The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Kyle Lewandowski  

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Future supply chain manager fueled by camaraderie, coffee, and humor.

Hometown: Muskego, Wisconsin

Fun Fact About Yourself: As an intern for his congressional office in Wisconsin, I once spent a day with Paul Ryan to travel throughout his district and meet constituents.

Undergraduate School and Major: Drake University, BSBA in Economics and Management

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: U.S. Army, Chemical/Biological/ Radiological Officer and Military Intelligence Officer

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: The platoon I led represented the U.S. at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization training exercise in Canada. We donned HAZMAT suits and teamed up with partner nations’ militaries to enter 13 toxic environments containing real chemical warfare agents and radiological contamination. I am proud of my platoon members’ performance in dangerous conditions under intense scrutiny from international observers.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? If you are like me and are not a stellar standardized test taker, consider budgeting enough time to re-attempt the GMAT or GRE even before tackling applications. Continuing a regimen of studying is frustrating and may not be possible for everyone’s timelines. You may be surprised, however, by the higher score you achieve after you walk into the testing center for a second time with boosted confidence, fewer nerves, and greater familiarity with the test. A test score constitutes only a single data point in your candidacy, but, all else equal, even an incremental increase widens the menu of schools you can target and begin to evaluate.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? Leaving military service is a profound career pivot for veterans. The Me, Inc. orientation program demonstrates Kelley’s desire to lead us to an even deeper understanding of why we are making this transition. It revealed the strengths and weaknesses we offer to a non-military organization, and how we can use the next two years of our MBA experience to leverage and overcome them, respectively. No other MBA program offered to challenge me as thoroughly through introspection and frank counsel.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? If my class had to repeat our first year but was able to select our own cohort and team members, my peers would choose to work with me again. Also, I never forgot to call my mother.

  • dilma

    Hello John,

    What is your explanation for this year delay in releasing the employment reports of most top schools? I see only Booth results this year…

  • BigBangTrigger

    aand she is dating the oscar guy at CBS !

  • D.B. Cooper

    When is this GMAT arms race going to end? Average scores keep inflating like crazy…

  • Joe

    I heard a girl at Stern has an Emmy award…

  • Claptone

    The school with the 7th highest gmat is really struggling. Stanford eats their lunch. They hate it.

  • Claptone

    But the number then should be closer to the 91%, because in the 941 you also have to include the 2+2 from previous years who are enrolling this year.

    If they are already included it means that:
    Accepted in 2017: 1,138
    Enrolled in 2017: 941 – previous 2+2
    2+2 from 2017: 1,138-(941-previous 2+2)

    Assuming there are ~100 2+2 from previous year matriculating this year (there were 106 commits last year), it means that out of the 1,138, 300 of them are 2+2 – very high.

  • The HBS acceptances include 2+2 admits who don’t immediately enroll. That is why you think the yield rate is lower than Harvard’s published number. As for where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We don’t wait for schools to report the numbers. We call them up and ask for them.

  • Calptone, where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We got them from the schools, many of which don’t publicly release some of these numbers.

  • Claptone

    Your numbers on page 2 are wrong. If HBS accepted 1,138 but only enrolled 941 it means their yield is 83%. On their website they say it’s 91%.

    Frankly, I don’t know where you got all those accepted numbers since they haven’t been publicly released.

  • Jacob

    Ya, not sure how you claim to be the best school if you have the 7th-9th highest GMAT class average. Most use the GMAT as the most common metric of determining student-body quality.

  • Joe

    So it looks like the GMAT Ranking is 1. Stanford, 2. Kellogg, 3. Booth & Wharton, 5. Harvard. Harvard won’t even publish a mean because they know its sub-730 and might even be below Yale, and UC Berkeley. Maybe as low as 7th or 8th place.