Spotlight on…Elizabeth Colonna ’17

This week we are focusing on Elizabeth Colonna ’17, who has served on the Women’s Week Committee for CWiB and will be a PA for the incoming MBA class of 2018.  Below Elizabeth discusses her CBS experience so far and what she’s looking forward to next!

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA? And why CBS specifically?

ElizabethI decided to pursue my MBA for two main reasons: to broaden my general management knowledge base and to transition from healthcare consulting to the industry side of healthcare. I chose CBS for many reasons, including its location and its Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management (HPM) program.

What has been your most memorable CBS moment so far?

CBS Matters. My cluster’s CBS Matters is my favorite event of each week – it provides a unique opportunity to listen to and learn from my clustermates.

What has been your favorite class or professor at CBS thus far?

Strategy and Competition in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology. It has been such a great experience to take this class, which is taught by Cliff Cramer (the founder of CBS’ HPM program) and Bob Essner.

What woman (CBS or not) do you most admire?

Maya Angelou. She made an impression on me when I was very young, as my mom frequently repeated a few of her famous quotations to my sister and me when we were growing up – one of which was the following: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I admire Maya Angelou for her ability to eloquently speak her truth while also having the courage to stand up for others as a human rights advocate. I almost had the opportunity to hear her speak at a women’s conference in 2014, but unfortunately she passed away a few months prior. I admire that she had such a passion for her work that she was active all the way up until her passing.

What has surprised you most about business school?

Immediately starting at orientation, I felt like I was part of the CBS community, which is something for which I am very grateful. I hope to pay it forward this August as a PA for Cluster H’18!

What are you most excited about for the rest of the year?

It’s hard to believe we only have two weeks left of class – this year has flown by! Since I will be in LA over the summer, I am most looking forward to continuing to build relationships with my peers in these next few weeks, through participating in events like CBS Matters, Follies, and bonding time with my PA team.

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Spotlight on…Camilla Williams ’16

This week we are covering Camilla Williams ’16!  Take a look at the Q&A below to learn more about the highlights of her CBS experience, the woman she most admires, and what’s next after CBS.

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA? And why CBS specifically? Sept 2014

Prior to business school, I had worked in public relations and advertising – while I thoroughly enjoyed the work, one day I wanted to be on the client side, and be involved in the total management of the brand, not just one piece. I knew an MBA would provide me with the resources and skillset required to pursue this goal.

I chose CBS specifically because hands down, the community at CBS is bar none to any other business school that I visited during the application process. From the admissions team, to the current students and alumni, everyone was extremely responsive and willing to give of their time. I was also instantly drawn to the camaraderie and warmth that I witnessed among the students at  events such as, Diversity Matters and Spotlight On.

What has been your most memorable CBS moment so far?

All of the traveling that I’ve done my 2nd year with classmates has been memorable! But my two favorite trips were 1) the fall break trip to Iceland, which allowed for great cluster D bonding, and 2) the Cuba GIP Global Immersion course, where I explored Cuba with an amazing group of 2nd years just days before President Obama’s historic visit to the country.

What has been your favorite class or professor at CBS thus far?       

Hitendra Wadhwa has been my favorite professor thus far, due to his engaging, yet calming nature. He has this unique ability to draw students in by interweaving parts of his personal story into the day’s topic. Also, I greatly enjoyed that he used role-playing as a teaching method.

What woman (CBS or not) do you most admire? 

Most definitely, my mom.  She came to this country at a young age, and her strength and tenacity in the face of adversity has constantly inspired me. Over the years, she has instilled that same perseverance in me and has played a major role in my success.

What are you looking forward to in your last term at CBS? 

Enjoying my last moments at CBS with my classmates during disorientation and in Puerto Rico!

What’s next for you after CBS?

Hopefully, some traveling before starting as an Associate Brand Manager at Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Health Care Division in the Skillman, NJ office.

 

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Spotlight on…Jamie McCourt, our Women’s Week Keynote Speaker!

We are thrilled to welcome Jamie McCourt to CBS as our Women’s Week keynote speaker.  The theme of Women’s Week is #Ladyboss, and throughout the week we will be questioning the very term ‘Ladyboss’ in order to explore what it means to be a female business leader.  Jamie McCourt–an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist–will be kicking off this discussion in the first Women’s Week event.  Learn more about Jamie McCourt’s background and leadership experience below, and see her in person on March 21st at 6pm in Uris 301!

Jamie McCourt - HeadshotJamie McCourt is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist whose proficiency in identifying talent and opportunity has been the foundation for an accomplished career spanning business and baseball. Her investment firm, Jamie Enterprises, principally invests in high-value real estate, biotechnology ventures, and technology start-ups. From 2004 to 2011, Jamie was Co-Owner, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She was the highest-ranking woman in baseball and one of the few female executives in all of professional sports. Jamie owns a vineyard in Rutherford in Napa Valley, where she is committed to producing a world-class hillside Cabernet Sauvignon. Jamie graduated from Georgetown University. She also has a diploma from the Sorbonne in Paris, a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, and an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

An Eye for Talent

Her investment firm, Jamie Enterprises, principally invests in high-value real estate, biotechnology ventures, and early-stage technology start-ups. She was an early stage investor in ZipCar, now the nation’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing service. More recently, she was one of the first investors in Kite Pharma, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company that went public in record time, and Yo, the push notification system that has taken Silicon Valley by storm.

As a major advocate for and investor in contemporary art, Jamie is committed to supporting emerging artistic talent, especially from the Los Angeles area. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as its Finance Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre Pompidou Foundation.

Blazing a Trail

Jamie is a pioneer in the field of business education. Her innovative class at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, “The Pursuit of Leadership: A Female Perspective,” was the first accredited graduate-level leadership course specifically designed for women at a leading U.S. business school. Business education and the role of women in senior management remain priorities for her Jamie M Foundation.

Jamie began her career practicing law for 14 years in New York and Massachusetts, and subsequently focused on real estate development for 10 years. From 2004 to 2011, Jamie was Co-Owner, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She was the highest-ranking woman in baseball and one of the few female executives in all of professional sports. Under her direction, the Dodgers set a club record for single season attendance and won back-to-back division titles for the first time in 30 years.

Passion with Purpose

A proud supporter of Israel and the worldwide Jewish community, Jamie McCourt is a recipient of the Scopus award, the highest humanitarian honor conferred by the American Friends of the Hebrew University. Past Scopus laureates include Steven Spielberg, Ted Turner, Gregory Peck, Barbra Streisand and Elie Wiesel.

Jamie graduated from Georgetown University and served as a chairman of Georgetown’s Third Century Campaign, which raised more than a billion dollars for that institution. She also has a diploma from the Sorbonne in Paris, a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, and an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Jamie currently serves on the Executive Board of the UCLA Anderson School of Management as well as the North American Executive Board at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In addition, she serves on the Board of Councilors of the USC Thornton School of Music and is an active member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

A respected food and wine connoisseur and an investor in a variety of culinary ventures, Jamie is currently celebrating her first harvest at her vineyard in Rutherford in Napa County, where she is committed to producing a world-class hillside Cabernet Sauvignon.

The proud mother of four sons, Jamie is an avid swimmer and a passionate advocate of the Los Angeles business and cultural communities.

 

 

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Save the Date for Women’s Week 2016!

Ladyboss bannerWe are excited to announce that Women’s Week 2016 is going to be held March 21 through March 26!  The Women’s Week team has been working tirelessly to plan a week of speakers, panel discussions, social events, and more to celebrate women at CBS and the broader business world.

This year’s theme is #Ladyboss.  This year, CWiB challenges the very term ladyboss and revisits the now & then of the ideas surrounding the notion of being a successful woman in the business world.

We will be kicking off the week with a keynote speech by Jamie McCourt!  Jamie McCourt is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist whose proficiency in identifying talent and opportunity has been the foundation for an accomplished career spanning business and baseball.  We couldn’t ask for a better speaker to get the #Ladyboss discussion started, and we’re thrilled to hear more about her experience as a business leader.

There will be more details to follow, so stay tuned!

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Spotlight on…Fulya Tuncer ’17

Fulya Tuncer ’17 is one of CWiB’s AVPs of Women’s Week.  Read the Q&A below to learn more about Fulya’s time at CBS, who she most admires, and what she’s excited for this year!

Why did you decide to attend CBS?Photo_Fulya Tuncer

I decided to pursue an MBA to transition from an emerging market to a developed market. I also wanted to experience New York by studying at one of the top business schools. The people, culture and resources of CBS proved to me that CBS offers more than I expected.

What has been your favorite CBS moment so far?

Traveling to Dominican Republic with my cluster and 6 other clusters. That trip was important to increase bonding with my friends and meet new people at CBS.

What advice do you have for prospective MBA students?

CBS gives the opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone and I recommend prospective students to take every opportunity to challenge themselves, try new things and enjoy going outside of their comfort zone. In addition, meet as many people as you can, time spent with friends builds the best memories at CBS.

Outside of classes, recruiting, and social activities at business school, what are your favorite hobbies?

Exploring New York, traveling, tennis, squash and movies

What woman (CBS or not) inspires you?

Tory Burch. She is a lady who dreams big and achieves her dreams. She is the CEO and founder of her global brand having never designed or managed a business before. She not only is a great entrepreneur but also gives back to the community by her Tory Burch Foundation. And she always looks beautiful. I would love to work on her company’s IPO as an investment banker in my future career.

What are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?

Women’s Week between 3/21 and 3/25. It will be an amazing week where CWIB will celebrate being a woman with a series of events, workshops and fun events.

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