot of the South, Wakanda, Silicon Peach, Hotlanta, and The Hollywood of the South. They convey a rugged and fun-loving outsider that has emerged as a major player due to its commitment to inclusion, reinvention, and perseverance. You could say the same for Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, an MBA program known for its personal touch as much as five-star leadership and DEI programming. Still, it is Goizueta’s Atlanta digs that take the MBA program to the next level.

“FIND WHATEVER IT IS THAT EXCITES YOU”

“You will never run out of local companies to have coffee chats with, or places in which to do so,” observes Ivan Guerrero, a first-year who studied Chemical Engineering as an undergraduate. “Being in one of the largest metro areas in the country will allow you to find whatever it is that excites you, even if you cannot find it on campus.”

All told, you’ll find 16 Fortune 500 headquarters in Atlanta, including UPS, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and Delta Air Lines. On top of that, 75% of Fortune 500 firm have a presence in the metro. Timothy Lam, another first-year who earned an economics degree as an Emory undergrad, equates Atlanta to an emerging “East Coast tech hub.” Last spring, Google announced plans to lease another 500,000 square feet of office space on West Peachtree. This came on the heels of Airbnb making Atlanta its East Coast office. For Lam, Atlanta has all the resources and expertise he’d need to build his career in the tech space.

“Goizueta’s relationships with the Atlanta startup and technology community really appealed to me,” he writes. “The entrepreneurship and technology scene has gone from strength to strength. In the first half of 2021, Georgia companies have raised almost $2 billion of venture capital, which is more than the total amount raised in 2020.  I am excited to get involved with Atlanta’s entrepreneurship ecosystem collaborators and partners, and love that Goizueta will provide me those opportunities.”

Goizueta MBA students heading to class

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY TOO

Business isn’t the only reason to head to Atlanta. It is one of the greenest cities in the country, with MARTA and Hartsfield making it easy to access any point in the city or around the world. Here, you’ll find landmarks like the Georgia Aquarium and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Beyond corporate royalty, Atlanta is home to organizations ranging from the CDE to Habitat For Humanity — not to mention studios for Marvel and Tyler Perry.

This stems from Atlanta’s legacy of being ambitious, tolerant, and innovative, adds Saif Nazrul, a senior business consultant who moved from Bangladesh to join the Class of 2023. “Atlanta also happens to be a melting pot of cultures, with a proud civil rights history, which makes it a great case study for leaders interested in furthering and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Finally, there is the beautiful southeastern weather — what more could you want?”

And let’s not forget the Southern hospitality you’ll find in Atlanta, writes second-year Kegan Baird. “Some of the greatest examples come from our food. That includes Waffle House, which was founded on the principles of “providing the friendliest service in town while also offering the opportunity for rewarding and quality careers”, and Chick-Fil-A, which is known for its incredible service (albeit only 6 days a week). Here is one more thing to remember about Southern hospitality. When someone says, “Bless your heart”, that is not them appreciating you – it’s a very sweet comment expressing contempt or pity.”

INSPIRATION AND INNOVATION

You won’t hear that phrase around Goizueta much. After all, the Class of 2023 represents the eclectic and proactive spirit of Atlanta. Siva Prasad Kalimuthu, for one, developed a low cost Mobile Septage Treatment Unit (MTU). Able to treat waste on site, the MTU made water and sanitation easier to access for the poor, earning an award from the Government of India along the way.  In contrast, Saif Nazrul commercialized a telel-health solution, Shurokkha, that connects veterinarians to rural cattle farmers.

Shurokkha was in its trial phase when I joined its parent company, but after following two rounds of project funding applications from various international financiers, which I led, Shurokkha is now an AI-enabled product with a scaled-up reach of 25,000 farmers across Bangladesh. I am particularly proud of this achievement as it was a prime example of my desire to achieve technological progress and social impact through a business model.”

This class is also accustomed to leading at the highest levels. Stephon Harris, a software engineer by trade, spent three years building an insight and discovery platform for the firm that sends Rovers to Mars. As a clinical researcher, Stephanie Andrews helped gain FDA approval for a drug that fights a rare form of leukemia. Sophie Maus championed a social impact program for HBCUs to her CEO. Today, the program supports investing advice and finance courses. At the same time, Ivan Guerrero produced a risk management model for what he calls the “largest copper mine in North America.” The result: he earned his firm’s Innovation Award.

Goizueta MBAs volunteering as part of a Keystone project in Piedmont Park

MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT COCA-COLA AND E&J GALLO

Not surprisingly, you’ll also find a Coca-Cola veteran at Goizueta — a school named after legendary Coca-Cola CEO Roberto Goizueta. At Coca-Cola FEMSA Colombia, the world’s largest franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products, Carlos Martinez helped shepherd an agreement that aligned the strategy and incentives between the two companies.

The agreement evolved in 2021 to be not just for Colombia, but for all of countries in FEMSA and outstretched to 2025,” Martinez notes. “My job in this process was to evaluate and align the financials with KO that resulted from the plans and the strategies designed by the commercial and the marketing teams, guaranteeing FEMSA met the economic targets. My responsibility as well was to implement the agreement and assure the income was being distributed correctly between the two companies. These types of agreements are a significant competitive advantage for the Coca-Cola system and are going to be the future of the bottler business model.”

Martinez isn’t alone in producing results. As a production manager, Jake Sullivan was busy setting his company’s sales and profit records. Timothy Lam led a 30 member consulting team, replete with six streams, to “transform compliance culture” at a U.S. Bank with $2 trillion dollars in assets. Speaking of large scale projects, Myles T. Henry managed a team that rolled out training to 55,000 employees. And few people have enjoyed as quick of a career climb as Ose Ujadughele at E&J Gallo Winery.

“I came into Gallo as part of their operations management development program, which allowed me to rotate into a different role every year for 3 years,” she writes. “A few months into my last rotation, my coworker transitioned into a new role which left the newest member of the team (ME!) leading a large operation with 65 front-line team members. Before I knew it, the rest of the year went by, and I had become the subject matter expert for the department. This was a pivotal moment in my journey where I realized just how much I could do if I stretched myself.”

Away from their careers, the Class of 2023 is equally unique. Jack Sullivan is a former head brewer, while Sophie Maus played beatbox on her college a cappella group. Cade Ricker is a cyclist who completes in 100-mile ‘century’ races. If you visit Washington DC, you may want to check out the National Museum of African American History & Culture: Myles T. Henry is featured there. And you may even think that Siva Prasad Kalimuthu stepped out of a Marvel movie. Just look at his origin story…

“After schooling, I decided to pursue a degree in Physics because I believed that I would one day invent the time machine,” he jokes.

Emory University Goizueta Business School has released its class profile for the one-year MBA showing 51% women

PAY INCREASES AHEAD

During the 2020-2021 cycle, Emory Goizueta received 915 applications. Ultimately, the program accepted 53% of candidates, enrolling 165 students in the Class of 2023 (up 20 students from the previous year). This year’s class brings a 692 average GPA and 3.36 undergraduate GPA to Goizueta. They hail from 18 countries, with 35% arriving from overseas and 27% being women.

Academically, the largest segment of the class majored in Business and Commerce as undergraduates. Their 27% share edged out Engineering (25%) and Economics (16%), with the remaining class also including students who studied Social Sciences (12%), Sciences (9%), Computer Science (5%), and the Humanities (4%). When it comes to professional backgrounds, 15% of the class last worked in Financial Services, followed by Consulting Services (14%) and Technology (10%). The class also includes students with backgrounds in Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Nonprofits, Healthcare, Energy, Media and Entertainment, and Real Estate.

Looking ahead, the arrow is definitely pointing up for the Class of 2023. Take starting base pay, which came in at $134,700. That’s a $4,588 increase over the previous year (and a $14,000 bump over the past four years). By the same token, signing bonuses climbed by over $1K to $29,151 for spring graduates. Like past classes, consulting was a prime employment target. This year, 37% of the class entered consulting, making Goizueta one of the bigger feeder schools to the industry. Just don’t call Goizueta a school for southerners. Just 53% of Goizueta grads stayed in the region — and those who remained had good reason.

“The biggest myth about Goizueta is that you should only come here if you’re from the South,” explains ’21 grad Thomas Egge. “People probably get this misconception from seeing that most of our graduates take jobs in the southeast after graduation. As I northerner I fully expected to move back to Boston after school, and while many of my classmates did that, I realized that Atlanta is actually a much more livable city than anywhere I had been before. When you couple that with the city’s rapid growth it’s clear why most graduates choose to stay.”

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MBA Handicapping: Can You Punch Above Your Weight (GPA/GMAT) at Harvard/Stanford?

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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.

If you would like to participate in a future Fridays With Sandy webinar, you can contact Sandy and John here.

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Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Ricardo Aaron Carrillo, Dartmouth College (Tuck)

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Ricardo Aaron Carrillo

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

“Hopeful dreamer.”

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.

DON’T MISS: MEET DARTMOUTH TUCK’S MBA CLASS OF 2023

 

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Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Francisca Carpentier, Dartmouth College (Tuck)

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Francisca Carpentier

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

“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!

DON’T MISS: MEET DARTMOUTH TUCK’S MBA CLASS OF 2023

 

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