MBA Insider

MBA Insider podcast is hosted by Al Dea.

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#228: How to Navigate MBA Internship Recruiting

#228: How to Navigate MBA Internship Recruiting

Right now, many MBA students are in the thick of internship interview season, navigating preparing for interviews, finding opportunities and building relationships with hiring managers and recruiters all while managing all the other academic components of business school is no easy task! In this episode, Al Dea, walks through some common challenges that MBA students face during internship recruiting season, and provides some tips and best practices for staying on course and focusing on your own personal goals.


#227: The Story of MBASchooled

#227: The Story of MBASchooled

Note: This is a replay of one of our most popular episodes from 2023


This week, we’re flipping the format on the MBA Insider Podcast, with the help of a former guest and friend Eryn Schultz, and putting Al Dea (MBA Insider Host) in the guest chair. In this episode, Eryn, a fellow entrepreneur, talks to Al about his own entrepreneurial journey with building MBASchooled. Al spoke about his motivation for creating MBASchooled, why he recently left his corporate career at Salesforce to focus on his entrepreneurial journey, and what’s next for MBASchooled.



#226: The Pathless Path with Paul Millerd

#226: The Pathless Path with Paul Millerd

Note: This is a replay of one of our most popular episodes from 2023

Paul Millerd is an MIT Sloan MBA Graduate, and the Author of the Pathless Path: Imagining a New Story for Life and Work. Like many hard-working and driven college graduates, Paul entered the corporate world after college ready to work hard, achieve success and climb the corporate ladder. But through a series of events before and after business school, Paul ended up taking an alternative path, and evolving his views on life and work. Much of which is written about in his book The Pathless Path as well as his newsletter, Boundless.


During our conversation, Paul spoke about his career journey after graduating from MIT Sloan and with an MBA, and what ultimately led him to leaving his corporate career for a path of exploration, as well as the many learnings, lessons, and experiences Paul got along the way. We also spoke about his book, and the applications and insights that can be relevant to those who are reflecting on their career aspirations.



#225: Best Hits: Networking and Building Relationships in the MBA and Beyond

#225: Best Hits: Networking and Building Relationships in the MBA and Beyond

Note: This is a replay of one of our most popular episodes from 2023


Many MBA students cite that networking and building relationships are two of the most valuable parts of the MBA experience. But how does that play out, and how do MBA graduates cultivate their relationships with their peers and classmates during business school and beyond? In this episode, we spoke to three MBA alums, Margaret Nealon (USC Marshall, ‘22) Ethan Siegel (Owen, ‘22) and Jill Toner (UNC Kenan-Flagler, ‘22) about their MBA experience, and how the as recent MBA alums are using their relationships to develop personally and professionally after they graduate from business school.


#224: Best Hits: The Portfolio Life with Christina Wallace

#224: Best Hits: The Portfolio Life with Christina Wallace

Note: This is a replay of one of our most popular episodes from 2023


Christina Wallace is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, an HBS Graduate, entrepreneur and author.


In her most recent book, The Portfolio Life: How to Future-Proof Your Career, Avoid Burnout, and Build a Life Bigger Than Your Business Card, Christina makes the case for how employees are multi-dimensional individuals, and can re-think and reframe their relationship with their job and career, and to use portfolio and diversification theory to de-risk and explore multiple paths instead. 


During our conversation, Christina spoke about how living her own version of a Portfolio life gave her the idea to start researching the book, and why we need a more expansive mindset around how employees can navigate their lives and careers in a more expansive and modern way.


She shares her perspective on how people who are not interested in a more traditional or tried career path, can use the portfolio model to find meaning and success, and  she also makes the case, for how in the future of work, The Portfolio model can be a more expansive way for employees to manage their career in today’s modern world of work.

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#223: Best Hits: What’s The ROI of an MBA Education?

#223: Best Hits: What’s The ROI of an MBA Education?

Note: This is a replay of one of our most popular episodes

One of the questions that is top of mind for any professional who is considering an MBA is around value - what is the ROI of an MBA degree, and is it worth it for me? In this solo episode, Al talks about how an MBA is one of many potential accelerants for career growth and learning, and why someone might value an MBA degree. He walks through key questions around figuring out if an MBA is worth it to you, the common reasons why people see value in an MBA, some alternatives to MBA degrees, and how to figure out if an MBA is the right path for your own career learning and growth.

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#222: Transformative Connections: The Power of Mentorship through the Executive Connections Program at W.P Carey MBA Program

#222: Transformative Connections: The Power of Mentorship through the Executive Connections Program at W.P Carey MBA Program

Mentorship is a critical element of success in the career journey of many leaders. So how can mentorship facilitate learning and transformation during business school so that an MBA student can achieve their unique goals? 


Founded over a decade ago, the Executive Connections Program at the ASU W.P Carey Business School was designed to provide MBA students with relationships, knowledge, and confidence personalized to their unique career goals 


In this episode, you’ll hear from Jenny Tang (Mentee)) Amy Hillman, (Professor, and Program Director) and Anna Thomasson (Mentor) as they dive into the Executive Connections program at the Arizona State University W.P Carey MBA Program, and how specifically it helps MBA students as they navigate through their MBA experience and beyond.


Throughout the conversation, Amy, shared her perspective as the Program Director of how the program is designed to help a student navigate to achieve their goals, while Jenny (a former student) shared her own experience of her mentor relationship with Anna (an Executive in Residence) and how it helped Jenny throughout her time in business school and even now as an MBA graduate.


Note: This episode was produced in collaboration with the ASU W. P. Carey MBA Program


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Speakers

Amy Hillman

Rusty Lyon Chair of Strategy, W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University


Jenny Tang

W.P. Carey MBA Graduate, 2018


Anna Thomasson

Executive in Residence

W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University


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#221: Charting Your Own Path in Business School and Beyond

#221: Charting Your Own Path in Business School and Beyond

Stephanie Movahhed is Business and Mindset Coach, and an MBA Graduate from the Michigan Ross School of Business. Prior to her time in business school, Stephanie spent time at Google before deciding to pursue an MBA to get formal business training. In her time post business school, Stephanie found ways to follow her interests and curiosities, even if it meant taking her down a path that she didn’t always expect. This has allowed her to create a life and career that she finds fulfillment and meaning in.

During our conversation, Stephanie spoke about how after graduating business school, she was able to take advantage of following her interests and curiosities which led her to first working in consulting and tech startups, including spending time at LinkedIn during periods of high growth. 

Stephanie also spoke about how she found her interest in coaching, eventually decided to become a business and leadership coach, the power of investing in building relationships in school and how it's helped her in her career, and her advice and lessons for other professionals who are looking at an MBA to help them find opportunity and excitement in their career.

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  • Stephanie’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smovahhed/
  • Website: https://www.stephaniemovahhed.com/
#220: Maximizing Your Career: The Power of Personalization, Connection, and Collaboration from ASU’s W. P.  Carey MBA Program

#220: Maximizing Your Career: The Power of Personalization, Connection, and Collaboration from ASU’s W. P. Carey MBA Program

MBA students go to business school to achieve their career goals. But how does that actually happen? In this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Simone Bayfield and Joey Kimes about the MBA program at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. 


Consistently ranked as a top MBA program in the United States, W. P. Carey offers MBA students the benefits of a community-driven MBA program with the scale and opportunities of the broader Arizona State University brand and network. 


During our conversation, Simone, a W. P. Carey MBA Graduate,  shared her journey to W. P.  Carey, and the steps she took to uncover her career aspirations in business school and how she was able to utilize her time and the resources at W. P. Carey to achieve her career goal to work in brand management.


As the Executive Director of the Arizona State University WP Carey Career Development Center, Joey shared how he and his team of Career specialists support all students in a personalized and unique way, along with offering his own perspective of  his experience directly working with Simone in guiding and supporting her in her own journey through the MBA program at W. P. Carey. 


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Note: This episode was produced in collaboration with the ASU W. P. Carey MBA Program



Bio of MBA Insider

MBA Insider podcast is a career guidance and practical advice on how an MBA can propel a professional journey. Hosted by Al Dea, this podcast is designed specifically for career-driven professionals who are seeking insights and inspiration to advance their careers.

In each episode, Al Dea engages in captivating interviews with a diverse range of guests, including former and current MBA students, MBA experts, and accomplished leaders. Through these conversations, listeners gain valuable insights into the career stories of successful individuals, their MBA experiences, and the lessons they've learned from their time in business school.

The MBA Insider podcast is a treasure trove of information, providing aspiring, current, and former MBA students with the knowledge and strategies to stand out in their careers, level up their skills, and achieve long-term success.

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