The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Barbara Demetrio Salgado 

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I am a happy and flexible person who appreciates learning from experiences and overcoming challenges.

Hometown: Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Fun Fact About Yourself: During my first hiking trip, I was concerned about my backpack weight and only packed canned tuna to eat. I ate so much tuna for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that I never ate canned tuna again from that day on.

Undergraduate School and Major: 

Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV), Master in Finance

Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Business Administration

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Itau Unibanco S.A., Senior Analyst

Itau Unibanco S.A., Analyst

Itau Unibanco S.A., Junior Analyst

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: After some time in my position, I became a role model and a go-to person in my department. Because of that (and because of my deliverables), I was recognized by the bank as a top-performing employee and was one of the very few in my department selected for a merit-based scholarship for a master in finance.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? First, I would recommend starting early to allow yourself some time to reflect on what you expect to get from the MBA experience and what you intend to achieve in the next two, five, or 10 years. Second, it’s essential to think about the school: where do you want to be and which one can help you most to achieve your goals. Visiting the schools and getting in touch with students, alumni, and staff will help you to figure that out and make a wiser decision.

Finally, enjoy the process. It’s a long journey, but you end up stronger and more aware of yourself and your aspirations. In addition, receiving the school offer is a great reward.

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? The key factor was Johnson’s close-knit and collaborative community that made me feel part of it since my first school visit — and I made three. Also, Johnson’s strength in the financial industry is evident, with a unique and intense immersion program that will prepare me to succeed in my post-MBA career.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? After the first year of business school, success for me would  be having  been able to develop myself by learning the new skills required for my next career step, forging new lifetime friendships, and finally  culminating in a great internship experience with a full-time return offer!

  • 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.