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A Q&A WITH BRIAN MITCHELL

In 2022, Poets&Quants named Emory Goizueta a ‘Business School To Watch’ due to its deep investments in DEI curriculum. In November, the program unveiled a student-run VC fund to support minority entrepreneurs. Before that, the school had launched a DEI concentration. Two years ago, Goizueta made headlines by launching the John Lewis Case Competition dedicated to social justice issues. Those are just a few developments at the school. Last fall, P&Q reached out to Brian Mitchell, associate dean of the full-time MBA program to learn about what first-years and future applicants can expect from the school. In addition, P&Q requested additional information on Goizueta’s legendary experiential learning programming, receiving statements on IMPACT360 and the Leadership Reaction Course from Lynne Segall (associate dean of Goizueta IMPACT) and Ken Keen (senior lecturer in organization & management, associate dean for leadership and retired Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army) respectively. Here are their insights on some of the most critical aspects of the Goizueta experience.

P&Q: What are the two most exciting developments at your program and how will they enrich the MBA experience for current and future MBAs?

Mitchell: “We recently launched two new institutes which represent the future of Goizueta, and are already engaging students at the highest levels. The Roberto C. Goizueta Institute for Business & Society represents an elevated commitment by the Goizueta Business School to explore how businesses can create long-term value, while addressing the most significant social challenges of our time. The Roberto C. Goizueta Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation emphasizes critical inquiry, where ideas are developed to serve fundamental societal needs, executed according to sound business principles, and conceptualized in ways that open possibilities and spark imagination.  Both institutes engage Student Fellows to add experiential elements to the academic foundations.”

Brian Mitchell, dean of the full-time MBA at Emory Goizueta. Courtesy photo

P&Q: What are two biggest differentiating features of your MBA program? How do each of these enrich the learning of your MBA students?

Mitchell: “The first major differentiator of the Goizueta student experience is our deliberately small cohort size of approximately 165 students. We are an intimate community with high-touch academic and experiential programming that would be very difficult to achieve in a program of 500, or even 250, students. Our size allows our students to have incredible access to our faculty, and fosters relationships that endure well beyond business school. Another differentiator is the breadth of career opportunities students discover through our Career Management Center (CMC). We are known as a “consulting school”, but our strengths in finance, marketing, technology and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have made Goizueta an attractive recruiting target for firms of all types.”

P&Q: In recent years, there have been several areas that have gained increased prominence in business school programming, including STEM, analytics, artificial intelligence and digital disruption. How does your full-time MBA program integrate these concepts across its curriculum?

Mitchell: “Many of our MBA students select Goizueta’s STEM-certified Business Analysis major, which gives them the opportunity to select elective courses providing “Tools and Methods” and “Applications” to form a well-rounded analytical academic experience. An “Analytics Mindset” is an essential component of Goizueta’s strategy and our MBA program integrates the expertise from faculty members who also teach in our Master’s of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) and our upcoming Master’s of Analytical Finance (MAF) programs. Courses such as “Coding for Business Insight” and “Digital and Social Media Strategy” are among several offerings addressing the realities of the current and future economies.”

Goizueta MBA students

P&Q: What have you learned during the pandemic and the shift to hybrid or remote learning and how will they impact the MBA experience going forward?

Mitchell: “Last academic year taught us so much about how adaptable we can be and how resilient our faculty, staff and students are. But it also reinforced the tremendous value of our core competency, which is delivering an exceptional, high-touch, in-person MBA experience. As we have welcomed our students back to campus, we are operating with this in mind, and taking extra care to emphasize the advantage of a tight-knit academic community. We will apply some of the lessons learned from last year about using technology to extend our reach with alumni and other stakeholders around the world (prospective students, guest speakers, etc.). But to be clear, our main lessons learned from remote learning were about how special the Goizueta MBA experience is when we can be together.”

P&Q: What is your most popular course among MBAs? What makes it so unique and so attractive to MBAs?

Mitchell: “Several of our required core courses are extremely popular, including “Goizueta IMPACT”, which matches each first-year student with a real-life client project to work on complex, strategic challenges. Among our elective courses, Professor Renee Dye recently introduced a course titled “Innovation Strategy”, which has become one of our most popular MBA electives.  Our students are excited about the Innovation Strategy course because it gives them state-of-the-art, highly practical training in how to manage innovation inside large, incumbent businesses.  Professor Dye was the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at a publicly traded company before she joined our faculty, and she has extensive hands-on experience in building successful innovation programs from the ground up.”

P&Q: Your IMPACT360 projects and Leadership Reaction course at Fort Benning are considered hallmarks of the Goizueta MBA by alumni. What makes this initiative so special? What have students told you are the big takeaways from them?

Lynne Segall

Segall: IMPACT360 is a two-semester, core experience which is required for graduation. This is unique – only 6 schools require project-based learning for graduation. The first semester focuses on preparing the students for projects and ultimately their careers by teaching them a structured approach to problem solving, how to communicate with influence, and how to organize and navigate the work of a problem-solving team. The projects are semester-long in the spring.

We ensure success by 1) securing solid projects, 2) assembling strong, diverse teams, and 3) providing a strong ‘ecosystem’ of support

1) Securing Solid Projects: We ensure our students are set up as advisors. We focus on ensuring the project has a strategic focus where the organization is seeking recommendations on a course of action. Our goal is to offer our students a portfolio of options across a range of business disciplines and industries. We work with organizations of most shapes / sizes – from medium/large nonprofits to start-ups (post revenue), mid-sized private and Fortune 100-500 corporations.

2) Assembling Strong, Diverse Teams: Students express their interest in projects after attending Project Reveal, an event where all of the project sponsors “pitch” their projects. We create diverse teams using a proprietary algorithm that is designed to match student interest with projects to ensure every student is working on a project of ‘high interest.’ They find out their project and meet their team at a fun event called “Team Reveal” a few weeks later.

3) Providing A Strong ‘Ecosystem’ Of Support:

* We source projects across a variety of business disciplines and industries and organize them into electives so the faculty advisor is a subject matter expert.

* Every project has a Goizueta Business School librarian assigned to it to ensure thorough and quality research is completed as an input into final recommendations.

* Every project has a 2nd year “IMPACT Coaching Fellow” coach who attends team and client meetings and coaches the team on both content and team dynamics. This is a great leadership development experience for 2nd year MBAs.

* We hold several consultations throughout the semester with external advisors who coach the teams on content and communication.

* All programmatic aspects of IMPACT360 are led by a student team of 2nd year MBAs.

The spring semester culminates in Goizueta IMPACT Showcase – a competition of the top ~15-20 teams. We have 250-300 business leaders, faculty and staff judge the teams over a full-day event.

Ken Keen

Keen: “The Leadership Reaction Course is a unique experiential team and leadership learning opportunity that was adopted over 60 years ago by the U.S. Army. It is still used today across the Army to train our Nation’s military leaders. Due to our close proximity and special relationship we have forged with Fort Benning, one of the Army’s primer educational and training bases, Goizueta Business School is able to offer all our MBA students, as part of our Leadership program, the opportunity to conduct the Leadership Reaction Course

The top 3 take-ways I consistently hear from our students is the following:

1) Importance Of Effectively Communicating: Their ability to communicate with each other is critical to success. How well the team creates a climate that encourages open dialogue, feedback, and ensures everyone is listened to can mean success or failure. It is especially important due to the diversity of cultures, languages, and experiences among our students and teams.

2) Learning To Fail Without Being A Failure: Teams are given a mission with 25 minutes to solve a difficulty problem. Developing a plan, recognizing when the plan is not working, and quickly adapting to overcome potential failure is key to being successful. Even with that teams will face failure and they have the opportunity to learn how to overcome that failure on the next challenge and build resilience; and finally

3) Learning The Strengths Of Your Teammates And How To Best Leverage Those Strengths In Accomplishing Your Team’s Mission: Over the course of the day at the LRC, each team has the opportunity to tackle at least 6 events. During that time they are able to get to know each other much better, their strengths, and where each member wants to improve their skills. This helps build greater trust within the team, and better understand how to come together as a team to be stronger together.”

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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.

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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!

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