A contingent of MBA candidates traveled to Atlanta last month for the 33rd annual National Black MBA Association conference under the guidance of the school’s F. David Fowler Career Center.
The event included speakers, workshops and a job fair and exposition featuring representatives of more than 300 corporations.
“More than 20 GWSB MBA students attended the conference, and it proved well worth their time,” said Monice Sanders, a Career Center consultant who traveled with the students.
Megan Jenkins, MBA `12 who is focusing on marketing, interviewed with 3M, Diageo, Marriott and Volkswagen.
“Many marketing jobs do not get posted until the spring semester, so it was a great way to introduce myself,” Jenkins said. “I developed a lot of phenomenal leads – even at companies I wasn’t considering until I spoke with their recruiters and learned more about them.”
Nina Lahijanian, MBA ’12, said before the conference she had sent her resume to 30 companies and didn’t secure a single interview.
“But in Atlanta, I was able to have face-to-face conversations with representatives from the employers I was interested in,” Lahijanian said. She interviewed with Chrysler, Deloitte, Ecolab, Johnson & Johnson and New York Life.
Tony Tra, MBA ’12, president of GW MBA Entrepreneurs, said he would recommend the conference to other MBA candidates.
“I was able to make some quality connections in a short time and get a brief look into the companies’ cultures,” said Tra, who met with representatives from E & J Gallo Winery, Hilton Worldwide, Kraft, Ogilvy and Target.
Sanders said large career fairs with a national focus provide good opportunities for students to connect with a wide range of companies and their representatives.
“Resumes, LinkedIn and the other paper and electronic vehicles really don’t compare to having face-to-face contact,” she said.