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.
Despite the picturesque photo possibilities of snowy grounds, winter weddings appear to be somewhat of a rarity among MBAs—in fact, the New York Times profiled only eight nuptials involving MBAs during the month of December and nine in January. Perhaps the fewer the merrier, however, since these weddings featured some true business school romances.
Leslie Voorhees and Calley Means, who tied the knot in December, met at Harvard Business School (HBS) while pursuing their respective MBA degrees. Another December couple, Whitney Keefe and David Snider, also met while both were HBS students—but on a blind date!
In addition, some current MBA students were busy with January weddings. One groom is currently pursuing a degree at the Yale School of Management, another is studying at the New York University School of Business, and one bride, who is also the co-president of the student body, is hard at work at HBS.