I have been fortunate to get to know some incredible professionals in the JD-MBA network, and very fortunate that one of them is the entrepreneurial executive, Suneel Gupta, currently VP, Product Development at Groupon. Suneel is one of the few entrepreneurs that has not only thrived in Silicon Valley but also helped take technology to the next level here in Chicago.  Since graduating from Northwestern, Suneel has done a number interesting things. In addition to writing his technology blog, he has spent time at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mozzilla, and Groupon, focusing on critical product and business development initiatives. And earlier today, he shared some reflections on his experiences in the start-up space and gave his ideas on what makes the best entrepreneurs. ... More >>


Recruiting for the Consulting Industry

On October 30, 2010, in Consulting, by Jeremy C Wilson

For the past week, MBAs at Kellogg have attended dozens of recruiting events put on by consulting firms. Rumor has it that the firms are doing well again and are looking to hire in record numbers for the summer of 2011. As such, Kellogg MBAs want to be sure to put their best foot forward for their interviews that will take place in January and February. ... More >>


Google Comes to Class

On October 28, 2010, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Leaving your job and coming to business school is both an exciting and scary step for MBA students. For most it means going through the recruiting process again and for a subset of those it means doing some serious soul searching first. But no matter which category you fit into, some companies manage to grab everyone’s attention when they come to campus. These companies not only have strong brand names but they also have passionate employees that work on some of the world’s most cutting edge problems.  Well, last week, I had the privilege of seeing one of those companies firsthand, as Google came to speak in my Leading and Organizing Media Companies course. ... More >>


Boston Consulting Group Firm Reception

On October 26, 2010, in Consulting, by Jeremy C Wilson

Last night, I attended a firm reception with the Boston Consulting Group. I attended a similar event with Mckinsey & Company last week (click here to read), and tonight, Monitor is having its own version of the event. Other than the fact that these consulting firms are all coming to campus during midterm week, the events are a lot of fun. Not only is it a good way to help differentiate all the firms, it’s also a way to get to know a lot of interesting people, both at the firms and in the Kellogg class of 2012. ... More >>


Midterm Week at Kellogg

On October 24, 2010, in Law School, by Jeremy C Wilson

Midterm week for the first quarter at Kellogg is finally under way. While most people here at Kellogg want to perform well, not everyone is immersed in their books. But this doesn’t come as a surprise. After all, business school is not only about doing well in school its also about balancing that with a myriad of other things, professional, cultural, and social. ... More >>


Applicant Question: Two Tips for MBA Admissions Essays

On October 23, 2010, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Looking at your background, it’s clear that you’re a competitive candidate for admissions into a top business school.  You have relevant work experience and interesting experiences as a leader.  You also have proof that you’re highly-motivated and a hard worker.  All good traits. That said, what else can you do to stand out from the other five thousand applicants? ... More >>


Company Presentations At Kellogg

On October 21, 2010, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Early on at Kellogg, everyone quickly learns that success in the recruiting process requires more than getting good grades and doing well in interviews; it requires building networks of relationships and finding a good fit with your skill set.  One example of doing that is through coffee chats and lunch and learns, which companies tend to have pretty regularly.  Another example is going to the company presentations, which companies put on the entire fall quarter. ... More >>


Kellogg’s Minority Networking Reception

On October 20, 2010, in Diversity, by Jeremy C Wilson

Shortly after my classed ended yesterday, I attended a Kellogg Networking Reception hosted by Kellogg BMA, HBSA, and ABC student clubs  Like most networking events I’ve attended, this one was a lot more fun and productive than I originally expected.  While some of my friends and classmates were focused on speaking to the firms that they wanted to work at, my goal was to leverage people I’d met in the past and my knowledge of different industries and companies to speak with as many employers as possible at the event. ... More >>

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MLT MBA Prep Deadline is October 31st

On October 17, 2010, in Diversity, by Jeremy C Wilson

If you Google any prominent leader in business today, you’re guaranteed to find a story that talks about his or her large network. While this may not have always been the case, in today‟s Internet-driven global economy, leaders must figure out how to connect with millions of people around the globe to be successful. One common way people build strong networks is by going to a top business school (like Kellogg) and forming connections with hundreds of people that will be successful. Another way people do that is by working at firms where networks where networks are prioritized, such as Bain or Mckinsey.  Well, a third way to do that is by joining one of the world’s up and coming business school organizations, Management Leadership for Tomorrow. ... More >>


NSHMBA 2010 Conference In Chicago

On October 16, 2010, in Diversity, by Jeremy C Wilson

Six days from now, more than more than 700 people will come together for a breakfast in downtown Chicago.  And after that 8,500 people will join them in an event that some will consider the opportunity of a lifetime.  A chance where many of the attendees will not only leave the weekend with new friends and new job prospects, but some will also leave with the summer internship and full time job offers they’ve been dreaming of all year. ... More >>


Super Saturday At Kellogg

On October 15, 2010, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

The ability to work hours at a time in business school can be very useful.  Consultants have to do it, as they not only have to do their day to day work, but also travel around the United States to serve their clients.  Investment bankers also do it, especially when it’s time to close a deal and the Managing Director needs you to finish the pitch book. And we all know that entrepreneurs have to do it, because their company livelihood depends on it. But what a lot of people don’t know is that MBA students also have to do it, as they not only have to do their school work, but also balance that with extracurricular activities, recruiting, and social activities that come along with business school. ... More >>


McKinsey Comes To Kellogg

On October 14, 2010, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Just yesterday, first and second year MBAs gathered after classes to attend a networking event hosted by McKinsey & Company.  A variety of firms have hosted similar events since school began a few weeks ago.  These mixers have not only been a great way to learn about the companies themselves but also a way to meet some of the professionals and recruiters who work there, many of which are Kellogg alum. ... More >>


Just over a year ago, I began my time in the JD-MBA program at Northwestern Law School.  Because we had the JD-MBA program in common, many of the JD-MBAs came together before school ever began, and bonded early in our first year as 1Ls, largely for three reasons. First because the school was smaller, so we ran into each other a lot more often. Second because there were fewer sections, so there were more JD-MBAs in each section. And third, law school is a lot of work, so we relied on each other a bit more.  All this of course, is in addition to the fact that we’re in a unique program so had an immediate connection. On the other hand, our time at Kellogg has been a slightly different experience so far. ... More >>


What To Do When Things Get Too Busy

On October 4, 2010, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

The past week things have really started to pretty busy here at Kellogg. Starting this week, I’ll have multiple classes every day, team meetings for those classes during the afternoons, board meetings for activities during lunch time and the evenings, and case projects and problem sets due toward the end of the week. And this is all in addition to the chaos that’s about to start taking place when recruiting season begins over the next few weeks. Sounds pretty busy, right? ... More >>


Have you ever gotten nervous before an important interview because you didn’t know how you’d respond to a curveball question you thought the interviewer might ask? I have. Well, even if you weren’t nervous beforehand, have you ever been asked a curveball question during an interview and stumbled as you tried to come up with a response?  We’ve all been in that situation too. In most cases, it not only pays to think about as many of those questions as possible before an interview but also to figure out strategies to discuss your strengths and weaknesses before the interview ever begins. ... More >>


2010 Kellogg Preview Weekend

On September 28, 2010, in Diversity, by Jeremy C Wilson

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  Because the MBA admissions cycle is in full swing. That means students have begun sitting in on Kellogg classes, prospectives have been walking around campus and taking tours of Jacobs, and future applicants have been emailing current students looking for advice on how to gain admissions into the next class. Similarly, there are also events and conferences that business schools put on for prospectives to give them insight into business school and the application process. And one of them happens in November here at the Kellogg School of Management. ... More >>


2010 National Black MBA Conference Recap

On September 26, 2010, in Diversity, by Jeremy C Wilson

Thousands of future business leaders joined over 300 top organizations at the 2010 National Black MBA Conference, held this past weekend in Los Angeles, California. Those invited to the conference were a highly talented group of “diverse” professionals, most who were currently in business school, and others who were prospectives or recent alumni. Similarly, a majority of attendees were looking to make a difference not only in the business world but also in their communities. ... More >>


First Day Of Class At Kellogg – What Will It Take To Succeed?

On September 20, 2010, in Leadership, by Jeremy C Wilson

Kellogg School of Management, get ready! The class of 2012 officially attended its first day of business school today.  And what a fabulous experience! We’re a class that applied and got accepted during one of the most difficult application periods ever.  That came from every industry and sector imaginable. That comes from diverse backgrounds covering all parts of the world. And with plans to reach for the stars while here at Kellogg. ... More >>


Final Exam On Leadership

On September 19, 2010, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

One month after moving to Evanston and beginning our Kellogg experience, my classmates and I finally finished our first class on Friday. Week number one was our KWEST where the entire class split into groups of 20 and went to different locations all around the world (click here for my post on KWEST).  After KWEST, we began the second week taking part in orientation where we participated in CIM and bonded with classmates while being immersed in the Kellogg culture (click here for my post on CIM). In the third week, we began our Leadership Class, where we read cases, wrote papers, and had a lot of interesting in-class discussions. And last week, that class came to and end, which culminated with our first final exam at Kellogg on Friday. ... More >>


Business School Team Meetings

On September 16, 2010, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

If you think you are taking part in more meetings than ever before, you might just be on to something. Yesteryear, when leaders ruled under the command-and-control philosophy, meetings weren’t always required, as leaders often made decisions without asking for help. But in the modern business world, and in business school, important decisions more often than not require consensus. As such, decisions are usually made in teams, and meetings have become the norm. Given we take part in so many meetings here at Kellogg, one question many of us have now is how can we ensure that meetings are productive and efficient. ... More >>

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