Cornell University may be the youngest Ivy, but what most don’t realize is it boasts the largest alumni network in the league, 240,000 strong.
In the area of Executive MBA programs at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate Management School, students are tapping into the Cornell network and securing new jobs with higher salaries.The first week in the Cornell Executive MBA program in Metro New York, Michelle Reid MBA ’15 learned the power of making connections with alumni. A former technology solutions executive at IBM, Reid was working for a health care startup when she began her MBA but wanted to return to IBM. During a class break one morning, Reid met Bheemsen Athanikar, MBA ’14, base accounts growth executive of IBM's Public Sector, who mentioned an opening at the company that matched her qualifications.
By the end of classes that day, Athanikar interviewed Reid at the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center where the Cornell Executive MBA program is held, and three months later she was hired as an account manager for application managed services at IBM’s office in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
“I don’t think that would have happened without being in the program,” Reid says. “There’s a lot of potential and you just really have to put yourself out there, introduce yourself, and find out what people do.”
Ellen Sanderson, MBA ’14, learned about an opening in her field — consulting — after it was posted on the Johnson Talent System by Paul Weintraub, MBA ’14, principal in the Healthcare Transformation Services practice at Philips Healthcare. After interviewing with Weintraub, Sanderson was hired as a senior manager for the Clinical and Business Performance Improvement Global Solutions group at Philips last October.
"The more you can connect with people who are doing different things and come from diverse backgrounds, the more you stand to gain both professionally and personally. The Cornell network is limitless, and I know that it will continue to expose me to the rest of the world long after I've graduated," said Sanderson.