Description of the video:
Kelley and the Consortium: A Lifelong Community
Shannon Watkins, MBA’02, senior director/group director, Powerade, Coca-Cola Company:
I don't think I would have made it through B school, honestly, without the Consortium and without my Consortium fellows. I was a person who had never taken an accounting class, never taken a finance class, never taken a marketing class. I was a biology undergrad, I knew science. And for me, I was able to really pick up the phone at any time and reach out to my Consortium fellows both in the journey with me and who had gone through the journey who were already graduates and ask for their advice, ask for coaching whenever I needed it. And so for me professionally, it continues to serve as a network that I go to and lean on even today.
Louis Jordan, MBA’80, former senior VP, Starbucks, and former CFO, Global Retail, Nike:
I have probably had some contact, either on one side or the other, where I'm the alum trying to provide counsel and advice or I'm asking for counsel and advice from an alumni. That's existed, at least for me, almost daily certainly weekly over those years since I left school in 1980. Really since I left school then, I've been part of this community. Almost 30 years since then.
Anton Vincent, MBA’93, president of the Snacks Division at General Mills:
I believe when I went to Kelley and I had the opportunity to go to Kelley I think it changed my life. I don't say that to be over the top but I believe it did. It gave me opportunities I don't think I would've had and I'm grateful for that and whenever I have an opportunity to help Indiana University, Kelley in particular, I try to take advantage of that. We are seeing a lot of achievement for these kids as well so getting to school is one thing. Getting through school and graduating is another thing. But to be able to apply that and show some level of success over time, then we know we are really making a difference. To start something and have it go for 50 years is just momentous just as it is but also to have it where it's helping people over and over again, I feel very committed to making sure that those opportunities are available to other kids in the future.
The Kelley School’s partnership with the Consortium has many benefits. Our work enhances diversity in business education through:
- A strong network of Consortium alumni
- Access to the Consortium’s impressive list of corporate partners
- Increased marketability through early career management and professional development
- Career- and life-changing mentoring opportunities
Eligible MBA Program applicants should complete the Consortium application instead of Kelley’s application to be considered for a Consortium fellowship covering full tuition and fees.