B-School Chart of the Week: July 2013 Social Currency Ranking

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.

July marked the first appearance of Dartmouth Tuck alumni in our year-to-date tally of MBA weddings announced in the New York Times, with an impressive three mentions: Jennifer Farrelly, a Tuck alumna and vice president for corporate marketing and communications at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, married George Fontas, a senior vice president at Capalino & Company. In addition, newlyweds Caitlin Blodget and Eben Pingree both graduated from Tuck this year.

With six mentions, Harvard Business School (HBS) made noteworthy gains in July’s social currency rankings, putting it back in the lead over Columbia Business School (CBS). Among the announcements, Nayla Rizk, an HBS alumna and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, married Robert Tarjan, a professor of computer science at Princeton University. Shiyan Koh and Katharine Nevins, both of whom graduated from Stanford and earned MBAs from HBS, were also featured. Other newly wedded HBS alumni included Justine Lelchuk, a manager at Deloitte who married NYU Stern alumnus Benjamin Block; Nicholas Gerry-Bullard, a senior consultant on corporate strategy at Deloitte who married DNAinfo news reporter Emily Frost; and Amanda Siegel, an investment fund developer and strategist at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, who married Richard Lansky, the senior vice president and general counsel of Jennie Realty.

In total, 21 of the approximately 124 wedding announcements for July mentioned MBAs, bringing the total for the year to 148 of 714.


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