Rankings come in all shapes and sizes, but can any ranking truly capture social cachet? For a different perspective on the value of an MBA, we turn to the New York Times society pages, where the editors select and profile promising couples. Each month, we dedicate one B-School Chart of the Week to tallying how alumni from top-ranked business schools are advancing their social currency ranking.
The New York Times ran an impressive 51 business school wedding announcements in June, giving Columbia Business School an opportunity to overtake Harvard Business School (HBS) in our social currency rankings, with a total of 22 mentions since the beginning of the calendar year. From freshly minted MBAs to soon-to-be students, a number of newlyweds had not yet fully entered post-MBA life. For example, Maria Sinopoli, who married Brian Rosenberg, graduated summa cum laude from HBS just this past May and is to become an associate marketing manager for General Mills. Newlyweds currently studying for their MBAs included Sara Leighton at NYU Stern—who married a senior architectural designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill—and Robert Miller at Baruch College, who married Scott Richardson, an executive with Pfizer with an MBA from Adelphi University.
Newlyweds that will be entering business school this fall include Abigail Bristol, who married management consultant Jason Hafler and will be studying for her MBA at HBS, and Robert Profusek, who married Dr. Thomas Marron and will begin working toward his MBA at Columbia Business School. Two University of Maryland alumni were also mentioned this month: Marcus De Paula, married to soon-to-be NYU Stern student Tess Segal, and Ross Dodd, married to soon-to-be UT Austin McCombs student Caitlin Viole.
As the chart shows, the start of summer marked a significant spike in MBA weddings, bringing the year-to-date tally to 127 out of a total of 590 weddings, up from just 76 out of 383 in May.