Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Senior Research Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.58
Stanford GSB | Mr. Doctor Who
GRE 322, GPA 4.0
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Data Savvy Engineer
GRE 316, GPA 2.92
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9

Top MBA Employers Highlight P&Q Festival


All six of the most popular employers of elite MBA graduates will be holding sessions for incoming MBA students at the second annual Pre-MBA Networking Festival sponsored by Poets&Quants on May 11-12 in New York City.

Google, McKinsey & Co., The Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Co., Deloitte, and Amazon—the top half dozen companies most MBA want to work for according to surveys—will all hold sessions in their New York offices. They will be among more than 20 world-class sponsors, presenters and world-class MBA employers, including Anheuser-Busch, Accenture Strategy, American Express, A.T. Kearney, CommonBond, Deutsche Bank, E&Y, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, J.P. Morgan, L’Oréal, Morgan Stanley, PepsiCo, and PwC.

“This is an extraordinary and unusual event, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for newly admitted MBA candidates to gain a deep and early understanding of their future career options,” says John A. Byrne, editor-in-chief of “The employer sessions give incoming students a headstart in helping to decide what industry and job they would most want to have as an internship and ultimately a full-time position.”


The first festival, held last year, was a rousing success, with 100% of the attendees saying in a survey that they would highly recommend the event to others. “Students came away with great contacts that immediately led to summer internships at great companies, including Amazon, JP Morgan Chase and McKinsey,” adds Byrne. “And they were able to get a handle on each of these companies without the pressures or distractions of balancing their school work and social obligations.”

Registered attendees as of April 15th include successful MBA applicants to Harvard Business School, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Columbia Business School, Yale’s School of Management, NYU’s Stern School of Business, INSEAD, London Business School, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, Cornell’s Graduate Johnson School of Management, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, among many other of the world’s leading business schools. Some 10% of the registered attendees will be coming to the event from overseas.

The festival opens on the evening of May 11 at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a panel discussion on MBA careers that will feature Colleen Baum, principal at McKinsey, Marco Caggiano, managing director at JP Morgan’s merger & acquisitions group, Michael Grimstad, regional leader for Amazon Prime Now, Brian Perkins, global vice-president at AbInBev’s Budweiser, and Priyanka “Piya” Nair Newkirk, Vice President of Makeup Marketing at Lancôme, L’Oréal. NYU Stern Dean Peter Henry will welcome attendees to the opening, where students also will hear from a career coach and a comedian.


On May 12th, attendees are able to attend five separate company sessions where executives and partners explain what it’s like to work in their companies, what kinds of jobs newly hired MBAs perform, and offer candid advice on how to pursue an opportunity in their companies. The festival ends with a lavish evening reception sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.

Attendees can begin to create their custom agenda for the festival on April 27th. Registration for the event closes on April 30. There is still a limited number of seats still available.

To register for the event, click here.

To see a video highlighting last year’s festival, click here.


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.