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Path 2 MBA Forum Details


Forum Dates

Saturday, June 6 th to Sunday, June 7th 2020

Deadline to Apply – April 8, 2020

Academic Partners

Academic partners of JumpStart’s Path2MBA initiative include the Fuqua School of Business (Duke), Harvard Business School, Wharton (University of Pennsylvania), Stanford Graduate School of Business, the University of Chicago Booth, Vanderbilt University, Columbia Business School, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, MIT’s Management Sloan School, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Kellogg (Northwestern), University of California, Irvine, Yale School of Management, Babson College (Olin), University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business, University of Minnesota Carlson
School of Management, Penn State Smeal College of Business and GMAC (General Management Admission Council).

Corporate Partners

The forum will include representation from JumpStart’s management consulting partners reflecting their perspective on the value of pursuing an MBA, their recruitment of MBAs, and options to pursue consulting directly now.

Path2MBA Audience

The Path2MBA Network is a combination of undergraduate and working professionals who aspire to attain an MBA over the next 1-5 years. Candidates are diverse individuals based on ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ, and veteran or military status. We typically host 75-200 attendees at our private ‘invite-only’ diversity forums.

Application Approach

Separate from becoming a member of the JumpStart Network, some opportunities are structured by “invitation only”. Our diversity forums are an example of that, so candidates seeking admission must complete an application by a specific deadline. The application process can take less than 30 minutes to establish a profile and provide context on your career aspiration. Click here to Apply Now.

Resume Guidance

A current resume is required as part of a completed application. Given our review and decision process is on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply now with the understanding that there is an opportunity to submit one edited version prior to all final decisions being made. Admitted candidates will have the opportunity to upload your most current resume to our event registration site.

Academic Supportive Details Required

A completed application to JumpStart includes an academic profile specific to undergraduate and graduate information as applicable. Additionally, applicants may need to provide pre-college (i.e. SAT, ACT) or pre-graduate (i.e. GMAT, GRE as applicable) test scores. Note, it is not a requirement to have taken the GMAT or GRE to participate in the JumpStart Path2MBA network.

Admissions Approach

The number of admitted candidates to our forums will vary, but there is fixed capacity ranging from 75-200 attendees. Our committee reviews applications and decisions are communicated on a rolling basis as well. Decisions include some applicants being directly admitted, put on the waitlist, or denied admission. Click here to Apply Now.

Confirmed Registration

There is a time sensitive approach for admitted candidates to confirm participation and formally register. As context, there is a non-refundable $150 fee to participate in our Diversity Forum and Webinar Series. The fee is waived for current undergraduate students. Additionally, you will need to provide an updated resume, confirmation of travel details, and other items by various milestone deadlines.


To best prepare you for the diversity forum, we have several webinars hosted by JumpStart with our alumni, MBA program partners, and other partners. Webinars are invite-only to those who complete an application to our forum. Led by Rebecca Trainor, our webinar series of topics include the Value Proposition of an MBA, Forming Your Application Game Plan, Preparing for the GMAT or GRE Test, Creating Your Storyboard, and Essay Do and Don’t.

Forum Approach and Schedule

What: Attendees gain hands on experience to the idea of pursing an MBA, the financial picture, life as a student, career opportunities, the application process, and best practices to get admitted to MBA programs.

When: Typically the P2MBA forum is a 2 day boot camp experience covering strategic topics in an engaging way at a time that makes sense for everyone.

Who: Admissions and Career Services professionals engage with our attendees during the forum and webinars. Current MBA students and alumni also connect with our network.

How: Attendees and partners jump into interactive B-school experiences, workshops, 1:1s, and receptions.

The final schedule will be published for attendees closer to the date of the forum. A snapshot of the scheduled activities can be referenced below.

  • Day 1: (12pm to 9pm) Kickoff Luncheon, Meet the MBA Program sessions, Reception
  • Day 2: (8am to 5pm) Meet the MBA Program sessions, Targeted Topics, Networking Luncheon, 1:1 Chats

Interview Guidance

As part of our diversity forums, our partners and candidates have the opportunity for 1:1 interactions as informational chats (15-30 minutes). This process is limited to candidates who have been admitted and attend the diversity forum. Additional details are provided to those individuals at a future date (either prior to the forum and in some cases after the forum has started).

Attendance & Attire

Attendance by candidates is required at all forum sessions. Candidates will be in business casual attire during the forum. For those participating in informational discussions on the last day, business casual is appropriate attire.

Travel, Lodging & Location Venue

Although JumpStart is providing details about the forum, the responsibility and decisions to secure and pay for all travel to/from the host venue and lodging is the responsibility of each attendee. Exceptions for undergraduate students will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Activities for the upcoming forum will take place at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Location Details

Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
100 Fuqua Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Lodging Options

To achieve optimal flexibility, attendees are responsible for securing lodging by whatever means you deem appropriate as part of your travel approach. Many of you have status or preferred hotel brands and others use lodging search sites to get the best price, so admitted attendees will move forward with whatever makes sense.

We also plan two options for admitted candidates to evaluate or secure lodging accommodations. One option is to use a “search site” portal set up by one of our vendors specific to the JumpStart forum. The other option is to use one of the hotel properties that have a courtesy block for JumpStart.

We encourage attendees to stay at the JB Duke Hotel. The JB Duke Hotel is attached to the business school, so those lodging there have a short walk to the P2MBA school location at the Fuqua School of Business.

JB Duke Hotel
230 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919.660.6400
Reservations: 844.490.7100


There are many local transportation options once you arrive in Durham, NC. The decision on how to travel, coordination, and expenses are the responsibility of the attendees.


All meals specific to functions hosted by JumpStart on the agenda will be provided as part of the forum.

Contact US

In the event you need to contact us, you can send an email to, or leave a voicemail at 1 (317) 975-1773.