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In Other News… Dean of the Year, Mindfulness in B-School, and Teaching Corporate Creativity Through Ballet

In Other News… Dean of the Year, Mindfulness in B-School, and Teaching Corporate Creativity Through Ballet - mbaMission

Edward “Ted” Snyder

The business school world is constantly buzzing with change and innovation. Each week, in addition to our regular news posts, we briefly touch on a few notable stories from this dynamic field in one roundup. Here is what caught our eye this week:

  • Edward “Ted” Snyder has gained recognition as a business school powerhouse for nearly two decades, making his latest accomplishment, the title of Poets & Quants’ Dean of the Year, hardly a surprise. After assuming the dean’s position at the Yale School of Management in 2011, Snyder has helped raise the school’s position in MBA rankings, in addition to accomplishing a notable 25% increase in applications last year. The dean’s first term will end this summer, but his future plans are still unclear.
  • Business school is presumably not the first thing that comes to mind when one hears the word “mindfulness”—yet, the New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business hopes to integrate the two. The recently launched Mindfulness in Business Initiative, founded by the school’s Leadership Development Program in partnership with the NYU Global Spiritual Life Program, aims to equip students with the tools necessary to practice mindfulness in business. “The practices [presented in class] not only build students’ skills as future managers and leaders, they also enhance their emotional intelligence and deepen their often-stressful, results-driven lives,” the initiative’s directors wrote in the Harvard Business Review.
  • Another field rarely associated with business school is ballet. Former ballet dancer John Michael Schert joined the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2013 as its first visiting artist and social entrepreneur, bringing his experience on the stage to the business school classroom. In his teaching, Schert focuses on applying the creative process to develop innovative business practices. “I see myself as a translator, not living in either the world of dance or work,” he told the Financial Times.



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