The Women in Leadership Conference is a conference organized by Michigan Business Women for current students and prospective students with a keynote speaker and breakout sessions featuring alumnae and industry professionals designed for personal and professional development. Prospective students will be able to attend a portion of the conference and also attend admissions programming to learn more about the overall Ross experience. If you choose to attend WILC, plan to attend virtually on October 9-10.
Join current students, alumni, professionals, admissions representatives, and other prospective students at our annual UpClose Diversity Conference and Women in Leadership Conference (WILC). This year’s event will be 100% virtual with interactive and informative programming designed to help prospective students gain an understanding of life in the Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Program.
At Ross we believe that a broad-based, diverse community is essential to the character of our school, to the education and leadership development of our students, and to the contribution we make to business and society through our graduates. The WILC and UpClose conferences are an integral part of our continuing efforts to enroll a diverse student body. The event includes programming developed by students from Michigan Business Women and Ross’ Consortium Community. You’ll have the opportunity to choose to apply to attend WILC, UpClose, or both programs.
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WHAT IS WILC?
WHAT IS UPCLOSE?
Historically the UpClose weekend was designed to attract talented African American, Hispanic American, and Native American applicants to the Ross MBA program. This event is open to all prospective students, of any race or ethnicity, who have an interest in improving the visibility of underrepresented students in business schools and in management. If you choose to attend UpClose, plan to attend virtually on October 9-10.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO ATTEND BOTH THE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND UPCLOSE?
If you are a prospective student in support of the advancement of women in academic and professional settings and also interested in improving the visibility of underrepresented minorities in business schools and in management, please consider applying to attend both programs.
If you choose to attend both events, plan to attend virtually on October 9-10. The application for UpClose and WILC is combined, so if you are interested in attending both events, please select that option on the form. You will need to submit essay responses for both UpClose and WILC.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO SUBMIT FOR THE APPLICATION?
You will need to submit your current resume and a response to one essay question*. The essay prompt should be limited to 1500 characters and include your response to the following statement:
UpClose seeks to promote the advancement of underrepresented minorities in management by attracting prospective business school students with a demonstrated commitment to that purpose. UpClose attendees may be of any race or ethnicity. Please describe how you have or intend to support the advancement of underrepresented minorities (defined in this context as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans) in academic or professional settings.
The Women in Leadership Conference seeks to promote the advancement of women in management by attracting prospective MBA students, of any gender, with a demonstrated commitment to that purpose. Please describe how you have or intend to support the advancement of women in academic or professional settings.
*Please note: If you are interested in applying to attend both UpClose and WILC, you will be asked to submit responses to both essay prompts.
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I'VE BEEN SELECTED TO ATTEND?
If you are selected to attend, you will be notified on September 11, 2020. Due to the growing popularity of this event, we cannot invite all qualified candidates to attend. We encourage all interested candidates to apply for the full-time MBA program whether or not you receive an invitation.
CAN I VISIT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CAMPUS?
Due to COVID-19 induced in-person restrictions, we cannot host students for on-campus visits and activities.