Manager or Leader?

On October 23, 2011, in Leadership, by Jeremy C Wilson

There is a worldwide discussion going on today that distinguishes what it means to be a manager and what it means to be a leader. In times past, the words have often been used interchangeably. But today, the characteristics of the roles are more separated than they’ve ever been before. In short, managers as those who direct and help execute for an organization. And leaders are those who guide, inspire and provide vision to the organization.  So the question today is, what does really mean? And which one are you? Manager? Leader? Or both? ... More >>


Kellogg’s 2011 Change the World Conference

On October 16, 2011, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

This past Saturday Kellogg held its 12th Annual Innovating Social Change Conference.  The Conference is one of the Net Impact Club’s most important events during the year, and it constitutes the largest gathering of game changing social impact thinkers and students here on campus.  Participants from all around campus attended this year’s event. And in my view, as well as the opinion of most of this year’s attendees, the conference didn’t let any of us down. ... More >>


You Don’t Have to Wait

On October 11, 2011, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Many people in business school have interesting ideas. They have companies they want to launch. Projects they want to get started on. Jobs they want to apply to. But often times, they don’t pursue these opportunities right away. Instead, they wait until the the final days before taking action. In some cases, it makes sense because they are good timelines to follow but often times, people only follow them because they are there. So they get busy and don’t take action until the very end. Well, in such cases I propose the simple idea that it might be worth starting sooner. That you don’t have to wait. ... More >>


To all the current Kellogg students from the classes of 2012, welcome to campus. I hope you’ve enjoyed the first few weeks back. And to the class of 2013 about to embark on your first year, I hope you are off to a good start so far. In general, I can’t enough about how valuable the MBA experience is.  Not only can it be a golden ticket to a new illustrious career, but also an avenue to do some really interesting and high-impact things when you get done. For some, even game-changing things. Given my thoughts on the topic, the Merger (Kellogg Newspaper) recently asked me to write an article, where I talked about just that. It was the only opinion article in the last newspaper. ... More >>


After months of waiting to start in business school, the Kellogg class of 2013 is finally in full swing here at Kellogg. But before any of the on campus chaos ever began, students had the once in a lifetime opportunity to go to KWEST (Kellogg Worldwide Experiences and Service Trip). As part of KWEST, most of the trips took part in a service activity abroad. Well the point of this article is to tell you a little bit more about how KWEST Ecuador is changing the world. ... More >>


Mayor Cory Booker Comes to Chicago

On October 5, 2011, in Leadership, by Jeremy C Wilson

On Monday, October 10th at 6pm Chicago time, I’ll be attending an event with Mayor Cory Booker in downtown Chicago. The event is held at Luxbar and is geared specifically at young professionals.  As many of you probably know, Mayor Booker has had tremendous success during his tenure as Mayor. He has worked on issues like educational reform and he has been striving to make Newark a model for successful urban education. It will be interesting to not only hear hear his thoughts about Newark but also about his plans to improve education in the future. ... More >>


Negotiating in Business School and Law School

On October 3, 2011, in Law School, by Jeremy C Wilson

The ability to negotiate well is one of the most important tools you can have in business. Not only do you negotiate deals with clients and vendors but you also spend time negotiating on your own behalf. For example, we all have to negotiate our own salaries and employment terms. Well, in spite of their importance in business, negotiations is also popular at the law school. And this semester, I’ve been enrolled in a negotiations course where we are learning many of the basics about how to negotiate going forward. ... More >>


How To Spend Second Year

On October 1, 2011, in Job Opportunities, by Jeremy C Wilson

One question on everyone’s mind these days is what are you going to do when you graduate? Have you decided on your summer offer yet? What geography are you going to live in? No matter how hard many of us try to avoid the question, at some point soon many of us are going to have to answer. Especially now. As job postings are starting to expire on the Career Website. And as interviews are just a few weeks away. In the end, this makes many of us wonder how the second year experience will actually end up playing out. Will it be fun? Or will it be a lot more work than expected? ... More >>


How Do You Like Your Coffee?

On September 27, 2011, in Consulting, by Jeremy C Wilson

Firms with MBA recruiting teams spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on recruiting activities. They put together marketing materials, organize email campaigns, ask current students for recommendations, create new websites, and last but not least they send consultants to campus to interact with students. One way that the consultants interact is by means of atrium hours. Another way is by having large information sessions. Additionally, one final way they do this is also by having Coffee Chats. ... More >>


Wasting Time in Business School

On September 24, 2011, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

One thing we’ve all come to find in business school is that most of us are a lot busier than we ever expected. We spend more time looking for jobs. More time writing cover letters. And more time working on our assignments, even though in many cases we don’t have to. Given that, the question that comes to mind then is, how much does it matter if we decide to waste a little bit of time? And is it possible that wasting time might actually be good for us? ... More >>


First JD-MBA Social of the Year

On September 23, 2011, in Law School, by Jeremy C Wilson

JD-MBAs are some of the most interesting students on campus. New students in the program go to classes like contracts and torts, and then they start thinking about law firms such as Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, and my firm Vedder Price.  Second year students are a world apart. They move up to Evanston start taking classes in finance and marketing,and then they spend the next few months looking at firms like McKinsey, Bain, and Blackstone, among others. And then there are the third year students. We  head back and forth between both campuses, split their time with classmates in Chicago and in Evanston, and are trying to decide whether to go into law or business. And because of all these disparate experiences, we often come together in a big group to support each other through the process. ... More >>


Welcome Back to Campus

On September 19, 2011, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

Many of us never thought we’d admit it, but it sure is great to be back on campus in Evanston again. Even though me and many of my classmates didn’t actually leave Evanston this summer, we sure did feel like we were miles and miles away.  We spent the majority of our working day in downtown Chicago, we didn’t see classmates nearly as much as we  wanted to. And not only did we have to work straight through most of the day but some of us also had to pull late nighters for work as well.  Fortunately, those days are over, and today we begin our journey at Kellogg once again. ... More >>


The Name Game

On September 18, 2011, in Business School, by Jeremy C Wilson

The business school experience is quite the social experience. Especially at Kellogg, which has long been considered one of the most social MBA programs in the world.  From the second you step foot on campus, you constantly meet new classmates, take part in group and section activities, meet faculty members, and network not only with employers trying to find a job but also with alumni who you will see over and over again.  In the process, most of us have come to find that one of the hardest things to do is to actually remember everyone’s name. So at Kellogg, there is one thing the students do to help with the process. We play the “Name Game.” ... More >>


Let the MBA Games Begin

On September 16, 2011, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Some of people at business school come with a very precise idea of what they want to do. They know what they want to recruit for. They know what function they want to work in for the long run. And they know exactly what clubs they want to join. On the other hand, when others show up on campus, they do not have such a clear idea of what they are interested in. Well, next week, people are going to have to start making decisions fast. First years will have to sign up for clubs and leadership positions. Second years will have to start talking with firms on campus about full time employment. Let the games begin! ... More >>


Cristo Rey High School and the First Board Meeting of The Year

On September 14, 2011, in Education, by Jeremy C Wilson

Last week, I had the great privilege of attending my first Board Meeting as a member of the Cristo Rey High School board of directors.  And even though I had to travel from Evanston all the way to the south side of Chicago, it was definitely worth the trip. Not only did I get a chance to see a high-powered charter school in person but I also got the chance to meet a very powerful board team and watch members of the Cristo Rey staff in action. And at the meeting, we learned a number of new things about the school and discussed the school’s plan for success in the future. ... More >>


What Do You Want To Do When You Graduate?

On September 10, 2011, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Before arriving at Kellogg last year, we were all required to take a few personality tests. One was the CareerLeader test, which made to help us assess what careers we wanted to go into. Another was the  Meyers Briggs test which gave us our personality types. Whether accurate or not, these tests helped us to not only learn about ourselves but also to think more about the things we were most interested in pursuing. To help us to answer that one question that today lingers in everyone’s mind. “What do you want to do when you graduate?” ... More >>


Social Change and Business School

On September 8, 2011, in Education, by Jeremy C Wilson

Over the past few years, the number of businesses interested in social change has taken off here in the US.  In the process, many people have expressed that they have a social obligation to not only give back to those who helped them along the way but also find new ways to help those that can’t always do for themselves. Traditionally, this has been given more present in law schools than in business schools, given the traditions of the respective professions. But today, schools like Kellogg have begun to further embrace the concept. ... More >>


Did You Get An Offer? Are You Recruiting Again?

On September 7, 2011, in Consulting, by Jeremy C Wilson

Unlike the legal market, the MBA job market has finally started to make a turnaround. Not only are students starting to get more interviews but some are also graduating with more job opportunities at their fingertips.  Given the environment, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind now, as everyone starts to return back to campus. Did their classmates get a job offer? And are they going to do recruiting again this year? ... More >>


Every fall around this time I start to get this question a lot. Am I a competitive applicant to the JD-MBA program? Can I get into Kellogg and into the law school?  Do I have enough years of experience? And is my GMAT / LSAT score good enough. Well, in a recent question from one of my readers, I was asked about the odds of getting into the JD-MBA program as well as what the required GMAT score is to get in.  Because these are questions on everyone’s mind, I’ve decided to put my answers to those questions here as a blog post. See below for the reader’s question, and below that for my response. ... More >>


Fall 2011 MLT Info Sessions at a Location Near You

On September 3, 2011, in Careers, by Jeremy C Wilson

Greetings everyone! I hope you are all having a good start to the Labor Day Weekend. Things are off to a good start here in Chicago. Not only have people been out and about in the city but also Kellogg CIM week has finally come to an end this week. Anyhow, I just wanted to pass along the word about some of the upcoming MLT and MBA Prep information sessions that are taking place in many of the major cities all across the United States. ... More >>

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