Although our fall recruiting events are behind us, and the admissions committee is deep into reading season, I was fortunate to have the opportunity last Wednesday night to attend an event to celebrate our renewed membership with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of leading American business schools and corporations aimed at fostering diversity among graduate business students and corporate leaders. This was an opportunity for Consortium alumni from across the Bay Area to come together, reconnect and celebrate this partnership.
Berkeley MBA alumni from Del Monte Foods were generous enough to host us at their headquarters in San Francisco. Peter J. Aranda, Executive Director and CEO of The Consortium, and Anthony Davis, Vice President of Development for The Consortium, made a special trip to the Bay Area to attend. Dean Rich Lyons welcomed our Consortium alumni guests who attended UC Berkeley as well as several other Consortium member business schools. Stephanie Fujii, Director of Admissions at Berkeley-Haas, led a brainstorming session focused on how business schools, The Consortium and employers can better support professional development and diversity. The discussion generated a lot of great ideas – and alumni spent the next hour (plus!) catching up with each other, as well as Berkeley-Haas representatives from alumni relations, career services and admissions.
The theme of the event was celebrating our renewed relationship with the Consortium in great anticipation for the Class of 2013 Consortium Fellows joining us in August!