P&Q’s Must Reads: P&Q’s Exclusive Interview With Brad Harris, Dean Of MBA Programs At HEC Paris

Hello everyone  — Welcome back to Poets&Quants’ Must Reads, a quick, digestible recap of the top business school news, sponsored by CentreCourt, P&Q’s virtual admission events.

I’m your host, Kristy Bleizeffer, and I’ll be highlighting the most important P&Q stories you might have missed. So, let’s get to it. 

No. 1: P&Q’s Exclusive Interview With Brad Harris, Dean Of MBA Programs at HEC Paris

A Poets&Quants 40 under 40 honoree in 2019, Brad Harris is the author of two books, and dozens of highly cited papers on leadership.

Now 41, the native of Rockwall, Texas is also the first American to head up HEC Paris’ MBA programs. He’s also the first non-French speaker.

In our exclusive interview, Harris talks about HEC Paris’ MBA curriculum, leadership, facilitating students learn from one another. 

Read the full conversation now, on our homepage.

No. 2: Notre Dame Axes Its One-Year MBA Program

It’s tough times for one-year MBA programs. For the second time in a year, a U.S. business school with a premier one-year MBA has announced it will shutter the program. 

Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business announced this week that despite the program’s continued financial viability, the school will end its one-year MBA at the end of the current school year. The current class of Mendoza’s one-year MBA, which graduates in 2024, will be the last.

Read more about the decision now, on our homepage.

No. 3: The Favorite MBA Professors Of The Class of 2023 

Great professors expose their students to possibilities they couldn’t previously imagine. Their questions gnaw at students, drive them to confront every premise and consider every option. They pull from the news and everyday life to make their subjects more relevant and urgent.

In their classes, the best MBA professors command respect by who they are, what they know, and how they make students feel: welcomed, included, safe, valued, and understood.

Each year, P&Q asks its Best & Brightest MBAs and MBAs To Watch to share the faculty member who made the biggest impact on their business school experience. And each year we compile their answers. You can find the full feature of 2023’s favorite MBA professors in our trending tab.

No. 4: Our Weekly Round Up of  News You Can Use

No matter where you are in your MBA journey, we bring several helpful stories for you this week.

First up: Fortuna’s M7 Ignite: The Workout You Need To Get Your MBA Application Into Shape. This six-week, hands on workshop helps candidates get into the schools of their dreams. Find it on our homepage.

Next: From Actor To Columbia MBA: How I Made A Massive Pivot — And How You Can, Too. In this story, which you can find on our homepage, Jane Bernhard explains how she went from stage & screen to an M7 business school. You’ll find it on our homepage.

Finally: Invited To Interview By Harvard Business School? Here’s What To Expect. Check out this story for the questions to prep for and the attitude to bring to your HBS interview. You’ll find it and many other helpful stories in our admissions hub..

And, that’s it for this week’s Must Reads recap. 

I also want to alert school seekers to our upcoming online MBA admissions event. You’ll hear from alumni and career experts from leading business schools about how the MBA can fast-track your career. Our next event is Nov. 7-8, and you can register now for free.

Again, I’m Kristy Bleizeffer, and you can join me next week, right here, for a recap of what’s important in the world of business education. Thanks for listening and, as always, stay informed!

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