Transitions Summit

MBA Veterans / Transitions Summit

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FALL 2017


 Chicago – Friday & Saturday – October 20-21, 2017





for Junior Officers & NCO’s




  • 75+ military officers, NCOs, and veterans seeking to ETS between now and September 2019
  • 25+ Career Admissions and veterans representing the nation’s Top-50 ranked MBA programs and leading military employers


  • A weekend conference composed of seminars, workshops, and networking events designed to give attendees a ‘crash course’ in career and graduate school opportunities and job skill development.


  • Every year, hundreds of transitioning officers contact us asking if they can attend our annual ‘MBA Veterans Conference’ to gain ‘pre-ETS’ career insights. In 2017, we have decided to simply host an event tailored to their unique career needs.



  • Military Resume Writing 101 Workshop – hosted by MBA Program Career Services Staff
  • ‘Translating Military Experience’ Interview Prep & Practice Session – hosted by MBA Program Career Services Staff
  • Open Bar Networking Reception on Lake Michigan – with Recruiters, veteran Grad Students, & Admissions Staff
  • Civilian Career Panels – with Corporate Recruiters from Top Employers
  • Grad School & Company Expo
  • Private Post-Conference Networking Dinner – hosted by Top-tier MBA Programs
  • Interview with Multiple Top-ranked Grad Schools Onsite!





Minimum Application Requirements

  • Must have served in the Armed Forces
  • Must have completed a bachelor degree by June 2017

Ideal Event For….

  • Active Duty O-2, O-3, & O-4’s ETS’ing in 2017, 2018, or 2019
  • Active Duty NCO’s ETS’ing in 2017, 2018, or 2019
  • Military veterans considering graduate school
  • Guard/Reserve officers & NCO’s considering graduate school

Participation Benefits


Resume Writing Prep Session & Coaching .
Interview Prep Session & Coaching .
Open Bar Pre-Conference Happy Hour .
Breakfast & Lunch (Saturday) .
All Seminars .
Grad School Speed Networking Session .
Grad School & Career Expo .
Onsite Interviews & Coffee Chats .
Post-Conference Dinner with Top-Ranked MBA Programs .

Fees & Discounts


REGISTRATION BENEFITS Early Bird  (By 8.31.17) Standard (After 9.01.17)
Cost $75 per person $95 per person

Additional Discount Opportunities:
Referral Program: You will receive a $10 referral bonus for each person who you refer who in turn signs up through our referral system (an email will be sent after you register).



Day 1 Agenda

Friday, Oct 20, 2017 - Navy Pier, Chicago

2:00 PM

Check-In & Registration

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Check in and pick up your badge and info packet.



3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Welcoming remarks from the event organizers



3:15 PM

Transition Master Class: Military Resume Writing 101

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Discover how to translate your military experience into language that grad schools and civilian employers actually understand & work with MBA career services teams to draft a working copy that you can use throughout the event.

3:15 PM

Transition Master Class: Interview Prep Writing 101

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Now that you have learned how to translate your military experience into ‘civilian’ language on paper it is time to learn how to communicate that experience in an interview. Led by Career Services team members from the Nation’s Top MBA Programs, they will coach you through a formal presentation followed by ‘small-group’ practice sessions where you can learn from your peers.

6:00 PM

Open Bar Networking Reception

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Network with other transitioning officers, build relationships with veteran students and alumni of the top-ranked MBA programs, and meet corporate recruiters at an open-bar reception on Chicago’s stunning downtown waterfront.

Day 2 Agenda


7:00 AM

Check-In & Networking Breakfast

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Check-in and grab some breakfast before the day kicks off!

8:00 AM

Seminar A: Grad School Exploration

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Discover the benefits of transitioning from the military to a civilian career via graduate school with a panel of recruiters, grad school admissions teams, and veterans currently enrolled in graduate school. Topics will include scholarships and financial aid, career resources, admissions strategies, and how to leverage your military experience during the application process.


9:00 AM

Seminar B: Civilian Career Exploration

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

This panel of corporate recruiters , MBA career services team members, and veterans working at some of the nation’s top companies will give you a broad understanding of the different type of industries and functional areas where veterans tend to find career success. We’ll also talk about ‘Pre-MBA’ career exploration that many companies now offer!

10:00 AM

Speed Networking Session

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Network with representatives of 12-15 top-ranked MBA programs and companies in 9 minute increments over the course of 2.5 hours. You’ll get a chance to learn about each one, meet their teams learn about them in detail, and get a sense of their cultures. Make sure to stop by their booths at the expo to learn more! An amazing way to quickly evaluate a bunch of great firms and schools.


12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Grab a quick lunch and get ready for the Expo!

1:00 PM

Grad School & MBA Careers Expo

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Network with military veteran students, alumni, and admissions officers representing many of the nation’s top-ranked MBA programs to learn more about their programs at a traditional expo. Bring your resume!

2:00 PM

Onsite Interviews and/or Coffee Chats

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

While you’re in town and freshly trained from the practice sessions, why not get a head start on the job or Grad school application and interview process with several Grad school admission representatives and/or company representatives. All interviews will be scheduled directly between the schools or companies and candidates.


6:00 PM


6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Several of the participating MBA programs will be hosting private, invite-only dinners and happy hours with attendees at restaurants and/or bars around Chicago. Coordination will occur by MBA Program reps. reaching directly out to candidates.




Friday, October 20, 2017
Navy Pier
Aon Grand Ballroom (East Entrance)
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 606011

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
350 W Wolf Point Drive
Chicago, IL 60654



Holiday Inn Mart Plaza River North
350 W Wolf Point Drive
Chicago, IL 60654

Event Room Block Rate: $224

Reservation (Coming Soon)



I’m not even sure if I’m going to ETS yet. Is there any advantage to attending?

Absolutely. At some point you’re going to need a resume, you’ll need to learn how to speak about your military experience in language that a recruiter unfamiliar with the military will understand, and you’re going to want to build your network. Unlike other military conferences, this one is designed to

I already have a Masters degree. Is this an event that I should attend?

Many professionals are pursuing two Masters degrees and as long as your first Masters is not an MBA, this event would be beneficial to attend.

How far out from ETSing should I be to register for this conference?

We’d recommend that you have an ETS date of September 2019 or earlier. This conference is designed for people who will leave active duty between May 2017 and September 2019, are current or former members of the National Guard/Reserve, or are veterans.

I’m very interested in ‘X’ graduate school or ‘Y’ company. How can I assure that I can interview with them while I am at the Conference?

We don’t schedule interviews on behalf of attendees, so the best way to do this is to attend the full programming (particularly on Friday) and express interest with the organizations in person. With that being said, all of the sponsor organizations will have access to your contact info prior to the event and they may reach out to you directly.

I’m a veteran and am currently working in the private sector. Am I allowed to register?

Yes, you can definitely register and are encouraged to attend. The Summit could be an excellent opportunity to build your network, explore grad schools, and meet recruiters who specifically work with veteran talent etc.



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