DMAC Diversity Conference – You’ve Got to Be There!

blog-dmacA year ago today, I was mulling over why a full time MBA vs. an EMBA was the right decision for me being that I was only about 6 weeks away from my 35th birthday. Boy am I glad that I got clear on that distinction and chose the path of full time. The dividends of that choice have already begun to roll my way to a degree and magnitude that I could never have imagined.

While doing some work on my new blog targeted at entrepreneurial MBA candidates at top schools, I received an email from the Riordan organization. I guess I’m still on their email distribution list after attending their DMAC Diversity MBA Admissions Conference last August. That’s actually what I wanted to talk to you about.

If you are able, you absolutely need to be present at this conference. Why? Well, when I was applying, I went to a number of MBA recruiting and informational events. Not one of them was more valuable than this one. DMAC basically serves up adcoms from 100% of the top 20 MBA programs on a platter–at one time, on one day. We also got to sit in intimate groups of <10 applicants along with adcoms from several schools of our choice to get some really good face time with with the people who would be reading our applications and deciding our fates a few months later.

When I attended last year, I had just gone to Wharton’s info session a few nights prior. In all honesty, I got more value out of my time with Tiffany Gooden, one of the asst. admissions directors from Wharton, at the DMAC conference. The caveat is that you are not guaranteed to get every school that you ask to sit down with, so you still should go to the info sessions just in case.

Let’s break down how the “lottery” worked out for me last year. I was allowed to request 7 schools and got selected to sit down with 5.

My 7 choices were:

  • HSW
  • MIT
  • Booth
  • Tuck
  • Haas

I got:

  • Wharton
  • Stanford
  • MIT
  • Booth
  • UNC

Not bad; not bad at all. And I still got to go speak with the Tuck, Haas and HBS reps anyway. The Booth adcom (Eddie Pulliam) couldn’t make it at the last minute–but as a consolation he told DMAC that he would speak with any of their registrants who were interested in Booth. He ended up giving me nearly an HOUR of his valuable time over the phone to answer my questions about Booth.

And as if that wasn’t enough value, I got to submit my resume to be a part of a resume book that EACH attending adcom got a copy of. This is a no brainer folks. Let’s look at the numbers–or at least the rumors about the numbers mixed with actual numbers.

The top schools really get value this conference because DMAC is so good at attracting admissible candidates. There is a rumor that something like 35-50% of the people who come to this deal end up at one of these schools. Out of the 4 “diversity” candidates in my class from LA, all 4 of us were at that conference. Great odds, eh? Oh, and one of us is a white dude that got a huge scholarship to Wharton (among other places)–which brings me to another point.

Of course, pretty much any international candidate or domestic minority is going to automatically be in the target market for this conference; but let’s be honest: This is America. We’re all mixed with something–if not several things. I saw plenty of Caucasian applicants at this event; good for them. Go talk to your grandparents. Dig into your family tree. “Minoritize Yourself” as blogger Cheetarah1980 likes to say. Definitely call DMAC to see if you qualify to go; and if you do, make sure to show up.

Sure, that’s easy for me to say since this event is held at UCLA and I live in Los Angeles. That means that if you ARE within driving distance of LA, you have no excuse not to be thereon August 10th. If not, suck it up and come anyway. Its like 5 school visits speed-dating style.

Ok, #endsoapbox.

If you see the value in this event, definitely get yourself there. The info is here.

A Belated Thanks

SIDEBAR: Thank you to everyone who voted me into this year’s top 3 blogs via Clear Admit’s “Best of Blogging Poll” for 2012-2013. I was happy that so many people have been able to derive value from my crazy rants, crude honesty and ghetto humor.  Special to congrats to the other winners Cheetarah1980 and newcomer Julianne Harty. Also big ups to ALL of the bloggers who were nominated. MBA land is more valuable because of all of your contributions.

Alright, back to studying for math placement exams. Peace, I’m out.

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4 Comments on “DMAC Diversity Conference – You’ve Got to Be There!”

  1. Angie Says:

    Very cool. This year, it’s being held at USC. So excited. I bought my early bird tickets.

    They are also offering new workshops this year, which seem really helpful. Looking forward to attending!


  2. Joseph Kim Says:

    I was there, too! Definitely a great event – I met a lot of other applicants who I still keep in touch with. Too bad you and I didn’t bump into each other. Good luck this year!


  3. kahlojud Says:

    Hello mbaover30- thank you so much for promoting our DMAC this year! Here at RPAA, we are forever thankful.

    The Advantages of Attending DMAC
    -Meet Admissions Directors from the top 25 MBA Programs in the nation- during roundtable sessions
    -Workshops and panel discussions focusing on making you a top candidate
    -Start creating personal relationships with Admissions Directors
    -The only event of this kind on the West Coast
    -Limited number of attendees, so you do not have to compete with hundreds of other people

    Why Should You Attend DMAC?
    -MBA schools are looking for diverse candidates like you
    -MBA School Applications are at an all time high
    -DMAC will show you how to stand out of the crowd
    -DMAC will give you the tips you need to boost your chances


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