Foster School of Business | Mr. Automotive Research Engineer
GRE 328, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Ms. Marketing Family Business
GMAT 750- first try so might retake for a higher score (aiming for 780), GPA Lower Second Class Honors (around 3.0)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tech Startup Guy
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Nigerian Investment Banker
GMAT 720, GPA 3.57
Harvard | Ms. FMCG Enthusiast Seeking Second MBA
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Harvard | Mr. French In Japan
GMAT 720, GPA 14,3/20 (French Scale), (=Roughly 3.7/4.0)
Tuck | Mr. Army Consultant
GMAT 460, GPA 3.2
Columbia | Mr. Investment Banker Turned Startup Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Wharton | Mr. Chemical Engineering Dad
GMAT 710, GPA 3.50
Wharton | Mr. Ignacio
GMAT 730, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Psychology & Marketing
GMAT 700, GPA 68%
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Mechanical Engineer & Blood Bank NGO
GMAT 480, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Mr. Investor & Operator (2+2)
GMAT 720, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. AC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.5
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Athlete-Engineer To Sales
GMAT 720, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Mr. Competition Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Pipeline Engineer To Consulting
GMAT 750, GPA 3.76
Tuck | Mr. Aspiring Management Consultant
GRE 331, GPA 3.36
Stanford GSB | Mr. Certain Engineering Financial Analyst
GMAT 700, GPA 2.52
Columbia | Mr. Electrical Engineering
GRE 326, GPA 7.7
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12

A Dean’s Summer Reading List for MBAs

Here are five books for summer reading for students:

1. “James Buchanan” by Jean H. Baker.  This is a short, engaging, biography of James Buchanan who is frequently ranked as the worst President in US history. Students (especially business students) can learn a lot from Baker’s discussion of Buchanan’s large flaws as a leader. And as we are observing the 150th anniversary of the onset of the Civil War, this book is a useful reminder of its causes and how feckless leaders can actually make a crisis worse.

2. “Tried by War,” by James M. McPherson.  A very well-written book about how Abraham Lincoln ran the Civil War from the Union side. It contains large lessons about crisis management, emotional intelligence, leadership of a losing (then winning) team, learning on the job, motivating subordinates with a sense of urgency, and the influence of politics in running an organization. Lincoln continued to change generals until he found a few who could actually win battles.

3. “Talent is Overrated,” by Geoff Colvin. Colvin makes the hugely important point that it’s not good genes or mindless hard work that produces high performance. Rather, it is “deliberate practice,” the kind gained by careful coaching, repetitive attention to one’s weaknesses, and so on.  It is not just what you learn, but how you learn it that really matters.

4. “The Rational Optimist,” by Matt Ridley.  The Subprime Crisis and ensuing recession produced dark misgivings about Capitalism that produced valuable reflections but also threatened to enervate students and executives.  This book is a stirring antidote, arguing that markets have produced a higher quality of life for everyone, even the poorest of the world.  Ridley presents the case that in the long run the human condition will improve.

5. “This is Water: Some thoughts Delivered on a Significant Occasion About Living a Compassionate Life,” by David Foster Wallace.  A very well-written and inspiring commencement speech given in 2005 (available for purchase in book form or free in a number of places online).   Wallace argues that the chief gift in a university education is the awareness of the world and the fact that you have choice about how to live in it.  A deep, provocative, and compelling piece of writing.