Early Career
MBA Professional Development Program
 
99%
of MBA PD Fellows would recommend MLT programs to their friends or family

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MLT envisions a world in which inequality is no more—where people of color have the opportunity to realize their full potential and diverse leadership is no longer underrepresented.

MLT’s MBA Professional Development (PD) program prepares high-achieving, people of color to become senior leaders in business and social sector organizations. Our Fellows’ success will trigger a multiplier effect of influence and impact to benefit their organizations and communities. The comprehensive, two-year program provides: 

  • One-on-one coaching based on deep industry experience
  • Early exposure to top post-MBA employers
  • A powerful network of peers, coaches, and recruiters

Fellows identify and pursue summer opportunities and full-time roles that match their skills and aspirations. You will have the opportunity to interview for internships three months before business school, potentially starting your MBA program with an internship offer.

Early Career
Meet Some of our MBA Professional Development Fellows
MBA Professional Development gave me a safe space to ask questions, challenge my assumptions, and learn more about the many options that are out there. Without PD, I would have...
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Duke University (c/o 2016)
The Wharton School
MBA PD 2021
University Of Southern California (c/o 2014)
UCLA Anderson School of Management
MBA PD 2021
Wellesley College (c/o 2011)
MIT Sloan School of Management
MBA PD 2021
United States Military Academy at Westpoint (c/o 2012)
University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business
MBA PD 2021
Saint Louis University (c/o 2016)
University of Virginia Darden School of Business
MBA PD 2021
California State University-Long Beach (c/o 2013)
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
MBA PD 2021
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (c/o 2012)
University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business
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University of Notre Dame (c/o 2012)
Harvard Business School
Highlights
94%

of MBA PD Fellows increased their awareness of MBA career options

 

97%

of MBA PD Fellows receive at least one MBA internship offer

 

42%

of MBA PD Fellows receive early summer internship offers before their first term of business school ends -- ahead of their b-school peers

The MLT MBA PD Program Experience

The MBA Professional Development Program kicks off in the Spring. The formal curriculum includes self-study exercises and two intensive skill-building seminars in late April and late May/early June. The seminars are hosted by MLT’s corporate partners and feature in-depth case studies and analytical workshops designed to provide you with better insight into post-MBA careers and prepare you for the MBA recruiting process. In addition to the intensive seminars, you will:

  • Get one-on-one career coaching: Partner with an experienced MLT Professional Development Coach who has excelled in your industry of choice. Your coach will provide individualized interview preparation, career guidance, and feedback in monthly coach calls beginning in February and continuing through your internship and full-time job search during business school.
  • Gain personal clarity: Learn to best tell your story in interviews by aligning your passions and strengths with your ultimate career goals. You’ll work with your coach to define a personalized roadmap that connects your long-term career goals to a near-term action plan.
  • Get early access to top employers: Receive unique and early access to top employers seeking to recruit MLT Rising Leaders for internships and full-time jobs.
  • Cultivate a powerful network: Connect with a high-leverage network of peers, colleagues, mentors, and supporters and be a part of MLT’s network of champions, with 7,000 peers and senior leaders – and growing!
  • Interview before getting on campus: Pursue a summer internship at the organization(s) of your choice with the support of MLT MBA PD.
Meet Your MLT PD Team

MBA Professional Development Team

Joycelyn Morris, Director
Education: Joycelyn holds a BS and MBA from Florida A&M University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from Florida International University with research interests in financial literacy and education. 
 
Experience: With over ten years of professional experience, Joycelyn began her career on Wall Street working in wealth management at Deutsche Bank. With several years of wealth management experience behind her, she eventually left the financial services industry and New York to relocate back to South Florida and pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. Joycelyn most recently served as Assistant Director at SEO Career overseeing their pipeline program and is continuing her professional career at MLT. 
 
 
MLT Tiel ReardonTiel Reardon, Manager

Education: Tiel graduated with honors from Hofstra University in 2010. While studying at Hofstra, Tiel pursued a dual degree in Anthropology and Sociology while minoring in Music. She also completed a thesis in Anthropology about gentrification in the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Experience: Tiel joined MLT as an Associate for MBA Programs in January 2012. She began her post-collegiate career as a member of NYC Civic Corps Fellow working at New York Cares. She enjoyed planning many types of volunteer projects at public schools, senior homes, local non-profits, and community gardens. Tiel recruited and trained over 430 volunteer SAT Tutors in the Fall of 2011 in support of the SAT Prep Program. Continuing to pursue her interest in working in the non-profit realm, Tiel was thrilled to join MLT in January 2012.


 

MBA Professional Development Coaches

Francine Chew, Senior Coach

Education: Francine has her MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Yale University. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador.

Experience: Francine joined MLT in May 2013. In addition to her coaching, she is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Guardian Life Insurance Company, where she leads the firm’s portfolio of business-aligned philanthropy, community commitments, and shared value initiatives. Previously, Francine was a Vice President in Prudential Insurance’s Inclusive Solutions group and was the founding Program Officer for Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Business initiative. She also served as the Director of Operations for Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant Charter School, as an Associate in the Equity Capital Markets group at Merrill Lynch, and as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley.

 

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Beena Kavalam, Senior Coach

Education: Beena completed her MBA in Marketing and Management from NYU Stern School of Business and her BA in Biology from Rutgers University.  She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation and holds the CPCC designation from Coaches Training Institute.

Experience: Beena started her career as a management consultant for Accenture and later worked for a boutique consultancy focused on the pharmaceutical industry, Pacesetter Management Consulting.  After completing her MBA, Beena switched careers into brand management and worked for Bayer ConsumerCare on the Bayer Aspirin®and Flintstones Vitamins brands and for WhiteWave Foods on the International Delight Iced Coffee business. Beena joined MLT in January of 2013. As a Senior Coach, Beena draws on her real-world brand management experience and her consulting background to prepare her fellows for roles in Product Management and Brand Management or are interested more broadly in the Tech and CPG industries.  Currently, she is also CEO of Personal Revolution, a consulting, coaching, speaking, and training company based in New Jersey.

 

Anita Kishore, Senior Coach

Education: Anita holds a BS in chemistry from Yale University, an MSc (with Honors) in chemistry from the University of Melbourne, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Georgia, and an MPA from the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

Experience: Anita helps MBA students find their dream jobs, especially within management consulting, healthcare, and non-profit sectors.  Prior to coaching, Anita worked in positions of increasing seniority in the healthcare industry.  Anita followed her passion to increase access to affordable medicines by serving clients in both the private and public sectors. Anita’s interest in healthcare led her to work at Bain & Company, Sandoz (a Division of Novartis), and Pfizer, in strategy and operations in the US and internationally.  Anita’s non-profit experience includes Doctors Without Borders and the Clinton Health Access Initiative.  She also leads New York City’s LifeSci NYC Internship Program.

 

Deborah Chatman, Senior Coach

Education: Deborah received her M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth Business School and her B.S. in Accounting/Marketing from the University of California, Haas School of Business in Berkeley. She holds a Fashion Design degree from the Parsons School of Design.

Experience: Deborah has built a highly successful career in the financial services sector, holding leadership positions in finance, business development, and marketing across the areas of asset management, institutional securities, and investment banking. She has served at UBS, as a Director, Global Product Specialist in Alternative and Quantitative Investments for a hedge fund of funds. In addition, Deborah had a robust 20-year tenure at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in various positions including the Private Bank’s Endowments & Foundations Group. 

Deborah was selected for the Directors Academy 2021-2022 NextGen Directors program for developing corporate board members. Throughout her career, Deborah has affiliated with the New York Alternative Investments Roundtable, 100 Women in Finance, the Financial Women’s Association, and non-profits including the Tiger Woods Foundation, the FIT Couture Council, the National Arts Club, and as a former board member with Associated Black Charities, NYC.

 

Photo of Senyo AbotsiSenyo Abotsi, Coach

Education: Senyo earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and government from Georgetown University. In 2019, Senyo earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Experience: Senyo began his career as an analyst with Deloitte Consulting LLP, based in Washington, DC. After becoming a senior consultant (post-MBA role), Senyo left the firm to pursue an MBA. After business school, Senyo joined Google as a Product Specialist for the Google My Business product. In that role, Senyo drives monetization, partnerships, policy, and transactions for merchants globally. Senyo is intensely committed to personal and professional growth. He lives out this passion by supporting others in their development journey. For leisure, Senyo enjoys cycling on his road bike, watching Arsenal matches and Formula 1 Grands Prix, and adding to his travel list of seven continents and 50+ countries.

 

Jeremy Hemsworth, Coach

Education: Jeremy holds an MBA and BA degree from the University of Minnesota and currently resides in the Nashville metropolitan area with his wife and two children.

Experience: Jeremy joins MLT as a part-time coach on the MBA PD team. Jeremy currently works at Salesforce as a Senior Manager of Solutions Marketing on the Slack product. Before Salesforce, Jeremy spent several years at Microsoft in various marketing roles. He is an MLT MBA PD alum and has served as an Ascend Coach and MLT Seattle Alumni Chapter lead.

 

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