Tag: Full-time MBA

Diane Toroian Keaggy originally wrote this for The Source.

Commencement student speakers Bryanna Brown, MBA ’22, will take the the stage Friday at Francis Olympic Field to address members of the Class of 2022.

“I saw firsthand how the inequities in resource allocation impacted my students,” said Brown, who taught fifth-grade math in her hometown of Atlanta at KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. “To make a difference, you need leaders who can innovate and make strategic business decisions that put children and their education first.”

At Washington University, Brown traveled with her classmates to Washington D.C., Paris and Barcelona as part of Olin’s innovative Global Immersion Program and gained expertise in consulting, finance and management.

Brown also worked to support minority students as a Consortium Fellow. A Washington University professor, Sterling Schoen, founded the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management in 1966 to equip Black, Hispanic and Native American business students with the skills they need to secure positions in American corporations. Today, 21 of the nation’s top MBA programs are consortium members. 

‘I’m proud to be part of this community’

“I’m proud to be a part of this community that strives to make sure that minorities in business have avenues to succeed,” said Brown who, as chapter co-president, helped new fellows prepare for the internship search; hosted community dinners; and sponsored programming for all Olin students. “I’m a career-changer who did not have a business background, and being a Consortium Fellow gave me a sense of camaraderie right from the beginning.” 

Brown also has served as a graduate student representative for the Board of Trustees, where she championed student stipends, child care, housing and mental health resources for graduate students. She also has advocated for events and programs that bring graduate students together. 

“As graduate students, we tend to stick in our silos, but it’s important to collaborate with students across disciplines. And that starts with meeting,”  Brown said. “I think the Board of Trustees is making a concerted effort to understand the graduate student perspective and to better serve these students and support their remarkable work.”

Brown will recognize that work during her remarks to the Class of 2022.  

“We’ve persevered through COVID and incredibly chaotic circumstances,” Brown said. “As much as we’ve done, there is still so much to do and so much to give back. This is just the beginning.” 

After graduation, Brown will move to Minneapolis, where she will work at 3M as a strategist in its renowned Strategy and Marketing Development program. Ultimately, she hopes to return to education. 

“I am excited to get more of the training that I started at Olin,” Brown said. “But I’ll never be far from education. It’s really important to me that every child has the chance for an equitable education.”

Congratulations to Austin René Moulder, named this week to Poets & Quants’ list of the best and brightest MBA students.

Moulder, from Kansas City, Missouri, describes himself as a “proud 22-year-old Latino committed to advancing socioeconomic justice for disadvantaged communities by utilizing interdisciplinary solutions.”

Among other questions, P&Q asked him why he chose Olin Business School.

“I was raised in America’s Heartland. With all of the positive and negative connotations that accompany that statement, I believe that this region has incredible and untapped potential,” he replied.

“Washington University actively combats Midwestern brain drain by encouraging MBA students to stay in the region and build what I know to be an overlooked, yet beautifully rich and diverse part of our country. Their values-based, data-driven philosophy and approach to social impact comes to life in how they engage the greater St. Louis community.”

Well said!

After two long years, The Bear Public House is open again.

Dean Mark P. Taylor invited first-year MBA students to a ribbon cutting and reception to celebrate the reopening of the Bear at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Dean Mark Taylor offers a token of appreciation—a miniature Bear pub sign—to Bob and Kathleen O'Loughlin, benefactors of the new space.
Dean Mark Taylor offers a token of appreciation in October 2019—a miniature Bear pub sign—to Bob and Kathleen O’Loughlin.

Students joined Taylor, his team and the Graduate Programs staff over pints and British pub fare to celebrate a kickoff into our “new normal” life. The pub, off Knight Center lobby, shut down in March 2020 as the pandemic spread.

The Bear was officially dedicated on October 2, 2019, with a toast to Bob and Kathleen O’Loughlin, whose financial contribution made the project possible. Emeritus WashU trustee Bob O’Loughlin, CEO of Lodging Hospitality Management Corp., also collaborated with Taylor on the design.

Sign outside the new Knight Center pub for The Bear Public House.
Sign in the Knight Center lobby for The Bear Public House.

The Bear is modeled after a pub Taylor recalls in Warwickshire, England, the county of his birth—and that of William Shakespeare. That UK pub gets its name—The Bear and Ragged Staff—from the iconography of the county’s official flag and coat of arms. The Knight Center’s pub incorporates similar imagery into its sign.

Overstuffed chairs and leather sofas divide the pub into nooks for conversation. High-topped tables are tucked into corners and along the walls. An antique clock ticks in the corner, and busts of Shakespeare and his contemporaries adorn the windowsills.

Brookings Hall with US News logo and #29 ranking in the full-time MBA list.

Drawing on the strength of several key career metrics—along with the demonstrated appeal of its program—WashU Olin’s MBA soared into the top 30 of the US News & World Report ranking for 2023.

Olin’s MBA program leaped seven spots to rank 29th in the magazine’s annual tally, in part thanks to continued improvement in MBA compensation and significant improvement in placement rates for newly minted MBAs.

“I am heartened to see the hard work of our faculty and staff recognized in this new ranking, reflecting the priority we place on career services,” said Olin Dean Mark P. Taylor. “The tightening of our acceptance rate also highlights the value and innovation applicants see in Olin’s unique approach to the MBA experience.”

That appeal shines through in Olin’s selectivity rate, which significantly tightened year-over-year: the program’s acceptance rate fell to 34% from 47%, reflecting broader interest in the program. Those numbers perhaps reflect excitement for Olin’s celebrated three-continent, 38-day global immersion, which introduces its MBA cohort to global business principles in different cultures.

Additionally, enthusiasm for the WashU MBA is bolstered by Poets & Quants’ ranking of MBA entrepreneurship programs, which placed Olin first for three consecutive years.

Meanwhile, the 2023 ranking also showed that Olin’s average starting salary and bonus for new grads rose to $134,336 from $132,261. At the same time, 94.4% of students landed jobs by three months after graduation, in contrast to 72.6% a year earlier. That, Dean Taylor said, reflects carefully planned upgrades to the Weston Career Center begun in 2018 coming into force, along with signs of the global pandemic beginning to wane.

The ranking comes on the heels of more positive ranking news with Olin’s strong showing in the Financial Times’ most recent global MBA ranking. The #29 placement in that ranking caps a five-year trend, with Olin moving up 39 spots—a trend Poets & Quants noted had singularly distinguished Olin above other schools.

The Olin Africa Business Club’s Emerald Deku, MBA ’23, and Chinazar Okoro, MBA ’22, wrote this for the Olin Blog.

Akinrodola Owanikin, MBA ’22

It was the second day of the Olin Africa Business Forum, which ran February 24-25, 2022, where guests from across the world converged to hold crucial conversations. The panel sessions—which covered topics ranging from finance, agriculture, entertainment and healthcare—were insightful for many, as our speakers delved into Africa’s state of affairs from firsthand perspectives.

The end of these sessions signaled a networking event and time to taste another aspect of Africa—food!

Walking into the atrium (where the event was staged), it was exciting to see the Olin Africa Business Club members working together to set up for the occasion. Bosoye Abitoye, MBA ’23, worked with Co-President Prince Boateng, MBA ’22, in setting up the banner. They joked about putting technical skills to work as MBA students.

Oluwakemi Adene, MBA ’22, Ony Mgbeahurike, MBA ’19, and Prince Osei Boateng, MBA ’22

Moving over to the table, it was beautiful to behold the country-by-country representation of food. There was crumbly, creamy African meatpie and spring rolls; moin-moin that begged to melt in your mouth and gizdodo; asun that offered a warm embrace for your taste buds and pepper soup eager to please your senses.

Puff-puff, meatpie and spring rolls from the Olin Africa Business Forum 2022.

There was amala, kenke, ewedu and gbegiri, pounded yam and egusi. And then, there was puff-puff, standing gallantly with admirable arrogance on the same stage as jollof rice. Oh, the jollof rice. On this day, neither the Nigerians nor the Ghanaians could be bothered about the famous jollof wars. Waakye (Ghanaian for rice and beans) with spicy pepper sauce, did not go unnoticed. It brought with it the nostalgia of home and the good times families share eating that meal together.

Click to see video of the panel discussions from
the Olin Africa Business forum event: day one | day two

It was sheer pleasure experiencing first-hand reactions from non-Africans enjoying the meals.

Minjy Koo, MBA ’22, and Bryanna Brown, MBA ’22

“It is my first time eating African food, and it is so good—especially the rice,” Minjy Koo, MBA ’22, remarked.

Moving over to some Africans to hear their thoughts, Baffour Boaten, MPH ’23, responded with the satisfaction of a person with a well-pleased palate: “I will say this in Zulu: nandi kakhulu. It means ‘so delicious.’” That set off everyone on his table talking about their country, language and food. What was not to love about the euphoria of the moment?

It was great to connect in person with alumni who attended the event. Ashley Macrander, senior associate dean for graduate student affairs, was present offering support, as well as Chris Collier, MBA career coach from the Weston Career Center. The entire event strengthened the bond between current students and alumni, leaving a legacy of friendship, collaboration and support.

There is an African proverb that says, “One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others.” Indeed, the Taste of Africa event was our mouthpiece. It echoed the rich, tasty and colorful culture of Africa, our proud origin.

NOTE: All photos courtesy of Adeoluwa Babatope, MBA ’22. Pictured at top: Olin MBA students from the classes of 2022 and 2023, along with alumni and Ashley Macrander.