Boot Camp Schedule

Monday, June 24
11 am - 12 pm
12 - 1 pm
Lunch & Introductions
1 - 3 pm

Session I: Strategic Overview of the MBA Career Services Industry
Mark Peterson, former President, MBA CSEA; Director of MBA/Graduate Business Career Services, Iowa State University of Science & Technology, Ivy College of Business, Ames, Iowa
Karen Dowd, former MBA CSEA Board Member; former Assistant Dean, Career Management & Corporate Engagement, Simon Business School, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Key topics: 
  • Overview of the industry and competitive landscape – differences between industry and higher education
  • Organization structure of universities, graduate business schools, and where graduate business career services fits in
  • Graduate management education industry trends and rankings
  • MBA career services staffing and resource allocation at schools of varying sizes, location and name recognition
  • Working with the dean’s office and leadership team
  • Working with faculty
  • Communicating with your manager
  • Competencies for success
  • Best practices
  • Tools and resources
  • Challenges and opportunities
3 - 5 pm


Session II: MBA Career Development, Coaching & Programming 
John Helmers, former MBA CSEA Board member; Head of Graduate Career Management, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
Key topics:
  • Understanding and working with the MBA student population
  • Stages of MBA student career exploration and job search
  • Developing a suite of career services for specific student populations within your school
  • Staffing (using internal staff as well as student volunteers, executives in residence, mentors, etc.
  • Working and communicating with students and student leaders
  • MBA career coaching frameworks and processes
  • MBA career coaching assessments, resources and tools
  • Competencies for success
  • Sample best practices 
Tuesday, June 25
8 - 10 am

Session III: Strategic Overview of the MBA CSEA Standards for reporting graduate business student employment data

Julie Morton, former MBA CSEA Board member and founding member, Standards Committee; Associate Dean, Career Planning & Corporate Relations, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, Illinois
Derek Walker, former MBA CSEA Board member and current MBA CSEA Standards Consultant; former Director of Careers, Said Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, England
Steve Simpson (panel moderator), member, MBA CSEA Boot Camp sub-committee; Director, Career Management & Corporate Relations, Marketing & Pricing, Simon Business School, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

Key Topics:
  • What the standards are and why they were developed
  • How the standards impact our world
  • Setting up your office and team for success
  • Understanding career services’ role in contributing to student success, alumni and employer engagement, and
    overall School reputation
  • Current standards overview
  • Standards resources and educational opportunities available at the Boston conference and after
  • Ethical issues and challenges
  • Data collection and reporting challenges
  • Resources and tools
  • Best practices, lessons learned and quick tips
10 am - 12 pm

Session IV: The MBA Employment Market and Corporate Relations

Elana Givens, former MBA CSEA Board member; Director, Office of Career Services, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts; former Director, Graduate Business Career Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Alessandra Rober Christensen, Sr. Associate Director, Employer Relations & Recruiting Services, MIT Sloan School of Management

Key Topics:
  • The MBA hiring market
  • Articulating your school’s unique strengths and identifying sources of jobs that fit your student talent
  • Skills sought by employers
  • Front and side door strategies for approaching different types of companies
  • Innovative ways to market your School and students to off-campus employers
  • Managing relationships with on- and off-campus recruiters
  • Recruiting practices at different types of employers
  • Managing relationships with different types of recruiters within organizations including HR, line hiring managers
    and alumni
  • Best practices
  • Resources and tools