Join Poets&Quants 5th Annual preMBA Networking Festival In NYC!

After FOUR successful years of hosting this multi-industry trek, we’re providing this unique opportunity exclusively to newly admitted MBA students from leading business schools. If you are starting your MBA program in the fall of 2020 and are looking to forge important connections, become more savvy about your MBA career options, and get a head start on your MBA pivot, do not miss the Poets&Quants preMBA Networking Festival!


Welcoming Premiere Corporate Sponsor for 2020



"The preMBA P&Q festival exposed me to executives in fascinating roles that I didn't even know existed. It was a fantastic event to learn about multiple companies and industries and connect with the right people before school even starts."

-Diego, Michigan Ross 2021 MBA Candidate & 2019 preMBA Festival Attendee

Early access. Attendees of the Poets&Quants preMBA Networking Festival are the first in their cohort to meet and network with executives and recruiters from the world’s largest MBA employers. This is an opportunity to not only learn how to, but to make real connections with recruiters before they reach campus in the fall.

Expand your personal network. The preMBA Networking Festival isn’t just about meeting executives and recruiters. It’s about connecting with your peers and weaving together contacts and friendships with new admits from all over the world, some of whom may be attending your program in the fall! Regardless of where you’ve come from, you’ll meet someone with similar obstacles and experiences along the MBA journey: transitioning from career to MBA, military to MBA, or the challenges and opportunities unique to being a woman or underrepresented minority or international student pursing an MBA.

Engage your networking muscles. This isn’t about asking for a job. This event is about making real connections. To do that over a short interaction, you’ll have to learn how to network like a pro. Before the event even begins, accepted attendees will receive a guide covering more than just networking essentials and will attend a live webinar with tips on how to get the most out of the event. Beginning Thursday night, attendees will be practicing and refining their personal elevator pitch and will have the opportunity to try it out on executives and partners over both festival days.


Open registration begins on November 1st, 2019. Only 300 applicants will be accepted to attend the event. Interested candidates are encouraged to stay up-to-date on registration details and deadlines.

Prospective attendees must submit a current resume and a round one or two acceptance letter as part of the application process. Although early registrations may be processed without an acceptance letter, event attendance is contingent upon providing the letter by the deadline.


Premium Admission - $299. This is limited to 20 attendees.   Premium attendees will attend the opening and closing receptions and be guaranteed placement in their choice of Friday's company sessions for the full day.

General Admission - $199.  Attendees who sign up for general admission will attend both the opening and closing receptions and will be able to select Friday's company sessions based on available seating in each session or invitation from the sponsor.

Reception Only - $59.  Opening and Closing Receptions.  Join us for an informative panel with the c-suite from finance, tech, CPG, and consulting, a meet and greet with all of our companies, and a networking reception with McKinsey & Company.  Your resume will also be included in the resume book shared with sponsors. 

Premium and General admission includes all festivities including the opening night reception, presenters, panel discussion, full day of on-site sessions with sponsors, a metro card for travel to and from sessions on Friday, and a closing networking event.

APPLY for the Bschool Travel Scholarship to cover 100% of your application fee. You can apply even after you've paid for registration! More information coming soon.

Questions about the event? Email P&Q's general manager, Heather Soderquist. 

Interested in sponsoring? Email our publisher, Sat Sharma. 

Read about the preMBA Networking festival from a prior year attendee HERE.

Summary of the Event (2019)

May 9th – Welcome kick-off held at NYU’s Stern School of Business. What’s it like to work in consulting, finance, tech, and CPG/industrial? How should you prepare for your MBA career in each industry? Attendees heard executives from leading MBA employers, Microsoft, J.P. Morgan, McKinsey & Company, and L'Oréal in the pre-festival panel discussion. Entertainment and a laugh provided by comedian and Tuck grad Paul Ollinger.

May 10th – Festival Day in New York City! Attendees visited their choice of 16 companies in their New York executive offices over four major MBA career tracks: consulting, finance, technology, and CPG/industrial. Sessions gave participants a feel for the companies, their cultures and people in their choice of four one-hour sessions and one, two-hour lunch session.



2020 preMBA Sponsors

Festival Recap


"The energy and enthusiasm at the event is incredibly inspiring which makes you even more excited for the fall. On top of that, it is a fantastic opportunity to meet with your future classmates across different schools, to make early connections with potential employers and learn about them, and to test your pitch/story in a completely risk-free environment. I highly recommend this event to all incoming MBA candidates – GO for it!"

-Mukul, Cornell Johnson School of Business