The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Skyler Brown 

University of Washington, Foster School of Business 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Adventurous and engaging innovator with a very high tolerance for calculated risks.

Hometown: San Jose, California

Fun Fact About Yourself: I spot and assess cryptocurrencies for growth potential with a group of friends.

Undergraduate School and Major: United States Military Academy at West Point, BS in Law and Legal Studies (International Focus)

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: I was commissioned into the U.S. Army after graduation and initially served in a ballistic missile defense unit as an engagement control officer and trainer. I went on to complete the Special Forces Qualification Course (for “Green Berets”) and deployed as a mountain team detachment commander. I finished military service as a special operations planner.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Helping a contingent of Afghan entrepreneurs create lasting economic benefits for their community with an incredible team of business-focused and people-focused Green Berets.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? Deliberately plan to ideate, produce, review and improve both your essays and your talking points. Add time for others to review your products. 

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? Foster is uniquely positioned in the epicenter of the Pacific Northwest tech boom. Foster’s graduate network and faculty have developed the infrastructure for MBA students to benefit from special access to companies that are pushing the tech envelope. These advantages will give me the skillsets to make an immediate impact in business.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? I am starting a challenging internship, I have built strong bonds with my classmates, I have worked hard to get the maximum benefit from faculty and I have properly balanced work time with family time.

  • 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.