In the Wisconsin MBA Program, students from under-represented populations will find camaraderie, support, and opportunities to make an impact both in and outside the classroom. The Wisconsin School of Business fosters an environment where all students are encouraged to contribute their unique perspectives and pursue their career goals in collaboration with others.

The Wisconsin MBA Program was one of the first to recognize the business case for diversity. The University of Wisconsin–Madison was one of three founding members of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a non-profit organization that has promoted diversity in education and business for more than 50 years. The Consortium provides a diversity network linking top-tier students, MBA programs, and leading corporations. Historically, the 19 Consortium member schools have graduated more than 400 MBAs annually—approximately half of the under-represented MBAs entering the workforce.

Through our membership in The Consortium, students of color at the Wisconsin School of Business have numerous opportunities to position themselves for leadership, connect with employers, and network with influential leaders. Wisconsin MBA graduates also develop a lifelong network of supportive peers, alumni, advisory board members, and other industry leaders through curricular and co-curricular activities at the Wisconsin School of Business.

Exemplary Careers Start with The Consortium

Throughout their two years in the Wisconsin MBA Program, Consortium students have direct access to programs and services that support career achievement. Consortium staff and corporate partners are dedicated to seeing every student succeed in graduate school and beyond. The Consortium offers a mentoring program, career management services, networking events, and more. These programs help ensure that people of color will be well-represented among tomorrow's business leaders.

The connections made through The Consortium last a lifetime, and many Consortium alumni who graduate from the Wisconsin School of Business choose to give back by mentoring and hiring the next generation of Consortium students.

Financial support is another benefit of participation in The Consortium. Prospective MBA students who are eligible can apply to the Wisconsin MBA through The Consortium and be considered for a Consortium fellowship.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact one of our Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Liaisons for more information from the student perspective.

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The University of Wisconsin–Madison was one of three founding members of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a non-profit organization that promotes diversity in education and business.

A Supportive Foundation for Future Success

Larry Harris

Wisconsin MBA Alum Was a Consortium Trailblazer

Larry Harris (MBA ’68) made history as the first graduate of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. As a Consortium fellow, Harris received a full scholarship toward his MBA at the Wisconsin School of Business, and made valuable career connections with corporate partners of the program. “My life totally changed from what I thought it was going to be,” he says. “It just shaped my whole life and career.” Harris went on to pursue a fulfilling career as an executive at the Upjohn Company.

Jorge Cardona

Finance Executive’s Success Was Driven by Consortium and Wisconsin MBA

The Consortium made it possible for Jorge Cardona (MBA ’96) to earn his MBA at the Wisconsin School of Business, which led to his fruitful financial career. “The Consortium is a little fraternity of people who are all fortunate to get the chance to come in and earn an MBA,” he says. Cardona has served in key financial management positions in the public and private sectors.

Julio Angeles

“At the Wisconsin School of Business, you can witness the level of commitment to diversity and inclusion by observing how involved the faculty and staff are. This commitment goes beyond making sure important topics are covered in the classroom; it also translates into active participation and support for student-led organizations and events to ensure that we carry with us a culture of diversity and inclusion well beyond our time in Madison.”

—Julio Angeles, MBA
Senior Marketing Manager–Health, Household and Baby Care, Amazon