UCLA Anderson | Mr. SME Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55 (as per WES paid service)
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
NYU Stern | Ms. Luxury Retail
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Russland Native
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5

Meet Columbia Business School’s MBA Class Of 2019

Celine Tarrant 

Columbia Business School 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Lover of all things retail. Passionate about health, wellness and advancing women in the workplace.

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Fun Fact About Yourself: I once went volcano boarding in Nicaragua. It involved hiking up a live volcano and then throwing myself down the other side on a wooden sled at 30 mph!

Undergraduate School and Major: Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada), Bachelor of Commerce

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Walmart Canada – D.A.R.E. Associate (Rotational Leadership Program) (2014-2015)

Walmart Canada – Associate Category Manager, Ladies Athleisure Apparel (2015 – 2016)

Walmart Canada – Manager, Pricing Decision Support (2016 – 2017)

BRIKA (VC-backed retail startup) – Merchandising & Operations (Pre-MBA Internship) (2017)

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: In my most recent role at Walmart Canada, I joined a new team working on a strategic project to enable our merchants to use data to make strategic and informed pricing decisions for the first time. This was a fundamental change to the way our buying organization operated. I had to wear many different hats, doing everything from training to change management to getting my hands dirty in the data. At just 23, I was also one of the youngest managers in the company at the time.

I led the roll-out of our suite of proprietary pricing analytics tools, processes and metrics to over 100 associates, including developing and delivering over 25 hours of classroom training, achieving a 95% approval rating. I acted in an advisory role to our merchant team (a portfolio worth $13B in annual revenue) by providing analytics and recommendations to execute price strategies.

While it was not nearly as much fun as being a ladies fashion buyer, it was amazing to learn how a huge company can turn on a dime when it needs to, how to be an effective driver of change, and how to influence people at all levels of an organization.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants?  A little self-awareness goes a long way! Go through the entire application and be brutally honest with yourself about what your strengths and weaknesses are – then spend your time accordingly. For example, I knew I had a weak quant profile since my undergrad GPA (especially quant classes) were a weak point for me. I overinvested time in boosting my GMAT quant score which definitely paid off. Additionally, I took on lots of quantitative challenges at work and this came through in my recommendation from my boss. I knew my work experience and leadership profile were solid and I had a few very meaningful extracurriculars. I didn’t waste any time trying to do random volunteer work or accrue last-minute accolades.

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? Retail is my passion and I plan to stay in the industry long-term. What made Columbia so attractive was access to the best of retail across many different segments (mass, luxury, online) and many of the hottest retail startups. I love that I can do school-year internships at some of the companies I admire so much! At the same time, as a younger candidate, I am interested in consulting as a way to get exposure to more types of business problems and different geographies. This would also allow me to make a functional move within the retail industry in the future (into corporate strategy) if I want to. Columbia was the only school where I felt I could pursue both paths to the fullest extent without stretching myself too thin. Receiving a significant merit award definitely didn’t hurt either!

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school?  I would consider my first year to be a success if I have done everything possible to spend time with and learn from my classmates. I still can’t believe how accomplished some of my peers are and I can’t wait to be able to tap into their experiences. On a personal note, I hope to share my passion for health and fitness as a way to empower yourself, manage stress, and bond with like-minded people. I started a pretty successful “sweatworking” (networking + working out) event series in Toronto and I would love to get something similar going at CBS!

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The Pioneering MBAs In The Class of 2019

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Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management

London Business School

University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business

Notre Dame University Mendoza College of Business

UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

New York University Stern School of Business

University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of Business

University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business

MIT Sloan School of Management

University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Columbia Business School