While David Dell’Osso ’13 was a first-year student in the Rice MBA program he heard about Bring a Colleague to School Day.
“When I thought about the mission of the Jones School — to develop principled innovative thought leaders — a coworker came to mind due to his tremendous talent and potential. He had expressed an interest in getting an MBA, and I felt he would be a great addition to Rice. Bring a Colleague to School Day was an opportunity to expose him to what I found special about the Jones School — world class faculty, facilities and reputation combined with a diverse group of bright students and an almost family-like culture.”
That coworker was Geoff Vernon ’14. Vernon signed up and sat in on Professor Sebastian Michenaud’s finance class. “It was great. I was in the thick of some business development deals, and I immediately saw that going back to school could be really helpful. Knowing the experience David was having, I wanted the same thing.”
When Vernon saw the same invitation to Bring a Colleague to School Day, it inspired him. “I had a friend who I’d worked with at BP. I knew that he had an interest in earning an MBA, and I thought he would be a great fit at Rice. I called him up and said, ‘Why don’t you come to this with me.’”
That friend was Ryan Fitzpatrick ’15. “It was almost a selfish thing,” Vernon says today. “The better the next class is, the more valuable our degree becomes.”