2017 Poets&Quants’ PreMBA Networking Festival

Registration Closed April 30th

After completing your application and registration online, you’ll be contacted by our event coordinator Ingrid or general manager Heather with more information. Check back regularly for event updates!

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Are you starting your MBA next fall? Join us in NYC!

Poets&Quants’  2nd Annual preMBA Networking Festival is coming to NYC again in May. After last year’s highly successful debut—after which 100% of MBA admits said they would recommend the event to others—we’re providing this unique opportunity exclusively to recently admitted MBA students from leading business schools. If you are starting your MBA program in the fall of 2017 and are looking to forge important connections, become more savvy about your MBA career options, and get a head start on making sure your MBA degree has an immediate payoff, do not miss Poets&Quants’ preMBA Networking Festival!

Key benefits of attending this event.

Early access. Attendees of Poets&Quants’ preMBA Networking Festival are the first in their cohort to meet and network with executives and recruiters from the world’s largest MBA employers. This is an opportunity to, not only learn how to, but to make real connections with recruiters before they reach campus in the fall.

Expand your personal network. The preMBA Networking Festival isn’t just about meeting executives and recruiters. It’s about connecting with your peers and weaving together contacts and friendships with new admits from all over the world, some of whom may be attending your program in the fall! Regardless of where you’ve come from, you’ll meet someone with similar obstacles and experiences along the MBA journey: transitioning from career to MBA, military to MBA, or the challenges and opportunities unique to being a woman or underrepresented minority or international student pursing an MBA.

Engage your networking muscles. This isn’t about asking for a job. This event is about making real connections. To do that over a short interaction, you’ll have to learn how to network like a pro. Before the event even begins, accepted attendees will receive a guide covering more than just networking essentials and will attend a live webinar with tips on how to get the most out of the event. Beginning Thursday night, attendees will be practicing and refining their personal elevator pitch and will have the opportunity to try it out on executives and partners over both festival days.

A Message From McKinsey & Company: 2016 & 2017 Premier Sponsor of Poets&Quants preMBA Networking Festival

Register now to visit McKinsey & Company at the 2017 Poets&Quants’ preMBA Networking Festival in New York City on May 11th and 12th.

Registration Details

Open registration begins December 1st, 2016. Only 3oo applicants will be accepted to attend the festival. Interested candidates are encouraged to stay up-to-date on registration details and deadlines.

Pre-MBA candidates must submit a current resume and a round one or two acceptance letter as part of the application process. Although early registrations may be processed without an acceptance letter, event attendance is contingent upon providing the letter by the deadline.

Cost to Attend: $249

The cost of registration includes all festivities including the opening night reception, presenters, panel discussion, full day of on-site sessions with sponsors (includes five sessions and lunch) and closing networking event.

Questions about the event? Email our event coordinator Ingrid Shults. Interested in sponsoring the 2017 Poets&Quants’ preMBA Networking Festival? Contact our EVP of sales Sat Sharma.

Summary of Last Year’s Event (2016)

May 5th – Welcome kick-off held at NYU’s Stern School of Business. What’s it like to work in consulting, finance, technology, and CPG/industrial? How should you prepare for your MBA career in each industry? Attendees heard executives from leading MBA employers, LinkedIn, J.P. Morgan, McKinsey & Company and Anheuser Busch inBev in the pre-festival panel discussion with networking advice from guru Angela Guido at Career Protocol. Entertainment and a laugh provided by comedian and Tuck grad Paul Ollinger.

May 6th – Festival Day in New York City! Attendees visited their choice of twenty-three companies in their New York executive offices over four major MBA career tracks: consulting, finance, technology, and CPG/industrial. Sessions gave participants a feel for the companies, their cultures and people in their choice of four one-hour sessions and one, two-hour lunch session.


Highlights From 2016 Festival Day – Amazon brought attendees into its Manhattan warehouse and showed them how the company delivers products withing two hours before bringing the group into a conference room with their lead recruiter and three executives. PepsiCo’s corporate guru for innovation and design met with incoming students at the company’s innovation and design lab. McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs hosted two-hour luncheons with attendees, featuring top partners and presentations. At Bain, a young consultant brought attendees start-to-finish through a major consulting project for a client. J.P. Morgan executives gave candid assessment of their work and expectations before joining the lavish closing reception with sweeping views of New York.


The Cocktail Round-Up Not To Miss –Festival Day ended with a closing reception sponsored by J.P. Morgan on the 50th floor of their midtown offices featuring a talk by Jennifer Nason, Managing Director within the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group. Dozens of J.P. Morgan executives, recruiters and other premier sponsors gathered over cocktails with an incredible New York City backdrop.

Once again, PoetsandQuants wishes to thank our participating sponsors for their support in our 1st annual preMBA Networking Festival  in 2016.