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Stanford GSB Gets A New MBA Career Chief

A day after Stanford Graduate School of Business graduates its Class of 2019, Jamie Schein will become assistant dean and director of the school’s Career Management Center

When Jamie Schein graduated with her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1991, the World-Wide Web made its debut on the Internet. As a freshly minted MBA, she jumped right into the action, landing a product management job with one of the hottest Silicon Valley companies of that era: Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Some 28 years later, after several career reinventions, she’ll be helping the latest crop of Stanford business school graduates land some of the highest paying MBA jobs in a still booming tech economy that remains the envy of the world. Schein was yesterday (May 3) named assistant dean and director of the GSB’s Career Management Center.

In between those years, of course, there have been many changes. When Schein was an MBA at Stanford, the annual tuition was just under $15,000 a year. Today, annual tuition is nearly five times that sum at $73,062. Starting salaries back then were just under $45,000, a far cry from the average base salaries last year of $146,000.


Carly Janson, acting director of the CMC, will turn over the job on June 17th

For Schein, the new job comes nine years after she returned to campus in 2013 as director of strategy and curricular support at Stanford GSB, a position that had her working with students, faculty, and staff to manage co-curricular programming and support students in their academic journeys.

Effective June 17th, a day after this year’s commencement, she will succeed Carly Janson, who has been acting assistant dean and director for the past ten months, ever since the departure of Maeve Richard, who left the GSB in August of 2018 to become head of diversity and inclusion for SoFi, the online personal finance company founded by four students from Stanford’s business school.

In her new role, Schein will oversee and direct the CMC, which has a team of student-facing, employer-facing, and program-support staff to help students develop meaningful careers. The center also has more than 25 alumni career programs.


“Jamie’s deep and varied professional history gives her a strong foundation to lead the CMC in the coming years,” said GSB Dean Jonathan Levin in a statement. “Her collaborative spirit will be important to working across the school and with external partners in this dynamic environment for career management and advising services.”

Schein says she is looking forward to the new post. “The CMC serves a critical role in establishing a partnership with GSB students as they progress through their education and develop and solidify a vision for their job and career,” Schein said in a statement. “I hope to help build a strong connection between students’ coursework and career planning, as it can enhance career advising and career education at the CMC.”

Prior to her return to the GSB, Schein spent five years as a partner in Force Five Partners, LLC, a marketing consulting firm. Outside of her experience at Silicon Graphis, she held management positions at several technology companies, including chief marketing officer at Model N, Inc. She also led the Las Lomitas Education Foundation, served on the governing board of the public Las Lomitas Elementary School District, and founded a small business.

Schein, who earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1985, has two adult daughters and resides in Menlo Park with her husband, Peter, who graduated from Stanford with his undergraduate degree in 1983.


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.