The MBA Tour 2012 – United States

In flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Newport News, Virginia ((PFH) thank you Gogo Inflight Internet) reflecting on a successful first three stops of The MBA Tour 2012 U.S. Chicago’s Tour stop commenced with a series of sessions including De-Mystifying the GMAT by GMAC, presented by my extremely knowledgeable colleague Sabrina White, a GMAT Strategy session hosted by Manhattan GMAT and How Admissions Decisions are Made where I co-presented along with fellow admissions representatives from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Michigan State’s Broad College of Business. The pre-fair events were so well attended that our partners from Cornell, Indiana University and Georgetown ran a simultaneous panel session on the same topic. Student questions were excellent and we easily exhausted the 40-minute allotted time.

Another wonderful feature of The MBA Tour is that schools have an opportunity to host large program-specific information sessions, or invite candidates for individual Meet-Ups. The Meet-Up system is The MBA Tour’s newest feature and as a representative eager to make connections with prospective MBAs, I highly encourage candidates to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity. It is a guaranteed way to have a one-one-one session with a representative; introducing your candidacy, allowing time for you to ask your specific questions and a chance to make a solid first-impression. If you are planning to attend upcoming events on The MBA Tour, be sure to opt-in for the Meet-Up program.

Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions Amanda Barth and a few W&M Alumni Ambassadors at an MBA Tour event in ChicagoThe Chicago fair event was very well attended and our W&M Alumni Ambassadors were out in full force, engaging prospective students as they stopped by our table. It is an exciting time for us at The Mason School of Business as we were able to promote our unique features including the Executive Partner Network, Leadership Development Experience, Career Acceleration Modules, Entrepreneurship Center (SEcon Forum for Revolutionary Thinking) and W&M CareerPREP and Corporate Relations. Our alumni were able to share their transformational stories and Mason School experience. And, in Mason Family tradition – we shared a late dinner with exciting updates, celebrations, confirmations for Homecoming 2012 and many laughs.

Our next two cities over the weekend produced more fabulous candidates despite the overabundance of sunshine which we feared would lure candidates away from the afternoon events in Los Angeles and San Francisco. California featured some very strong entrepreneurs and business leaders, representing top U.S. companies and a diversity of industries. Sessions were also packed and questions were excellent. Some common themes included enhanced focused on career development, innovations in curriculum and a rise in social entrepreneurship – discussions were engaging and superb. Our L.A. and Bay Area Alumni Ambassadors are very committed and eager for follow-up connections, encouraging more candidates to explore East Coast MBA options.

The MBA Tour events are incredibly comprehensive, providing an excellent introduction to a variety of top U.S. and international business schools and direct access to admissions staff. As a representative who strongly endorses The MBA Tour and its ability to align talented top prospects with their perfect program match, I would highly recommend that if you weren’t planning to attend before reading my blog post – that you have been encouraged to join us for the next several stops in the U.S.: Atlanta, New York City, Boston and Washington D.C. The MBA Tour is truly global and our travel isn’t limited to the U.S.  William & Mary’s Mason School of Business will also be connecting with our next cohort of talented MBAs on the Latin/South America, Asia/SE Asia, India, Turkey and Middle East tours coming up early August – October, as we are committed to crafting a class with a diverse student body throughout the U.S. and internationally. We look forward to connecting with you on our next stop in Atlanta and around the globe this fall!  Find out where we are and register for an event today!  

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Amanda Barth

Amanda is the Director of MBA Admissions for the Mason School of Business. She completed her Master of Education degree in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership Program at William & Mary in 2006. After completing her Masters she worked as a development officer at the Arizona State University Foundation in Tempe, Arizona. Amanda returned to William & Mary, joining the Mason School of Business in 2009 and has been an active part of the Mason family ever since.

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