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MBA Real Humans: Alumni – LIVE Webinar Summer 2022

The Clear Admit Real Humans: Alumni Series spotlights recent graduates from the world’s top MBA programs. Each of the alumni provide feedback on their MBA experiences and share how business school prepared them for their careers at leading firms. Join us at 8 pm ET on Wednesday, August 17th to hear from a group of our featured alumni on the following: 1. What was the most rewarding thing about your MBA experience? 2. How has your MBA helped you in your career? 3. Think back on the recruiting process for your first post-MBA role, what are some tips/advice you would... Read more »

Last Updated May 6, 2022 by

Real Humans of Amazon: Chidinma ‘Chi’ Esinaulo, Kellogg 1Y MBA ’21, Sr. Product Manager

In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, Chidinma ‘Chi’ Esinaulo, Northwestern Kellogg 1Y MBA ’21, shares the motivation behind her goals and how her desire for meaningful impact led her to Amazon. Chi also talks about how the team structure and more at Kellogg prepared her for her role as Senior Product Manager there. Read on for her story. Chidinma ‘Chi’ Esinaulo, Kellogg One-Year MBA ’21, Sr. Product Manager at Amazon Age: 31 Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria Undergraduate Institution and Major: 1) Covenant University, Information and Communication Technology. 2) University College London (UCL), Masters in Telecommunications Graduate Business School, Graduation Year:... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 16, 2021 by

A Debrief of March Madness: Post-MBA Employer Edition

In March 2021, we selected 32 notable companies to go head-to-head in our first-ever Post-MBA Employer Edition of March Madness. These firms were selected and seeded into the bracket based on their popularity with Clear Admit’s registered users – so we had our own predictions about how things would unfold. Graham Richmond, co-founder of Clear Admit, comments on the intriguing process of watching the tournament unfold: “This was a lot of fun for those of us who are keen followers of MBA recruiting trends. It was especially fascinating to watch the three most popular domains of MBA recruiting – consulting,... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 17, 2021 by

Join the Club: Clear Admit’s First Clubhouse Event!

The MBA Admissions Club, created by Clear Admit, is holding its first event in the Clubhouse app on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12pm ET. Hosts Graham Richmond and Alex Brown will share Round 2 decision updates, offer admissions tips, and facilitate an open and collaborative conversation about the business school application process. This club was created to connect MBA applicants with Clear Admit team members, admissions officers, b-school alumni, and industry experts, for live discussion about the admissions process.    MBA Admissions Clubhouse Conversations The first Clear Admit MBA Admissions Conversation is open to all Clubhouse members who are... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 14, 2020 by

Real Humans of Amazon: Roshni Naidu, Wharton ’18, Senior Technical Product Manager

“Alexa, what is the weather today?” “Hey Alexa, play some 80s classics.” “Alexa, how many tech products does Amazon have?” Amazon, the largest online retailer and AI assistant producer, is a part of most people’s daily lives.  Hundreds of millions of people shop on their dot com, while countless others watch TV, request information, surveil their front doors and enjoy many other services with Amazon’s tech products.  Behind the scenes of these tools that yield efficiency and convenience, business leaders are hard at work developing them.  In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, Roshni Naidu, Wharton MBA ’18 and senior... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 6, 2020 by

Real Humans of Amazon: Serhat Pakyuz, LBS ’17, Senior Program Manager – Air Strategy

The business of e-commerce shows no signs of slowing down, and customers demand that delivery services speed up.  While fleets of trucks support the supply chain and drone delivery experiments carry on, cargo planes zig zag the country to ensure Amazon buyers receive their orders in record time.  Amazon branded a cargo plane for the first time in 2016, and claims to be on track to operate 70 planes out of more than 20 U.S. gateways by next year.  What began as Prime Air now operates under the name Amazon Air, where our featured alumnus in this edition of Real... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 31, 2020 by

Real Humans of Amazon: Ygal Haenel, INSEAD ’19, Senior Financial Analyst

Amazon identifies 14 leadership principles underlying their operations, problem-solving approaches and team ideations. Some examples include ownership, frugality, learn and be curious, think big, and dive deep.  “Hire and develop the best” is another principle that Ygal Haenel, INSEAD MBA ’19 and senior financial analyst at Amazon, recognized during their recruiting process–as well as after, when he settled into his role and had time to engage with his colleagues.  In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, see how the INSEAD MBA program prepared Haenel for a fulfilling career at Amazon and provided a lifelong network. Ygal Haenel, INSEAD ’19, Senior... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 18, 2020 by

Real Humans of Amazon: Varun Haralalka, Michigan Ross ’19, Sr. Instock Manager

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Amazon has grown into the world’s largest retailer by annual revenue. In 2018, their sales accounted for 43 percent of all online sales, and the company marked a $1 trillion valuation in 2020. To reach such heights, employees at every level need to contribute innovative ideas, solid analytical skills and nimble management abilities.  Operationally, as part of supporting reaching global delivery destinations and ensuring Amazon’s continued success, instock managers oversee planning, analysis and optimization of inventory management systems and processes. Varun Haralalka, a Michigan Ross MBA ’19 and senior instock manager at Amazon, shares his story... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 2, 2020 by

Real Humans of Amazon: Tolu Alabi, Stanford GSB ’17, Senior Technical Product Manager

Amazon began as an online book retailer in 1994, but now has a branch in every business sector imaginable.  The professional opportunities at the organization are boundless, as Tolu Alabi, Stanford GSB MBA ’17 and Senior Technical Product Manager, knows well. In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, Alabi recounts her journey of self-reflection and b-school student life to landing at the company.  Read on to learn more about Amazon’s culture, the valuable skills of graduate management education, and how the MBA community carries on after graduation and more. Tolu Alabi, Stanford GSB MBA ’17, Senior Technical Product Manager Tolu Alabi,... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 6, 2020 by

Real Humans of Amazon: Michael Larrenaga, Booth ’15, Manager of Vendor Management

What is the path from A to Z?  How do you leave one industry for another?  Anything you need along the way can certainly be delivered by Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer.  And leading MBA programs, like University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, can ensure you are equipped with the leadership, analytical skills and global perspective to thrive. In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, we hear from Michael Larrenaga, who decided to leave the finance industry for marketing and brand management.  (The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, had also left finance/Wall St. in 1994 to develop his... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 14, 2019 by

Can IKEA and the Instant Pot Teach Us About Competition? MIT Sloan Thinks So

People purchase IKEA furniture because it’s easy to put together. They don’t want to have to buy a drill; they want holes and pieces that easily fit together like Legos. In fact, according to Harvard professor Theodore Levitt, when someone buys a drill, what they want is what the drill can do. That’s just one reason why MIT professor Sanjay Sarma believes that IKEA is on the cutting edge of business. While other companies are trying to sell solutions to outdated problems, IKEA has figured out how to solve a core problem. “That’s what I call inversion,” Sarma said. “You’ve... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 19, 2018 by

MBA News You Need: Kellogg Talks Leadership, MIT Sloan Explores Instagram Success, Chicago Booth Discusses Negotiations, and More

Each week we collect all the MBA news you need that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest trending topics from top business schools around the world. Here’s your quick MBA News You Need digest for the week of December 17, 2018. Kellogg Professor Talks Leadership Strategies No one said leading a high-impact team was easy. Northwestern / Kellogg Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations Leigh Thompson offers five strategies to help leaders weather any storm: Build your team carefully. Don’t try to include everyone and create a team that’s too large. Be sure that the... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 29, 2018 by

Wharton Publishes 2018 MBA Employment Report, Announces $25M Gift

Lots of news out of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania recently. Employment statistics have been published for the most recent graduating class, and a big donation will fund a cool new building dedicated to entrepreneurship in West Philadelphia as well as more international scholarships for undergraduates. Here’s what’s going on at the Wharton School. 2018 Employment Report The 2018 MBA Career Report revealed a slight increase in job offers and salaries with finance drawing in more students than ever. In 2018, 36.9 percent of full-time MBA graduates went into financial services (up from 33 percent last year).... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 18, 2018 by

MBA News You Need: Tuck Professor Recognized, Tepper School Rebrands, New Fintech Funding Model, and More…

Each week we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest trending topics from top business schools around the world. Here’s your quick MBA News You Need digest for the week of October 18, 2018. Tuck Professor Recognized as Top Marketing Scholar  Sharma’s research has been published in journals such as “Journal of Consumer Psychology” and “Journal of Consumer Research.” Dartmouth Tuck Associate Professor of Business Administration Eesha Sharma was one of 34 marketing researchers chosen as a 2019 Marketing Science Institute Young Scholar. The annual Marketing Science Young Scholar award is... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 11, 2018 by

MBA News You Need: NYU Stern & Georgetown McDonough Launch Inaugural Venture Labs, IESE Introduces Flex MBA Durations, and More

Each week we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest trending topics from top business schools around the world. Here’s your quick MBA News You Need digest for the week of October 11, 2018. NYU Stern’s Creative Destruction Lab-NYC Accepts 27 Startups for Inaugural Cohort NYU Stern received hundreds of applications for the inaugural cohort (2018-19) of the Creative Destruction Lab in New York City (CDL-NYC). After an exhaustive review of founders from some of the world’s most prestigious research institutes, Stern selected just 27 ventures to take part—9 percent... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 by

More Columbia Business School MBA Students Learn to Code

Like every other elite business school worth its salt, Columbia Business School (CBS)has seen a huge surge in student interest in programming and analytics courses. It started three years ago when Costis Maglaras, the chair of the Decision, Risk & Operations division of CBS, oversaw development of a new analytics curriculum with the goal to ensure that students were being trained in quantitative, data-driven decision-making. Maglaras couldn’t help but notice a major gap: There were few courses in computer programming, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He took it upon himself to help develop a series of MBA-level programming that included... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 13, 2018 by

Tech Is Hot and Michigan Ross Is Ready!

Tech companies are looking to hire more MBA graduates than ever, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is ready to handle the increase in demand. According to one of the latest reports from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), 89 percent of tech companies are planning to hire MBA graduates in the coming recruiting cycle. That’s eight percentage points higher than all other employers and an even more significant increase than in 2017. That year, just 70 percent of all companies were looking to bring MBA graduates on board. As for Michigan Ross, the school is more than... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 12, 2018 by

MBA News You Need: MBA Programs Offer Math Intensive, UCLA Anderson Hosts BIT Conference, Elon Musk Talks Company Success, and More…

Each week we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest trending topics from top schools around the world. Here’s your quick MBA News You Need digest for the week of July 12, 2018. MBA Programs Offer Math Camp for Liberal Arts Students To reach more applicants from liberal arts backgrounds, Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, Yale SOM, and Columbia Business School are among several leading MBA programs that have begun to offer math-intensive coursework over the summer. These “math camps” are ideal for former English literature and political science... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 2, 2018 by

Summer Reading: 10 Top Books on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Stanford Graduate School of Business, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania are just a few of the leading MBA programs that have been enhancing their course offerings around cryptocurrency in recent months amid increased demand from both current students and recruiters. Stanford launched a new full-time course last month taught by Economics of Technology Professor Susan Athey. Called simply “Cryptocurrency,” the new course was the school’s response to a grassroots campaign by students seeking a continuous offering to complement to the assorted pop-up courses already on offer. The course description on the... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 12, 2018 by

Ross MBA Adcom Bullish on Class of 2020—And Round 2 Decisions Aren’t Even Out Yet!

It’s a good week at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. In a March 9th post to the Ross MBA Admissions Blog, Soojin Kwon, managing director of full-time admissions and program, shared her excitement about the Round 1 applicants who have paid their deposits and said they’ll be heading to Ann Arbor next fall. The details she shared about the earliest members of the Ross MBA Class of 2020 suggest that diversity is the word that defines them. In addition to a professional hockey player in the NHL, a Ghanaian who leads commercial programs for GE, a greenlight coordinator... Read more »

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