Taron landed a job an an auditor with Deloitte out of Kennesaw State University and has worked himself into a consulting role at the firm. While he has yet to sit for either the GRE or the GMAT exam, he has a 2.99 GPA in accounting but hopes to get his MBA from an elite business school. His target choices? Harvard Business School, Stanford, Wharton, Duke Fuqua, and Emory’s Goizueta Business School.
What sets him apart is his leadership experience. He’s one of the co-leaders of Deloitte’s newly founded Black and Allies External Impact team which is driving change for minorities by sponsoring events with organizations external to Deloitte. Taron also is director of professional development for the National Association of Black Accountants Atlanta chapter. He co-leads partnerships with organizations including Chick-Fil-A to increase the number of minorities in full-time and internship positions. He’s also the past leader of the Institute of Internal Auditors Atlanta chapter’s mentorship program.
In this episode of Friday’s With Sandy, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg tackles the big elephant in the room: Can his extras and his upward progress at Deloitte offset undergraduate grades that are well below the MBA class averages at the schools to which he will apply?