Meet the MBA Class of 2025: Deion Ramsey, New York University (Stern)

Deion Ramsey

New York University, Stern School of Business

“Passionate retail goods professional during the week, free-spirited city boy on the weekends.”

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Fun Fact About Yourself: I am a bit of a nomad! New York will be the sixth city I’ve lived in – my previous residences include Washington DC, Charlotte, Dallas, and Atlanta

Undergraduate School and Major: Howard University, Accounting

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Carter’s Inc, Retail Buyer

What excites you the most about living in New York City and how do you see it enhancing your learning experience? The abundance of art, culture, and diversity at every turn. Moreover, since New York is a corporate hub for so many industries, I am excited about how these exposures will enrich experiential learnings throughout the program.

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of NYU Stern’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Stern is the only top US business school that offers such an extensive amount of retail electives within their MBA program. Having access to these focused courses as well as employment support from the Careers team made Stern a top choice for me as I am targeting the luxury retail industry post-MBA.

What course, club or activity excites you the most at NYU Stern? I am most excited to get involved with AHBBS (Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students). I am eager to pay it forward and provide support to prospective Stern candidates, as was done for me when I was applying. I am also looking forward to global immersion opportunities through a “Doing Business in…” course.

What does EQ (Emotional Intelligence) mean to you and when have you seen its value in your career? I would best describe EQ as how you are able to channel your energy in an effort to connect with others. I think EQ has proven to be incredibly essential throughout my career, particularly regarding relationship-building. I have found that an established rapport tends to make collaboration and sometimes even decision-making a lot more efficient.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: It actually might be this moment. Getting into my first choice for business school, with a fellowship at that. I used to think that my dreams were too big, but each accomplishment is a reminder to continue to aim high. Professionally though, I am most proud of the work that I have done to strengthen university recruiting efforts by helping to create HBCU pipelines.

What do you hope to do after graduation (at this point)? Brand Marketing for a Luxury Goods retailer. My mission is to make the luxury space more equitable and inclusive amongst minority communities.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into NYU Stern’s MBA program? Getting into business school is not a one-size-fits-all strategy, so I would definitely stress the importance of knowing your why and leaning into your most authentic self as you progress through the application process. IQ+EQ is not just a saying at Stern, it is truly woven into the ethos of the environment. Although test scores can often feel like the most important thing, make sure to highlight your EQ in your written responses. Lastly, in addition to connecting with current students, alumni, and Admissions Officers, I would also highly recommend looking into pre-MBA programs if you are eligible. Both the Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and Consortium networks were invaluable resources for me as I was applying to business school.

If you’re interested in talking about NYU Stern or MBA programs in general, please connect with me on LinkedIn!


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