The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Ronald Replan 

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I am an Education advocate. I founded three education ventures, all of them still active.

Hometown: Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Fun Fact About Yourself: I could qualify as an extremophile. I grew up in the hottest area in the Philippines where heat index reaches 52 deg C but surprisingly, I enjoy winter hiking in the Canadian Rockies.

Undergraduate School and Major:

University of the Philippines, Business Administration

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japanese Language and Business Culture

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

NutriAsia, Finance Business Partner (New Businesses)

Globe Telecom, Product Manager (Broadband)

Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Senior Analyst (Capital Investments)

Mitchell Madison Group, Analyst

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: With thorough analysis, I recommended investments in machinery that minimized Coca-Cola’s CO2 footprint, significantly cutting down the company’s costs and greenhouse emissions. Who knew you could save money and save the environment with the same initiative?

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? At first, I felt embarrassed to reach out to people from my target schools because I hardly knew anyone from the MBA circle; it turned out to be the best decision I have ever made. Although combing through websites and reading books helped, talking with these people unearthed valuable insights and inside information that made my application materials coherent, well-researched, and polished. Not available on brochures and ranking websites, information from alumni/students will let you know the school more deeply and will let you assess better how you will fit with the institution. In your application, it’s imperative that you relay this “fit” convincingly.

At information sessions, do not be shy to ask for their e-mail address or to contact them on LinkedIn. You will be surprised at how eager they are to answer questions even if they don’t know you very well. Some of them would go as far as helping you check your resume and essays.

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? Rotman’s most striking features are its curriculum and teaching pedagogy. Instead of teaching only the traditional business courses through case studies, Rotman teaches Self-Development, Integrative Thinking and Business Design (more relevant in today’s world), and does so through “mental frameworks.” Based on experience, mental frameworks make seemingly complicated business concepts simple and straightforward and as a result, the concepts become more memorable and useful. Mental frameworks also make the concepts more universal so they can be applied to problems in other industries, or functions.

Rotman’s curriculum and teaching pedagogy are most helpful to those like me who are exploring and/or switching careers.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? After talking to most of my classmates, I was amazed that there were almost no two people with the same background. A great advantage of studying in a top school is that you can forge lifelong friendships with such brilliant and inspiring people who have proven themselves in their respective and unique fields.

  • 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.