MBAs Across America: Entrepreneurs with a Heart

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Casey Gerald

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Michael Baker and Casey Gerald, CEO & CFO of MBAs Across America are making the American dream come true in towns and cities across the country.

Listen to the full recording of our conversation to learn about MBAxAmerica’s past experiences, plans for the future, and what these two Harvard MBAs have to say about their time at HBS.

00:02:20 – What day one looked like for the MBAxAmerica team.

00:06:54 – Can Harvard educated MBAs relate to the challenges of a mom and pop shop?

00:11:01 – The proof of the pudding: How many entrepreneurs actually implemented the advice.

00:12:58 – Where is MBAxAmerica going next?

00:14:35 – The criterion for choosing MBAs and entrepreneurs for next year’s trip.

00:18:13 – Will MBAxAmerica expand beyond the MBA and the USA?

00:25:10 – The benefits on the MBAxAmerica internship for non-entrepreneurs.

00:27:20 – Mike and Casey’s biggest Aha moments of last year’s trip.

00:31:32 – Best Harvard Business School moments.

00:35:45 – Advice for next year’s HBS applicants.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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Relevant Links:

MBAs Across America
The Secret to MBA Acceptance Webinar
“M.B.A. Students Hit the Road to Help Small-Business Owners”
MBAXAmerica Application For MBAs
MBAXAmerica Application For entrepreneurs
From Psychology to the Media Industry, Strat and Harvard B-School

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5 Million to Share: The 43North Competition

Want to know more? Listen to the full episode!Do you have a great business idea but need 1 million dollars to get yourself started? Meet Peter Burakowski, Senior Marketing Manager at 43North.

Listen to the recording of our fascinating conversation with Peter to find out why 43North is going to give away $5 million dollars to eleven promising entrepreneurs and what you need to do if you want to be one of the winners.

00:01:43 – About 43North (and why you really want to win).

00:10:06 – Who can apply.

00:11:21 – Why retail and hospitality are excluded.

00:12:25 – The 43North application process.

00:14:30 – What are the judges looking for?

00:16:33 – Setting up shop in Buffalo.

00: 21:49 – How many applicants are vying for the gold?

00:23:37 – About the judges. (Will you be one of them?)

00:27:32 – Mentorship and community.

00:31:03 – A lot more than a t-shirt: what happens to the semi-finalists.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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•  43North
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MCAT Mania: How to Prepare

Listen to the full recording of the interview with Megan Galvin.The big MCAT change is coming right up. Whether you are rushing to take the test before MCAT2015 or you are concerned about taking the new 6-hour exam, our latest podcast interviewee has some great advice for you.

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Megan Galvin, the National Program Director for Examkrackers to learn more about prepping for the MCAT, the upcoming changes, and Examkrackers.

00:02:25 – MCAT prep timing. [Don’t set yourself up for failure!]

00:09:21 – Examkrackers’ distinctive approach.

00:17:43 – Class character.

00:20:10 – Classroom learning or self-study?

00:26:27 – Programs for non-traditional and postbac applicants.

00:33:22 – The MCAT is about to change in a big way. What are we in for?

00:42:24 – Is there any reason not to take the old test?

00:44:28 – Don’t prepare for the MCAT before you’ve taken your science prerequisites!

* The current MCAT will be accepted through 2017 for-applicants to entering Med School in 2018 (see here for more info).

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Examkrackers
• Navigating the Med School Mazetips to help you apply successfully to medical school.

 Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success
A Second Chance at Medical School: Applying to Postbac Programs
• AAMC
The MCAT2015 Exam for Students

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An Inside Look at INSEAD

Listen to the full recording of our interview! INSEAD. The place where graduates speak three languages. And where 40% of graduates go into consulting.

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Pejay Belland, Director of Marketing, Admissions & Financial Aid at INSEAD, for great insights into the program and tips that applicants to any MBA program should know.

00:01:42 – Singapore, Fontainebleau, and the USA in 10 months?

00:03:25 – Does the exchange program come at the expense of community?

00:05:04 – Why INSEAD likes consultants and consultants like INSEAD.

00:07:33 – Entrepreneurship at INSEAD (50% of grads start their own company at some time in their career!).

00:09:52 – Changes to the INSEAD application: Really getting to know candidates as people.

00:16:25 – The new dean and his initiatives.

00:18:51 – The video essay: in the cards.

00:20:38 – INSEAD’s admissions process and what it means for applicants.

00:24:32 – Can you demonstrate “international outlook” if you’ve never left your home country?

00:25:42 – What Pejay wishes she could tell all applicants.

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•  INSEAD
•  INSEAD Admissions Video
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Waitlisted! What Now?

Listen to the full recording of 'Waitlisted! Now What?'So, you’ve been waitlisted and you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry. You can choose to do either, neither or both, but then it is time to figure out what to do next.

Listen to the recording of our latest podcast episode to hear Linda Abraham’s six tips for waitlisted applicants. Make sure you know what to do (and what not to do!) to ensure that you are the candidate on the very top of that waitlist.

00:01:28 – Devastated about your waitlisted status? Don’t give up!

00:02:16 – Don’t be an independent thinker please.

00:03:43 – Self-evaluate and take action.

00:04:24 – Spread the good word (even if it doesn’t relate to your weaknesses).

00:05:44 – Schools like applicants who are interested in attending their program!

00:06:13 – Don’t spam the adcom.

00:06:48 – How a waitlist letter should begin and what it should include.

00:07:33 – Addressing your weaknesses without sounding weak.

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•  MBA Waitlist Advice 101
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•  College Waitlist Advice 101 
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•  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Med School Waitlistan ebook
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Leadership is King: Interview with IMD’s Lisa Piguet

Listen to the full interview with Lisa Piguet! If you are considering pursuing an MBA at IMD then you are in luck. This week’s guest on Admissions Straight Talk is Lisa Piguet, Associate Director of MBA Admissions and Marketing at IMD.

Listen to the interview to get the details about IMD’s unique program, the admissions process, and some excellent advice for applicants.

00:02:05 – The (intense!) structure of the IMD MBA program.

00:06:41 – Work experience a must.

00:08:53 – Innovations of the new program director.

00:13:47 – Why the serious changes to the IMD application?

00:19:01 – The Day Long Assessment: what it is and why it’s here to stay.

00:21:35 – Career Placement at IMD: are the rumors true?

00:23:52 – Advice for IMD applicants.

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•  IMD
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MBA Admissions According to an Expert

Click here to listen to the show!Who better to offer MBA admissions advice than an actual former MBA admissions director?

Natalie Grinblatt Epstein has held positions of Director of MBA Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Michigan Ross and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Johnson School of Cornell University. She is currently a highly sought after admissions consultant at Accepted.

Listen to the recording of our highly informative conversation with Natalie and benefit from her years of experience and great insight into the MBA admissions process. While she covered a lot of different topics, MBA interviews dominated.

00:04:10 – How a research paper converted a brand manager to an admissions officer.

00:07:25 – Three things applicants really need to know but they often just don’t get. (Take if from a former adcom member!)

00:12:17 – MBA essay word limits are shrinking: Don’t cram! Be strategic.

00:18:37 – Tips for preparing for your blind MBA interview.

00:21:28 – Non-blind interview tips. Tune in HBS & MIT applicants!

00:23:35 – The Team Based Discussion.

00:29:18 – ‘Go for it!’ and other advice for late round applicants.

00:34:17 – Addressing weaknesses in your application profile and what do if you don’t have any volunteering in your background.

00:37:25 – Applying for an MBA? Get to know yourself ASAP.

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•  Natalie’s Bio Page
•  
Natalie’s client feedback page
•  MBA Admissions 101

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All About AMSA and the Premed Journey

Listen to the full interview now!Introducing Rachel Glassford, MPH candidate, AMSA Premedical Trustee, and Pathways Intern for the Dept of Health and Human Services.

Listen to the full recording of the show for low down on AMSA’s fabulous work and how this organization can help you on your path to med school.

00:01:45 – Rachel’s MPH and premed journey.

00:04:46 – Pathways Intern for the Office of Rural Health Policy.

00:06:15 – Representing physicians-in-training and improving the nation’s healthcare system: How does AMSA do it?

00:11:24 – Inspiration at the AMSA convention.

00:14:29 – Gaining a realistic understanding of the field before applying to med school.

00:17:13 – What AMSA offers med school students. And what Rachel is busy with.

00:18:27 – Advice for an MPH candidate.

00:19:59 – A word for premeds: Enjoy! (And if you aren’t, reassess.)

Up for a trip to New Orleans? AMSA is offering an extension of the AMSA Convention early bird rate for Admissions Straight Talk listeners!! Just use coupon code NOLAEARLY when you register here. (Hurry! Online registration closes on Monday, February 17th.)

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The Stanford MSx Program for Experienced Leaders

Listen to the full interview!Do you need an advanced business education, but a full time MBA isn’t a good option for you? There is a fabulous option that you just may not have heard about yet.

Want to know more?

Listen to the recording of our recent interview with Mike Hochleutner – Director of the Stanford MSx Program, Stanford’s ‘one-year, full-time Masters of Science degree program for experienced leaders.’

00:02:31 – Stanford’s MSx program: What it is, whom it’s for, and how it came about.

00:05:58 – The evolution of the program & the influence of entrepreneurship.

00:10:23 – What the name change signified.

00:12:42 – Recent improvements to the program.

00:14:16 – Places to go and people to meet: the MSx trips.

00:20:28 – What the Stanford MSx Fellows have in common.

00:24:14 – The difference between the Stanford MBA and the MSx program.

00:27:54 – Career changing and career services.

00:34:19 – Sponsored students and career resources.

00:36:04 – 3 tips for developing leadership qualities in yourself.

00:41:58 – Want to apply to the MSx program? Here is what they are looking for.

00:47:27 – Goals! Why you need to know why you are doing what you are doing.

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•  Executive MBA Application Essay Tips for Top Programs
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Stanford MSx for Experienced Leaders

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MBA Project Search: Matchmaking for MBAs and Businesses

Get the scoop on MBA Project Search!You got into b-school, graduated, and now you’ve got to pay back those loans. Enter Dan Mullaney, a McDonough grad and founder of MBA Project Search.

Listen to the full recording of the show to learn about MBA Project Search, its origins, how it functions today, and how it can help soon-to-be students and professionals live the lives they want to lead.

00:02:09 – The birth of MBA Project Search.

00:03:33 – All over the map: What makes MBA Project Search unique.

00:05:44 – MBAs only?

00:08:54 – What first year MBA students and top-level CEO candidates have in common.

00:11:02 – Free to post, free to peruse. When do I pay?

00:11:53 – Nice. Nearly 10,000 consultants in the database.

00:13:17 – Active matchmaking: The MBA Project Search process.

00:17:09 – What the future holds.

00:17:48 – Why a philosophy major went to Georgetown McDonough.

00:19:07 – Business School: Irrelevant or Indispensable?

00:20:15 – Dan’s tip for non-traditional MBA applicants (and all applicants).

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