2013 Veteran MBA Conference
On October 12th, 15 members of the Fisher Veterans Association attended the Veteran MBA Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The career fair, one of the most exclusive in the country, invites only 300 veteran students from the top 40 programs and hosts over 30 companies. Among this year’s notable attendees were Google, P&G, GE, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Coca Cola, Intel, Microsoft, Amgen, Nike, and many others. P&G CEO Bob MacDonald delivered the key note address. Fisher’s 15 attendees represented the third largest contingent of student veterans. Three Fisher Veteran Alumni were present, serving as corporate representatives for Intel, Liberty Mutual, and Ernst & Young.
Matt Palmisciano, MBA Candidate 2013
The 2012 MBA Veteran Conference was a fantastic opportunity to network and interview with leading companies. This conference only invites the top 40 MBA schools which attracts top companies such as JP Morgan, Citi, Morgan Stanley, and Google. At the conference I was able to network with veterans in these organizations who were genuinely interested in helping me find out more about the companies. Additionally, the small size of the conference (300 students/250 company representatives) meant that you could have meaningful conversations. At lunch on while listening the CEO of P&G I was able to speak with members of multiple companies and ended up interviewing based on this discussion. I networked with JP Morgan, Target, Chevron, an M&T Bank and all contacted me after the conference for follow up interviews. This was the single best career related event that I have been able to attend and I am indebted to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for assisting in making it possible. The support of the office allowed the Fisher Veteran Association to take 63% of our members to the event.
Alex Dorko, MBA Candidate
The MBA Veterans conference proved to be one of the highlights of my full time job search. Thirty of the nation's top companies spend a full day talking with a group of only 300 candidates. With a candidate/recruiter ratio of around 3:1, each candidate was given ample time to conduct in-depth and serious conversations with corporate representatives. With thousands of recently returning veterans entering the work force, corporations have stepped up recruiting efforts aimed at employing and empowering this demographic. The value that top firms place on MBA Veteran talent was evident, especially those attending top programs like Fisher. The Fisher Veterans Association attended this year's conference with 15 students, the third largest contingent out of 50 invited programs. Our members received multiple on-site interviews, second round invitations and even full time offers on the spot. It was an enormously beneficial experience.