Alums and Working Professionals Open Doors
for Full-Time MBA Students
“I ntel Inside®” has a whole new meaning
for Pallavi Vanacharla.
Philippines, and attended a meeting
about products in the pipeline.
by Tim Akin
Just before earning her MBA from the “Chris readily shared his vast knowledge
Graduate School of Management earlier and gave me a one-on-one lesson on lith-
this year, Vanacharla was treated to a ography technology,” Vancharla said.
behind-the-scenes tour of the world’s “Meeting several marketing professionals
largest chip maker’s sprawling campus in helped me understand the key factors for
Folsom, California. Alumnus Chris success. It was a unique opportunity to live
Jackson ‘02, a strategic marketing manager in the shoes of a strategic marketing man-
at Intel, hosted Vanacharla as part of the Chris Jackson ‘02 (left), a strategic marketing ager at Intel for a day. I understand Intel’s
School’s first “Shadow Day” last May. manager at Intel, shows second-year student culture and values like I never did before.
Pallavi Vanacharla a schematic of a flash
The new Career Services mentoring pro- memory chip during a day-long tour of the While Vancharala got a primer on flash
gram involved about a quarter of all full- company’s Folsom site. Jackson explained that circuits and product marketing, down the
time MBA students, giving them unique engineers view the enlarged diagrams on the highway in Sacramento her classmate
access and insight “shadowing” an alum- light-table to debug the circuits. Jennifer Vogt traded stories — and stocks
nus or a Working Professional student on —with Marios Gregoriou, an associate vice
the job for a day. Students were matched president at Morgan Stanley.
with hosts according to their interest in a
Vogt, now a credit analyst at Hewlett-
specific industry, company or focused
Packard, said “Shadow Day” helped
area such as finance or marketing.
demystify the daily life of a top-performing
The School launched the pilot program financial advisor. “I also found I had a
after seeing trends from an online career lot in common with Marios,” she added.
self-assessment tool that gauges students’ “In between client equity trades and busi-
interests, skills and values. “What we were ness deals, we had a lively conversation
hearing is how important corporate cul- Vision Service Plan CEO Roger Valine (right) about work, life, travel, Greek cooking
greets second-year student Catherine Sylvester
ture is to students,” said Kathy and Beethoven.”
in his office at the eye-care company’s head-
Klenzendorf, associate director of career
quarters in Rancho Cordova. Alumnus Anders At Wells Fargo’s San Francisco headquar-
services. “If the culture was not a good fit, Bjork ‘02 (middle), market intelligence ters, a trio of 2001 graduates, Christopher
they weren’t going to thrive.” manager at VSP, ushered Sylvester’s visit on
Lee, Mitchell Taylor, and Mikhail Zhukov,
GSM Shadow Day.
Klenzendorf said recruiters often describe greeted student Yana Chernyak-Filkov and
their company culture during interviews, explained their roles in the bank’s Capital
but it can’t compare to getting a “taste and Markets group.
feel” of what it is really like.
“Shadow Day” even cast as far away as
Jackson, who works in Intel’s Flash Hawaii, where Chris Davis, who moved to
Products Group, led Vancharla through the islands after graduating early, spent an
the Folsom site. They toured divisions afternoon with alumnus Tracy Neal ‘01 at a
that produce the Pentium 4 and Centrino promotional event Neal organized as a busi-
microprocessors, and memory chips for ness manager for Coors Brewing Company.
Full-time MBA student Jennifer Vogt learns
hand-held computers, cell phones and more about investment portfolio analysis With the success of the first “Shadow
other consumer electronics. During the and client financial services from Working
Day,” Klenzendorf will expand the pro-
day, she met several other GSM alumni, Professional MBA student Marios Gregoriou,
gram next April. “We expect to see much
lunched with the marketing group and an associate vice president at Morgan Stanley
in Sacramento. more interest this year,” she said.
engineers visiting from Intel’s plant in the
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