Why Attend?

  • 13 Hours of networking
  • Meet 150+ Recruiters representing 35+ top MBA employers
  • 10+ hours of onsite interviews
  • 9+ hours of career education seminars & veteran-led industry panels!
  • 9:1 company/student ratio
  • Network with 300+ other veterans!

RECRUITING COMPANIES

Success Stories

Many of the students who have attended this conference have been hired by the sponsor firms! Here are a few recent examples!

Associate Brand Manager

Chris Hunt

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Analytics Consultant

Shawn Frenza

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Operations Program Manager

George Rozo

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Investment Banking Associate

Zachary Buzzato

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Registration Eligibility

You must meet both of the requirements listed below to register for the event.

Military Service

  • Must have served as an officer, NCO, or enlisted member of either a US or Non-US military service

Note:
Does NOT include members of the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Public Health Service.

Academic Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in a FT, PT, Online, Executive MBA program in Fall 2018
  • Must attend an eligible MBA program

Note:
Does NOT include graduate students enrolled in non-MBA business programs

APPROVED MBA PROGRAMS

You must be a veteran enrolled at one of the following MBA programs to register for this year’s event.

UNITED STATES

  • Arizona State University (Carey)
  • Babson University (Olin)
  • Baylor University (Hankamer)
  • Boston College (Carroll)
  • Boston University
  • Brigham Young University (Marriott)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
  • College of William and Mary
  • Columbia Business School
  • Cornell University (Johnson)
  • CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (Zicklin)
  • Dartmouth College (Tuck)
  • Duke University (Fuqua)
  • Emory University (Goizueta)
  • Fordham University (Gabelli)
  • Georgetown University (McDonough)
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia Tech (Scheller)
  • Harvard Business School
  • Indiana University-Bloomington (Kelley)
  • Iowa State University
  • Johns Hopkins (Carey)
  • Michigan State University (Broad)
  • MIT (Sloan)
  • New York University (Stern)
  • North Carolina State University (Jenkins)
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University (Kellogg)
  • Ohio State University (Fisher)
  • Penn State (Smeal)
  • Pepperdine University (Graziado)
  • Purdue University (Krannert)
  • Rice University (Katz)
  • Rutgers University
  • Southern Methodist University (Cox)
  • Stanford Business School
  • Temple University (Fox)
  • Texas A&M University (Mays)
  • Texas Christian University (Neeley)
  • Tufts University (MIB)
  • Tulane University (Freeman)
  • University of Alabama (Manderson)
  • University of Arizona (Eller)
  • University at Buffalo – SUNY 
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of California – Irvine (Merage)
  • University of California – Los Angeles (Anderson)
  • University of California Berkeley (Haas)
  • University of California – San Diego (Rady)
  • University of Chicago (Booth)
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Georgia (Terry)
  • University of Florida (Hough)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland – College Park (Smith)
  • University of Massachusetts – Amherst (Isenberg)
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan (Ross)
  • University of Minnesota (Carlson)
  • University of Missouri (Trulaske)
  • University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill (Kenan Flagler)
  • University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Katz)
  • University of Rochester (Simon)
  • University of Southern California (Marshall)
  • University of South Carolina (Moore)
  • University of Tennessee – Knoxville (Haslam)
  • University of Texas – Dallas (Naveen)
  • University of Texas-Austin (McCombs)
  • University of Utah (Eccles)
  • University of Virginia (Darden)
  • University of Washington (Foster)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University (Owen)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)
  • Yale School of Management
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NON-US

  • Australian Graduate School of Management
  • Cambridge University (Judge)
  • CEIBS (China)
  • Cranfield University
  • ESADE
  • HEC-Paris
  • HKUST Business School
  • Instituto de Empresa (IE)
  • IESE
  • IMD
  • Imperial College
  • INSEAD
  • IPADE
  • London Business School
  • Manchester Business School
  • Oxford University (Said)
  • Queen’s University
  • SDA Bocconi
  • Singapore Business School
  • University of Toronto (Rotman)
  • University of Western Ontario (Ivey)
  • Warwick Business School (UK)
  • York University (Schulich)
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REGISTRATION BENEFITS

GUARANTEED INVITE-ONLY*
Pre-Conference Job Board .
4.5 Hour Career Expo .
Lunch with Recruiters .
9:1 Student/Company Ratio (35-40 firms + 330 Candidates) .
Industry Panels .
Company-led ‘MBA Career” breakout sessions (by industry/function) .
Pre-Conference, Speed Networking with Company Reps (1st Year MBA’s only) .
Pre-Conference Happy Hour & Dinner with Company Reps. .
Networking Breakfast (Friday) .
Onsite Interviews .

Note:
* There is a 75% chance of being ‘pre-selected” for invite-only sessions and/or interviews if you register for the conference at least 4 weeks prior to the conference. Historically, this decreases by ~10 percentage points per week up to the event.

DISCOUNTS

  • $70 EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: See below for details
  • $30 DISCOUNT CODES: Select MBA program career services teams receive 10x$30 discount codes to distribute to students. Contact your career advisor for details.
  • ExploreMBA VETERANS SUMMIT
    $20 REFERRAL BONUS PROGRAM: After registering for MBA Veterans, refer your friends on active duty the ExploreMBA Summit (plus they can hang out with you in Chicago) and earn $20 per registrant.

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS

Students that register early get the deepest discounts and also have the highest likelihood of being “pre-selected” for invite-only networking events.

FT MBA REGISTRATION RATES
August 1st – August 15th $225
August 16st – September 23rd $255
September 24th — October 20th $295
EMBA/PTMBA/ONLINE MBA REGISTRATION RATE
August 1st — October 20th $349

CAREER SERVICES – STUDENT DISCOUNT CODES

MBA PROGRAM SPONSORSHIP INCLUDE:
  • 10x$30 student registration discount codes*
  • Networking reception with recruiters
  • 6 foot expo booth
  • Lunch

* Codes must be used at time of payment, but are
valid through conference date.

Please contact us for details!

EXPLOREMBA™ VETERANS SUMMIT – Referral Bonus Program

We will be hosting the ExploreMBA Veterans Summit for officers, NCOs, and veterans trying to determine if a top-ranked b-school is for them. By successfully referring friends to the event, you can earn $20 per person.

  1. After registering for MBA Veterans, you will receive a unique referral email for the ExploreMBA Summit administered by the popular ReferralCandy App
  2. Share that link with friends and colleagues
  3. You will receive $20 for every person who signs up for the Summit via your link and they will get $20 off their registration using your code.

Note: Payments are distributed via Paypal

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

If you or your career services team connect us with a new company that ultimately registers for the MBA Veterans conference, MBA Vets will either make a $1,000 donation to your school’s veterans club or award you a $1,000 scholarship – your choice. Contact us for details!

 

Register

1. Create a Profile in MBA Veterans Connect

2. Complete all Required Fields

3. Accounts are Reviewed and Approved

4. Register to Confirm Conference Attendance*

*If you have not paid, you are not confirmed for the conference. Email info (at) mbaveterans.com with questions

REGISTRATION

Frequently asked questions

I am not a military veteran, but I worked for the military and/or for another federal agency (CIA, FBI, DOD(non-military), DIA, ATF, NOAA, etc...) as a civilian or contractor and spent time working in a combat zone. May I participate in your programs?

While we appreciate your service, you are not eligible to participate in the MBA Veterans Network or our programming activities.

I am a military veteran, but I am completing a non-MBA Master's (MSF, MSA, MPA, MPP, MIB, MSFE, etc.) or PhD at one of the graduate schools of business listed on your eligibility list. May I participate in your programs?

While we applaud your commitment to pursuing a graduate degree at a great university, participation is exclusive to MBA students and alumni.

I am a veteran, but I served in a non-US military service. Am I eligible to register?

Absolutely. As long as you are student or graduate of a qualifying MBA program you are more than welcome to join the Network and register for this conference. Please, however, keep in mind that the recruiting companies’ willingness to hiring candidates without US citizenship or work visas is the same at this event as it is on campus.

My MBA program has ``Exams/Case Competition/Attend of Fail class policy`` that I can't miss – any advice?

  • Exam Conflict: In early June 2016, we contacted every single MBA program team and shared the details about the conference so that the administrators could plan for students to attend. If you still have a conflict, we recommend petitioning your program to provide alternative exam dates so that you and your classmates can attend the event. This tactic has been achieved successfully by many students in the past.
  • Case Competition: You’re primarily attending a top-ranked MBA program to secure a rewarding, well-paid career, right? We’re not aware of any case competitions that will secure you an internship or a full-time job, so our recommendation is to always opt out of case competitions if they conflict with job-seeking activities such as the MBA Veterans Career Conference:
  • Attend Friday Class or Fail: If you attend an MBA program with this policy, it’s next to impossible to get out of –particularly as a 1st year MBA. However, if you can at least get to the event by the Expo by 2pm on Friday afternoon and/or participate in the networking activities on Thursday night –it’s still worth registering. The sponsors know your situation so they are generally accommodating of your situation for things like interview scheduling etc. FAQs

Are the Recruiting Companies the only ones that are recruiting at this year's event?

The answer seems obvious, but we always get asked this question so here it is –”yes.”

My MBA program isn't on your list of eligible schools. May I still register?

Not at this time. That’s because our corporate partners have very specific talent acquisition strategies and many of them place a priority on hiring candidates with top-ranked MBA degrees. Since a large part of our mission is to connect them with the kinds of candidates who meet their needs, we use the conventionally-accepted MBA rankings as criteria for participation.

I'm an alumnus and I'd like to attend this event. May I register?

With very few exceptions, we don’t permit alumni to register for this event (unless you went straight to active duty after graduating and are ETSing in summer 2017). That’s not because we don’t want you there, it’s more because the companies are specifically seeking students. However, the good news is that we are going to be hosting our inaugural MBA VETERANS ALUMNI CONFERENCE in March 2017. Many companies have been requesting it. So at year 10 we’re ready to do it! Click here to get on the waiting list for registration.

I don't see ``Company X`` on the list of recruiting companies and I'd like them to come. Why aren't they participating?

Believe us, we have contacted the military, campus, and diversity recruiters at literally every company that MBA students at elite schools would possibly want to work for. If you don’t see them on our list it’s due to one of the following three reasons:

1) They’re still evaluating it and haven’t signed up yet
2) They know about it and don’t want to participate this year
3) Their teams wants to participate, but some ‘macro’ business issue is forcing them to scale back on recruiting (examples –crashing stock prices, layoffs, waiting for a merger with another company to settle, divestitures/spin offs, etc.)

However, if you have a contact at a company that you think would be a great fit for the event – please let us know..

A company that is recruiting at this event also recruits on campus at my MBA program, what advantage is there to still attending?

The answer to this question lies in a quick explanation of the two ways that employers recruit.
On-campus vs. Diversity Recruiting:

  • On campus: Companies recruit at their ‘core’ MBA programs by sending teams of alumni and/or recruiters who are dedicated to recruiting candidates specifically from your school. As a candidate, you are placed into a pool of competition with all of your classmates (military and non-military) and you essentially compete with them for internships and jobs. The recruiters are not specifically looking for military veterans like you and they may or may not understand your professional background.
  • Diversity recruiting: In addition to campus teams, most top employers also employ diversity recruiters who have a mission to identify and recruit MBA candidates from various ‘federally protected’ demographic groups – including military veterans. If you attend this conference, you are guaranteed a ‘look’ by this diversity recruiting team. Now, you are a candidate who attends a ‘non-core’ school, and the team thinks you’re a viable candidates this centralized diversity team will likely manage your recruiting process. If, however, you attend a school where they also have an ‘on-campus’ team, the diversity team from this conference will ‘flag’ you as a target candidate and help to ensure that you get consideration during the on-campus recruiting cycle. In other words, you get ‘insider access’ to both the diversity teams and veterans networks, both of which have pull in the hiring process.
    Value of Affinity Networks: Most companies have ‘affinity networks’ like veterans groups that often have leverage in the recruiting process. In the case of this event, most sponsors send veteran employees to participate and their veterans groups evaluate candidates. These are the people who will not only advocate for you in the application process, but also look out for you in terms of job placement if you make it through. You cannot underestimate the value of meeting these people and you won’t meet them if you’re not there. FAQs

It looks like there are a lot of invite-only networking events and interviews at the conference. How do I maximize my ability to get selected for them?

There are two ways to dramatically increase the likelihood of getting invited to ‘pre-conference’ networking activities and onsite interviews ahead of the conference.

1) REGISTER AT LEAST 4 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT: Statistically, you have a 75% chance of being invited to pre-conferenceactivities if you register at least 4 weeks prior to the event. This decreases by 10 percentage points per week leading up to the event. This is because all recruiting teams get access to the networking platform 4 weeks ahead of time. They generally go into it one or 2 times to identify candidates to preselect and once it’s done, they’re done.

2) CRAFT A SOLID RESUME: Because every candidate served in the military and is attending a top-ranked program, you all generally look the same to companies. This is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because a majority of sponsors legitimately open up their roles to all candidates who attend, even if they’re not at a ‘core’ school and a curse because as candidate, a poorly crafted resume really stands out.

3) EXPRESS INTEREST IN POSTED ROLES: Companies use the job postings as ways to ‘passively’ recruit candidates and evaluate them for networking invites and interviews. If you have event the slightest interest in a company with a posted role – we strongly encourage you to ‘express interest” by clicking that job’s “I’m interested” button.

FUTURE DATES

11th Annual
MBA VETERANS
Career Conference

Location: Chicago, IL

October 11-13 2018

12th Annual
MBA VETERANS
Career Conference

Location: Chicago, IL

October 4-6 2019

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