Professor meeting students
Senior Associate Dean & Professor Jennifer Francis met with event attendees last year.

This year I am an admissions coordinator for the 2011 Annual Duke MBA Weekend for Women. The event is less than 2 weeks away (!!!) so I just wanted to provide some insight about what happens during the weekend.

Each year, about 80 women from around the country visit Fuqua to experience a day in the life of a first-year MBA student.

Group of participants
Participants at the 2010 Annual Duke MBA Weekend for Women.

At the Weekend for Women, you will hear about all aspects of business school life, including an overview of Duke MBA curriculum, a meet and greet session with the centers at Fuqua – Health Sector Management (HSM), Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) and Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE), and alumni/current student networking events.

In addition, you will have the chance to hear from current students, to meet professors and interact with Career Management Center staff.

There are scheduled events, like Fuqua Friday (Fuqua’s weekly Friday social gathering), a community service project, and a social at the West End Wine Bar. At each event, there will be many MBA students to help you and answer any questions that you may have. And yes, there will also be plenty of male students for you to meet throughout the weekend!

It’s a great experience and I encourage everybody to check it out. I will leave you with some quotes from current Fuqua students who attended the event in the past couple years. If you are going to attend the event, look out for me and introduce yourself!

“The Weekend for Women made the biggest difference in my decision to come to Duke. The time I spent with current and prospective students helped me understand how I would fit in with, and be inspired by, the community of women at Fuqua.”
– Jennifer Chin, Class of 2012

“As a woman in a male-dominated industry, I had never been surrounded by so many high-achieving women. Every woman I met had a unique background and different reason for visiting Fuqua but the same drive and approachability that is characteristic of my female classmates.”
– Alison Poole, Class of 2012

“The Weekend for Women is the perfect opportunity to step into the shoes of Team Fuqua and form friendships with accomplished women from around the world. I can’t imagine another setting where I, a Malaysian, could have long discussions until 2 am with a Kyrgyzstani businesswoman and an NYC nonprofit manager, and 9 months later, become housemates and MBA classmates!”
– Oi Yen Lam, Class of 2013