Monday, April 19, 2010

California Dreamin'--MBA-Style

The Consortium continues to sprout and spread, especially on the West Coast. Days after announcing the return of UC-Berkeley to a growing list of Consortium schools, it announced this week that UCLA's Anderson School of Management will become the Consortium's 17th.
UCLA joins cross-town rival USC-Marshall and Berkeley's Haas School in the Bay Area, forming the Consortium's enlarged footprint in the West.
In just two years, the Consortium has added four prominent business schools, giving prospects that many more options, making the Consortium even more attractive to top talent, and making it near impossible for the best and brightest to ignore the Consortium when it comes time to apply to top b-schools.
Yale and Cornell-Johnson are the two other new Consortium schools. Along with Dartmouth-Tuck, they add "Ivy League" flavor to Consortium offerings.
Just like all other Consortium schools, UCLA offers a top-notch full-time program, a worldwide network of alumni, a demanding core of first-year courses, and prized, experienced faculty. But UCLA offers, too, its own brand and uniqueness. It's not necessarily USC in Westwood or UC-Berkeley in SoCal. The Anderson school features special programs and centers in finance, international business, media entertainment and sports, and real estate.
Alumni around the world total over 35,000. One of its most prominent is Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock and a prominent spokesman and figure the past few years, as the financial system recovers from the crisis. Fink contributed $10 million to what is now the Fink Center of Finance and Investments. (He will be, in fact, speaking to students April 22 on campus.)
UCLA's full-time MBA program is moderate in size--about 360 students in the first-year class. Typically over 3,000 apply for those slots. Its joining the Consortium reaffirms its long-time commitment to diversity; its current ranks prove it. About 19% of students are minorities, and 34% are women, 33% international.
Students have broad interests. Like other top schools, many have come from or are interested in finance, consulting and high-tech. At UCLA, large numbers of students have interests and experiences in the public sector, non-profits, and (yes, not surprisingly) entertainment and media.
Anderson is led by Dean Judy Olian, who happens to have earned her Ph.d. from a Consortium school-Wisconsin.
Networking Webinar
The Consortium Finance Network will host its fourth webinar Wednesday, May 5, at 6 pm. EDT.
Networking continues to be a popular topic. Students, alumni, and even experienced professionals are always looking for ways to be effective at it and to do it in natural, comfortable ways--whether they are transitioning into other jobs, exploring ways to grow or simply looking to connect to help others. There are right ways, awkward ways, superficial ways and effective ways. There is, too, something called netiquette--networking gracefully and courteously, networking without being a burden to others.
Dr. Benjamin Akande of St. Louis will present the networking topic, "It's Not Who You Know, But Who Knows You." He will show what works, what doesn't, and how to make communication meaningful. Dr. Akande is the dean of the business school at Webster University.
For those interested in participating, reserve a spot now by registering via CFN's Linkedin site ( For more about Dr. Akande's background, see
Tracy Williams

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