Storytelling: Jessica Jackley, Kiva and Ted

On February 1, 2012, in Leadership, by Jeremy C Wilson

After weeks thinking about the storytelling platform I’m working on, I’ve recently started looking around online at other platforms that exist. They span across industries, geographies, business models and schools. Additionally, some platforms don’t resemble typical storytelling platforms today. Instead they do things that are much broader and much more multidimensional than they originally envisioned. I propose the idea that this is proof of the power of good stories not only to inspire people but also to help them take action and create change in the world. ... More >>


What’s Your Story?

On January 30, 2012, in Leadership, by Jeremy C Wilson

The stories that we tell each other are of the utmost importance. They matter not only in business but also in law.  The stories we tell in our MBA applications and law school applications. The stories we tell in our interviews. And the stories we tell about our careers. We can inspire people behind us and inform others how they can succeed themselves. As such, I propose that one of the best things we can do is learn how to become better storytellers. ... More >>


Tipping Point

On January 29, 2012, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

The concept of the tipping point is more important than ever before. Internet companies need it to spread the word about their new ideas. App builders need it to get people download their applications from the Apple store and Android Market. Political campaigns need it to get people thinking more about what they are working on. And REALLY big ideas need it. Not only to catch on but so the world can hear exactly what the founders have in mind.  So what does it take to create a tipping point? ... More >>


My Interview with MBA Crystal Ball

On January 27, 2012, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Have you ever considered applying to a JD-MBA program but weren’t quite sure because you didn’t know what it entailed? Have you ever wondered what the differences were between the joint programs and MBA programs? I bet some of you have. I certainly did when I was applying to graduate school. Well if you’re pondering the differences today, or simply want to know a bit more about the joint program, then check out my recent interview with MBA Crystal Ball. ... More >>


Did You Write Happy Birthday …

On January 26, 2012, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

… on Facebook today. I did. In fact, I wrote it for eight people. I wrote slightly different messages for each person, and especially customized my messages for those I know the best. On the other hand, for those I didn’t know as well, my message was less customized. I didn’t have anything funny or exciting to write. And finally, there was one person whose wall I didn’t write on yet. The million dollar question is: what does this all really mean? ... More >>


Good News for 18 Students in Chicago

On January 25, 2012, in Education, by Jeremy C Wilson

Hours ago, 18 high school students in Chicago were honored for their academic excellence. All were high school seniors, most were accepted to great schools, and some had quite lofty professional ambitions; probably loftier than ours when we were that age. Likewise, most of them had pretty great backgrounds, not just academically but also community service and extracurricular activities. It was an honor to see them get the good news yesterday and to serve a profession resource for them after school as a member of the Hispanic Heritage Fondation advisor network. ... More >>


State of the Union 2012: Barack Obama (video)

On January 24, 2012, in Education, by Jeremy C Wilson

Just an hour ago, much of the world tuned in to the 2012 State of the Union address delivered by Barack Obama. No matter which side you relate to most, it’s likely you still considered tuning in. Not only was it a chance to hear one of the great orators of our time speak but it was also a chance to hear his view on what the state of the country is. And this is especially important now, as the economy is a topic of debate, the Republican primaries are heating up, and the education conversation is more heated than it’s ever been before. In this talk, Barack not only discussed these topics but he also honored Gabby Giffords for her service to the community. ... More >>


Every now and then we are fortunate to hear some really inspiring stories. On my site you often find some of these stories from the business and legal worlds. But often times, I like to share great stories from other industries. Well there’s a recent story that comes from the political arena. Just yesterday Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords made an announcement to the US and served as a great inspiration for those who watched. ... More >>


Northwestern/Kellogg Business Law Conference

On January 21, 2012, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Today the business and legal worlds are more intertwined than ever before. As a senior executive, it’s absolutely impossible to escape high-stakes complex legal issues. Similarly, if you’re a leading corporate lawyer, you consistently run into business issues, not only at your firm but also at the firms of your clients. That’s why in 2009, two school joined Northwestern by creating a formally integrated JD-MBA program and in 2010, two more schools joined the cohort. Well, Northwestern is taking the lead once again and in February we’re launching the first Business Law Conference at a business school in the US. ... More >>


Talker’s Block

On January 20, 2012, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

As you might imagine, not many people at Kellogg suffer from talker’s block.  Ask anyone a question. Seriously, ask them one. Ask them about a class. Or ask them about recruiting. I bet they can probably talk to you about it for hours. But I bet if you asked them to write about it, you’d get a slightly different response. That’s because just about every person I know experiences writers block. So I’m curious. What’s the actual difference between the two? ... More >>


Out on the Ledge

On January 19, 2012, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Today, most of my classmates are spending a lot of time thinking about recruiting. What industry they want to work in. What roles they want to have. And how much money they need to make after graduation. So they pursue roles at consulting firms, banks and companies who market products well.  And I get why they do it. These jobs not only pay well, but they also set you up to have a pretty great career afterward. But in today’s age I don’t think that’s the right mindset for everyone. Instead, I propose the idea that in 2012, for some it’s time to go out on the ledge. ... More >>


Law School Dean Blogs About the JD-MBA Program

On January 17, 2012, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

Hi Everyone, just passing along a recent blog post from new Law School Dean Dan Rodriguez. Recently the Dean wrote a post about the collaborations of the law school and business school here at Northwestern. He specifically mentions the alignment of the business and legal world and discusses the JD-MBA program and how it’s at the forefront of the business world today.  The article is short, but given it’s relevance to the JD-MBA and MBA world, I wanted to repost it here. ... More >>


Transition Time

On January 15, 2012, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Have you ever had a meeting only to find that you could have contributed a lot more if you had a few more minutes to prepare? Or that with a few more minutes of prep you could have cut your meeting time in half?  I’ve had both experiences, and I’m sure you have as well. I propose the idea that one way that we can figue out how to avoid these experiences by thinking more about transition time. ... More >>


Applicant Question: Should I Take a GMAT Class?

On January 14, 2012, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

In some professions, such as banking and consulting, taking a GMAT prep course is a given for prospective M.B.A. students. For those students, the question is never “should I take the GMAT but instead, which one should I use. With so many companies and tutors competing for your attention, it can be difficult to choose which to use. But for others, the decision to take a GMAT class can be tough. Not only because the cost is high but also because you don’t know how much to actually study. Well, in a recent question on BeatTheGMAT I received a question about just that. ... More >>


Applicant Question: How Did MLT Help with Career Goals?

On January 13, 2012, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

I talk a lot about MLT here on my blog. Not only because I went through the program a few years ago, but also because I think very highly of the organization. They help you think about graduate school. Force you to think not just about business school but also post business school. And perhaps most importantly they also encourage you to think a lot about future career goals. Well, in a recent question during my BeatTheGmat chat series I recently got a question about MLT from one of the attendees. ... More >>


MLK – Martin Luther King Day of Service 2012

On January 12, 2012, in Diversity, by Jeremy C Wilson

Many of you will enjoy the three day weekend coming up. For some it’s time off from work. For others, time off from school. And for some, time to go home and visit friends and family. But for all of us, it’s also a day where we have the chance to recognize one of the most important days in the last half century. Because on Monday it is Martin Luther King day. And in the spirit of MLK, it’s a great weekend to give back here in Chicago. ... More >>


Too Much Work? or Tough Work?

On January 11, 2012, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

Too Much Work is what we have as 1Ls in law school. We have to read 500 pages for our classes. Be prepared to get cold called. And outline for each class. We also have a lot of this work at times in business school. Tough Work is what we have in some of our third year law school (3L) classes. Just this week, we had to read an empirical paper about Renegotiating Debt Contracts, synthesize a short yet complete list of disparate ideas and create a 30 page presentation that only presented the study to the class but also kept them interested and pointed out potential flaws in the paper. And we have to do that in just two days time. ... More >>


Manhattan GMAT Social Venture Scholars Program

On January 10, 2012, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

Considering taking a GMAT class? Concerned about funds because you’re saving the world as a social entrepreneur? Well, if that’s you, then here is a program you should apply to.  A GMAT class that’s not only free but also from one of the best instructors at the best programs I’ve seen.  Then you should take just a minute to check out Manhattan GMAT’s new offering. ... More >>


It Can All Change In An Instant

On January 9, 2012, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

The dynamic of our society is increasingly becoming defined by speed. In today’s Internet-driven economy, things happen faster than ever before. Business deals are negotiated online. CEOs get feedback real time with new media. And you can connect with people all over the globe in just seconds. As such, fortune could come and go in the blink of an eye. So it’s important to know what your goals and values are. Well, I wanted to share one Ted video that agrees with my philosophy. ... More >>


Write Your Name On It

On January 8, 2012, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

I have a few friends that are in the process starting a blog. They have a unique concept. They gave it an interesting domain name. And they’ve two very smart guys working on it. Sound like the recipe for success right? Perhaps. In fact, I’ve seen blogs like this make it big before. Blogs like Above The Law where having anonymous writers allows them to have more useful stories.  On the other hand, there’s also a lot of value to writing your name on the things. ... More >>

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