MBA Summit Livestream

How to Get Into Business School: Get Insider Tips from the Admissions Directors at Michigan Ross, Columbia Business School, and Yale School of Management

MBA Summit LogoThe MBA Summit is for any candidate thinking about applying to a top-ranked MBA program. This livestream event offers advice for how to stand out in the application process, make the right impression, and set yourself up for success. 

Get answers to your most pressing MBA questions from our panel of admissions directors from Michigan Ross, Columbia, and Yale, along with editor-in-chief of Poets&Quants, John Byrne.

Soojin KwonSoojin Kwon
Managing Director, Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan Ross


Michael RobinsonMichael Robinson
Associate Director, MBA Admissions at Columbia Business School

Bruce DelMonicoBruce DelMonico
Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions at Yale School of Management


John ByrneJohn Byrne
CEO & Editor-In-Chief, Poets&Quants

Take a Listen: MBA Summit Podcasts

Get access to six exclusive podcasts from current MBA students and alumni who came together this winter to talk about the MBA experience.

 Note: these episodes were recorded in person in February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic took widespread hold.


Real Students, Real Issues

Is the MBA Worth It?

Real students discuss how they decided investing in a full-time MBA program was the right decision, how they’re paying for it, and what they think about their decision now that they’re here.

Souvik Bhattachara

Souvik Bhattachara, MBA '20  Souvik is an engineer with half a decade of experience working in education and ed-tech. During his time at Ross, he was a part of the Social Venture Fund and EdTech investments, and was a product management intern at Apple. Post MBA, he is joining Amazon Web Services as a Senior Technical Product Manager.

Alexandra Mills

Alexandra “Lexx” Mills, MBA '21 Lexx previously served as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Malaysia and taught elementary school in D.C. She did community and economic development work in Baltimore and currently serves as a Managing Director for the Michigan Ross Real Estate Fund.

Marcus Tenenbaum

Marcus Tenenbaum, MBA '21 Marcus led an elite team responsible for White House technology operations, support, and security; he also served as an operations flight commander in the United States Air Force. He most recently worked at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as the technical operations and logistics manager.

How to Manage Mental Health & Wellness in B-School 

MBAs talk about how to take mental health and wellness seriously in business school, why you should, and what resources are available to prioritize both.

Rachel Becker

Rachel Becker, MBA '20 Rachel is a co-founder of The Comfort Zone, a well-being initiative at Ross focused on helping students build healthy and balanced lives. She is also a founding team member of the Ross health and fitness industry club, FitX, and interned with Johnson & Johnson's global health services division.

Angad Banga

Angad Banga, MBA '20 Angad previously worked as a lead analyst at Major League Soccer, providing strategic and marketing leadership to existing and newly-developed commercial growth opportunities. During his time at Ross, he's actively pursued his entrepreneurial endeavors while also sourcing and investing in early-stage startups as a Venture Capital Fellow with the Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund.

Nadia Ogene

Nadia Ogene, MBA '21 Before applying to B-school Nadia worked at Hulu, where she leveraged data-driven insights to improve the customer experience. Following her MAP project with Amazon's Smart Home business, Nadia will be interning at Nike to focus on creating innovative digital experiences.

What DE&I Means to MBAs (And Why You Should Care) 

Students take a deep dive into the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion in B-school, sharing their viewpoints on why it matters and how to pick a school that cares.


Allie Morbitzer, MBA '20 Allie was the Vice President of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council at Ross and the UpClose Diversity Weekend Co-Chair. She is also the founder of wellness brand FitLatina and will be working in human capital consulting at Deloitte this fall.

Billy Grant

Billy Grant, MBA '20 Billy earned both an MBA and a Master of Science in Information through a dual degree with the U-M School of Information. His focus on human-computer interaction and business led him to an internship with Twitter, where he worked on improving information integrity.

Beyond the Classroom: The Real ROI

Impact with an MBA

The MBA was a stepping-stone for successful careers in entrepreneurship and philanthropy for these grads, and they’re discussing how to leverage the right program to follow in their footsteps.

Samir Malviya

Samir Malviya, MBA '13 Samir is a general manager at One Concern, a start-up whose artificial intelligence platform helps save lives in catastrophic natural hazard scenarios. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs and on global financial and impact-related advising projects in India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.

Eshanthi Ranasinghe

Eshanthi Ranasinghe, MBA/MS '12 Eshanthi serves as head of exploration and future sensing at Omidyar Network, which uses foresight and signal scanning to identify emerging opportunities, blind spots, and areas for impact for the firm. She holds a dual MBA/MS degree from the Erb Institute at Ross.

The MBA Payoff in Consulting & Tech 

MBA grads representing the biggest names in consulting and tech explore the ROI of the MBA and strategies for setting yourself up for success after graduation.

Elisabeth Milss

Elizabeth Mills Murthy, MBA '14 Elizabeth is an associate partner at McKinsey & Co., where she interned while at Ross. Prior to earning her MBA, Elizabeth worked at Google as an analytical lead in large customer sales.

Aaron Mass

Aaron Mass, MBA '11 Aaron currently serves as head of strategy in platforms and ecosystems marketing at Google for their Android, Chrome Browser, Chromebooks, and Google Play products. Prior to Google and upon graduation from Ross, he worked at BCG as a principal.

Bruno Antunes

Bruno Antunes, MBA '11 Bruno worked from consultant to principal at the Boston Consulting Group in São Paulo after earning his MBA. He transitioned into private equity as part of the value creation team of Patria, largest Latin American alternative investments manager, and recently returned to BCG in Washington, D.C. focused on transformations in the consumer space.

The Alumni Advantage 

Business leaders who have reaped the benefits of an extensive alumni network discuss how to make the most of the alumni advantage during your program and beyond.

Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith, MBA '11 Nicole is the owner of consulting and coaching business, Smitn. Upon graduating from Ross, she served as chief marketing officer for the Dallas Wings (WNBA), senior director of growth marketing for NASCAR, and director of brand development for the San Diego Padres.

Shane Kelly

Shane Kelly, MBA '13 is the Founder of Wolverine Angels, which leverages the U-M alumni community to support early stage investors and startups. He also founded Cinematica Labs, a venture studio supporting mission-driven media technology ventures. He was previously Head of Investments at CrowdSmart, an AI-powered investment platform.


Barbara Calixto, MBA '11 Barbara serves as chief marketing officer at Wallbox Chargers, a developer of smart electric vehicle chargers in Barcelona. Previously, she was director of product marketing at Microsoft Corporation and vice president of marketing at Cabify, a Spanish ridesharing company.

Business Beyond Usual

The Future of the MBA

John Byrne, founder and editor-in-chief of Poets&Quants, and Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean of Michigan Ross, discuss the long-term future of the MBA degree.

Scott DeRueScott DeRue
Edward J. Frey Dean, Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business, University of Michigan


John ByrneJohn Byrne
CEO & Editor-In-Chief, Poets&Quants