Emory University Goizueta Business School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are paying off. This year, the Atlanta-based school’s one-year MBA program — among the top-ranked in the United States — will welcome a group of students that includes 51% women and 39% students who identify as “AHN” — African American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native American/Alaskan.
“Students from across the globe and with diverse backgrounds and experiences have enrolled in MBA programs at Goizueta Business School,” the school announced Thursday (June 10).
Last year’s one-year MBA class at Emory was comprised of 39% women and 18% AHN students.
“As we return to campus, it is so exciting to see this dynamic, accomplished group of students learning in-person together,” says Melissa Rapp, Emory Goizueta’s associate dean of graduate admissions. “The One-Year MBA is a unique opportunity for students who are focused on accelerating their careers and enjoying the benefit of only being away from the market for one year.”
‘COMMITMENT TO ALL ASPECTS OF DIVERSITY’
Looking toward the fall, Goizueta is planning increased on-campus classes following a year of remote learning, while students and faculty are eager to take advantage of what the school describes as “innovations in hybrid learning.”
For the incoming One-Year MBA Class of 2022, recognizing each other’s talents and drawing on awareness derived from unique backgrounds and experiences will only enhance the collaborative learning environment. With a 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Goizueta students are set up for hands-on learning, consistent feedback, and tailored interaction that translates to personal and professional growth.
Promising a continued DEI focus, Goizueta notes in a news release that incoming students hail from nine countries including the U.S., and 22% are international. With an average age of 30 and average GPA of 3.4, the students “bring the wisdom of an average of 5.9 years of work experience into the classroom.”
“This class really represents Goizueta’s commitment to all aspects of diversity,” Rapp says.
Record $1.6M awarded in 25th anniversary finals of Chicago Booth’s New Venture Challenge
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University if Chicago has announced a record-breaking investment of $1.6 million in the winners of the 2021 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC), a pioneering student startup accelerator marking its 25th anniversary.
The $1.6 million investment pool is by far the richest in the history of the program, founded in 1996 at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is the largest in the nation for business school student startup competitions.
This prize pool, which does not include additional in-kind contributions for teams, is expected to grow next week when the Polsky Center debuts a Second Look event for other investors who requested an opportunity to invest in the 12 finalist teams.
This year, the winner of the Rattan L. Khosa, ’79, First Place Prize received more than $660,000. It went to Andes STR, which helps people invest in short-term rental properties by taking on the hassle of buying, furnishing and managing the properties.
33-year faculty veteran to retire at Darden
When Professor Bob Conroy was weighing a job offer from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business more than three decades ago, he was struck by the unity of purpose among the faculty and staff, the sense that everyone was on the same page.
“Everyone I talked to all knew what the School was trying to do. There was a sense that this was a place where you could come and be involved in something bigger than you,” said Conroy. “Everyone wanted to create a transformational experience for the students.”
Conroy, who will retire from full-time teaching at the end of the academic year, took up the mantle of student centricity upon joining the Darden faculty as a professor in the Finance area in 1988. In addition to leading generations of students from all backgrounds through the finer points of valuation and capital management, Conroy helped shape the direction of the School through multiple stints leading the MBA program as associate dean, and led key steps to grow international programs and coursework at the School.