By Alanna Klapp
New York University’s Stern School of Business, located in New York City, has three active faculty members who are Nobel Peace Prize winners and a global alumni community of over 100,000 in more than 100 countries. Over 500 of these alumni are CEOs in top firms around the globe. NYU Stern’s tagline, “An Education is Possible,” shows its inclusiveness for students from all over the world. And with nearly a third of enrolled students from outside the United States, Stern shows its diversity with every MBA awarded.
“In our full-time MBA program at NYU Stern, we shape a diverse community of the highest-quality students from around the world,” said Isser Gallogly, assistant dean of MBA Admissions. “We enrolled 16 percent underrepresented minorities in our Fall 2011 incoming class. We also consistently attract one of the highest percentages of women.”
To recruit these students, Stern partners with leading nonprofits that promote underrepresented minorities and women in business and business education, along with hosting their own events. “We collaborate with groups such as Management Leadership for Tomorrow and Riordan Programs and are a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management,” said Gallogly. “We are also a member of the Forte Foundation, and each fall we participate in Forte Forums across the U.S. to meet prospective women MBAs.”
Stern hosts three annual events for underrepresented minorities on campus to give applicants the opportunity to meet faculty, experience a class, and get to know students: Discover Stern Fall Diversity Weekend, Spotlight on Stern Women Interview Day, and Stern Women in Business Conference.
“Our Spotlight on Stern Women Interview Day allows applicants to attend the annual Stern Women in Business Conference alongside more than 200 Stern female students and alumnae. At this event, applicants have the opportunity to meet Professor Shelia Wellington, the former president of Catalyst who teaches ‘Women in Business Leadership,’ and hear from women business leaders, such as Arianna Huffington,” said Gollogly.
Panelists at the 2012 Women in Business Conference included esteemed women from a variety of business-related fields from publishing to accounting. Pattie Sellers, editor-at-large for Fortune; Deanie Elsner, president of Beverages, Kraft; Anita Sands, COO, UBS Wealth Management; and Deloitte & Touche Partner Nicole Sandford comprised this year’s panel.
After graduation, Stern’s students work in a variety of fields. “With our deep ties to companies and industries based in New York City, many of our graduates pursue careers in financial services, consulting, and marketing. We also offer specializations in entertainment, media and technology, and luxury marketing. Recruiters from these more nontraditional fields increasingly look to NYU Stern for their MBA talent,” Gallogly said.
Stern’s goal for its students is to transform them into business people who will impact the world in a positive way. As alumni, they continue the cycle by returning to their alma mater, encouraging and inspiring students to make their own impression in the global corporate arena.
Alanna Klapp is a freelance writer based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.