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.
Last month saw a lull in weddings, with just 56 total announcements in the New York Times society pages—and only six mentioned MBAs. Our aggregate tally of MBA wedding announcements in the Times for the year hit 17 in February, out of a total of 107.
Wharton maintained the lead with two February mentions, raising its year-to-date total to four. Among them was the betrothal of Wharton alumnus Matthew Schwab and Harvard Business School alumna Diana Dosik. In addition, Columbia Business School added another announcement to its 2014 total, bringing its individual tally to three, with the marriage of alumna Morgan Satler, a marketing director for Lancôme, and Adam Greene, a partner at Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck.
Darden, which had only three mentions in all of 2013, has already made an appearance in two wedding announcements for 2014, including most recently that of alumnus Christopher LaVine, a portfolio manager at Rational Group, who married Kathryn McLoughlin.