The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Babatunde Oshinowo Jr 

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: A retired NFL athlete passionate about faith, community, hospitality, growth, eating, and making things better.

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Fun Fact About Yourself: I was drafted and played in the NFL for 3 years (see “cup of coffee”).

Undergraduate School and Major: Stanford University; Electrical Engineering

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: I played defensive tackle for the Browns, Bears, and Eagles; worked as the Lead Designer for NCSA -Next College Student Athlete; and started my own web design and development company.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: During the offseason, while training in Chicago, I taught myself how code HTML/CSS/JS and helped guide a nonprofit startup through the creation of their first full scale website.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? 

The pressure to put your best image out there for schools during the application process is daunting. Plus it’s easier than ever now to look around and see what’s happening with other people trying to do the same thing. The comparison game doesn’t help you one bit.

As cliche as it is to say, you really do need to be authentic; your “why” has got to be a compass that navigates you through the many options and questions that come from the
application process. Otherwise, you might craft an image of yourself that is impossible to
maintain. It may help to find someone with some experience in the application process
(mentors, alumni, etc) to talk through your “why.”

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? As a career switcher, I needed a program that was flexible enough for me to get the best of the basics while still being able to “get my handsdirty” in entrepreneurship and leadership. I felt like Booth was the perfect way to get the bestof both worlds. The academic rigor and exceptional professors, combined with the myriad ofentrepreneurial opportunities and resources,was a major draw.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? It would look like working with an awesome team about to win the Social New Venture Challenge!

  • 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.