2014 MBA CSEA Award Winners

The following individuals were recognized during our 2014 Global Conference in Minneapolis for their hard work, innovation, creativity and dedication to our organization and industry.

JWilburJackie Wilbur, MIT Sloan
Visionary Leadership Award
Jackie received the first Visionary Leadership Award in 2014 in honor of MBA CSEA’s 20th anniversary, recognizing her for her tremendous work and effort in the creation and formation of the organization.

Jackie was a key figure in establishing the MBA Career Services Council as we were known then as an independent organization outside of GMAC and AACSB. She provided board leadership in establishing articles of incorporation and bylaws, and maintained strong working relationships with all organizational partners to allow the organization to launch successfully. She worked in concert with others leading the creation of the Standards for Reporting MBA Employment Statistics and was instrumental driving the media and the “top 20 MBA programs” to adopt the standards, essentially getting us to where we are today.

Our founders were interviewed to develop a history outline as part of our 20th anniversary recognition. The one name that was brought up in almost every interview as being the driving force behind the creation of the organization was Jackie Wilbur. Without her, we would likely not be the organization we are today.

SStahlSally Stahl, UCLA Anderson
Lifetime Membership
Sally served as a member of the Board of Directors for 3 different terms, or a total of 6 years. She served as chairperson or co-chairperson of several committees– awards committee; marketing and communications committee; professional development committee. She was the inaugural chairperson for the awards committee and marketing and communications committee– which required this individual to put together a team from scratch, develop structures, goals, and objectives, and drive results. She has given countless hours to membership outreach and has been an integral part of the overall mission of the MBA CSEA. Sally is retiring at the end of 2015 and therefore was honored with a Lifetime Membership.

NHallNicole Hall, School of Business, Wake Forest University
Service Award for significant contributions over time
Nicole became began her remarkable service in 2008 when she became a member of the Board of Directors and co-chaired our 2009 annual conference.The following year she co-chaired the Professional Development Committee and in 2010 became our President. In 2012 she was named President Emeritus and has been co-chairing the Standards Committee tackling the enormous task of exploring how to extend the Standards process to part-time MBA and EMBA programs.Her colleagues describe her as a collaborator with the utmost integrity, member-focused, a thought leader, inspirational, one who sees challenges as opportunities for growth, and a consistent generator of results beyond expectation.

KDowdKaren Dowd, Simon School of Business, University of Rochester
Service Award for a one-time contribution
In 2011 Karen was asked to lead our Asian Expansion Initiative to help MBA CSEA address the needs of schools and employers interested in the Asian marketplace. In 2012 she led the collaboration with NAAMBA in Singapore and in 2013 in Hong Kong and this past March she co-chaired the first independent MBA CSEA Asian Conference which attracted far greater attendance than anticipated and garnered outstanding evaluations from the attendees.

BMarrinanBrian Marrinan, Smurfit School of Business, UC Dublin
New Member Service Award
Brian attended his first MBA CSEA European Conference in 2011 and jumped right in immediately afterward to get involved. He chaired marketing for the 2012 conference and was selected as Conference Chair in 2013. His leadership resulted in record attendance and sponsorship at the event. He also served as part of the re-branding task force in 2013, helping provide an International perspective.

ESommersElaine Sommers, USC Marshall
Innovation Award
We all have seen the rise in popularity of case style interviewing and are facing the challenge of preparation our students for this particularly rigorous and demanding style of interviewing. Faced with less than desired consulting offers at her university, Elaine took on the challenge of creating a training and development program that would significantly improve the number of consulting offers students received. The resulting innovation was titled simply The Case Certification Program.


Steve Dalton, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Innovation Award
As we all look for ways to motivate our students to conduct an effective and successful job search, Steve made that process much easier for us by creating the: Two Hour Job Search, developing a supporting LinkedIn group, and on site consulting to many of us.

Congratulations to all of these individuals! If you are an MBA CSEA member and would like to nominate someone for an award, please contact us.

Click here to view a list of past award winners.

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