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Hometown: Pottstown, PAUndergraduate School Major: University of Virginia, English Language and LiteratureAcademic Focus: Marketing (Brand Management) and Entrepreneurship
I spent a decade working in the non-profit sector at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Upon leaving, I was the director of financial aid and associate director of admission. In addition, I was the head houseparent of a 10th grade girls’ dormitory, and I coached squash and lacrosse. It was much more than a career—it was a lifestyle.
The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship was a major factor in choosing Simon. I wanted a school that would foster an entrepreneurial mindset, while providing the analytical and quantitative skills to be a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship at Simon has exceeded my expectations. Since I’ve arrived, I have had the opportunity to seek counsel from several faculty members in the Ain Center, and I have joined the Ain Team to promote entrepreneurship throughout the entire University of Rochester community. In addition, I’ve connected with Simon business owners from across the country to discuss their paths and share ideas about my own.
Rochester has a little bit of everything and something for everyone: a vibrant arts scene, museums, running and bike trails, restaurants of every cuisine, breweries and vineyards, hiking trails, an incredible (and famous!) farmers’ market, and the list goes on. You won’t have too much free time at Simon, but when you find it, you certainly will be able to fill it!
Graduate Business Council, Women in Business, Marketing Association, Entrepreneurship Club, Foodies Unite
Hometown: Boston, MAUndergraduate School Major: University of New Hampshire, Finance, Information Systems ManagementAcademic Focus: Marketing (Product Management), Entrepreneurship
Financial Strategy & Analytics at Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Given the power of technology and big data today, I knew I wanted to go to a school with a strong quant focus (and Simon is one of the best). What really drew me in was visiting campus and speaking with the incredible staff and students here. Everyone was very genuine and wanted what was best for me and my career progression. At Simon you’re not just a statistic in a recruiting pamphlet, you’re a part of the family and that was really important to me.
The family feel and support that you get here at Simon is unmatched. Simon is a school where everyone’s opinion is valued, and people treat you with utmost respect and enthusiasm regardless of where you’re from or where you’re going.
Rochester has a great craft beer scene. I’m also looking forward to taking a trip out to the Finger Lakes wineries, which I’ve heard are incredible as well.
Simon Vision Consulting, Simon Marketing Association, Simon School Venture Fund.
Hometown: High Point, North CarolinaUndergraduate School Major: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Communication Studies; Concentration: Interpersonal-Organizational CommunicationsAcademic Focus: Competitive and Organizational Strategy
Project Management professional.
Close-knit, collaborative community and strong foundation in analytics.
My classmates and the Simon community at large.
Wegmans (a popular, regional supermarket chain)
Simon Women in Business, Net Impact, Simon Volunteers.
Hometown: Cape Town, South AfricaUndergraduate School Major: University of Cape Town, FinanceAcademic Focus: Finance and Entrepreneurship
Corporate and Investment Banking at Standard Bank in South Africa.
Simon has world-class faculty and staff that surround me with career support and advice. As a highly rated finance school with a strong alumni network at top firms across the world, the choice to join Simon was an easy one.
Fantastic mix of career focus and friendly people.
Lots to do with great food and culture.
Simon Finance & Investment Club, Simon School Venture Fund.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CaliforniaUndergraduate School Major: Oberlin College; Major: Sociology, Minor: Art HistoryAcademic Focus: Consulting and Finance
I've spent the last eight years in real estate and banking. I worked on a two-person development team to launch the largest craft marketplace in Southern California, Crafted, at the Port of Los Angeles. Most recently I drove digital transformation as an internal consultant and marketing manager for the largest housing Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the country, Community Preservation Corporation.
The small cohort size and analytical approach. Simon averages roughly 100 students per graduating class, so students get unparalleled support from professors, career coaches, and alumni and are able to build stronger relationships with classmates. And the analytics-based curriculum provides tangible skills needed in the working world. As a manager, you're expected to back up decisions with data. With a Simon education, I will have a skillset not found in all MBA programs.
The people, Simon offers a very supportive environment - every single person here wants to see you succeed. Because of the small class size, you get tons of individual support from career counselors and alumni and are able to form deeper relationships with classmates. From sharing internship search resources to helping each other conduct mock interviews, the collaborative environment cannot be beat.
I love the music and food scene. Rochester is going through a very cool revitalization period. Coming from real estate, I love seeing communities embrace historic buildings to breathe new life into forgotten spaces. There are some really cool restaurants, bars, and marketplaces where you can sit in a 100-year-old warehouse to enjoy a cocktail and meal set to live music, courtesy of University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.
Vice President of Strategy, Real Estate Association at Simon; Consulting Club; Simon Finance & Investing Club; Simon Women in Business; Simon Volunteers; Simon Spectrum; Simon Foodies Unite.
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