Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Excelling at Citi

By Gaurav Malhotra, MBA'15
About 8 months ago, when the internship recruitment season was at its peak, I received an interview invitation from Citi. Four rounds of interviews followed. Later, while in Ghana on a Globase trip, I received the good news. I was offered a 10-week internship in the Consumer Banking Wealth Management Division in New York.

With a small group of 40 interns from different schools, I started my internship on June 2. The first week was onboarding that comprised speaker sessions with CXOs, including CEO of Citi. Presentations covered different banking divisions internal to the firm and their business models, training on propriety tools and lunches with leaders. We concluded the induction week with a half day outdoor CSR activity on the bank of Hudson River, opposite the UN headquarters.

I started to work closely with my team in the second week. All interns were reporting to managers who were either managing directors or directors or senior vice presidents. I was fortunate in that I was reporting to two managers, both of whom were managing directors. Working closely with senior leaders was an enriching experience where I learned how to lead, work in a team and, mentor others. They ensured I received enough visibility throughout the firm and enough face time with senior leaders. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Discovering the Kelley alumni network in Silicon Valley

I traveled to Silicon Valley last week with Kelley's Strategic Finance Academy to visit Intel, Xilinx, and Broadcom. This was Academy Week: five days of exploring our interests (in my group's case, strategic finance in the technology sector) and networking with professionals who could give us real perspective from the field.

We had the opportunity to interact with dozens of Kelley alumni who have built amazing careers at these companies, and I was inspired to hear how the Kelley School influenced their paths when they were in my shoes.

Kyle DeLapp
MBA'16
On our first stop, we visited Intel's Executive Briefing Center and got a hands-on demonstration of the company's cutting edge 3D camera technology. We also toured the Intel Museum and learned how microprocessors are made, as well as the components of their global supply chain. From engineering genius to clean rooms operated by machines, we learned how Intel has capitalized on one of their founders’ groundbreaking law. Today, the driving force of Gordon Moore’s law is in the hands of Kelley alumni.

Our second visit was to Xilinx where CFO and Kelley grad Jon Olson walked us through the responsibilities and realities of an earnings call. We had a glimpse into the C-suite, and we learned about how Xilinx has strategically positioned itself in the niche programmable logic market through sales, operational, and R&D finance.

The final stop on our trip was Broadcom. Two alumni gave our group valuable perspective on what it takes to be successful in the technology sector. Both shared stories of what to expect after MBA life and the importance of making an impact from day one. Today, Kelley alumni at Broadcom are a major asset behind the push for the Internet of Things and its innovative expansion.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Network, network, network at the National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference


Last month, several underrepresented minority-focused MBA conferences took place throughout the United States. One of the largest was the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), which was held this year in Philadelphia. Thanks to the support from the Institute for Global Organizational Effectiveness (IGOE), 14 of this year’s 16 IGOE MBA Fellows chose to attend the conference.

There was a lot of anticipation surrounding the event, especially among my Latin classmates because many of us had never experienced something like this before. The second-year IGOE Fellows did a great job sharing advice about every aspect of the conference and how to prepare beforehand.

Alejandra de Caso
MBA'16
At the conference, we had the opportunity to network with corporate recruiters and students from other MBA programs. You could tell a company’s culture and work environment by looking at each booth.

I was really looking forward to talking to a company that did not recruit on campus but was a leader in the industry that I am pursuing for my post-MBA career. Engaging in conversations directly with recruiters wasn’t as challenging as I expected; all of them were willing to talk to and inform us about the opportunities for MBA candidates within their companies.

I now have a couple of new companies to follow up with during my job search process. I also enjoyed spending time with other IGOE Fellows in Philadelphia, preparing my CARs, doing mock interviews, enjoying nice dinners, and relaxing.  

The National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference was an enriching personal and professional experience, which I definitely recommend to future Kelleys. My only advice is to prepare beforehand—the conference goes by fast, and preparation is essential in order to make the best out of your time there.  I’m very grateful for the financial and informational support offered by IGOE, without which I would not have been able to attend.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Academy Week Preview: Consulting Academy

Academy Week begins October 20. This intensive week immerses our first-year MBA students in the fundamentals of their focus industries, through alumni panels and group sessions, visits to leading companies in the field, and professional development enhancing activities. This week, our second-year MBA students will revisit last year's Academy Week, to give you an idea of what to expect.

Today Sahil Sandhu, MBA ‘15, shares Academy Week highlights as a student in the Consulting Academy. In the Consulting Academy, our board of advisors includes names from some of the world's leading consulting firms, including Accenture, AT Kearney, Deloitte, EY, and McKinsey & Company.

Sahil Sandhu

Which companies did you visit during Academy Week?

Consulting Academy week was different. We had many consulting firms on campus for presentations, networking, and of course happy hours.

Here are the companies I interacted with: A.T. Kearney, Kalypso, Bain, Accenture, EY, Cummins, Direct Supply, and Deloitte.

Which was your favorite company? Why?

My favorite company experience was Deloitte. Deloitte was here for a day and we got the opportunity to interact with practitioners to understand their experiences and expectations. Most importantly, Deloitte conducted many mock cases, which helped simulate a critical part of consulting interviews–individual and group cases.

How did Academy Week enhance your career?

Academy Week helped me understand various consulting domains, such as technology, strategy, operations, and private equity. I was able to narrow down what I wanted to do and develop a plan for my internship search. Above all, I got the opportunity to interact with multiple firms and build a network with Kelley alums.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Academy Week Preview: Consumer Marketing Academy


Academy Week begins October 20. This intensive week immerses our first-year MBA students in the fundamentals of their focus industries, through alumni panels and group sessions, visits to leading companies in the field, and professional development enhancing activities. This week, our second-year MBA students will revisit last year's Academy Week, to give you an idea of what to expect.

Linsey Tague, MBA'15
Today Linsey Tague, MBA'15, shares Academy Week highlights as a student in the Consumer Marketing Academy. These students work closely with our corporate partners and smaller companies to develop marketing acumen and build brands.

Which companies did you visit during Academy Week? 

Kraft Oscar Meyer, Eli Lilly, ConAgra Foods, Miller Coors, Whirlpool, Scott’s Miracle-Gro, Abbott Nutrition, Procter and Gamble

Which was your favorite company? Why? 

ConAgra Foods. They had an exercise where we were tasked as the brand manager on one of their brands. We had to come up with a new product innovation with real food ingredients to choose from that had to appeal to the target consumer we were given, remain under a certain cost, and be able to gain distribution in the market place. It really helped put into perspective the challenges that real marketers face in brand management. Also, ConAgra ended up being the company where I interned this summer.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Academy Week Preview: Strategic Finance Academy



Academy Week begins October 20. This intensive week immerses our first-year MBA students in the fundamentals of their focus industries, through alumni panels and group sessions, visits to leading companies in the field, and professional development enhancing activities. This week, our second-year MBA students will revisit last year's Academy Week, to give you an idea of what to expect.

Today Eric Leserman, MBA'15, shares Academy Week highlights as a student in the Strategic Finance Academy. These students work on real-world business problems throughout the year, traveling to places such as the Silicon Valley, Minneapolis, and New York for an in-depth look at the role financial professionals play in Fortune 500 firms.

Which companies did you visit during Academy Week?

Ecolab, Best Buy, Optum Health, and Target.

What was your favorite company? Why?

I really enjoyed going to Target. It was in a beautiful building in downtown Minneapolis and everyone we met there was so friendly. The highlight for me was when they took us into their store next to headquarters and showed us the business decisions that were made in the layout of a store and why they were so important.


How did Academy Week enhance your career?

Having worked at small businesses prior to Kelley, it was great to see the headquarters of large corporations. It was amazing how easily you could see the company culture in action after spending as little as a few hours at headquarters.

What was the most fun part about Academy Week?

We had a free evening in Minneapolis and we took advantage of this to go to a Minnesota Wild hockey game. It was a lot of fun to enjoy a pro sport with my classmates and be immersed in the culture of one of Minnesota’s favorite pastimes.

Academy Week Preview: Capital Markets

Academy Week begins October 20. This intensive week immerses our first-year MBA students in the fundamentals of their focus industries, through alumni panels and group sessions, visits to leading companies in the field, and professional development enhancing activities. This week, our second-year MBA students will revisit last year's Academy Week, to give you an idea of what to expect.

Today Rene Lopezvictoria, MBA'15, shares Academy Week highlights as a student in the Capital Markets Academy, which focuses on investment management, investment banking, and principal investing.

Which companies did you visit during Academy Week?

Barclays, Morningstar, William Blair, RW Baird, Harris Associates, Driehaus Capital Management, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Mizuho Securities, and Sanford Bernstein.

Which was your favorite company? Why?

My favorite company was Goldman Sachs. We had the opportunity to visit its headquarters in downtown Manhattan. One of my favorite parts of the visit was walking through the massive trading floor, which was inhabited by hundreds of very smart, driven, and competitive people. At least that was the impression I got after a few minutes of observing them engaging in financial transactions for one of the most important financial institutions in the world. After meeting with people from the derivatives division and listening to them talk about high frequency trading and other complex subjects, I was convinced. I decided to choose Goldman Sachs as one of my top companies for my summer internship.

How did Academy Week enhance your career?

Academy Week allowed me to experience the work environment and culture of some of the top firms on and off Wall Street. It also gave me the chance to strengthen my networking skills both on a professional level—during company visits—and in an informal level—during happy hours and one-on-one meetings.

What was the most fun part about Academy Week?

After one of the longest days of the trip, we had a happy hour at a very interesting place near Times Square. We had the chance to interact with Kelley alums ranging from recent to more senior graduates. It was amazing to see that most of them knew each other regardless of the generational differences. It was also incredible to see how happy they were to talk to us and try to help us in whichever way they could with the job search process. This happy hour also was a great opportunity to create bonds within the Academy that remain very strong to this day.