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    firms and recruiters it sounds like the numbers will be a bit better But only time will tell and most students are still a bit nervous since everything is so uncertain And understandably so Kirkland has had a number of similar events this summer including an event co hosted with the Chicago Committee On Minorities In Large Law Firms the following week which I attended with a few people from my firm including our head of recruiting Bo Kim with my summer mentor from Vedder Price and also with a firm partner I ve worked pretty closely with this summer Once again the turnout at the event was good I suspect that s because these events have become more important for up and coming professionals in today s economy For one law school recruiting takes place in about two weeks so students have begun flocking to meet as many attorneys as possible Second is because younger professionals are also looking to network more and become even better connected to firms which may have future opportunities down the line In fact at the event I chatted extensively with a Northwestern alum that I met at another networking reception a few months before As it turns out he had recently moved to a new firm This raises an important point That getting out and meeting people in your industry is important These events are a great way to start the process Not just because you re looking for a job through OCI or because the economy may be slumping and you want to have future jobs lined up but more importantly because over time people tend to move around a lot and the legal and business communities in any location are small And so it s good to get to know the people in your field to share information about trends and emerging issues and sometimes simply enjoy the success you ve achieved together In the end this reception was a great opportunity to get to know the local legal community and also attorneys at K E For all those interested in either it might make sense to attend a similar future event Tuesday August 3rd 2010 Careers Networking 2 Comments New Job Setting Yourself Up To Succeed Every year thousands of people start at new jobs Senior leaders and managers transition from one firm to another MBAs and JDs graduate and jumpstart their careers at businesses and law firms And students head out to start new summer internships looking to secure offers for the next year And all of them are thinking the exact same thing How can I succeed in my new position Even in a typical year that question is difficult because starting all over again is tough But today in an era where the markets are still uncertain and firms are still recovering from the economic blow of 2008 that difficulty is magnified And as the sole summer associate at my law firm this year I had to ponder that exact same question when I started three weeks ago Three weeks ago I had my first day at my law firm Vedder Price As I mentioned in my previous post about my first day I couldn t help but keep thinking how exciting it was to finally get started But at the same time I also thought a lot about how to succeed there over the summer especially in today s current economic context Because long gone are the day of the typical summer associate experience at law firms Happy hours three days a week Lavish lunches Expensive dinners and boat cruises And most importantly large classes most of which who got offers in the end Instead most firms today have slashed their classes by more than half and some firms have cut them entirely And without all the firm programming many people struggle to get integrated at the firm Fortunately in my case I ve quickly gotten pretty integrated into the firm I have already been put on a number of projects and so far seem to be making a successful transition Because things have started out well so far and because I m still in the early stages of my summer associate position I thought I d share a few thoughts about how to hit the ground running And in my view these ideas not only apply at a law firm but also at any company you might be working at 1 Start early Succeeding in any job is not only about performing well during your tenure there but it s also about laying the groundwork beforehand so you can hit the ground running That means sending the right message during your interviews exposing yourself to the organization early and reaching out to people as soon as it makes sense On one hand you definitely don t want to cross the line of being overeager but on the other hand there s definitely an advantage to be connected and to have people know about you about what you re interested in and about how you work sooner than later In my case I reached out to a number of people before I ever stepped foot in the office and I m already working with a number of them in my first two weeks including the firm Chairman But even in the cases where I m not working with the people I met I m better positioned now not only to work with them later in the summer but more importantly to build relationships with them over time 2 Get early wins Another important part of a new job is getting a few early wins and figuring out how to build momentum in your role To put the idea in context consider the presidential race when Barack was campaigning His momentum ultimately helped him reach more people in future places Similarly think back to when he was newly elected to the role The same hold true when you begin a new job because expectations are high and perception can be very important And by the end of the first six months of a new job or the first couple of weeks of a summer job it s good to start meeting a lot of people to get involved in interesting projects critical projects that have real impact if you re at the senior level and communicate those success to stakeholders at the firm 3 Get to know the right people It goes without saying that meeting the right people can be an important factor in shaping our career or summer stay at a firm But by right I don t necessarily mean the top people Instead I mean the people who are key stakeholders that you need to know Those people who want to support you Those who want to get you involved And those who have the ability and network to actually get you involved As a new person at any level it s important to facilitate early introductions so that you can begin building relationships right away And I emphasize the word relationships not just knowing people One thing that business leader Jon Rice likes to say is that It is not who you know but instead it is who knows you well and thinks highly enough that they will go to bat for you 4 Do good work It goes without saying but in spite of all of these tactics above in the end you still do have to do good work You have to put in the time show critical thinking and analytical skills be both a leader and a team player and in the end deliver tangible results This is true for all new employees but it s especially true of senior leaders and perhaps more important at services firms where budget constraints and finding new clients are critical And this is especially important in the beginning because the work that you do will be what people remember and it will make an impression And although proving to be someone who does good work won t stick forever the impression that you do bad work can 5 Make an impression And if you do all the things above you will be able to make a good impression and manage your perception at the firm The is critical when it comes down to decision time for summers where some of the people may not have worked with you directly but will have an impression of you not to mention an idea of what other people s impressions are Similarly for full timers the impression you make is important because it will not only be the one that sticks with you early but it will also guide the impression that stays with you over the years Sounds like an impossible set of tasks Well that s because sometimes it can be After all when s the last time you brokered a relationship with the Chairman of your firm in the first week And when s the last time you had people really wanting you to succeed as the new guy at the firm in a depressed economy Instead it s more often the case that people analyze and test new employees to see what they re made of especially now when job security is not a guarantee and where many people may actually fear for their spots at the firm But on the other hand if you do make to sure to have some early success build momentum find mentors and other stakeholders that want to see you succeed and work together with the people who would otherwise be fearful then it won t be a sink or swim approach Instead you ll not only have the help of many of your co workers but also the real support of people who want to work with you and see you succeed And over time they will become invested and will make sure that you do well and make a good impression Any if you can broker that set of events then the sky is the limit Summers will get their offers and new hires will have the potential to have big impact over time And in the end the things you do in the first few weeks could make all the difference Best of luck to all of those at new companies Tags Leadership Management Summer Internship Saturday June 19th 2010 Leadership Networking No Comments Follow Up Or Fail A Few Thoughts After Conferences in Chicago and NYC Have you ever sat at home waiting by the phone for a call but found that the call never came Or what about waiting by the computer for an email but no messages ever made their way to your Inbox I have In fact many of us have And it s especially common after seminars and conferences where people pass out their business cards but never hear back from the people they gave them to Sounds disappointing right Well wouldn t it be even more disappointing if you found out that in a majority of those cases the person on the other side was also disappointed that you didn t reach out to them In my experience this happens all the time Both parties pass out their business cards with the intention of staying in touch but then neither actually reaches out afterward But the good news is that it s usually not personal Instead it s usually because the other party becomes too busy or is too unorganized has too many people on their target list or simply isn t in the habit of following up with the people that they meet And in all fairness all these reasons make sense But are they still actually good excuses for not staying in touch On one hand most of us are subject to far too much information nowadays and so it s easy to miss sending a couple of emails or following up with some of the people we meet On the other hand though in a world where finding information and being connected is critical sometimes it makes no sense why you don t take the extra step to ensure you reach out to someone after meeting them And so that s the premise of the title of this article a phrase dubbed by networking guru Keith Ferrazzi and not me that following up is the key to success no matter what field you re in My overarching conclusion is that personal contact matters That s because at a conference you re all there for the purpose of the conference to hear the speakers find a new network meet people to connect with and speak to employers in sum to make personal gains For example at my recent MLT conference in NYC I was there to meet the new class of fellows meet a few employers see a few employers for a second time since I also attended last year and mingle with staff members of MLT an organization that I m highly active in and intend to stay active in As a result I probably gave my card or email address out to dozens of people if not significantly more But that s just an initial connection and my belief is that following up afterward is a chance to make it more personal to reach out to someone you really enjoyed meeting or to an employer you especially liked After all why go through all the hours and trouble of meeting people and spending significant time with some of them if you don t plan to really connect with them afterward And that s especially true if time and organization do become factors because then people would still tend to reach out to the employers or the people the enjoyed meeting most Granted sometimes it s easy to follow up when the number of people you meet is low On the other hand you d be surprised not only how many people forget when it is this easy but also how effective following up still is in these situations And that s because following up is a personal process especially when you can reach out in a way that is creative or that jogs their memory But that can be tough after a mega conference where memories are abound and where you have too many business cards to be creative with all of them or to even find all of them in all of your coat pockets And this description is similar to what I just had in NYC where a couple hundred people and dozens of employers showed up to mingle But despite the actual numbers I believe that it s still important to keep in touch with some of the people you meet That idea is validated by dozens of management studies one by Marshall Goldsmith for example that discusses the effects of managers who followed up in an organization The study showed that managers who were seen as not following up were perceived as only slightly more effective as a group than they were eighteen months earlier On the other hand those who did some follow up experienced a very positive shift in scores and those who had con sistent follow up had a dramatic positive impact Fortunately following up today is much easier in our super connected world of texting IMs emails and social media I personally like to use these mediums to exchange the information that we talked about at the event I often tell people I ll send them URLs of posts here on my website other URLs relevant information related to their careers or introduce them to someone else In fact I ve got a couple of those lingering after my last MLT conference in NYC On the other hand though it s important to remember that as you exchange information following up is not about asking someone what they can do for you or what they might know that can help you Instead it s about what you can do for them and what you can do to sustain a relationship with them That s because the best leaders know that building relationships is critical That none of us can make it to the top alone and instead that we can achieve a lot more working together This is especially today where business is more global technology more complex and as the economy steers companies to retain fewer employees And so leaders must not only be able to focus on the day to day problems at their firms but they must also focus on building the connections and networks to share information more broadly and as a result create more leverage for change And in the end I m optimistic that doing that will help all of us reach our potential to solve some of the world s biggest business and social problems But if that s true then I suspect I should stop writing now I ve got some emails to send and calls to make since I just finished two conferences over the past 1 5 weeks Check back for more details on my recent MLT conference in NYC I ll share some details of the actual events and meetings with employers Stay tuned Tags Leadership Networking Wednesday June 9th 2010 Leadership Networking 1 Comment More On Mentors GottaMentor com Hey Everyone As a follow up to my recent post on networking and finding mentors I also wanted to pass mentorship resource that helps connect you with peers coaches and mentors in the business and other professional communities The company name is GottaMentor and the up and coming internet company is a great resource for finding career information As some of you may know I happen to be a new contributor to the site And while it was hard to start contributing as regularly as I would ve like during 1L of law school I ve picked up the pace recently and plan to contribute much more heavily this summer and after If you have not heard of the company yet you should definitely take a minute to browse the website For one I m a contributor to the site and would love for all of you to join Additionally if you do take a look you ll see that the site really does have a lot of pretty interesting career related information and also a great platform to ask questions and get new information Perhaps more important than all of this though is that the GottaMentor leadership team is very highly accomplished And as such I suspect the company will be around for some time to come and it s also poised to really take off in the upcoming months and years To see some of the information you ll have to register with a user name and password But that s an easy process and I highly recommend signing up And the good news is that the site works well for almost everyone Not only is it relevant for students but it s also useful for professionals at all stages of their careers and also for those in both business and law Have a look when you get the chance Wednesday May 26th 2010 Careers Networking Other Blogs 4 Comments Careers Question Reach Out Make Connectons Find Mentors Then Do It Again What if I told you I had the one secret that could help you achieve a world class level of success What if I said that Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods became the athletes they are today because they did it And that without it Barack would not be our current president And that every single Fortune 500 CEO today did the same thing Well the truth is that most highly successful people athletes musicians professionals speakers and thinkers are doing it Nowadays skill and passion can only get you so far The most successful people also reach out and find mentors It s no mistake that I said the word find in my introduction While some world class performers and leaders did stumble upon their mentors most people don t That s because the good mentors can be really hard to find After all the most successful people in the world work long hours and have limited time dozens of competing priorities and goals that they can t let go by the wayside to help someone who may not even respect their time But from experience I know that great mentors definitely do exist And because I was lucky enough to find a SUPER mentor in my very first job I wanted to share a few words here on my site that I also shared with a friend a current MLT fellow seeking out a little advice on networking See below for that person s question and below that for my response I ll note that I only included selected parts of the conversation as some of the information might have revealed too much about their identity and as other parts were less relevant to the content of the message I ll also note that this post turned out to be longer than expected EMAIL QUESTION Hey Jeremy Skipped part of question 1 I m glad you enjoyed Leading Matters And I applaud your participation in the middle of your exams you are a rockstar It sounds like your Chicago event was really engaging deleted part of message 2 You are awesome for thinking about MLT in your blog Myself and my fellow b school prospectives are juggling a few things that you might find relevant to write about Actual list of things deleted The biggest thing on my agenda right now is networking I am nervous about cold calling people in my industry i e social investing But I know that I have to get over that initial fright if I want to get anything out of this I actually just got back from dinner with someone who a Kellogg alum put me in touch with I also wonder how do I extend those relationships beyond just a one time informational interview How do I stay in contact without being bothersome Should I make myself helpful to them Good luck with the rest of your finals Name MY RESPONSE TO QUESTION Hey Name Good to hear from you and thanks for your message This is a really good set of questions and now is the perfect time for you to start thinking about them as you go through the MLT process and start to think about new career options most of which are challenging to break into But the good news is that once you get used to reaching out and become more skilled at it it actually becomes a lot of fun especially for outgoing and high potential professionals like yourself Here are a few of my initial thoughts As I said above I was lucky enough to find a phenomenal professional mentor early in my professional career I concede though that most people don t have that experience And for reference when I say I found a mentor I don t take that word lightly In my case mentor means someone that I valued highly enough 1 to turn down a job that paid 20 25 more in salary right out of school and 2 to subsequently turn down a chance to work at a bulge bracket bank to work him at a mid sized consulting firm that didn t carry half the level of prestige as the bank only carried a percentage of the salary and had me move across the entire US as a result That s because in my view these types of strong relationships are critical to your career success my general motto is it s better to learn in your 20s and earn in your 30s But most people still don t invest the time and they would never consider the idea of foregoing resources to find these strong relationships In today s age where internet is king Google searching tends to be most people s first option And others look for answers in self help business books on weekends rely on opinions of friends and family and give too much credibility to formalized mentoring programs at work Sure these sources can all be useful but they re certainly not perfect At my old firms I often saw how people were given buddy roles and mentor titles without an ability to perform in the role Similarly I ve seen how many people rely on friends and family members because they tend to give a lot of positive reinforcement which is not always what you need But people still tend to default here That s because but finding real connections let alone mentors is hard For some people it takes months even years to find someone who understands you and cares for you and your goals And so going through the networking process you asked about tends to be the best way to do that That means continually engaging with new people getting and giving new information and over time connecting with others Unfortunately this kind of reaching is no easy feat and there s a lot of grunt work involved It takes a lot of thoughtfulness as you write emails make calls and navigate your way to finding new connections Similarly you have to know more about your target industries and have a better sense of who you are as you go out to meet with these people so you re sure not to waste their time And as a result of that it takes time energy and perseverance But so do all relationships right Staying in close touch with friends and family during 1L was almost impossibly hard for every single person I knew Similarly working toward any dating relationship often takes a lot of time and effort In my opinion there s not much difference Nonetheless the grunt work involved in networking tends to keep people from really engaging in the reaching out process I do realize though that everyone is different and that one person s propensity to reach out people may be different than mine or than yours So in some respects you have to do what you re comfortable with so you can be effective when you do meet new people On the other hand I d also strongly recommend pushing yourself out of your comfort zone just a bit and reaching out more than you might otherwise get in touch with especially now as you seek information on business school and careers After all if you don t get comfortable with it now you ll be forced to on the first day of business school a year from now not to mention for years to come afterward Now I ll respond more practically to a few of the things you mentioned First my opinion is that there s absolutely no need to have any initial fright because there s a pretty large many people who would be willing help someone in your shoes Most people that you d be reaching out to tend to be proud of their institutions school and employers And even if they re not they tend to be proud of the advice they can offer Similarly a lot of people are looking for ways to give back to their communities and to those who may want to follow in their footsteps I mean consider the reverse What if someone came up to you and said hey name I d love to be just like you someday and I want to go to name University and work at name Company Personally I d be really flattered and I think a lot of people would feel similarly And as a result some of them might really take the time to give the information you re looking for And if you re thankful keep the modes of communication open update them on your progress and then be sure to reciprocate when you can then you ve got potential to make a real connection And here s my pitch that in the end the process becomes something that s not even networking Instead it s seeking out new ways of connecting forging strong relationships and becoming mutually beneficial And personally I always strive to be more beneficial when I can Next to directly respond to your last question about how to stay relevant That s a tough one because no two people or circumstances are the same Because of that my first thought is to focus on the relationship not on using fancy tactics Because when you forge those strong relationships you don t have to worry about staying relevant That s why you always get back to your best friends and to family members when they get in touch with you Because those relationships tend to be strong But from a tactical perspective here a couple of things that may help None of them are rocket science In fact you could have come up with all of them on your own Also none of them are they my original ideas Instead they tend to be things that lots of people do and also things I tend to do when I remember 1 Try Different Methods You might try using different methods to connect with people such as email phone in person LinkedIn etc In my experience relying on a single source can be less effective in some circumstances especially if your new contact decided to avoid using that source for a short period of time 2 Return the Favor If you have managed to somehow stay on a person s radar then you might help return the favor by sharing information to them on relevant topics In these cases I tend to default mostly to things that are HIGHLY relevant sometimes sending news connecting them with people in their industries giving referrals or passing along hello messages from mutual connections But you should be careful of overdoing it and be sure that you re not forcing your way in I tend to only do this in very authentic ways because otherwise it ll likely feel too forced 3 Don t Replace Face To Face I also think face to face encounters tend to be more effective when you re in the establishing stage For example grabbing drinks coffee lunch or meeting up at the office all tend to work pretty well depending on what you re chatting about Not only is it a more intimate environment that allows you to discuss real issues and be more open and vulnerable but it s also more of a mutual investment of time which naturally tends to create a bond 4 Get Out To More Events Sometimes the best way to bump into someone and to actually get the face to face encounters you need is to go to different types of events where people are out and about Not only networking themed events but also cultural academic and volunteer events where you ll tend to find people who you have things in common with In the end though making real strong relationships is the goal not finding tactics to stay in touch Often times for me I just try to feel it out since in most cases no two relationships are the same and because time is so limited But fortunately there are a lot of smart and successful professional seeking the same thing you are So once you make a connection it should be pretty easy to build those relationship If only dating were this easy too right Thanks for writing And good luck Tags Careers MLT Networking Tuesday May 25th 2010 Careers Networking 2 Comments Working On A Presentation for Latino Legacy Weekend Have you ever seen a presentation where the audience didn t pay very close attention or where they pulled out their Blackberries instead of listening I have and I suspect you have too That s because delivering good presentations can be tough They often lack direction don t evoke emotion and don t truly connect to the audience Well just the other day I found out that I have the challenge to do all those things at an upcoming conference next week here in Chicago Just days ago I chatted with the organizer of the inaugural Latino Legacy Weekend Seminar The seminar is hosted by my good friend former congressional candidate and current US Department of Treasury team member Emanuel Pleitez Emanuel is a great guy and like a lot of the folks I know he s definitely making things happen and keeping me on my toes to try to do the same The event will host students and leaders from all backgrounds and professions law business finance policy arts and bring them together to think about their passions ideals and biggest concerns The Weekend s driving question is What legacy will we leave It s an opportunity to step outside of our fields and pause our lives to challenge one another to think big And in my view this event will not only be a good opportunity to talk about this question but also to share critical information and personal stories with each other Discuss our passions goals and dreams and connections And then stay connected so we can help each other as we re in pursuit I haven t finished my presentation yet but I ve decided that I ll be presenting on Labor Economics and the state of the labor force in the Latino community There s a lot of good stuff out there But more importantly as I continue to say here on my website I believe that the labor force is the big issue of our time I think the key to giving a good presentation will be engaging the audience And compelling them with interesting information Fortunately my topic lends itself well to that But I plan to spend the next week or so figuring out how to be effective In a recent article I read that the human body is capable of experiencing over 5 000 emotions But in the course a single work week most people only experience a dozen of them To me means there s a lot of opportunity to evoke emotions that people tend not to have because they spend so much time on work family and other day to day things Emotions like fears vulnerabilities concerns and motivations And that s what the current economy has done to a lot of people Made them fear being of out work Become vulnerable to admit and discuss their fears and perceived failures Feel concern for friends and family who struggle with those fears And then find motivation to overcome their circumstances So there s a lot to work with and I hope I ll be able to come up with something good Overall it should be an interesting event The variety of presentations should be interesting the rewards of the conference should be manyfold and it will be a great way to meet a lot of new people As always stay tuned to hear how things turn out PS I ll also note that not only do I have this conference next weekend but I also have another professional conference in New York City in early June As such I ve decided to dedicate a my posts over the next two weeks to the conferences Before the conferences I ll discuss networking tactics and preparation for speaking to attendees and employers And afterward I ll do my best to journal the nuances of the events I hope that you ll check back to read A lot of people have been writing

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    These are all tough questions but also questions that Sarah fielded and the fellows discussed Thanks to people like Sarah and my friend Jeff Nelson founder of OneGoal who are working on these issues not just in Chicago but beyond Chicago as well And thanks again for supporting the RTD program As a side note please consider attending OneGoal s Gala on May 6 2014 I plan to be there Tuesday March 18th 2014 Diversity Education No Comments Yoga Gratitude and the Lottery One of my heroes and former colleague last summer Seth Godin once told a story about the importance of being grateful The story reminded me a lot of the Yama Aparigraha which is being grateful for what we have The story went something like this There are more than 5 Billion people in the world Now imagine each one of them participates in a mandatory lottery Imagine that printed on each ticket were the circumstances that would dictate the rest of each person s life And imagine these were the numbers on the ticket Race Sex Birthplace Government Parent names income and jobs IQ normal distribution Weight height hair color etc Personality traits Health risks First if you are reading this blog post online right now it s likely that you had a pretty good ticket Further if you practice yoga at a studio here in the US the same thing is probably true But if you think about the entire world the probability of you drawing a good ticket would seem improbable The chance of you being born in a city US with an average IQ normal income good health good parents is 1 in a billion Let alone having internet attending college and belonging to a yoga studio When you look at it this way

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  • the education space After all strong leaders can often change everything for students especially those on the cusp Students who don t have enough resources at home Students who might be behind a grade or two And students who need someone to ignite the fire within them That said the incentives to enter the education space especially as a teacher aren t always great Not only is the pay lower than a majority of other fields but the prestige is also lower Furthermore the work can be hard and grueling and at times it feels like you can t have an impact if you re in a big school sytem On the other hand we can look to countries like Finland that have figured out the dilemma Countries who attract and retain the most promising people to enter into teaching programs Countries that not only pay them well but also provide them with a platform to make change One program that does that in the US is Teach for America They recruit the best and the brightest undergrads to teach in underserved schools but the program s main criticism is that the teachers rarely stay in the field and in the profession We addressed that and much more in our discussion with Josh Thanks to people like Josh who are working on these issues not just in Chicago but beyond Chicago as well And Josh TFA thanks again for supporting the RTD program Thursday May 1st 2014 Careers Education Revive the Dream No Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank

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    for students especially those on the cusp Students who don t have enough resources at home Students who might be behind a grade or two And students who need someone to ignite the fire within them That said the incentives to enter the education space especially as a teacher aren t always great Not only is the pay lower than a majority of other fields but the prestige is also lower Furthermore the work can be hard and grueling and at times it feels like you can t have an impact if you re in a big school sytem On the other hand we can look to countries like Finland that have figured out the dilemma Countries who attract and retain the most promising people to enter into teaching programs Countries that not only pay them well but also provide them with a platform to make change One program that does that in the US is Teach for America They recruit the best and the brightest undergrads to teach in underserved schools but the program s main criticism is that the teachers rarely stay in the field and in the profession We addressed that and much more in our discussion with Josh Thanks to people like Josh who are working on these issues not just in Chicago but beyond Chicago as well And Josh TFA thanks again for supporting the RTD program Thursday May 1st 2014 Careers Education Revive the Dream No comments yet Leave a comment Name required Mail will not be published required Website Message Sign me up for the newsletter Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments

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    doesn t mean everyone else does And the sooner we understand this the more time we can spend focusing on ways to have more impact in the world by pleasing the people who do care In the end you re more likely to succeed if you say this is what I stand for And this is what I believe If it s not for you then I ll find the other people who believe in my story In short ignore the skeptics And spend more with the people that believe Friday September 6th 2013 Careers Education Entrepreneurship Leadership No Comments Revive the Dream Join us in Chicago An underserved education system results in increased poverty higher prison rates systemic inequality and in the end an economy that is worse off One organization I am working with to help tackle the issues in Chicago is Revive the Dream Over the upcoming year I ll be working with my friend Meg as an organizer for Revive the Dream fellows program RTD s mission is to revive the American dream for underserved children We do that by recruiting emerging social leaders and giving them access to a curriculum to leaders and to organizations that can develop them into reformers not just in Chicago but across the U S when they are done In short we ll be bringing together a group of fellows in 2013 bringing in education leaders in Chicago to speak at our sessions and then helping people get connected to special projects with education nonprofits after the sessions are over Interested in being a fellow We are currently recruiting for our 3rd cohort Join us You can also email with questions or to hear about our next happy hour in early September There s never been a more pivotal time to develop leaders in the education space Please help us spread the message Tags education Tuesday August 13th 2013 Education Events No Comments Guest Post by Varsity Tutors How to improve your score on the GMAT or any test Any friends studying for a standardized test these days Then this guest by my friends at Varsity Tutors could be for you Whether you re studying for the LSAT GMAT GRE or the SAT these general tips may be helpful on your second attempt More importantly they reinforce the idea of just how much EducationMatters See below for the article How to Improve Your GMAT Score B School applicant you just finished a grueling four hour test What are you going to do now I m going to take it again Well that wasn t the answer everyone was expecting However retaking the GMAT is a reality for many test takers Some simply feel they could have done better than they did others need a certain target score to get into a particular school that they have not yet reached In fact students are often encouraged to initially sign up for two tests hoping that a scheduled second test will take some pressure off of them the first time ultimately leading to better scores If you have a solid reason to take the exam again get the test date locked down as soon as you can You have to wait 31 calendar days before retaking the GMAT but in the interest of keeping your knowledge fresh you shouldn t schedule your retake too far after that time So you ve got a month or so before another test day and you need a plan It s time to figure out what to do so that this extra effort expended will not go to waste 1 Review your initial test day experience immediately As much as you probably don t want to relive an experience that you possibly found about as fun as dental surgery an immediate debrief is a necessary evil As soon as possible go back over your entire test day experience and take notes Remember your physical condition If you were sleepy felt hungry or were uncomfortable in any other way these circumstances could very well have messed up your score Thankfully they can all be fixed for your retake Remember conditions of the room Things like temperature and noise can also affect you negatively and you can be better prepared for them next time Remember your actual test taking Timing and concentration during long reading passages are examples of important concepts that should be always incorporated into your preparation Did you have problems with these the first time Remember the test content There may have been specific concepts vocabulary or problem types that were vague or unknown to you and that to your dismay popped up repeatedly Jot them down so you can work on them since it s likely that they are important and you will see them again 2 Take a short break Once you ve immediately recapped the day it s time to shake it off and move forward with the lessons you ve learned It s important to give your mind a little bit of time off and put some distance between you and the first test 3 Address your weaknesses When you analyze your test day experience look at the items that you saw consistently and didn t feel confident approaching Hit those hard by doing drills and in format questions until they are no longer a problem 4 Shore up your strengths Don t let the things that you are good at fall by the wayside Instead keep them fresh by continuing to work on them while simultaneously reviewing the more challenging material as well And in all question cases but particularly when you re trying to keep your good skills fresh go over both correct and incorrect answer choices You may have answered the question right but was there a faster way to do it Is there any lesson shown in the wrong answers that you could use regarding eliminating wrong answers in the future 5 Work on time management Time management is a big problem for most test takers so don t neglect it You ve got to improve how quickly you get correct answers and how much time to spend on questions before giving up on them or guessing Once you have concepts down complete timed problem sets and exercises as soon as possible 6 Change it up The results of your first test were clearly subpar for you so perhaps your method of test preparation needs to be changed If you keep preparing the same way you did before how will you ever increase your score Einstein famously described insanity as performing the same task over and over and hoping for a different result To avoid GMAT insanity change the method somehow get a GMAT tutor use a different test prep book publisher do a better job simulating the real test day experience when you do practice tests really commit to working on the test everyday and not just sporadically Shake up your learning and pump up your score It s important to be very honest with yourself when analyzing your first test day experience Only you can really know if you really were absolutely committed to the process and if you truly grasped what you kept saying you understood Make some truthful assessments change your preparation appropriately approach test day with the confidence that comes from experience and you ll be well on your way to an improved score This post is written by Toby Blackwell Toby is a GMAT tutor and contributing writer for Varsity Tutors He graduated with honors and received his Bachelor s degree from Harvard University Tags GMAT Thursday August 8th 2013 Business School Education Guest Posts 1 Comment Three More Days Three more days Yep that s it In three days I ll be working with a small group of people from all over the world and we plan on doing something very special You must be dying to know exactly what this means What this means is that folks with game changing ideas are coming together to work with a common purpose and to work for a common cause That purpose is to create something remarkable and in this case the cause is related to education and the internet In just a few days I ll be joining Seth Godin and his hand selected team In terms of what we ll do good question We ll have discussions to see if we can up with a few ideas maybe draw out a game plan perhaps create and launch a product and possibly even strategize on how to raise capital Who knows On one hand the details are not all determined yet and that s why the team is going to be important On the other hand we have to be quiet about what we are doing until we ve done it But soon that may not be the case So stay tuned I look forward to sharing our progress with you Tags Blogging education Entrepreneurship Friday July 19th 2013 Business School Education Entrepreneurship 1 Comment Finishing Yesterday me and my team finished a very big private equity deal that we ve been working on intensely for the last couple of weeks And today I finished another small Venture Capital deal that got a lot messier than we ever expected It got me thinking a lot about the idea of how hard it can be to finish Yesterday minutes after finishing our first deal I couldn t help but think how long the last few weeks have been A colleague of mine left the office right after the deal ended and on his way out he said thanks for all your help the past few weeks I replied thanks for all your help We both really meant it because there was so much work for us to do And in the end we were both very glad it ended well That s because there is also something profound to finishing something you started Especially when you finish strong I can t help but think of people who had to work really hard to get through college People who start in communities where many people don t graduate but still find a way to defy the odds and finish One of my mentees Jaime Limon is the perfect example Jaime went to an inner city high school in Los Angeles where about 25 of the students graduate within four years but he worked hard and went on to graduated with honors and go on to USC His struggle hasn t been easy He had to start at another University and spend some time at a community college before getting into the school of his dreams two years later Now he s working in a great summer internship in Los Angeles and will be finishing up in December Finishing takes vision focus discipline and comittment And it often takes getting up and trying again when the going gets tough I am a big fan of working harder when it gets tough defying the odds and finishing something you started Easier said than done but worth getting better at Congrats to my team for finishing strong the past few weeks And congrats to one of my clients and former MBA classmates who finished up the private equity deal on his side He ll be getting married out west this Saturday and I look forward to joining him Tags Careers education Thursday July 11th 2013 Careers Education 1 Comment Revive the Dream Recruiting Session on June 2 2013 One organization I work with is having a happy hour and recruiting session next week on Tuesday June 2 2013 Email me at info jeremycwilson com if you are interested in attending and becoming a Fellow Hope to see you there The RTD mission is To revive the American dream for underserved children The program recruits emerging community leaders and develop them into education reform catalysts to improve the life prospects of millions of underserved American children Revive the Dream Happy Hour Please join us for a Revive the Dream RTD happy hour Information session on Tuesday July 2nd from 6 9 PM at Citizen Bar Learn about the mission of RTD and how you can get involved Also Mike Rosskamm RTD s founder and a charter school principal will speak about the importance of getting involved in urban education RTD is a unique way for professionals to get deeply involved in improving urban education in Chicago Documentaries like Waiting for Superman and news reports showing that 10 of CPS students graduate with a bachelors degree in ten years have demonstrated how terrible urban education is in this country RTD teaches you how to help improve this critical economic and civil rights issue We recruit 20 fellows from outside the education world who we then train for 10 months about how to have an impact 1 two hour session per month After the training fellows will be partnered with local education organizations for at least a year and help those organizations improve through activities like board service project management and fund raising Training with RTD revolves around interactive sessions with leading education practitioners A few of them will be on hand at the event to answer questions about the current state of education both in Chicago and across the country Join us on Tuesday the 2nd to learn more or if you can t make it visit our website at RTDInstitute org Tags education EducationMatters Sunday June 30th 2013 Education No Comments Guest Post Edward Cox on the Common Core In a mathematics class at a Southern California high school in the suburbs students competed with each other to see who could assemble the largest rectangle from snap cubes holding to the golden ratio Nogales High School Algebra 2 teacher John Cox watched his summer school students outperform their classmates even after they had surpassed the required dimensions in the analytical problem they had been given They were just doing it on their own it was hard to stop them Cox said Teachers across California are adjusting to new teaching standards called the Common Core Standards which focuses on analytical thinking and real life application of mathematics Although the state adopted the standards in 2010 California Governor Jerry Brown has funneled funds into the program in this year s budget for implementation from 2014 2015 The state s investment in teacher training technology and new books in the shift to the new standards will trickle down to mathematics and language arts classrooms Although Cox acknowledges many teachers are unfamiliar and even suspicious of the oncoming changes he said he to shift to a more student oriented teaching approach Questions that fall under the Common Core Standards resemble free response questions Cox said For example he asked his class to design a fund raising game for the Associated Student Body that would turn a profit The game consisted of finding the diameter of a disc to toss into a rectangular plain that would result in the student winning 40 of the time After three to four days testing measurements students learned how to use the quadratic function to determine the appropriate size of the disc Implementation of Common Core will lead to a different approach to testing in addition to teaching Instead of gauging students knowledge through California Standardized Test booklets stocked with multiple choice questions Common Core will test students through technology Students will be able to manipulate graphs and drag answers on their computer screens during Common Core tests Common Core is more project oriented instead of lecturing on all the different standards Cox said that s the way I usually like to teach so for me it s not a big deal Article originally written by Edward Cox on Education Matters Tags education Wednesday June 26th 2013 Education No Comments Race and College Admissions Some time this month the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case that could further restrict the use of race as a factor in college admissions The issue is whether a student s race or ethnicity can factor into admissions decisions There are many arguments to support why considering race is important notably the legal rationale of correcting past wrongs But there are also others who argue that affirmative action does not work or that using economic status will do far more to help Ten years ago the court s stance is that student diversity is a compelling interest that can justify the use of race but only as one among many factors A recent NY Times article discusses the updoming decision The biggest obstacle to class based affirmative action as Richard Perez Pena pointed out in The Times the other day is the obvious one cost Poor and working class students are by definition in need of more financial aid That is why universities have shown little interest in switching It s cheaper to bring in students of color from middle class or affluent families It also brings in kids with higher SAT test scores which count so heavily in the obsessively watched college rankings Cost is the reason that even many proponents of class based affirmative action favor what Tienda calls a holistic approach class and race both Head nod to Bill Keller for surfacing this important issue in his article yesterday Tags Diversity education EducationMatters Tuesday June 11th 2013 Admissions Diversity Education 2 Comments 2013 Princeton Prize Race Relations Event and my Keynote Remarks There is perhaps no greater challenge facing our country than the pursuit of equality From gender to socio economic background to color to race the challenges we face not only exist today but have existed for hundreds of years Princeton and its alumni recognize that the issue of race relations continues to be urgent and recently started the Princeton Prize Race Relations to tackle the challenge of race The event in Chicago was

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    Myths of the common core The debate goes something like this On the positive side the Common Core standards will allow states to know how they are doing They can compare standardized test scores against other states increase the standards and rigor in the classroom This means that the student should be better prepared for college and likewise it means that over time all states will theoreticall y have the same level or rigor so if a student moves to a new city county or state the level of education elsewhere will be simillar On the other hand many people think that this is easier said than done That the execution is not only difficult but perhaps impossible Not only will the standard be a tough adjustment for students but also for the teachers initially It is not the way many teachers are used to teaching and now they are being asked to change their style and content and get evaluated on it Likewise it s also not the level of learning students have been asked to do for the past three decades Moreover there is not a good plan in place for students with special needs and the standards don t do much to account for different starting points of students On the other hand some people remained optimistic understanding these challenges are similar to those that come with running any school and making change in the education space They realize that there is a lot of work to be done and increasing standards of learning is one step we need to get there among others We talked about all of these hard topics and more in our session last night with Melinda and Melissa Thanks to programs like Revive the Dream and Education Matters we hope to continue to help spread ideas about the issues equip up and coming leaders to solve these education issues over time Thanks to Melinda and Melissa for coming to speak to our Fellows Below is a photo of Melissa Zaikos speaking to the group about her time at CPS and her role as CEO at Intrinsic Schools Below is a photo Melinda Spooner speaking to the group about her role as Executive Director of the Achievement Network in Chicago Wednesday February 19th 2014 Education Events Revive the Dream No Comments Revive the Dream Session 2 with Micki O Neil Earlier this week we hosted the second Revive the Dream seminar Our Fellows were lucky to spend the evening with charter school founder and former Teaching Fellow Micki O Neil The issue we discussed is whether kids in charter schools are better off than kids in traditional public schools The debate is a good one Some people argue yes pointing to top charter schools in Chicago such as KIPP and Noble Likewise people also point to the higher average high school graduation rate On the other hand there are also others who argue that kids are not better off in charter schools as

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    standards of learning is one step we need to get there among others We talked about all of these hard topics and more in our session last night with Melinda and Melissa Thanks to programs like Revive the Dream and Education Matters we hope to continue to help spread ideas about the issues equip up and coming leaders to solve these education issues over time Thanks to Melinda and Melissa for coming to speak to our Fellows Below is a photo of Melissa Zaikos speaking to the group about her time at CPS and her role as CEO at Intrinsic Schools Below is a photo Melinda Spooner speaking to the group about her role as Executive Director of the Achievement Network in Chicago Wednesday February 19th 2014 Education Events Revive the Dream No Comments Yoga 100 Challenge 1 Week Down A quick update on our Yoga 100 project We saw so much energy from people in the first week From those making use of home practice to others drudging through the snow to one of our Yogis practicing in Canada and another practicing on the road at the airport Here are some photos from the week Lisa and her puppy practicing in the light Liz doing Acroyoga at home Dominika our most prolific blogger so far showing that the snow cannot stop her Christine s Home Space Away from Home Darrah practicing with a few friends Andrea excited to get started on Day 1 Michelle practicing at DFW Very nice Leigh Hector and Vivian having some acro fun on Day 7 Carla practicing on Day 1 We found you Maggie defying gravity Kim doing yoga or flying Mariel showing us what is possible on day 101 Well maybe for you More to come later Original post here on our YOGA 100 BLOG Monday February 10th 2014 Yoga No Comments The power of once a day Drip by drip Once a day is easier said than done of course There are over 360 days and more than 200 working days a year No matter how you slice it it s a lot and it s way more than the 21 days they say it take to create a habit Basically in our 100 days of yoga we re creating a habit 5 times over I think about some of my other attempts to do things that may not have gone so well The failed attempt to floss every day Check Facebook less Or call friends more often The reason they don t work is that I didn t change habits But committing to doing things up front does wonders I recently did my first 100 days of yoga at the end of 2013 Within a week of starting I knew I wouldn t be giving it up anytime soon and committed to it The first 75 days were really hard I scrambled to the studio most days barely made it into class and still forgot my towel half the time But

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  • distribution Weight height hair color etc Personality traits Health risks First if you are reading this blog post online right now it s likely that you had a pretty good ticket Further if you practice yoga at a studio here in the US the same thing is probably true But if you think about the entire world the probability of you drawing a good ticket would seem improbable The chance of you being born in a city US with an average IQ normal income good health good parents is 1 in a billion Let alone having internet attending college and belonging to a yoga studio When you look at it this way practicing gratitude becomes way more obvious And while it isn t something I m always good at it has proven me to be one of the most extraordinary ways of living a better life Helping me to not just be content but also to be more generous to everyone around me So I am going to dedicate the next part of the 100 days to being grateful And I hope a few others will join me Let us spread gratitude for the generous ticket we ve been offered Let us be grateful for the time and space to practice yoga And let our light shine so others can do the same Namaste Sunday March 9th 2014 Business School No Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC Learn about the JD MBA program Please Vote Recent

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