On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend a dinner with Dean of the Fisher College of Business, Christine Poon. This was started last quarter (see Sarah’s post for a quick overview) and is a great opportunity that has continued. The dinner was held in the Dean’s conference room and there were nine students that attended who were all in different stages of the program. We were all moderately jealous of the one student who was going to graduate in March. We had a catered dinner from Panera.
The dinner was about 50 minutes long; many of us had an exam at 6:00 p.m. We all introduced ourselves and then Dean Poon gave us some insight on her background. She participated in a similar MBA program and worked during the same time so she knows what we are feeling with working 40+ hours a week plus attending class two evenings.
She also discussed the rankings of the programs at Fisher and how the rankings are measured. The WPMBA program is ranked in the top 10 whereas the full-time MBA program is not. We also talked about the semester conversion and shared some of our favorite professors. She was very interested in our thoughts and comments about the program, both during the dinner and was opened for emails/phone calls about our comments/concerns.
This opportunity was really insightful. Dean Poon has an open door policy and she is genuinely concerned with getting each student through the program to graduation. This was a great opportunity and I hope that the dinners continue and others have the opportunity to spend time with Dean Poon. Thanks for such a great dinner!