The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Rosa Glenn

MIT, Sloan School of Management

Describe yourself in 15 words or less:  Classically trained weaver, come product and materials designer looking to make an impact in retail.

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Fun Fact About Yourself: For a brief period in college, I was raising silk worms in my studio locker. It was a complete disaster – there were worms everywhere. I didn’t get any usable silk, but I learned SO much about fiber production. I have never looked at a silk blouse the same way since.

Undergraduate School and Major: Rhode Island School of Design, Textile Design BFA

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Anthropologie owned by Urban Outfitters (retailer), Associate Designer, Technical lead on fabric development home furnishing group.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I managed the decorative textile line at Anthro (all rugs, curtains and upholstery) from the design side. Collaborated with vendor and in house partners to create a series of best-selling assortments that turned around chronically underperforming categories.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants?  Really spend the time figuring out why it makes sense to get an MBA – not just the logical, career trajectory portion, but the emotional reasoning too. Try to connect as a person, not just as a polished resume.

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?  I chose MIT because of its commitment to innovation. As a product designer, I’ve always worked in creative teams. I wanted an MBA program that embraced analytical thinking along with design thinking – creativity is in MIT’s DNA.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school?  I would love to have a deep understanding of the analytical tools needed to solve business problems. Having the creative side alone can only get you so far in most companies. Success would mean leaving the school year with the confidence and ability to have a broader impact.

  • 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.