Fall Networking Opportunities

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It’s been said that it’s not who you know, it’s who knows you, and Neeley students have been doing some heavy lifting when it comes to getting themselves recognized. Networking is critical to making the connections that yield professional success, and our MBAs are fortunate to receive a lot of practice during their time at TCU, starting from Day 1 (and earlier).

Before classes even began, incoming students participated in a case competition sponsored by Sabre, a world-class travel technology company, and presented to the Sabre executive team. First-years also had the chance to hear from TCU alums about their careers at Sabre.

Some of the new students took advantage of pre-MBA conferences over the summer. Incoming first-year Fabian Lima attended two such events, including one in NYC and another sponsored by Deloitte. “I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can, making connections and friends for life and getting a job in consulting or investment banking,” says Lima.

Now that classes are officially in session, students have been seeking out opportunities to network on and off campus, and seeing results. First-year students are already interviewing for internships at companies such as Amazon, Hershey, AT&T and Dell.

Here are a few of the ways Neeley students have been making the rounds and getting their names known by some of the world’s leading companies:

Information sessions. Students are connecting with companies here on campus through information sessions hosted by companies including American Airlines, Essilor, IBM and Raytheon.

Boot camps. Representatives from companies such as Kimberly-Clark, Nestle, Nielsen, Galderma and others are participating in career boot camps to help give students an idea of the scope of a profession in their respective industries. These sessions are particularly helpful for students who are looking to switch fields.

Webinars. Students have been connecting virtually with companies such as Amazon via webinars, as well as attending onsite events for J.P. Morgan and Southwest Airlines.

Career fairs. Neeley provides opportunities and resources for students to attend the major national career fairs, which attract hundreds of top employers. This year, fairs are taking place in Houston, New Orleans, NYC and Stamford, Conn.

At the recent Prospanica Conference & Career Expo in Houston, students interviewed with companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, Ford, GM, Kimberly-Clark, Intel, Dell, Tenet Healthcare and Merck, among others. 

Executive Mentor Program. Forty senior execs from companies including PepsiCo, Capital One, and Dun & Bradstreet choose first-years students to mentor in this one-on-one program. Sanjay Kalluvilayil of Stonehaas Investors chose Praveen Chinapla as his mentee.

“I look forward to sharing my insights to help him expand his horizons and forge his own path to success,” says Kalluvilayil.

C-Level Confidential series. This program offers a way for Neeley students to get an up-close-and-personal glimpse at the experiences of C-level executives from some of the most successful companies in the world. Small groups of about one dozen enjoy dinner and drinks while discussing industry-specific topics. This season, students will hear from GM Financial CEO Dan Berce, Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan, GameStop CEO Paul Raines, DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue and Deloitte Global Innovation Head John Levis. 

Tandy Executive Speaker Series. To engage and innovate the Fort Worth business community, the TCU Neeley School of Business invites prominent business leaders to a breakfast event on the TCU campus to share their insights, challenges and successes. It’s a great opportunity for MBA students to not only learn, but also network with movers and shakers from the local business community.

Neeley Family Dinners. These collegial gatherings offer current students the chance to network with alumni in an informal but no less informative setting. Ashleigh Martin, global account director for Zeta Interactive, and Ilia Kostov, SVP and chief commercial officer of Amadeus Group, will open their homes to students this month to share a meal and their professional experiences with those gathered around the dinner table.

Interested in getting a TCU MBA? Request more info about the Neeley School of Business graduate program.

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