Georgetown MBA Interview with Teri Delgado

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This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with current MBA students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top MBA programs. We hope to offer you a candid picture of student life, and what you should consider as you prepare your MBA application.

Accepted: First, can you tell us a bit about your background? Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What is your favorite flavor ice cream?

Teri: My background is Puerto Rican and Mexican-Irish and I grew up in Kensington, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. I studied psychology at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Go Big Green! My favorite flavor of ice cream is Dulce de Leche.

Accepted: What events or experiences in your life led you to pursue an MBA?

Teri: I chose to pursue an MBA to build a strong general management foundation. After undergrad, I joined an education start-up to teach high school students and design AP curriculum, but discovered my passion for marketing when the start-up’s founder asked me to support the growth of the company by managing the company’s marketing campaigns and sponsorships. Focused on advancing my marketing career, I spent the next 5 years with the Advisory Board Company, a healthcare research, technology, and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., where I pioneered the firm’s first product marketing role and grew the strategic marketing team over the physician performance technology and consulting divisions. Partnering with product development and sales teams, I launched 5 new technology products and designed a strategic plan for the firm’s physician-focused solutions. This experience working across cross-functional teams to advance corporate strategy and drive both top-line sales and bottom-line growth helped me build a strong marketing foundation, but also motivated me to deepen my knowledge of other business functions. Through conversations with mentors at work and other professional women that I met through the Forte Foundation, I knew that getting my MBA was the best next step for me.

Accepted: Can you talk about your experience with the Forte Foundation? What are some of the benefits of being involved with this organization?

Teri: As a Forte Fellow, I have access to many great benefits, including networking events, webinars, and the annual Forte Conference. Even before school started, I was welcomed by my second-year Forte mentor from Georgetown who helped me navigate the first weeks of school. Through my Forte participation, I contribute to the Forte Fellow blog and have been empowered to lead the first-year women’s mentoring program as the VP, Mentorship for the Georgetown Women in Business club. Forte sponsored events helped me evaluate pursuing an MBA early on and I am thrilled that I can share my experience and help other women strategically consider this decision as well.

Accepted: I see you’re also an NSHMBA Fellow and a Toyota Fellow. Can you tell us a little about these programs?

Teri: Through Georgetown, I received a National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Scholarship and a Toyota Fellowship.

NSHMBA is committed to increasing the number of Hispanics with graduate business degrees and is a premier networking and skill development organization for Hispanic professionals. As a NSHMBA Scholar, I have received a financial scholarship, access to exclusive networking events and skill-building workshops, and admission to the annual NSHMBA career conference where I secured my summer internship offer. I also have volunteered for NSHMBA and participated in the annual Brillante Awards gala where McDonough’s full-time program was honored for Education Excellence.

The Toyota Fellowship recognizes successful undergraduate academic performance and at least four years of professional achievement for MBA candidates concentrating in marketing, strategy, or finance. As a Fellow, I have been invited to exclusive networking events with Toyota.

Accepted: What is your favorite thing about the MBA program at Georgetown McDonough? Least favorite?

Teri: McDonough has empowered me to apply my leadership skills in both global and local contexts. My favorite part of the experience has been building relationships with students and the community as a Marketing Club Leader and as a Board Fellow where I helped an international non-profit with brand building and digital platform development. My least favorite thing about Georgetown is probably the limited dining options on campus, but I heard that they are planning to renovate the food court this year!

Accepted: Which other b-schools had you considered? Why did you think Georgetown was the best fit?

Teri: I was accepted at NYU Stern and Duke as well but chose Georgetown because I felt a strong connection to the people and the place. The Georgetown culture is collegial and grounded in service to others. I can honestly say that the people I have met are committed to solving the world’s challenges and serving the local community- we have partnerships with over 40+ community service organizations and non-profits in D.C. Georgetown’s general management and international focus was a great fit for my career goals. Being close to home and family was a great bonus!

Accepted: What are you doing for your summer internship? What role did Georgetown play in helping you secure that position?

Teri: This summer, I have a brand management internship with Johnson & Johnson’s OTC Global Franchise Organization in Fort Washington, PA. As a member of the Global Franchise team, I am focused on identifying and sizing pain care growth opportunities for key brands (TYLENOL® and MOTRIN®) across 16 global markets to inform the 2013 global strategic plan. Georgetown’s Career Services team and the Graduate Marketing Club peer advisors (second-year MBA students) were invaluable in helping me prepare for my interviews at the NSHMBA career conference. I felt confident going into internship recruiting because of the time that Career Services and my marketing peers invested in me to help me prepare for company conference calls, mock interviews, and case interviews.

Accepted: How would you rate Georgetown and Washington, D.C. as a setting for business school?

Teri: Georgetown is a fun and unique setting for business school. Georgetown’s D.C. location gives students unparalleled access to government, business, and cultural leaders. Some of the highlights of my first year have been campus events with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Muhammad Yunus founder of Grameen Bank, and Bono.

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  • WhatRocks

    This interview parrots all the cliches from the georgetown marketing material as to render it uninformative and disingenuous. Given the 30% unemployment rate of the 2014 class this summer, let alone all the folks who are “working” unpaid and who had to find jobs through off-campus channels, it stands to reason that “the least favorite thing” about georgetown for many students is the sheer incompetence of the career center. The most surprising thing about georgetown would be the mediocre teaching quality (ask anyone who had to sit through the revamped Leadership and Social Intelligence class). While the school attracts a few high profile speakers, capacity at such events is so tight that it’s virtually impossible to attend any of them unless you have 2-4 hours to spare waiting in line. Finally, there is nothing particularly collegial about the student culture; it may appear so but that is just a reflection of lower performance standards and ambitions.

  • moonman

    WhatRocks,

    Sorry to hear that things have not worked out the way you anticipated. That said, GROW UP. No need to let everyone know how angry you are. There’s enough negativity in the world…have you tried to make it better? Where are your recommendations below? As a business leader, I am very disappointed that this response came from a Georgetown MBA, because you gave no constructive information, only destructive. If this how you deal with business problems, I would not want to hire you either.

    My experience at McDonough was phenomenal, specifically with the Career Center. I worked hard to engage with them, and found that the more that I put into my career development and the career center, the more I got out of it. And the output wasn’t “jobs”. It was exposure, advocacy, and learning…which I used to turn into job opportunities.

    The career center at Georgetown is a resource that exists to help you help yourself and give you exposure….not get you a job. If you don’t get the job you want, that’s ultimately your issue. You are supposed to be an adult, take some responsibility.

    Shame on you for using inaccurate, non-scientific, ridiculous “data” to support your argument. What was your sample set to get your 30%? How does that compare to other schools? What does “All of the folks” mean when referring to unpaid? How does this segment out in terms of why they are unpaid? what choices are they making? what is their performance? Again, you are in business school, all things you should either know or be learning about to make your arguments credible.

    I have seen the employment data, and there has been STRONG growth over the past few years in key areas such as % offers received, compensation, etc. Internship salaries are up. Georgetown also has a strong non-profit and government sector, many of which offer unpaid internships. I think we need more MBA’s across the country to pursue this course, to make this country and the world better.

    In sum, your career is your own, so own it. The Career Services Center at Georgetown was a great resource for me during my time there, because I made it so

    • Abner Shao

      So well said. And I couldn’t agree more!

  • Abner Shao

    There are several points that I would like to address as a McDonough School of Business MBA alumnus. These points are not to attack WhatRocks, but rather, they are meant to bring a different perspective.

    Career Center:
    One of the biggest misconceptions of students going into business school is the role and responsibilities of the Career Center and its staff. The responsibility of career advisers is not to hand out jobs to MBA candidates. They are there as a resource – for students to proactively utilize. They advocate on behalf of students when companies come searching for students with a specific skill set. They help motivate, guide and polish students so that they are prepared for their recruiting events and interviews. With that said, the more time a student can spend with his/her career adviser, the better the career adviser can coach that student. Foolish is a student who expects a handout. In addition, most internships will NOT come through the school. That is a statistic that is well publicized. Students have to commit to doing some of the leg work as well.
    As for the 30% unemployment rate that was cited, I am not sure where this statistic came from. For the class of 2013, nearly 100% of students who sought out an internship landed an internship. For the class of 2014, 91% of students who sought out an internship found one. These are statistics from the MBA Career office. Students who worked on their on entrepreneurial projects were not counted as being employed. And some students decided to work for a non-profit or a start up where they were not compensated – that was a personal decision. You cannot penalize the school or the career center for that.

    Academics:
    I think maybe one of the most surprising things for me as a student was how engaged the faculty were with students and student needs. There were some major changes to the curriculum. And I think any time there are big changes, there will be growing pains – and for the class of 2014, they probably experienced some of that.
    As a member of the 2013 class, when the curriculum changes were made, the faculty brought their recommendations to our class and the class of 2012 to have us poke holes in their plan. Over 250 students showed for the town hall meeting. I thought that was tremendous, and it really showed the level of interest faculty have in student feedback.
    In addition, I had a couple professors ask me about my job recruitment status, as they wanted to connect me with one of their professional contacts.

    Community and Culture:
    The culture and the community at Georgetown are some of the things I will miss the most about Georgetown and McDonough. My classmates were supportive in the classroom, in the job search, and in life. I have so many fond memories cramming for exams (funny but true), traveling the world (literally!), and preparing for job interviews – with my classmates. My peers were the ones that supported me throughout the two years of school, as we lived a life(style) that people don’t quite understand.
    The community – both administrative and teaching faculty and students, made my time at McDonough sincerely unforgettable. My classmates are hardworking and accomplished individuals who I have earned respect. Our community IS collegial – not because performance standards are subpar (which I don’t believe they are), but because we genuinely enjoy the company of our peers.

    It is truly unfortunate the perspective WhatRocks has shared because it is so far from the experience I had – and the experience that many many of my classmates had.

    Abner Shao
    MSB 2013