2019 News Stories

Jean and Robey Estes
Estes' endowment affords opportunity

Jean Berger Estes ’75 and Robey Estes ’74 believe that scholarships change lives and have the power to attract top students to William & Mary — students who will go on to make a positive impact in the business world.

Paul Freiling, President Katherine A. Rowe and Graham Henshaw cutting ribbon for new entrepreneurship center
W&M cuts ribbon on new entrepreneurship hub

William & Mary students are collaborating with faculty and business leaders to not just develop start-ups, but to develop themselves into entrepreneurial thinkers at the university's new entrepreneurship hub.

Pierre statue holding cleats
The Business School unveils "In the Arena"

Nearly 100 William & Mary student-athletes are pursuing a business degree and it is our privilege to showcase their talents through this mini docu-series.

William & Mary Ranger Team
W&M makes history at Ranger Challenge

In only its second year as a standalone team, William & Mary finished second in the All-American Brigade Ranger Challenge in October to qualify for the exclusive Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, April 17-18.

Built to Last truck in from of Miller Hall
Flex MBA Program Helps Graduates Build Careers to Last

Before he was a student in the Flex MBA program, Daryl Harlow ‘19 was a postal carrier who often drove past the Raymond A. Mason School of Business on his mail routes. “I thought how great it would be to go to school at William & Mary. And look! Six years later, I’m a proud alum. It’s remarkable.”

Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees
Scholars inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

On Friday, October 4th, 23 new members were inducted into the William & Mary Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Its membership consists of individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance in the study of business.

Five military members at sunset
From Military to MBA: Mastering the art of online learning at W&M

For military personnel, it is often challenging to take time away from serving their country in order to pursue higher education. William & Mary’s Online MBA program offers a unique option where one does not need to sacrifice one for the other.

Faith Emah
All you need is a little Faith

In 2018, Faith Emah, two-time William & Mary alumna from Manassas, Virginia, graduated from the Master of Science in Business Analytics program at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business. Emah began her career at William & Mary as an undergraduate student.

Two Business people at starting line
EY Doubles up to Sweep the 2019 Accounting Firms' Giving Competition

Since its inception, EY has led the Big Four in giving back to William & Mary, supporting all programs across campus. This year – for the first time – they achieved the highest giving percentage for all participating firms with an overall giving of 84 percent, doubling their previous year’s 42 percent!

Bodie Sheehan Pitching
Bodie Sheehan's Double-Header Degree

This past spring Bodie Sheehan (’19) received his second degree from William & Mary, a Master of Science in Business Analytics. Sheehan leaves the MSBA program, consisting of a ten-month, 30 credit curriculum, with a consulting position at Deloitte.

Karen Locke Headshot
Karen Locke Receives Distinguished Career Award

Earlier this summer, Karen Locke, the Pat and Margaret Walsh Professor in Leadership and Ethics at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, was awarded the Academy of Management's Research Methods Division Distinguished Career Award.

Emily Nuss in cap and gown
Recent Grad Attends MBA Alumni Weekend

With the ink still wet on my MBA, attending the 2019 MBA Alumni weekend was a humbling introduction to the William & Mary alumni community.

Michael Davis running
Grad student has a clear vision of inclusion

There are 5,827 civilians working at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. Each has a story, but none like the one belonging to their colleague, Michael Davis.

Gene Roche Headshot
Aceto Award honors Roche's efforts for the greater good

Gene Roche, executive professor of higher education at William & Mary, will receive the 2019 Shirley Aceto Award for exceptional commitment to excellence in service to the campus community

Jodi Collier Headshot
Women in Venture

Jodi Collier, MBA '94 is leveraging angel investing to make an impact on the Boston entrepreneurial scene.

Giovanni Donatelli Headshot
Success is Actually a Verb

For Giovanni Donatelli, EMBA ’15 and CEO of The Language Group, a company that is part of an ever growing, though largely obscure 50-billion-dollar industry, success requires vigilance.

Tribe Square
W&M to build skills, mindset of entrepreneurs in new, centralized hub

William & Mary will open a second entrepreneurship hub for students in Tribe Square next fall. Launchpad, the region’s business incubator for the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County, also will relocate to the mixed-use property.

Rhian Horgan
A Story of Success: Rhian Horgan '99 on Kindur

Rhian Horgan is the founder and CEO of Kindur, “a new kind of retirement company that helps baby boomers automate their retirement income and reimagine financial wellness.”

MBA students during Sprint Week
Fast Forward: Students Learn Quickly in Weeklong "Sprints"

Every semester, William & Mary runs intensive weeklong simulations, or sprints, that expose MBA students to experiences such as crisis communication. These simulations provide a different kind of experiential learning.

Amanda Ko
Why I chose a Mason MBA

William & Mary was introduced to me at the MBA Tour in Boston, Massachusetts and once I discovered it, I never looked back.

Andry Chin
Connecting the dots from Technology to Business

As someone with a decent amount of professional experience, I was very interested in the practical learning experience I could get by interacting with the Executive Partners, people who had walked the path I aim to take.

Out of the Darkness group
MBA students walk Out of the Darkness

This year’s Out of the Darkness Walk was held on Saturday, April 30th. We had over 250 registered participants and raised a total of $11,197. The MBA team was responsible for $3,207!

WSP Keynote in Brinkley
"Stock"-full of Women in Finance

“As a woman in finance, you have to use your voice and stay the course. And you absolutely have to be resilient. If you can do that, you’ll succeed. No doubt about it,” urged Kelly Grier, EY’s US Chairman and Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner, last month at William & Mary’s 4th annual Women’s Stock Pitch & Leadership Summit.

Jefferson Lab
W&M professors analyze Jefferson Lab economic, intellectual impact

Just how much the presence of the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility influences Hampton Roads, Virginia and the world is evident in two William & Mary professors’ recent economic impact study on the facility.

Juliana Olm Cunha
My Circuitous Journey to a W&M MBA

So far, my favorite part of the MBA experience is the people I’ve met. They have different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences than me. I am very lucky to have an amazing learning team, brilliant executive partners and great classmates. They are inspiring me to think outside the box and see from new perspectives.

Shantanu Chandra
Marketing with Mavericks

Master of Business Administration student, Shantanu Chandra, graduates this May. His focus will be in MarTech, ideally product management. If that doesn’t work out, he says with a smile, “Then I’ll start my own business.”

BGS Inductees
Beta Gamma Sigma Graduate Inductees

Earlier this month an honorable 85 graduate students at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary were inducted into the worldwide Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for excellence in business education.

John Maxwell
Mastering the Quantitative

Having had experience in a more qualitative environment, I knew I needed to pursue an MBA program that could provide me with the technical expertise I desired.

Quittmeyer Portrait Reveal
Quittmeyer portrait unveiled

On Monday, March 4, at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, a portrait of Charles L. Quittmeyer BA ’40, the founding dean of the school, was revealed to donors, former colleagues and members of the Quittmeyer family.

Sarah Tanzer
Navigating a career pivot with a Mason School MBA

William & Mary allowed me to create quantitative connections to my previous business experiences in a place where I was safe to learn, explore, and challenge myself.

Steven Hojnicki and Joe Mays
Broadening My Perspective: Thoughts from a MGJW Fellow

The decision to go back to school mid-career in any profession is a hard one to make. For me, this meant leaving a position I was thriving in, on a team that I was deeply committed to, in order to pursue an advanced degree.

Women in Venture group
Getting More Women in Venture

In 2018, women received only 2.2% out of the $96.7 billion available in venture capital funding, and women of color received less than 1%. Women in Venture wants to change that…starting now!

Tim Blackwood, Jerome Conquest, Bradford Downs
Conquering the Unknown

Current MBA student, Bradford Downs, will be graduating this May. Over the course of the last three years, he has been leading a busy life. During William & Mary’s recent Global Film Festival, his debut documentary, The Conqueror, was screened in Tucker Hall.

MAcc Students during DC Trek
MAcc Students Embark on their Annual DC Trek

This past fall, members of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business Masters in Accounting program (MAcc) embarked on their annual D.C. trek to learn more about the intersection between the public and private sectors of the accounting field.

Miguel Bardaji
Miguel Bardaji started his MBA at William & Mary in 2018

With the modern and award-winning Raymond A. Mason School of Business as its epicenter, the program is a reflection of the dynamic world of business and a celebration of the diversity that prevails in a global economy.

Anthony Siradakis
How one student's PhD expanded to an MBA

In my mind, the MBA coupled with the PhD is a bulletproof combination, as it allows for the deep exploration of some of the theoretical underpinnings of business topics, with the real-world applicability of an MBA; working with teams, networking, examining cases and exploring current business issues.

Emily Nuss
Siempre pa'lante - One MBA Student's Mantra

My newfound mantra ‘Siempre pa’lante’, followed me to William & Mary, as I dove into my MBA courses, balanced a 15-hour weekly volunteer commitment, searched for a summer internship, and networked amongst top business leaders.

Students at Banister in Miller Hall
Move over Harvard, Wharton, and Stanford

Mason Means Business. For the second year in a row, William & Mary’s undergraduate business program at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business has been recognized as one of the ten undergraduate business programs to watch in 2019.

Praveen Nigam
My MBA Journey and how it led to Sanofi Success

When I came to William & Mary, I prioritized what I expected to gain from my MBA, specifically having a holistic approach to develop my professional behavior and abilities.

Carlee Anderson
From VMI to an MBA

Values that I developed at VMI helped me make the decision to come to the Raymond A. Mason School of Business straight after I graduated as an undergraduate.

Lauren Fithian and classmates
People - the #1 value driver in my MBA endeavor

(Photo by: Shantanu Chandra) My experience at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business has taught me that the quantitative piece alone won’t be what sets your experience apart and it won’t be what sets you apart.

Hands holding breast cancer ribbon
Business School Partners with Breast Cancer Organization

In the business world, non-profit organizations often face the unique challenge of striving to make an impact with limited resources. Here for the Girls, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides support to young women diagnosed with breast cancer, became interested in expanding their services due to the increased demand for their kind of support.

Carl Liu
One Student's Journey to William & Mary

It’s really a big move to go back to school after working for 7 years in the offshore oil & gas sector. The MBA application process is not only about submitting written materials online, but also a unique experience, especially for an international applicant just like me.

100 Years of Women Banners in Atrium
The Year of the Woman

In the Part-Time MBA Program, the number of women students has been increasing in recent semesters. But the majority-women entering classes in fall 2018 and spring 2019 represent the first time the 220-student program has seen the trend sustained for a full academic year.