Gabelli Launch is a four-week “onboarding” month that is required for all incoming first-year students in the Full-time MBA program. Newly enrolled students must arrive on campus before this orientation period starts.
Week 1 focuses on helping each student to discover his or her own leadership style. Working with world-class experts, students work to understand the way they process and communicate information and how to balance their own style with those of counter-parties. Students also go through training on cultural agility and global teams.
This training is vital preparation for Week 2. That’s when the entire incoming class travels abroad for a social-impact immersion project. Student teams are assigned to local NGOs that are looking for action-ready recommendations that will help them to solve problems they are facing. While students meet their client NGOs in this second week, their recommendations will not be due until the fourth week. For students who began the program in fall 2017, their trip was to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read the case study of one team.
Week 3 shifts to career development. Even before courses begin, students are thinking strategically about the MBA internship and full-time job search. Led by the professionals at the Gabelli School’s Career Development Center (CDC), each day of this week focuses a different piece of the puzzle:
- Day 1: Discernment, exploration, and research
- Day 2: Materials
- Day 3: Networking
- Day 4: Interviewing
- Day 5: Wrap-up
Week 4 is all about data and analytics. Students tackle an industry that they know little about, using data to make a recommendation to a firm of their choice in that industry. Instruction covers databases, data-scraping, and macro programming for bringing together datasets. The week culminates in the 24-hour Analytics Challenge, which pits student teams against one another for a cash prize and closes out the Gabelli Launch experience.
The intensive Gabelli Launch allows incoming first-year MBA students to bond before classes begin and stretches them intellectually in important ways. At the Gabelli School, there are no spectators—only participants.
|Your Leadership Style||Cultural Agility and Global Work Teams|
|Community Impact Challenge in Argentina (Local NGO Projects)|
|Career and Professional Development|
|Data and Analytics||Analytics Challenge|