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1 June 2010

Jacqueline Novogratz, MBA '91, interviewed by Charlie Rose

Did any of you catch Charlie Rose interviewing Stanford alumna Jacqueline Novogratz last year? It had been on my list to watch and I finally got around to it.

Novogratz, MBA '91, is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, "a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty."

Here's the link


24 June 2010

Essay and Recommendation Questions for Class Entering Fall 2011 Are Posted

If you want to get started on your essays and recommendations, the questions are now posted on our website.

Essay Questions
Like previous years, there are 4 required essays. The legendary--or notorious--"What matters most to you, and why?" of course remains.

The second essay about your career aspirations has a new follow-up, which asks what you need to learn at Stanford in order to achieve your career aspirations. We want to know how you're going to use the learning experience at Stanford to bridge the gaps in your knowledge, skills, and development so that you can reach your career aspirations.

For the last two essays, you have a choice of four different questions. Three of the four are the same as last year. The new question is: "Tell us about a time when you generated support from others for an idea or initiative."

Recommendation Questions
The biggest change in the recommendation questions is that we have a slightly different set of questions for your two professional/workplace recommenders and for your one peer/team recommender. Be sure to remind your recommender to answer the correct set of questions.

Peer/team recommenders are asked, "Describe how the candidate has generated support from others for an idea or initiative" while professional/workplace recommenders are asked "How does the candidate's performance compare to other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?" This is because peers get to see you in different circumstances than professional (typically supervisors or those above you) do. Your peer recommender is also asked about any lasting impact you may have made on the organization while your professional recommenders are asked about a legacy you may have left. Someone higher up in the organization is more likely to be in a better position to comment on something as far-reaching as a legacy.

As you can see, both the essay and recommendation questions are meaty and require a lot of thought. So good idea to give yourself and your recommenders plenty of time. Get going and good luck!

Allison Davis
Associate Director of MBA Admissions

29 June 2010

Online Application for Class Entering Fall 2011 is Live

We are pleased to let you know that our online application for the MBA class entering fall 2011 is live.

We look forward to reading your application!

Best wishes,