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20 August 2007

Welcome to the Stanford MBA Admission Blog

It's the start of the new academic year and my colleagues and I are really excited about launching this blog so we can share more information about the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford MBA Program with you.

Many of you will wonder why Derrick Bolton, Assistant Dean and Director of MBA Admissions doesn't host this blog himself. Short answer: because we have so much other work for him :-)

But seriously, Derrick would love to chat with you on this blog and he will guestblog on a regular basis.

So, who am I? My name is Rita Winkler and I will host and moderate this blog.

Since this blog isn't about me but rather about you and your interest in the Stanford MBA Program, let's keep my bio interesting and brief: born and raised in Germany; traveled to the US where I fell in love with the country and stayed; studied Anthropology and Geography; together with my husband started a company whose proudest accomplishment included the development of virtual reality surgical simulators that allowed surgeons to practice their techniques on computers instead of on animals such as dogs and pigs. After we closed the company I went to work for the MBA Admissions Office here at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where I drive everyone crazy with my freakish punctuality.

That's it, more later,

21 August 2007

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22 August 2007

GSB alumni lend their leadership skills to Stanford's Board of Trustees

Here's an example of the impact GSB alumni have: approximately 1/3 of the Stanford Board of Trustees are GSB graduates!


24 August 2007

No preferred amount of work experience for the Stanford MBA Program

One of the many myths floating around is that you need to have a certain number of years of work experience before you become eligible for admission to business school. This may be true for some schools but NOT for the Stanford MBA Program.

As we say over and over, we believe that you know best when the time is right for business school. When you feel ready, apply. Whatever your career stage, use your application to make a case for how you will contribute, grow, and learn at Stanford.

Many applicants tell us that the right time for them is after three or so years of working. But what if you feel ready for the Stanford MBA Program after working for a decade or longer? Regardless of the myths you've heard this can be the perfect time in your career to apply. (Little known fact: the Stanford MBA Program competes vigorously with the Stanford Sloan Master's Program for talented mid-career candidates.)

You think you're ready to make an impact right after college? Well, go ahead and apply! College seniors, we have a lot of information for you on our website

Have you heard of any other myths? Share them with our audience


27 August 2007

Exit interview with Tanisha Drummer, MBA 2007

Tanisha (right) on a hiking trip in Porto Alegre, Brazil during the Brazil Service Learning Trip. Left to right: Terry Cumes MBA 2004; Katherine Boas MBA 2007; Pete Clarke MBA 2006; Tanisha Drummer MBA 2007.

Rita Winkler: Hi Tanisha and congratulations on your recent graduation. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Tanisha Drummer: I'm a Midwest girl at heart with a little East Coast flare. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but call Chicago home. I moved to Chicago for college and never left. In fact, I'll be returning to Chicago after graduation.

RW: Before you applied to the GSB, what did you do professionally?

Tanisha: I was a Strategy Consultant at Accenture in the Retail and Consumer Industry where I worked on a range of clients in apparel, hardlines, drug stores, and service.

RW: Why did you apply to Stanford?

Tanisha: Because I was looking for the greatest growth experience possible. Stanford represented this for me. I love the small, inclusive, collaborative culture. I'd lived and worked in the Midwest and East Coast, and the West Coast represented a completely different environment in which to live and learn. I liked the emphasis on social innovation and entrepreneurship. And the School's culture and values were directly aligned with my personal values and career goals.

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29 August 2007

Interview with Uri Pomerantz, MBA 2008

Rita Winkler: Hi Uri, why don't you tell us a little about yourself?

Uri Pomerantz: I was born in Israel and moved to California during my childhood. I attended Stanford University as an undergraduate, after which I moved to Boston to work full time. I'm currently pursuing my MBA at Stanford and my MPA in International Development at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

RW: Describe your professional background pre-MBA.

Uri: Prior to the GSB I worked full-time at Microsoft in business development and part-time at a microfinance company I co-founded during college.

I first became interested in social entrepreneurship when my great-aunt was killed in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem in 2002. The event prompted me--an Israeli American who believed in peace--to critically assess the approach the international community had been taking to address the Arab-Israeli conflict. The issue of economic prosperity was being largely ignored.

Since 2000, over 120,000 young skilled Palestinian workers were left frustrated and unemployed, unable to commute to jobs within Israel. Governments were slow to respond to changes on the ground, and private-sector companies were waiting for tensions to subside before resuming investments.

I joined together with an experienced Palestinian businessman and an American entrepreneur to co-found The Shurush Initiative: a non-profit microfinance organization focused on alleviating poverty by funding small businesses throughout the West Bank and Gaza.

We raised our initial funding after winning the Stanford Social Venture Competition; since that time we have developed a joint partnership with the YMCA of East Jerusalem, distributed our first loans as part of a revolving (self-sustainable) loan fund, and to this day we have funded over 20 businesses.

We've also partnered with to allow donors to fund entrepreneurs directly through the internet. [Editor's Note: was co-founded by Jessica Flannery, MBA 2007]

Since starting graduate school, I've also had the chance to assist in setting up the first private equity fund in Sierra Leone and to work in the fledging South African venture capital industry.

Most recently, I've spent my summer working in Goldman Sachs' financing group. I hope to use the power and efficiency of the capital markets to engender economic change on a much larger scale. By developing new financial instruments, or building new funds to support entrepreneurship in the developing world, I hope to bring this dream one step closer to a reality.

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31 August 2007

Almost 80 information sessions around the globe

We know that not everyone can come and visit us here at Stanford so we organize info sessions in major cities around the globe. This year, we'll host almost 80 events in 36 nations:

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, UAE, UK, Ukraine, US, and Venezuela.

For the complete list and registration information, check

We hope to meet you there!