On Saturday, April 1st, Woodbury University’s School of Business and its Department of Admissions joined forces in organizing the second MBA Experience for the 2017-2018 academic year. 20 potential students and 13 guests attended the event, and engaged with a team of MBA faculty and alumni in an information exchange session to enhance their sense of what the program had to offer.
The first speaker at the event was Dr. Joan Marques, Interim-Dean at the School of Business, and Professor of Management and Leadership. She shared some of the dynamic changes that have recently been implemented in the MBA application process, such as discontinuation of the GMAT/GRE entry requirement, and instatement of a rotating Executive-in-Residence program starting in Fall 2017.
Marques’ presentation was followed by a panel discussion, consisting of four successful MBA alumni, and four MBA faculty members. The panel discussion was led by Ovsanna Adjikian Daglian, Graduate Admissions Counselor, and Dr. Satinder Dhiman, Associate Dean, MBA Chair and Professor. The members of the alumni panel were: Ms. Kipenzi Chidinma, Marketing Coordinator and QS Specialist; Ms. Maria Agopian, CEO and Lead Consultant, Thornbird Marketing, Inc.; Mr. Jack McAlpin, Director of Global Marketing at OpenDrives, and Ms. Shahiedah Palmer, Government Attorney. The faculty panel consisted of Dr. Paul Sabolic (Entrepreneurship and Consultancy), Dr. Svetlana Holt (Business Strategy and EI), Dr. Tony Stovall (Marketing), and Dr. Nathan Garrett (Information Technology).
The aspiring MBA student attendees represented an even blend of current BBA seniors and external applicants. In the post-event survey, all participants expressed their appreciation for the flow and structure of the event, and stated that their questions were answered properly. They generally agreed that the event fulfilled an important purpose, and significantly increased their interest in becoming Woodbury MBA students.