I'm happy to say that I have survived another MLT Summer Seminar! I say survived because it was a jam-packed weekend where we (my colleague Frankie Sandoval and I) interacted with 290 MLT Fellows and connected with our counterparts from other MBA programs. Before I delve further into explaining why the weekend was so exhausting, yet rewarding, let me provide some information on the MLT organization.
MLT is an organization that is focused on "equipping high potential minorities with the winning playbook and personalized coaching that allows them to reach their full leadership potential". MLT offers four different programs to their members and we work specifically with prospective MBA students through their MBA Prep Program.
The MLT Summer Seminar is a demanding weekend that begins at 7:00 AM on Saturday morning, goes all day, and then resumes on Sunday morning at 7:00 AM again. This year's MLT Summer Seminar took us to Boston over the weekend of June 19th - 21st. We had a great time meeting with MBA Fellows (as they are referred to), speaking with them about the general benefits of an MBA, providing greater insight about UCLA Anderson specifically, and helping to steer them in the right direction as they continue down the path to one day being active and successful students in an MBA program (hopefully ours).
The weekend consists of shared meals between MBA Fellows and school representatives, speed networking sessions, panels, and a school fair - every opportunity is an opportunity to connect and learn. In addition to everything that I just mentioned, Fellows also have to attend events organized by the host school(s), professional development sessions, and meet with their MLT coaches! This may all seem a little daunting but it's definitely worth the time invested. Fellows walk away with a greater understanding of why they want to pursue an MBA and how to go about reaching their goals; while school representatives walk away feeling excited about the work that we do and looking forward to hopefully having some of these accomplished Fellows join our programs in the near future.
Here we are, starting the day off right with a little continental breakfast and conversation.