The MBA Mixer 2008
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SAMBAA (South Asian MBA Association) co-hosted its first MBA Mixer of the year in partnership with TestPundit and Carnegie Mellon West on June 7th, 2008 at the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Mountain View, CA. This event brought together alumni as well as current students of top-tier MBA programs such the Stanford Graduate School of Business(GSB), the Haas School of Business, UC Anderson and University of Michigan and MBA aspirants. 

The event focused on the road to the MBA and beyond, and was particularly relevant for professionals planning to enroll in business school as well as for current business school alumni interested in increasing the quality of the network within the business community interested in the emerging powerhouse of South Asia. 

The first half of the event commenced with a GMAT preparatory workshop, conducted by Test Pundit. This was followed by an active Admissions Panel Discussion. The panelists, consisting of admissions officers, current MBA students representing Stanford GSB, UC Anderson School of Business, Haas School of Business and MBA alumni were engaged by the audience in enthusiastic discussion regarding the process for applying to business programs in general, as well as targeted questions about the school or program of their choice. 

The attendees then headed over to the lounge for a wine reception and networking session with free flowing conversation between business leaders, MBA students and alumni and aspiring MBAs alike. 

The second half of the event, focused on the Value of the MBA and Effective Networking in the Era of Emerging South Asia commenced with a Keynote Panel. The panelists described their personal journeys up to and beyond the MBA, in particular focusing on the huge potential of the emerging South Asian powerhouse and the importance of business skills at this time as the region is poised on the cusp of phenomenal growth. 

Atul Kapadia, Managing General Partner at Bay Partners delivered an impressive keynote address with a personal touch, describing his particular journey from technical expertise to his decision to acquire an MBA, elaborating on how that changed his outlook as a business professional. He outlined an immediately identifiable challenge for South Asians, who are acknowledged successes in the field of technology and yet often struggle to bridge the ‘business divide’, and his story of how he accomplished that to acclaim was both an inspiration as well as a catalyst for much active questioning from the audience. 

The session ended with a Networking Dinner, with focused tables headed by Table Leaders on the topics of Career Reinvention after the MBA and opportunities in Finance, Life Sciences and Marketing; Women in Leadership and current opportunity for South Asian women to shatter the glass ceiling; and the South Asian MBA Association and its upcoming plans. 

SAMBAA is pleased to announce a bigger upcoming event in the Fall of 2008, watch this space for details!



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