Kellogg | Mr. Texan Adventurer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Tuck | Mr. Metamorphosis
GRE 324, GPA 3.15
Stanford GSB | Ms. Retail Innovator
GMAT 750, GPA 3.84
MIT Sloan | Mr. Unicorn Strategy
GMAT 740 (estimated), GPA 3.7
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Cambridge Judge | Mr. Nuclear Manager
GMAT 700, GPA 2.4
London Business School | Ms. Aussie Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Geography Techie
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Aussie Sustainability
GMAT 650 (retaking to boost chances), GPA 4
Wharton | Mr. Food & Beverage
GMAT 720, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Just Jim
GRE 335, GPA 3.99
London Business School | Mr. Impact Financier
GMAT 750, GPA 7.35/10
Kellogg | Mr. Sales Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.00
Columbia | Ms. Mechanical Engineer
GMAT 610, GPA 3.72
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. CRA11
GMAT 720, GPA 3.61
Harvard | Mr. Impact Investment
GMAT 760, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Private Equity
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. Worker Bee
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Columbia | Mr. MD
GMAT 630, GPA 3.24
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Digital Marketing Analyst
GMAT 710, GPA 3.27
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Controller
GRE Yet to Take, Target is ~330, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Mr. AI in Asia
GMAT 760, GPA 3.25
IMD | Mr. Future Large Corp
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Career Coach
GRE 292, GPA 3.468
Marshall School of Business | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75

Listen To P&Q Live, Our New Weekly Podcast

In the third edition of P&Q Live, our new weekly podcast on all things business school, Poets&Quants Founder John A. Byrne celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Consortium for Graduate Management Education, interviews Haas School of Business Dean Richard Lyons on the UC-Berkeley campus about the four defining principles of the school’s culture, and handicaps the MBA odds of a 25-year-old Hispanic woman who did a two-year stint in a management trainee program at Burger King.

Peter Aranda, executive director and CEO of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

Peter Aranda, executive director and CEO of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

Managing Editor Marc Ethier explores the early founding and the accomplishments of The Consortium 50 years after the organization sent its very first cohort of 21 African Americans — all men — into MBA programs at only three participating business schools. The Consortium, with its business school and corporate partners, encourages and guides underrepresented minorities into MBA programs. A half century after opening its doors, The Consortium will send a record 490 students into MBA programs at 18 schools this fall (see The Consortium, Born In A Turbulent Time, Marks 50 Years).

Haas Dean Richard Lyons

Haas Dean Richard Lyons

Haas School of Business Dean Rich Lyons, who has led the UC-Berkeley school for the past nine years, addresses the impact of the school’s culture-driven strategy centered on four defining principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. In an interview with Byrne, he reveals the fifth considered principle that was dropped from the final list and explains why it didn’t pass muster. Lyons says the cultural emphasis has been embedded in all of the school’s processes in the past five years, from admissions to career management. Surveys of admitted students to Haas show that it is now the No. 1 reason they choose the school, given greater importance than the school’s location in the Bay Area or its stellar reputation.

Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com

Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com

And finally, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg is back to assess the chances of a 25-year-old Hispanic woman who now works as the marketing director of a tech startup after a two-year stint in Burger King’s management trainee program. At Burger King, she largely worked in marketing analytics in Latin America. The Duke undergraduate has a 3.87 grade-point average in international studies and Spanish and a 690 GMAT score. She hopes to use her MBA to transition into global brand management or international business strategy for a multinational company. Her target schools: Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, UCLA Anderson, and Columbia Business School.

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.