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Spotlight on…Emily Snyder '18

Why did you decided to pursue an MBA? And why CBS specifically?

I have been working at the Harvard Business School for the past 6 years. I got to work with world class professors, top CEO's, and incredible students. My boss helped me realize that regardless of my title, that I was contributing in important ways to the work and organization. His greatest goal was to see me progress and see what my potential was and how an MBA could open opportunities I didn't ever think possible. I chose CBS specifically because it was in NYC. The program was what I was looking for as far as a challenge, yet a safe community to grow. 

 

What has been your most memorable CBS moment so far?

Being able to share my CBS Matters was a highlight for me. For many reasons, starting CBS as an older student scared me to death. I am Mormon and was pretty nervous sharing why I believe and why I do what I do in my life. But my cluster was beyond wonderful and embracing!

 

What has been your favorite class or professor at CBS thus far?

I loved a number of the core professors. There were some that went out of their way to make sure they were accessible to help me. But currently, I am in Org Change with Todd Jick. I was a school teacher, and then an admin director in my past life. So I am loving the conversations about motivating and convincing people to change their lives. 

 

What woman (CBS or not) do you most admire?

I had a great number of women mentors while I worked at Harvard Business School. Anita Elberse, Frances Frei, Youngme Moon, Dee Leopold, and Jana Kierstead. They each saw something in me that I didn't know I had. I want to be that for others around me. I also had a boss who was the president of 7 million Mormon women. I loved how she lead with compassion and yet was straightforward. 

 

What has surprised you most about business school?

How killer the core was for me (I did a bachelor in Elementary Ed and there wasn't too much focus on stats or econ!), and how many opportunities there are! While I don't have FOMO, I often stress about things I might regret not doing once I graduate. 

 

What are you most excited about for your 2nd year?

Getting to be a PA, and taking more classes that really excite me!!

What are you doing for your internship?

I get to work at a company called Magnolia Market. It is the company featured in the HGTV show, Fixer Upper. It's based in Waco, TX. So while I'll probably die of heat, I am looking forward to working with the Chief Strategy Officer and helping them create the structure for their continued growth.

Spotlight on…Alice Rha '18

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA? And why CBS specifically?

I chose to pursue an MBA to broaden my skill set and explore new career opportunities. CBS felt like a natural fit because I'd been living in New York for several years when I applied, and much of my network was already in the city. Once I actually started visiting schools, however, CBS stood out due to the people I met. Everyone here is so helpful, smart, and focused, and I love the energy and passion that my classmates bring to the table.

 

What has been your most memorable CBS moment so far?

Going to karaoke with my cluster after a sushi and sake dinner. I think you learn a lot about your classmates based on which songs they choose to bust out at karaoke.

 

What has been your favorite class or professor at CBS thus far?

I'm really enjoying all the Global Economic Environment classes I've taken thus far (which is three of them). It's so enjoyable to discuss macroeconomics--especially in the context of current events--with interesting, engaged classmates.

 

What woman (CBS or not) do you most admire?

As cliched as it may be: Sheryl Sandberg. She's had such a rich, interesting career based on working hard and taking risks. What I particularly admire, though, is how she's made an effort to be open about both her career successes and setbacks so that others can learn from her experiences.

 

What has surprised you most about business school?

Definitely the busy schedule! I knew classes and homework would keep me busy, but I didn't realize how many hours you could devote to clubs and social activities. I can't complain, however, as everything I've done has been fun, challenging, or fulfilling. 

 

What are you most excited about for the rest of the year?

Taking a trip to Los Angeles with my cluster! 

Spotlight on…JoAnne Williams '18

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA? And why CBS specifically?

 

I've always known that pursuing an MBA was in my future. I was a part of a career preparation program in college through Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) that exposed me to MBA graduates and career paths that require an MBA. My biggest decision was determining the right time to pursue my MBA. After working for a financial inclusion think tank in New York, I realized that I wanted to be a part of the solution to address issues of income and wealth inequality for underserved communities. 

 

I found that CBS had many alumni that had similar passions and interests around socially focused issues. I wanted to be in an MBA program where I did not have to start from scratch or repeatedly explain why I wanted to pursue a career that addressed a social need. There are CBS alumnae such as Kesha Cash, Jennifer Pryce, and Justine Zinkin who are paving the way for socially driven women at CBS.  

 

What has been your most memorable CBS moment so far?

 

My most memorable CBS moment was working with the Social Enterprise Scholarship Fund (SESF) Committee during Social Impact Week to host an auction for my cluster to raise money for students pursuing social enterprise, non-profit, or social impact internships. It was truly amazing to see my clustermates come out in record numbers to support such a great cause. 

 

What has been your favorite class or professor at CBS thus far?

 

My favorite class thus far has been Business Analytics taught by Professor Omar Besbes. Business Analytics helped me think about how to use data to understand real-world business problems such as product segmentation and consumer demand for new products. I foresee myself using the analysis skills I learned in the course throughout the next several years of my career.   

 

What woman (CBS or not) do you most admire?

 

Melissa Harris-Perry. As I have achieved a greater understanding of my own purpose and passion I have been inspired by so many women of color that have used their positions of influence to bring awareness to issues affecting different communities. I appreciate that Mrs. Harris-Perry fights for what she believes in, even when it is not socially acceptable to do so. 

 

What has surprised you most about business school?

 

I am most surprised by the number of students at CBS that are interested in social impact careers. Despite what the Follies videos say, there are a lot of us! 

 

What are you most excited about for the rest of the year?

 

I am really excited about my upcoming trip to London for the Social Enterprise Club's Impact Investing Trek. I am also really excited about the Black Business Student Association's annual conference, Elevate. We have put in a lot of work to bring some amazing speakers to campus.  

Spotlight on…Elizabeth Dishi '18

Spotlight on…Elizabeth Colonna ’17

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA? And why CBS specifically?

 

I pursued an MBA to gain an understanding of the business fundamentals I lacked. My educational and professional experience thus far (I was an art history major and worked at Vogue Magazine for six years in communications and marketing) had not provided me this opportunity, so building a solid foundation in various aspects of business was really important to me. 

 

I chose CBS in part because of its location--my husband and I (and both of our families) live here, so there is nowhere in the world that is home to me as much as New York. 

 

What has been your most memorable CBS moment so far?

 

My most memorable CBS moment would have to be when I hosted my learning team at my parents' apartment for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. We ate the traditional festive meal in a sukkah under the stars (many for the first time). Had you told me a year ago that I would be celebrating this holiday with a group of new business school friends (half of whom are from different countries!) I wouldn't have believed it. 

 

What has been your favorite class or professor at CBS thus far?

 

My favorite class thus far has been Strategy. The format of Professor Meier's class enabled a lot ​of class participation, and hearing my clustermates discuss their backgrounds and experiences was the best introduction to business school I could imagine. 

 

What woman (CBS or not) do you most admire?

 

I'm sure it sounds cliché for a Vogue alumna to choose Anna Wintour as a women she most admires, but it's really the truth in my case. I often ​see how employees are mesmerized by someone's larger-than-life reputation or accomplishments until they start working for him or her, at which point they quickly become disenchanted with their boss (for all the usual reasons). The opposite was true for me during my time working for Anna. She stimulates everyone around her and creates a working environment where you are compelled to perform at a standard you wouldn't have thought possible. She works harder than anyone I have ever met, so those who work under her feel inspired, rather than pressured, to constantly do more. She is also extremely efficient and decisive, two qualities I found very effective in a boss. 

 

What has surprised you most about business school?

 

By far the most surprising thing about business school is how excited my peers are to meet and learn about one another. I knew the MBA experience is largely focused on the social component, but I didn't expect everyone to be so wholly invested in making new friends.

 

What are you most excited about for the rest of the year?

 

Non-core classes--I'll be able to participate more!

 

This week we are focusing on Elizabeth Colonna ’17, who has served on the Women’s Week Committee for CWiB and will be a PA for the incoming MBA class of 2018.  Below Elizabeth discusses her CBS experience so far and what she’s looking forward to next!

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA? And why CBS specifically?

ElizabethI decided to pursue my MBA for two main reasons: to broaden my general management knowledge base and to transition from healthcare consulting to the industry side of healthcare. I chose CBS for many reasons, including its location and its Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management (HPM) program.

What has been your most memorable CBS moment so far?

CBS Matters. My cluster’s CBS Matters is my favorite event of each week – it provides a unique opportunity to listen to and learn from my clustermates.

 

What has been your favorite class or professor at CBS thus far?

Strategy and Competition in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology. It has been such a great experience to take this class, which is taught by Cliff Cramer (the founder of CBS’ HPM program) and Bob Essner.

What woman (CBS or not) do you most admire?

Maya Angelou. She made an impression on me when I was very young, as my mom frequently repeated a few of her famous quotations to my sister and me when we were growing up – one of which was the following: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I admire Maya Angelou for her ability to eloquently speak her truth while also having the courage to stand up for others as a human rights advocate. I almost had the opportunity to hear her speak at a women’s conference in 2014, but unfortunately she passed away a few months prior. I admire that she had such a passion for her work that she was active all the way up until her passing.

What has surprised you most about business school?

Immediately starting at orientation, I felt like I was part of the CBS community, which is something for which I am very grateful. I hope to pay it forward this August as a PA for Cluster H’18!

What are you most excited about for the rest of the year?

It’s hard to believe we only have two weeks left of class – this year has flown by! Since I will be in LA over the summer, I am most looking forward to continuing to build relationships with my peers in these next few weeks, through participating in events like CBS Matters, Follies, and bonding time with my PA team.

Spotlight on…Camilla Williams ’16

This week we are covering Camilla Williams ’16!  Take a look at the Q&A below to learn more about the highlights of her CBS experience, the woman she most admires, and what’s next after CBS.

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA? And why CBS specifically? 

Prior to business school, I had worked in public relations and advertising – while I thoroughly enjoyed the work, one day I wanted to be on the client side, and be involved in the total management of the brand, not just one piece. I knew an MBA would provide me with the resources and skillset required to pursue this goal.

I chose CBS specifically because hands down, the community at CBS is bar none to any other business school that I visited during the application process. From the admissions team, to the current students and alumni, everyone was extremely responsive and willing to give of their time. I was also instantly drawn to the camaraderie and warmth that I witnessed among the students at  events such as, Diversity Matters and Spotlight On.

 

What has been your most memorable CBS moment so far?

All of the traveling that I’ve done my 2nd year with classmates has been memorable! But my two favorite trips were 1) the fall break trip to Iceland, which allowed for great cluster D bonding, and 2) the Cuba GIP Global Immersion course, where I explored Cuba with an amazing group of 2nd years just days before President Obama’s historic visit to the country.

What has been your favorite class or professor at CBS thus far?       

Hitendra Wadhwa has been my favorite professor thus far, due to his engaging, yet calming nature. He has this unique ability to draw students in by interweaving parts of his personal story into the day’s topic. Also, I greatly enjoyed that he used role-playing as a teaching method.

 

What woman (CBS or not) do you most admire? 

Most definitely, my mom.  She came to this country at a young age, and her strength and tenacity in the face of adversity has constantly inspired me. Over the years, she has instilled that same perseverance in me and has played a major role in my success.

What are you looking forward to in your last term at CBS? 

Enjoying my last moments at CBS with my classmates during disorientation and in Puerto Rico!

What’s next for you after CBS?

Hopefully, some traveling before starting as an Associate Brand Manager at Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Health Care Division in the Skillman, NJ office.

Spotlight on…Fulya Tuncer '17

Fulya Tuncer ’17 is one of CWiB’s AVPs of Women’s Week.  Read the Q&A below to learn more about Fulya’s time at CBS, who she most admires, and what she’s excited for this year!

Why did you decide to attend CBS?

I decided to pursue an MBA to transition from an emerging market to a developed market. I also wanted to experience New York by studying at one of the top business schools. The people, culture and resources of CBS proved to me that CBS offers more than I expected.

 

What has been your favorite CBS moment so far?

Traveling to Dominican Republic with my cluster and 6 other clusters. That trip was important to increase bonding with my friends and meet new people at CBS.

What advice do you have for prospective MBA students?

CBS gives the opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone and I recommend prospective students to take every opportunity to challenge themselves, try new things and enjoy going outside of their comfort zone. In addition, meet as many people as you can, time spent with friends builds the best memories at CBS.

Outside of classes, recruiting, and social activities at business school, what are your favorite hobbies?

Exploring New York, traveling, tennis, squash and movies

What woman (CBS or not) inspires you?

Tory Burch. She is a lady who dreams big and achieves her dreams. She is the CEO and founder of her global brand having never designed or managed a business before. She not only is a great entrepreneur but also gives back to the community by her Tory Burch Foundation. And she always looks beautiful. I would love to work on her company’s IPO as an investment banker in my future career.

What are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?

Women’s Week between 3/21 and 3/25. It will be an amazing week where CWIB will celebrate being a woman with a series of events, workshops and fun events.