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Where Will Bridge Take You?: Megan Grip, Bridge 2017

Where Will Bridge Take You?: Megan Grip, Bridge 2017

We recently checked in with Bridge alumni to see where they are now. This is the second profile in a series from the article, "A Strong Bridge to Business Leadership" published on Tuck News.

Undergraduate degree
Hamilton College 2019, B.A. Economics

New York, NY

Analyst at Goldman Sachs, NY

Megan Grip was in her second year at Hamilton when she learned about Bridge. As an economics major at a liberal arts college, Grip was enticed by the chance to apply her foundational knowledge to real-world business cases and concepts. “Bridge provided me the opportunity to learn more about everything in the business world—not only in the classroom and through the capstone project—but also through the career guidance programming,” she says. “Learning directly from Tuck professors and students really excited me.”

Grip sensed she wanted a career in the business world, but wasn’t aware of the options available to her. Through the alumni career panels, Bridge exposed Grip to many different fields and helped Grip narrow her focus to finance. Her preferences were revealed further during the corporate accounting course, where her professor walked the class through Walmart’s financial statements. “That was the first time I felt that the math and formulas I was learning in the classroom were directly applicable to real-world experiences. It was very eye opening, and I enjoyed it.”

The real-world learning continued in the capstone project, where Grip’s group evaluated Carnival Cruise Line. Grip’s role in the group was to pull the whole story together for the presentation, and that gave her a new appreciation for business strategy. The group ultimately decided Carnival was undervalued, and for Grip, that process proved to have lasting value. “Being able to look at Carnival’s financials and analyze them, and understand the firm’s strategy—and then wrap it up into the larger story for our presentation—that was the part that excited me the most and to this day I hone in on those skills during my everyday work,” she says.

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Where Will Bridge Take You?: J.B. Andreassi, Bridge 2012

Where Will Bridge Take You?: J.B. Andreassi, Bridge 2012

We recently checked in with Bridge alumni to see where they are now. This is the first profile in a series from the article, "A Strong Bridge to Business Leadership" published on Tuck News.

Undergraduate degree
Dartmouth College 2012, B.A. History

Long Island, NY

Licensed real estate broker with Nest Seekers International, Southampton, NY

A three-year starter on Dartmouth’s football team, J.B. Andreassi D'12, Bridge '12 chose to attend Bridge right after graduation and before he started working for the NHL in New York. “I figured it would be smart to get on the fast-track to business knowledge,” he says. “I was excited to be a part of it, and I couldn’t be happier that I did it.”

For his study group’s capstone project, they chose to study JetBlue. It was Andreassi’s first big presentation in a business setting, and he was a little nervous, but it went well. He focused on the marketing and branding of the company, and he immediately put his new skills to use in the NHL’s corporate office, where he first worked on events like the All-Star Game and then switched to the marketing department. There, he oversaw accounts such as Miller-Coors and Honda, who were promoting their brand through the NHL’s platform. “A lot of the tools I learned going through that presentation I applied directly to the business world in real life,” he says.

As the son of a real estate developer in the Hamptons, Andreassi decided to go into the family business. In 2019, the luxury real estate firm Nest Seekers hired him as a broker, and then the CEO of the company thought Andreassi would be a good fit for a role on the reality show Million Dollar Beach House he was co-producing with Netflix. They shot the first season from June to September, and the show aired on Netflix in August of this year, ranking as the second most popular series for more than a week. “What I cared about was the business side of things, and getting a competitive advantage,” Andreassi says. “Buyers are calling me from around the country now.”

Looking back at his Bridge experience, what stands out the most was the accessibility to the professors and mentors, and the ability to collaborate with a diverse cohort of young and intelligent people. He still keeps in touch with members of his study group, some of whom went on to work at Bain Consulting and Facebook. “Bridge really paid off for me and the others in my program,” he says.

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Where Will Bridge Take You?: Lesley Chin, Bridge 2003

Where Will Bridge Take You?: Lesley Chin, Bridge 2003

We recently checked in with Bridge alumni to see where they are now. This is the sixth profile in a series from the article, "A Strong Bridge to Business Leadership" published on Tuck News.

Harvard College 2005, B.A. Latin American Studies
MBA, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, 2013

Seattle, WA

Senior Product Manager at Amazon

Lesley Chin T’13 knew she wanted to pursue a business career after she graduated from Harvard, but since she had a liberal arts background she felt she needed further grounding in business theory and practical skills. “Bridge offered me an introduction to those things, as well as a business perspective that built upon my general knowledge, better equipping me for a business career,” she says.

What she also noticed was that spending nearly a month at Tuck provided an excellent preview of the MBA experience, and it influenced her to come back to Hanover to pursue her MBA.

During her time at Bridge, Chin felt stretched — extending her skills beyond theory and into practice. For example, she recalls the MarkStrat simulation from Bridge’s Marketing course, where she had to put marketing skills into action in simulating a product launch. And it was something she experienced again as an MBA student, with the benefit of her additional skills gained in the workplace after college.

After Bridge, Chin went into consulting, and she has reflected that Bridge gave her the concrete and practical skills to succeed in that role. It also confirmed for her the path that she had chosen, and has guided her in her career ever since. “My experience at Bridge allowed me to assess both when and where to pursue an MBA, which ultimately led me back to Tuck,” she says. “That decision to return, which was founded in Bridge, has given me strong strategic thinking that I still use on a daily basis in my work.”

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Where Will Bridge Take You?: Jesse Laflamme, Bridge 1999

Where Will Bridge Take You?: Jesse Laflamme, Bridge 1999

We recently checked in with Bridge alumni to see where they are now. This is the fifth profile in a series from the article, "A Strong Bridge to Business Leadership" published on Tuck News.

Undergraduate degree
Bates College 1999, B.A. Political Science

New England

Owner and CEO of Pete and Gerry’s Organics

Jesse Laflamme loved the liberal arts education he received at Bates. But he got a little worried when he saw older classmates struggle to find their place in the business world, and he didn’t know what his Political Science degree qualified him to do.

He grew up on his family’s egg farm in Monroe, New Hampshire but hadn’t really planned to go back there to help run it. He saw a Bridge poster at Bates and decided to enroll the summer after his junior year. 

Immediately, Laflamme knew he had made the right choice. “I remember calling my dad two days into the program, saying how much I loved what was being taught, and that I now loved business,” he recalls. “I’m not generally an excitable person, but I was genuinely excited about Bridge.”

His family’s farm had been struggling to survive, and Bridge gave Laflamme the confidence to try to turn it around. He started working there right after Bridge finished, armed with the textbooks he had just used, including one on accounting by Tuck/Bridge professor Clyde Stickney. He consulted that book when he began revolutionizing the accounting practices at the business. 

At the time, the farm mostly sold mostly to small local customers, and had just a couple of employees and a few hundred thousand dollars in annual sales. Twenty years later, with Laflamme at the helm, the picture is vastly different. Now it has a national distribution network at supermarkets, and partners with 130 family farms. And it has 240 employees, $240 million in annual sales, and is considered one of the top-10 organic brands in the nation, alongside Horizon Organic, Stonyfield, and Organic Valley. 

“I’ve used every ounce of my Bridge experience to build Pete and Gerry’s into what it is today,” Laflamme says. “I didn’t have time to get an MBA, so I would have been lost without Bridge.”

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Where Will Bridge Take You?: Lauren Alpeyrie, Bridge 2010

Where Will Bridge Take You?: Lauren Alpeyrie, Bridge 2010

We recently checked in with Bridge alumni to see where they are now. This is the fourth profile in a series from the article, "A Strong Bridge to Business Leadership" published on Tuck News.

Dartmouth College 2010, B.A. English Literature and Engineering
B.E., Thayer School of Engineering, 2011
MBA, Tuck School of Business 2017

New York, NY

Director of Innovation at PGIM Real Estate

As a double major in English and Engineering, Lauren Alpeyrie T’17 had a classic liberal arts education. Still, that didn’t mean she knew what she wanted to do after college. She decided to enroll in Bridge as a way to help her figure out her first move. “I had an early understanding of what different business careers entailed at the time,” she says. “For me, Bridge was a really valuable few weeks to understand alternatives to an engineering career or how they might complement each other.”

For her capstone project, Alpeyrie and her study group did a valuation of Blackberry. She appreciated the chance to work closely with a group of students and to apply everything she learned during the program. The experience also gave Alpeyrie a good perspective of business school and what it would be like to attend Tuck, where group work is a major component of the first-year curriculum.

After Bridge, Alpeyrie was hired as an associate by L.E.K. Consulting. She credits Bridge for awakening her to the world of consulting. “Bridge gave me a sense of what some careers would be like after college,” she says. “Without that understanding and the classes taught at Bridge, I wouldn’t have been as well prepared for that first job out of college.”

Alpeyrie decided to return to Tuck in 2015 for her MBA. There, she found other members of Tuck Bridge and Dartmouth who had enrolled, and that Bridge had given her an inside view of the content and culture of the school. Since then, she has participated in a career panel at Bridge and other interviewing efforts, and she notes how involved fellow Tuckies have been.  “It’s nice to have that community of people who see the immense value of the program and want to stay in touch with the school,” she says.

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Where Will Bridge Take You?: Jackson New-Smith, Bridge 2019

Where Will Bridge Take You?: Jackson New-Smith, Bridge 2019

We recently checked in with Bridge alumni to see where they are now. This is the third profile in a series from the article, "A Strong Bridge to Business Leadership" published on Tuck News.

Undergraduate degree
Santa Clara University 2019, B.A. Communications

Chicago, IL

Trainee of Baseball Operations at the Chicago Cubs

Jackson New-Smith was born and raised in San Francisco and is a rare example of someone who knew in high school which industry they’d end up in. A baseball fan, New-Smith got a job in high school as a clubhouse attendant and bat boy with the San Francisco Giants. During college, he worked for the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball, and when he graduated in the spring of 2019, he went to work for the Tampa Bay Rays.

There was just one thing missing. “I had never gotten the academic foundation I needed to really have a full grasp of the landscape I was operating in,” he says. Some mentors and former colleagues had attended Bridge and recommended it, and the winter session in 2019 lined up perfectly with baseball’s offseason. Just before he flew out to Hanover for Bridge, he interviewed for a position with the Chicago Cubs, and he got an offer while Bridge was in session.

Bridge turned out to be the perfect preparation for his new role in baseball operations with the Cubs, where he would work on the team’s budget, player salaries, collective bargaining, trades, waivers and transactions. “Bridge provided me with the critical thinking and analytical thinking skills that I hadn’t practiced in college,” he says. “And the opportunity to engage in the case method, work in group dynamics, problem solve and present was just an awesome experience.”

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Why is Tuck Business Bridge Too Good to Miss?

Why is Tuck Business Bridge Too Good to Miss?

By Qiya (Kaye) Mao, Davidson College ’21 (Economics, Political Science), Bridge '20


Why is Tuck Business Bridge too good to miss?

Do you have a vague interest in business, but feel underprepared to take on a whole internship yet? If that’s the case, you’d benefit a lot from the Tuck Business Bridge Program. At a liberal arts college like Davidson, you most likely have been taught to think critically and creatively, and have extensively practiced these principles in various settings. What could be better than getting to apply the insights you’ve gained at Davidson in a business-oriented, professionally driven context? At Tuck Business Bridge, you’ll meet and team up with like-minded peers to embark on a thrilling journey that will help you develop a comprehensive understanding of what business is all about, as well as acquire a shiny set of practical skills that will significantly strengthen your candidacy in the job market.

How does it work?

Since we’re still living in a pandemic-affected reality, the winter session of Tuck Business Bridge I participated in was, once again, all virtual. While completing the program online inevitably meant certain elements from in-person interactions couldn’t be fully replicated, you’d be wrong to think the virtual version of the program is less content-packed and valuable than the on-site one. You should be ready to tackle new challenges in all directions on a daily basis, whether that requires smart time management in your six-people study groups, resilient patience in the face of complicated accounting and finance concepts, or informed confidence in optional mock interviews with MBA students at Tuck School of Business. There will be long days and odd hours of studying, collaborating, and striving for improvements even in the slightest details. You will be so tired of Zoom and Canvas afterwards, but you will finish the program feeling supported and accomplished.

What are the selling points?

The benefits of participating in the Tuck Business Bridge Program are highly tangible:

– You’ll know how to locate, look into, extract meaningful data from financial statements of publicly traded companies, and use tools embedded in Excel to build a discounted cash flow (DCF) model that’ll allow you to form an evidence-backed opinion about the per share value of a company.

– You’ll practice leadership in ways you find comfortable and uneasy as you navigate evolving team dynamics in multiple settings, whether that’s within your program study group or within randomly formed Zoom breakout groups, regardless of the significance of tasks expected to be completed.

– You’ll receive ample feedback from your professors, your Bridge Associates (i.e. TAs in the program), as well as your peers in almost anything you do during the program, so much so that it’d be difficult not to form the habit of being more intentional in self-reflections on your decisions and actions.

– Any of the above-listed points can make you more marketable to a future employer. Better yet, having Tuck Business Bridge on your resume in and of itself makes you stand out from the crowd, not to mention you’ll get to join a vibrant Bridge alumni network upon graduating from the program.

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Making the Most of Your Bridge Experience

Making the Most of Your Bridge Experience

Reflections and advice on your career and the Tuck Business Bridge program, from long-time Bridge administrator Paul Doscher D’66.

After more than four decades of service to the Tuck School of Business, Paul Doscher D’66 retired on September 30, 2020. A proud alumnus, Doscher started his professional career at Dartmouth in 1974, holding a number of influential positions at Tuck and serving under six deans through periods of considerable growth and transformation for the school.

Since 2003, Doscher served Tuck as business development manager for the Business Bridge Program. He is revered by all for his ability to remember every Tuck and Bridge student and has guided countless students to apply and attend Tuck’s MBA Program. As Doscher embarks on retirement, he shared the following reflection on his involvement with the Business Bridge program over the years.

What does the Bridge program mean to you?

Bridge has always struck a deep cord with me. Over the course of my career, I can pull out a central theme of wanting to help people. The Business Bridge program gave me a tremendous tapestry to help young people develop. It’s always been especially gratifying to see the Bridge alumni who stay in touch after the program and eventually enroll at Tuck. To me, the ultimate payoff has always been helping Bridge students, not only within the program and with their first job opportunity, but also navigating the intense experience of the MBA.

What is your most treasured aspect of the Bridge program?

Early on, we didn’t use the team company valuation as the capstone project. Instead, we had consulting projects that students would create. There was a lot of variance in terms of the requirements and the quality of work. Eventually, Robert Hansen and I made a decision to create the valuation model we use now with students presenting their team projects in front of a panel of industry executives. Over time we built a strong cadre of executives who would come back every year. Some were local to the Upper Valley who had previously worked on Wall Street or in consulting. We would also invite Bridge parents and family members to join the panels. Even if they were based in San Francisco, we would invite them to participate and it would help strengthen our relationship with the families.

You offered career guidance to thousands of Bridge students over the years. What advice would you share the most with students in the program?

When students are in the program, I try to tell them not to have too few eggs in their basket. A student might arrive thinking they want to go into consulting or finance or marketing, but it’s important to have an open mind and to network effectively. This means not simply calling someone up and saying, “Thank you,” but building relationships that last beyond that one encounter. As many of our alumni will attest, you often find yourself running into some of the same people down the road. Another piece of advice I often give is to take good notes and keep them. Like the MBA program, there is a strong emphasis of teamwork at Bridge. I don’t want students to forget the intense team experience which culminates in their capstone project.

In your opinion, how does the program “bridge” a participant’s future?

From a high level, Tuck has been offering Bridge for 23 years, with 7,000 men and women attending during that time, including more than 1,300 from Dartmouth. The Bridge program has earned a quality reputation that is widespread and permeates countless institutions. We are a catalyst for students’ development as they prepare for a career in business. Last year, I talked to a Bridge graduate who is now enrolled at Tuck. He told me that he was recently in his Finance class and noticed that a lot of the material was new to his classmates, but that he had seen it before. So there is this advantage of engaging in pre-work and gaining pre-knowledge that you take with you when you transition into a job or MBA program.

For prospective students, what tips can you share for making the most of their time at Bridge?

I think it’s important to attend all of the career sessions. Even if you think you know which industry sector you are interested in, you will be surprised by the overlap. There are workshops during the first week of the program that cover different topics like resumes and cover letters. Even though they are optional, take full advantage of those. I would also recommend that students maximize their team relationships. You need to look at the experience as a learning laboratory. Whether you like someone or not, there is total interdependency on teams. Working well within teams is one of the essential skills graduates should be carrying with them when they leave Bridge.


Designed for top liberal arts and STEM undergraduates and recent grads, the Tuck Business Bridge certificate program delivers a comprehensive business curriculum taught by top-ranked MBA faculty from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, a capstone team project, recruiting services, and one-on-one career guidance. Business Bridge provides students with essential business skills by combining an intensive classroom experience at a world-class business school and the hands-on training of an internship–all designed to help launch a rewarding career.

By Adam Sylvain and Paul Doscher D’66

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Alison Parman

Tuck Bridge Stories: Alison Parman

By Alison Parman, Bridge ’16, Colgate ’18, senior consultant, EY FSO Consulting

When I began my time at the Bridge Program in the Summer of 2016, I had no solidified plan for what I wanted to do after college. Accounting, marketing, corporate finance, and investment banking all seemed interesting to me, but I didn’t know how to decide what was the best fit. I came to Business Bridge with the hope that the program’s curriculum could help me narrow down my goals for the future.

I remember enjoying every class I took during the program. Corporate Finance and Financial Accounting taught technical skills that my Liberal Arts degree would not. Marketing and the simulation project allowed my team to grow closer together and bring not only analytical mindsets to the table, but also creative solutions. Business Communications taught me how to be a better colleague and teammate.

The more time I spent at the Bridge Program, and the more classes I took, the harder it became to figure out exactly what I wanted to do after college. I wanted to do everything—to keep learning and growing in all areas of business.

One afternoon, my capstone project team wanted to attend a career panel discussion on business consulting during our lunch hour. I had never heard of the field before and was reluctant to go to a career panel on something I hadn’t considered one of my future career options. But my team convinced me, and the more I listened to Bridge’s guest speakers, the more I realized that I had found my path. The ability to rotate through different projects and clients with work that spans across many different areas of business management, was exactly what I was looking for.

My advice to future Business Bridge students? Come in with an open mind and utilize every tool the program gives you. Go to all the information sessions, career panels, and career fairs. The more information you gather, the more informed you will be about the business world when you leave the program. You may be introduced to a new business area that you want to continue studies in, a new business idea or solution you want to continue to build on, or a career path you would’ve otherwise not known of, that turns out to be perfect for you.

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Davidson College student interview

Davidson College student interview


An interview with Davidson students Chelsea Savage ‘21, Alex Gomez ‘21, and Alexandra Romero ’20 after they participated in Tuck Bridge's first virtual program in summer 2020.

With the shift to virtual, remote learning in March, Tuck Business Bridge got to work making plans to deliver its summer programs virtually. The goal was simple – deliver the same high-touch, rigorous, and comprehensive program, but in an online environment. The team sought to not only replicate the residential program remotely, but to make the program even stronger by leveraging some of the benefits of virtual connection, such as special guests and increased alumni networking. On Zoom, students attended live classes, interacted with faculty, met with MBA mentors, worked with peers in study groups, completed business simulations, valued a company, participated in 1-1 resume reviews, mock interviewed, attended career workshops, and so much more. The summer was a success, with 97% of participants saying they would recommend the program to a friend.

What did Davidson students who participated this past summer think? We spoke with Chelsea Savage ‘21, Alex Gomez ‘21, and Alexandra Romero ’20 about the program – why they chose it, what they learned, and the value it provided.

Why Bridge?

Alex Gomez: As a Political Science major who’s interested in pursuing business, I wanted to learn basic knowledge and skills in order to ease this transition and gain an edge in the recruiting process. I was able to take introductory courses in Finance, Marketing, and Spreadsheet Modeling, all of which aren’t offered at Davidson.

What did the program provide?

Chelsea Savage: I came into the program with little career direction and a weak understanding of business, and I left with a focused career path and skills I will be able to display in interviews and use in the workplace.

Alex Gomez: There were also some amazing resources for networking, with lots of opportunities to hone your interviewing skills and explore different types of business careers. Additionally, I really enjoyed working with my study group throughout the program – it was nice to make friends despite the virtual circumstances, and the experience of collaborating as part of a team will serve me well in the future.

Alexandra Romero: This experience has equipped me with quantitative analytical skills in preparation for my career. Outside of the program’s curriculum, I have been able to tap into a helpful network that I am extremely grateful for.

What was your favorite class?

Alex Gomez: My favorite class was Marketing. I didn’t know much about it before, and it was really interesting and has changed my perspective on certain things like job interviews, the media, and business in general. The MarkStrat simulation was my favorite part of the program.

What company did you choose for the capstone project?

Chelsea Savage: Gap

Alex Gomez: GrubHub

Alexandra Romero: Chipotle

How was the virtual delivery?

Chelsea Savage: I am extremely thankful for the Tuck Bridge team and the work they put in to make the online program just as accessible and supportive as it would have been on Dartmouth’s campus. Even though it was virtual, the invaluable connections I was able to make with peers, career professionals, and recruiters gave me the boost I needed to solidify my professional skills.

Alex Gomez: I thought the virtual format went as well as it could. While Zoom fatigue was inevitable, I still learned a ton and was able to bond with my study group.

What is your biggest take away?

Alex Gomez: The ability to work in a team is arguably the most important skill in business (and is crucial for life in general).

Alexandra Romero: This program gave me the ability to speak confidently about business topics that I otherwise would have not been able to speak on as an Environmental Studies major.

Would you recommend the program?

Chelsea Savage: If you are interested in business at all, I would highly recommend applying!

Alex Gomez: I would definitely recommend Bridge to anyone who is interested in a business career.

Want to learn more about the Tuck Business Bridge program? Visit the website, attend one of our virtual events, or reach out to recruiting manager, Sarah Chapin at


Read their testimonials below:

Chelsea Savage ’21 | Sociology
I really enjoyed my virtual experience with Tuck. I came into the program with little career direction and a weak understanding of business, and I left with a focused career path and skills I will be able to display in interviews and use in the workplace. Even though it was virtual, the invaluable connections I was able to make with peers, career professionals, and recruiters gave me the boost I needed to solidify my professional skills. I am extremely thankful for the Tuck Bridge team and the work they put in to make the online program just as accessible and supportive as it would have been on Dartmouth’s campus. If you are interested in business at all, I would highly recommend applying!

Alex Gomez ’21 | Political Science
I really enjoyed my experience at Tuck Bridge. As a Political Science major who’s interested in pursuing business, I wanted to learn basic knowledge and skills in order to ease this transition and gain an edge in the recruiting process. I was able to take introductory courses in Finance, Marketing, and Spreadsheet Modeling, all of which aren’t offered at Davidson. I found the fast-paced and rigorous nature of the program to be quite rewarding, and was surprised at how much content was covered over three weeks. There were also some amazing resources for networking, with lots of opportunities to hone your interviewing skills and explore different types of business careers. Additionally, I really enjoyed working with my study group throughout the program – it was nice to make friends despite the virtual circumstances, and the experience of collaborating as part of a team will serve me well in the future. We did a company valuation of Grubhub for our final project, and it was really cool to combine what we learned in class with real-life research and analysis of the mobile food delivery industry. Overall, I would definitely recommend Bridge to anyone who is interested in a business career.

Alexandra Romero ‘20 | Environmental Studies
My role in my team was to research and analyze Chipotle’s digital strategy and describe how it contributed to our Chipotle valuation. This program gave me the ability to speak confidently about business topics that I otherwise would have not been able to speak on as an Environmental Studies major. This experience has equipped me with quantitative analytical skills in preparation for my career. Outside of the program’s curriculum, I have been able to tap into a helpful network that I am extremely grateful for.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Tamara Gomez-Ortigoza

Tuck Bridge Stories: Tamara Gomez-Ortigoza

By Tamara Gomez-Ortigoza Dartmouth’21, Bridge ’18

Thinking about finding your first job after college and setting out on your independent adult life can be intimidating. Or at least it was for me, especially because as an immigrant I did not understand the US job market nor the type of opportunities it might hold. I applied to Tuck Bridge before starting my sophomore year—right around the time when I first started to worry about having to find a job in a few years and about not knowing what I wanted that job to be. I had just started to settle into the idea of majoring in economics, so I thought perhaps something in the business world might be a good fit, but the terms so often being thrown around by older students—“private equity,” “consulting,” “venture capital,” etc—were mostly meaningless jargon to me. At least they all just kind of blended into this image of a corporate job taking place in some high-rise building somewhere. I felt confused and overwhelmed, and yet I knew that I wanted to somehow get ahead and start familiarizing myself with a profession that might be a good fit for me, and this was where Bridge seemed to come in, so I decided to take a chance and joined the Bridge 2018 Winter cohort.

I will not lie and tell you it was simple and wonderful, because it was not. Bridge was challenging and stressful, but also life-changing. The three weeks both crawled and flew by, but at the end of it I could hardly believe just how much I had learned and changed in such a short period of time. All these storm clouds of confusion and doubt somehow cleared so that after Bridge I had a good idea of what I wanted and where I wanted to go after graduation. I finally had a clear understanding of all the different career paths I could pursue and how well they fit with my interests and personality. And in addition, through courses with some incredible Tuck faculty, I had also gained valuable skills in subjects like Excel and accounting. Not to mention that throughout the entire program I was able to interact with remarkable Tuck MBA student mentors who would continue to stay in touch with me and to help me when I finally went through the corporate recruiting process.

Looking back, I could not be happier about deciding to be part of Tuck Bridge. It truly was what helped me find my path in many ways and what provided me with the confidence and support to seek out opportunities that I might once have thought inaccessible. If you are on the fence like I once was, take the leap. It will change everything.


Designed for top liberal arts and STEM undergraduates and recent grads, the Tuck Business Bridge certificate program delivers a comprehensive business curriculum taught by top-ranked MBA faculty from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, a capstone team project, recruiting services, and one-on-one career guidance. Business Bridge provides students with essential business skills by combining an intensive classroom experience at a world-class business school and the hands-on training of an internship–all designed to help launch a rewarding career.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Kyle Emery

Tuck Bridge Stories: Kyle Emery

Kyle Emery attended Tuck Bridge in summer 2020 as part of our virtual cohort. He was highlighted by Union Athletics about his time at Bridge.


Name: Kyle Emery
Sport: Men's Lacrosse
Major: Economics
Program: Participated in the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth's Business Bridge Program

Kyle Emery is entering his junior year with the Union College men's lacrosse team, where he has been a two-year member on defense.As a sophomore, he was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Garnet Society. In the classroom, Kyle earned Liberty League All-Academic Team honors this past season as an Economics major.

Was getting into a program like this something you planned on doing this summer?
I planned on having a resume builder this summer after interning at a Mutual Fund Management Company during my freshman summer, but I was unsure what that would be as there are difficulties with sophomores pursuing business internships, especially now with COVID's impact.

How did you learn about this program?
I learned about the program through the Career Center, Union alumni, and recent Union graduates from the Class of 2019. I applied to the program via an online application, which included questionnaires, personal essays, and professor recommendations. I received my acceptance letter around April.

What did you do at your program?
As part of the Business Bridge Program I was taught introductions to basic Business School courses by M.B.A. faculty. Using these teachings, I was tasked with a group project to value an NYSE company of our choosing and present this valuation to a panel after the program. I was exposed to coursework such as corporate finance, financial accounting, strategy, and marketing, along with multiple team-building exercises, and access to Dartmouth's network of career services. My group had a lot of success through this program, and our final presentation on Chipotle Mexican Grill will be featured on the school's website and social media pages.

Was your program changed at all due to the pandemic?
The program was originally supposed to be completely in-person, as I was supposed to live in the Dartmouth dorms and attend classes and seminars throughout Dartmouth's facilities. Because of COVID, the program went entirely virtual. Our central platform was Canvas (the equivalent of Nexus) where every resource of the in-person program was transferred to be online. Classes and seminars were virtual on Zoom, and my group met daily on Zoom to complete group work and our final presentation.

How is your program related to your major?
As an economics major who has a passion to enter the business world after graduation, I had not known what area I was most passionate about. Through this program and exposure to the major parts of the corporate and non-corporate business, I have developed a new interest in marketing and some career paths following this sector. I hope to continue my search with the career center now knowing this
about myself.

What do you plan to do after graduation?
I still am shaping my career path and hope with the help of the Becker Career Center, I will formulate that this coming fall.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Alec Marchuk

Tuck Bridge Stories: Alec Marchuk

Alec Marchuk attended Tuck Bridge in 2014 and graduated from Dartmouth in 2015. He currently is an MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Before starting my MBA, I worked at ClearView Healthcare Partners. In this position my key responsibility was to lead the day-to-day efforts of our healthcare projects to success.  That encompassed managing teams of analysts and consultants, overseeing the client experience, driving the thinking behind our problem solving, and shaping how we ultimately presented our findings/recommendations. 

I wanted to attend Bridge because as senior year approached, I had no idea what opportunities existed post-graduation for me to be able to use my science and economics backgrounds meaningfully.  I felt the resources available through Bridge, and Tuck more broadly, would help me find a path forward and build helpful skills along the way.

I think what surprised me most was how invested the Bridge team becomes in those who attend the program, even once it is over.  It has been years since I graduated Bridge, but I am still connected to the program through my relationships with the wonderful team who makes Bridge happen, which I really value and never would have expected.

Tuck Bridge was critical in shaping my career trajectory, as my one-on-one sessions with the Career Development team were what initially introduced me to healthcare-focused consulting.

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Pete and Gerry’s Jesse Laflamme ’00 (Bridge ‘99) and the scrambled supply chain of eggs during COVID

Pete and Gerry’s Jesse Laflamme ’00 (Bridge ‘99) and the scrambled supply chain of eggs during COVID

Jesse Laflamme (Bridge'99 and Bates '00), CEO of Pete & Gerry's Organic Eggs, had a recent highlight in Bates News.

By Mary Pols — Published on June 26, 2020

In December, when food pundits and the industry were forecasting food trends for 2020, their predictions included vegan cheddar made from cashews (The Food Institute), sweet and sour bone broth (Eater’s megalist) and monk fruit syrup (Whole Foods). 

No one was talking about eggs. And there was no reason for Jesse Laflamme ’00 to think that his New Hampshire–based organic egg company, Pete and Gerry’s, was going to suddenly be striving to meet a radical jump in demand. 

Cut to June 2020, when The Wall Street Journal posed a culinary question tailored to this precise moment in pandemic time: What do we really want to eat when there is no one around to impress? “The answer, as often as not, is eggs.”

From the deviled to the Dutch baby, eggs have been having such a moment that grocers around the country limited purchases of this most basic of foods starting in late March. Price spikes soon followed, along with empty shelves that indicated that eggs had become the refrigerated version of toilet paper: hoard-worthy.

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs — laid by free-range hens raised without antibiotics or pesticides — were a hot commodity. So too was the other brand Laflamme founded in 2002, Nellie’s, free-range eggs certified humane by the nonprofit Humane Farm Animal Care organization.

“We are selling every single egg we produce,” Laflamme says from his home in Hanover, N.H., during a rare quiet moment.

Early on in the pandemic, the company entirely revamped its safety practices, and coped with two small COVID-19 outbreaks in its packing facilities. But practically overnight, Laflamme said, orders for Pete and Gerry’s eggs increased in volume by between 30 and 50 percent. “It is really significant,” he says.

Orders quickly exceeded supply.

As he put it, Hannaford, a Maine-based supermarket with stores throughout New England and New York, might be asking for a trailer and a half of those Pete and Gerry’s eggs, but the company would only have one trailer’s worth to send their way. No matter how much homebound humans are craving eggs, farmers can’t make hens lay any faster than usual. 

Initially, the increased demand could have been chalked up to an annual egg-centric event: the impending Easter holiday, which fell on April 12. But that Sunday came and went, and eggs were still flying off the shelves. Not only were hordes of Americans becoming bread-making experts, they were also apparently baking cakes, cookies and other family-friendly recipes that called for eggs.

The New York Times cooking site started making recipes available for free to nonsubscribers, including egg-oriented ones like Eli Zabar’s egg salad sandwich, in categories such as “30 Recipes for Lunch at Home,” perfect for workers suddenly ensconced in home offices and missing the local deli. (The secret to Zabar’s egg salad? Toss half the whites for double the yolkiness.) 

At the food and cookware website Food52, the late-May obsession was a recipe from a Charlotte, N.C., restaurant for the apparently addictive Kindred Milk Bread, served warm and colored a warm yellow by no fewer than three large eggs. (And Pete and Gerry’s own website offers even more recipe ideas.)

No wonder people need more eggs. But Laflamme is still a little stunned by the demand. As organic producers,  Pete and Gerry’s is very “niche,” he says. So too is Nellie’s, with its free-range eggs raised on small family farms. “We are really an outlier.”

He considers his company an outlier because, while the market for organic eggs is growing, organic flocks still represent a small percentage of the vast numbers of laying hens in the United States. In May there were 390 million laying hens nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Only 15.7 million, or about 4 percent, were certified organic. That number fluctuates, but Laflamme said it’s usually between 5 and 6 percent. In its weekly reports on the egg market, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service doesn’t even list organics. 

And even within that small sliver of the market, there is abuse of the organic label, says a watchdog group, the Cornucopia Institute, which estimates that roughly 80 percent of the eggs that are labeled organic in the U.S. might be the product of organic-fed, antibiotic-free hens, but they’re still being raised in factory settings and never see the light of day. 

In Cornucopia’s rating of organic eggs from 1 to 5, Pete and Gerry’s recently received a 4-egg, or “excellent” ranking, whereas national brands like Trader Joe and Horizon Organic eggs scored only one egg in the same period.

Taking over as chief financial officer right after Bates, Laflamme, now owner and CEO, has led the company to annual growth rates of 20 to 30 percent every year in the last decade. (The company name comes from Laflamme’s father Gerry, who took over his father-in-law’s farm in Monroe, N.H. in the late 1970s, and Gerry’s cousin Pete, who handled distribution. The family converted their operation to organic in the late 1990s.)

At the Pete and Gerry’s farm in Monroe, N.H., in 2004 , Jesse Laflamme ’00 holds two egg-laying hens while posing with the business’ namesakes: his father, Gerry Laflamme (center), and uncle Pete Stanton.

These days Pete and Gerry’s buys eggs from 65 small family farms throughout the Northeast, including in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. To supply its Nellie’s brand of free-range eggs — named after Laflamme’s pet hen from childhood — the company works with another 60 small family farms, including in the Midwest. With a second packing plant in Pennsylvania, the firm employs about 200 people, all told, on the packing and shipping side. 

If Pete and Gerry’s and Nellie’s were well-positioned for the egg boom, the industry as a whole had a harder time responding to it. As with flour, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and other commodities, the problem wasn’t so much short supplies as disruptions to the supply chain. As Laflamme points out, there are actually too many, egg-laying hens in the country, a result of an over-correction to a shortage created by the 2014–15 avian flu outbreak in 21 states.

It’s the destinations for those eggs that presented a problem as the pandemic began.

One-third of all egg production in the U.S. goes in liquid form (described by USDA as “broken”) to the food service and large-scale restaurant markets. Another 7%, so-called “loose” eggs, goes to the same outlets in bulk cartons, the kind that are open at the top and too floppy to simply be redirected to grocery stores. With most commercial food service shut down from March into May or later, the loose eggs had nowhere to go. Prices dropped to something like 39 cents a dozen, Laflamme says.

In theory those extremely cheap, still entirely edible eggs, might have been redirected to grocery stores. But egg producers were stymied, Laflamme says, “by the inflexibility in our supply chain. They can’t get their hands on cartons.”

To be clear, Laflamme doesn’t mean cartons full of eggs — he means cartons for eggs. “There are only four or five companies in the whole country that make those paper cartons,” Laflamme says, and they couldn’t adapt fast enough. Here’s another area where the Pete and Gerry’s approach paid off. “Our cartons are made from recycled soda bottles. They are a premium product and we largely haven’t been disrupted that way.”

Instead, the company’s major adaptations involved safety in the packing facilities to keep COVID-19 out. “We’ve been focused on meeting the demand while keeping our workforce healthy,” Laflamme says. This included shifting break times, and adding tents to keep employees a safe distance apart and Plexiglas shields on the packing line.

Key to the safety measures was an infrared sensor system for taking employees’ temperatures as they punched in for their shifts. They ordered it from Amazon in the nick of time. “We were early to get hold of it,” Laflamme says. “The owner of the company was losing his mind. We pulled a couple of the last ones he had in his inventory. We were lucky.” 

To meet demand, Pete and Gerry’s and Nellie’s expanded the weekly processing schedule by adding a day that was normally devoted to maintenance. The company also offered raises of anywhere from 10 to 20 percent to workers. “We’ve been compensating our workers more, increasing the hourly base rate,” Laflamme says. “It felt like heroics for them to come in. Especially early on.” 

They had an early small outbreak of COVID-19 in the Pennsylvania packing plant, with two workers self-diagnosing over the weekend. After that, 20 more called in sick the next day, in an abundance of caution. The company had to hire temporary workers to replace them. It helps, Laflamme says, to have operations spread out over many family farms (thus confirming that old maxim about not putting all your eggs in one basket).

Pete and Gerry’s sustained only small losses to its usual business and more than made up for them at the grocery store, by far its biggest outlet. “Ninety-nine percent of our business is oriented toward carton egg production,” Laflamme says. “Make that 99.9 percent.” Thus they were in the sweet spot in a marketplace that overall, is suffering.

“We are doing remarkably well,” he says. “We consider ourselves, knock on wood, in a good place simply because [the COVID-19 crisis] has increased home egg consumption and grocery shopping in general.” Typically Americans spend more on food eaten outside the home than they do on groceries. Suddenly they were stuck at home, many of them millennials learning how to really cook for the first time.

Laflamme speculates that because people were rediscovering their kitchens in lieu of spending money at restaurants, they wanted to cook with quality ingredients and were willing to pay more for them. (As indulgences go, even the organic egg is still a bargain at the supermarket, generally priced under $6 per dozen.)

“We’ve been compensating our workers more, increasing the hourly base rate…It felt like heroics for them to come in. Especially early on.” 

What Laflamme doesn’t know — no one does — is whether this trend will continue. The price of carton eggs, after climbing in April and May, has mostly leveled off. In the meantime, there is a generation, or two, of people who may be eager to eat out again, but don’t feel safe doing so.

For them, Laflamme surmises, “It’s like, ‘OK, now I know how to make these 10 great dishes — but eggs are so easy. Breakfast for dinner, that is probably going to be happening.’” In his household, that is definitely happening, most commonly with omelettes or French toast. His kids, a 9-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter, are more than fine with it. “They don’t miss a beat.” After all, their dad is the egg man.

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Bridge Associate awarded “Best & Brightest” from Tuck class of 2020

Bridge Associate awarded “Best & Brightest” from Tuck class of 2020

Congrats to Kevin Yuan for being named Poets & Quants Best & Brightest MBAs from the Tuck School of Business class of 2020. He served as a Bridge Associate this past summer. Kevin is now a Sustainability Manager for Nike.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Zack Glosser

Tuck Bridge Stories: Zack Glosser

Zachary Glosser is an International Political Economy major at Colorado College. He attended Tuck Bridge in 2018.

This summer, he was the 2019 Summer Analyst at Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth. Hawthorn is a division of the Asset Management Group of PNC for ultra-high net worth individuals and families. Zack was recently named one of the Top 100 Interns in the United States by WayUp and Chegg. This list highlights top rising talent from various sectors and is determined by an expert panel and thousands of public votes.

“The Tuck Bridge Program was the perfect way to supplement my liberal arts education. I speak about my experience at Tuck in every job interview and cover letter! My resume is also constantly praised for its format, and that is all thanks to Tuck.” 

Zack is returning to Colorado College for his senior year and is excited to get an amazing job and ultimately return to Tuck for an MBA. 

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Bridge Builders

Bridge Builders

A new scholarship fund endowed by Walter Freedman D’60, T’61 and Karen Harrison will help first-generation Dartmouth students transitioning to business careers.

Walter Freedman D’60, T’61 and his wife Karen Harrison have always looked for ways to maximize the effect of their philanthropy. The key, Freedman says, is to find the places where need and potential intersect. That’s what drew their attention to Business Bridge, a program of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business designed that helps students and new graduates at liberal arts colleges transition to careers in business.

“What we see in the Bridge program is a highly successful program that’s been in existence for more than 20 years,” says Freedman. “It’s the preeminent program of its type in the country and perhaps the world.”

Freedman and Harrison recognized, however, that many excellent candidates couldn’t afford to take advantage of the program. And while some financial aid was available to Bridge students, the program lacked an endowed scholarship fund. It was there that the couple recognized the chance to make a significant and lasting impact. “We saw an opportunity to make that program available to young Dartmouth students who otherwise would not have a prayer of going there,” he says.

The couple will endow a scholarship fund that gives preference to first-generation, low-income Dartmouth students who demonstrate leadership goals and potential. In planning the gift, they were inspired by Dartmouth’s Interim Dean of the College Kathryn Lively, herself a first-generation college graduate and a leader in Dartmouth’s efforts to attract qualified students who are among the first in their families to attend college. The college has worked diligently to welcome these students and remove barriers to their full participation in the Dartmouth experience. 

Opening opportunities in the Bridge program seemed like a logical next step, Freedman says. “I think it’s aptly named because the program can be a bridge to the business world for first-generation and low-income students. And of course I’m a Dartmouth graduate and a Tuck graduate, so this is kind of a bridge for me too,” Freedman says. “Today we talk about One Dartmouth commitment and One Dartmouth community, with a goal of creating a more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming climate. So for me, it all ties together.”

After Tuck, Freedman worked in a variety of executive positions. (“He’s had many, many careers,” Harrison interjects. “You’d think he couldn't keep a job but that's not the case at all.) Through 60 years in business, Freedman has always found an opening, whether in the vanguard of the computer age with IBM or the introduction of a little-known dairy product to the American market; Freedman was an investor and chief executive of the company that brought Yoplait yogurt to this country.

Now that he and his wife are in a position to give back, they’ve applied that entrepreneurial model to their philanthropy, with a particular emphasis on education. Harrison, who worked for 25 years as an educator, has served on the boards of the Chicago Children’s Museum and Facing History and Ourselves, an organization that provides teachers with the training and resources to confront racism, violence, and anti-Semitism.

The Tuck Bridge scholarship fits the goals and philosophy of their philanthropy, and the couple identifies with students who have the talent for a top-notch education but lack the means. Harrison had to take out loans to get through The Ohio State University, at a time when tuition and room and board amounted to about $1,500 a year. The average college graduate in the United States today owes more than $37,000 in student loans.

“That’s just insane for these kids to be burdened with that kind of debt,” Harrison says. “So we want to give our money to education, and we want to give it to the kids that really benefit the most.”

It’s a good feeling, Freedman says. “We’ve been encouraged by what we’ve heard from people at Dartmouth and at Tuck, because they expect a lot of students who could not do it any other way will be able to benefit from the Bridge program.”

By Jeff Moag

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Madeline Pierce

Tuck Bridge Stories: Madeline Pierce

Maddie Pierce graduated from Middlebury College with an Economics major and Art History minor in 2016. She attended Tuck Bridge in 2015. She is curently a Senior Analyst at Wayfair. This is her Bridge story:

Why did you choose to attend Bridge?
I wanted to supplement my liberal arts education with an intro to business I would not have access to otherwise. I was an economics major, which was the closest I could really get to “business,” which is where I wanted to go.

How did Bridge prepare you for your current position/career trajectory? How did the program help “Bridge Your Future?”
I grew up with parents that worked in marketing and consulting, and I always liked hearing about what they were working on.

How did Bridge help you in your job search?
The alumni network is incredible, particularly the massive network Paul Doscher somehow keeps in his head! In each move I have made for my career I have spoken to at least one Bridge or Tuck alumni. Everyone truly cares about what you are interested in and helping you get there.

Do you have a favorite memory from Tuck Bridge?
One of my favorite memories from Bridge is actually the opportunity I had to come back and speak on a CareerBridge panel. It is really cool to come back and speak to students in your same position just a few years earlier. It was easy to talk to these students because they were curious and well-spoken and I had a sense for what I needed to tell them to best prepare them for the real world.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Avery Gibson

Tuck Bridge Stories: Avery Gibson

Avery Gibson is a Mathematical Sciences/Statistics major at Colby College. He attended Tuck Bridge in 2018. This is his Bridge story:

As a liberal arts student, like many of my classmates, I have not been exposed to any business-related classes at my college. When I heard about Tuck Bridge from a close family friend, I immediately knew that this was going to be a part of my college experience. He spoke about the program with such high regard; touching on experiences in his study group and the guidance he received from the Bridge Associates. I chose Bridge because this would be the best opportunity for me to meet smart and talented individuals while immersing myself in a rigorous yet meaningful MBA curriculum.

I was hesitant to apply to Bridge at first. I saw all of my friends getting internships in New York and I felt that I would fall behind if I wasn’t working. I have never been so happy to be wrong in my life; this program will actually put me ahead of the pack while seeking jobs in the future and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I realized part way through the program that I will have the rest of my life to work and will never have another opportunity with the programs and resources offered at Tuck Bridge.

For me, the most appealing value proposition of Tuck Bridge was being able to work in a study group. I have always loved working in small teams and I thought this would be an excellent opportunity for me to really meet some interesting people with varying backgrounds. I suppose this concept is daunting for some, but I couldn’t wait to meet my group. It goes without saying that people’s experience at Tuck depends on how well they interact with their group and I believe I was placed perfectly in mine.

From day 1, we worked as a cohesive unit, never shying away from a debate or group obstacle. I believe we have the perfect balance of knowing when to work, and knowing when to have fun. There was never a dull moment in our study room. Our sessions were riddled with stints of laughter, jokes, and a lot of collaborative work. The time we spent in that room will always be remembered, but I will never forget our group outing to a nearby lake to go tubing on one of our group member’s boat. It is experiences like these that reinforce my decision to come to Tuck Bridge. The people really made my time here special and I hope many more people are able to have a similar experience.

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Mountain Made

Mountain Made

By Jeff Moag
Photos by Rob Strong Photography 
Jan 30, 2019


SNOWBALLED. That’s the term Corinne Prevot uses to describe the business she started as a 17-year- old ski racer at Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy, a school renowned for turning out champion ski racers. Prevot had started as a downhiller and switched to cross-country in her junior year. She loved the sport but found its grey knit cap fashion aesthetic uninspiring. At home that rainy Christmas holiday in 2007, she bought a yard of floral-print Lycra fabric at a local craft store and sewed matching hats for herself and her teammates.

We went to a race in Maine sporting our colorful flower hats,” she recalls. “It was super fun, and after the race a few girls from another team came up and asked, ‘Can you make us some of those hats?’ I said, ‘Sure,’ and it just snowballed.

So started Skida, a ski-inspired hat and accessories brand known for its quirky patterns, sustainable ethics, and deep New England roots. Last season the company sold more than 100,000 Vermont-made hats, headbands, and neck warmers, earning its 27-year-old founder and CEO a spot on Forbes 2018 30-Under-30 list of young entrepreneurs. The magazine has had its eye on Prevot for years; in 2011 when she was a junior at Middlebury, she filmed an interview for the Forbes website, telling a reporter how she’d built the company from scratch without borrowing a dime. “The money comes from the hats,” she explained to the man, who looked to be in his 40s and clearly dazzled. He asked her to describe her style as a CEO, and Prevot smiled. “Whimsical,” she said.

Skida was already doing $100,000 in business annually, and Prevot was balancing her career as an up-and-coming entrepreneur with her classes and rigorous training as a member of Middlebury’s Division I Nordic ski team. She planned to give Skida her full attention after graduation, but recognized she’d need more than whimsy to scale her business. In many ways, Prevot was a perfect candidate for Tuck Bridge, the three-week transition-to-business program for rising juniors, seniors, and new graduates of liberal arts schools.

She learned about Bridge from her father, Roger Prevot T’83, operating partner at Kohlberg & Company, and attended the program in the summer of 2013 with her younger brother Mitch Prevot, an investment analyst who was then an undergraduate at Williams College. The Tuck connection runs deep in Prevot’s family; an aunt and uncle are also graduates of the MBA program. Entrepreneurship, too, is in the blood. When Prevot was a girl, the family lived on a few acres in rural Pennsylvania, and she and her brothers sometimes worked a farm stand after school.

“We had sheep and we would shear them. There was a phase when my mom was really into spinning yarn and I’d go to the wool festival with her over in Lancaster,” she says. Margie Prevot has played a variety of roles at her daughter’s company, from seamstress to supply executive. Roger Prevot, who sits on the boards of several precision manufacturing firms, shares his advice whenever his daughter asks for it. Skida has always been Corinne Prevot’s company, however, and she was eager to develop the business skills to guide its growth.

“Bridge made sense for me because I needed a crash course—a kind of mini-MBA,” she says. “I’d taken a lot from Middlebury but I didn’t have any experience in accounting, or building business models with really sophisticated Excel sheets, or talking about corporate responsibility. Bridge was an amazing crash course in all of those skills.”

The Bridge program emphasizes the same case-based collaborative learning method for which Tuck’s MBA program is renowned, with a similar emphasis on general management. Prevot’s group research focused on the sports apparel company Lululemon, a particularly relevant project given her plans for Skida. “They do their own manufacturing, so that was very relatable in the way that they structure their business,” she says. “Bridge gave me a lot of confidence and I left the program just itching to hit the ground running and start working on Skida. I haven’t slowed down since.”

The ability to go back and forth between the creative and the more data-driven aspects of the business is so rewarding. I’m able to inform so many different decisions because I understand both sides of that picture.

She leased an old woodshop in Burlington, VT which became Skida’s business office, design studio, warehouse, and retail space. It’s a fitting headquarters for a company steeped in Vermont’s rich history of cottage industry. That connection is important to Prevot, who wrote her senior thesis at Middlebury on the potential for northeastern Vermont’s landscape and outdoor lifestyle to drive sustainable economic growth.

“The Northeast Kingdom used to have a really strong manufacturing background, with a lot of woodworking and garment manufacturing,” says Prevot, who sees the network of seamstresses she hires to stitch hats and headbands in their homes as a part—perhaps the last part—of that tradition. She believes that outdoor recreation in Vermont, from ski resorts to mountain bike trails and canoe routes, can help reinvigorate the cottage economy.

Every piece in Skida’s Vermont Collection is hand-sewn in the Northeast Kingdom. That commitment to local manufacturing is important to Prevot personally, and essential to the Skida brand. The company’s products command a premium because they’re made in Vermont, and because they’re designed by and for people who live an active outdoor lifestyle.

The locally sourced concept also applies in Nepal, where Skida sources its Cashmere Collection of premium hats, shawls, and ponchos. Prevot fell in love with the Kathmandu Valley when she studied sustainable development there in 2011. She launched the Cashmere Collection in 2015, working with some of the same herders and mills she had visited as a student.

Prevot leased an old woodshop in Burlington, VT that serves as Skida’s headquarters and workshop. | Photography by Rob Strong

“The cashmere industry used to be a really strong part of Nepal’s export economy, but a lot of the manufacturing has gone to India and China. It’s the same cause-and-effect that we’re seeing with the cottage industries in the Northeast Kingdom,” says Prevot, who spends a few weeks each year in Nepal and always brings her mountain bike.

She uses the bicycle “to explore in a wild place that’s just full of discovery,” and also to get around Kathmandu, careening through the city’s crowded streets with blonde locks streaming and a floral-print neck warmer pulled over her nose to filter the smoke of cooking fires and vehicle exhaust. “It always throws people for a loop when I pull over on my bike and ask someone for directions in Nepali,” she says. “Sometimes people don’t even answer; they’re just like, ‘This is too weird.’”

Combining sports and business comes naturally to Prevot, still a formidable ski racer and a regular podium finisher in regional mountain bike races. Skida is an outdoor sports brand, and much of its success stems from Prevot’s genuine embrace of that culture. Another key branding element is the Skida Plus One program, in which the company will donate one hat to a cancer center for each one a customer purchases.

Prevot was inspired to start the program in 2011, when a man ordered a dozen hats to give to patients at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center, where his wife was undergoing treatment. The man thought the brightly patterned hats would bring a bit of warmth and cheer to the patients, and Prevot seized on the idea.

She’d been looking for a meaningful program to give back to the communities that had embraced Skida, and found a seamless way to execute it using a series of online promotional codes corresponding to cancer centers in ski towns from New England to Vail. Each time a customer enters a code at checkout, Skida sends a second hat— the Skida Plus One—to the chosen clinic. Customers don’t pay for the extra hat, but they play an active role in the act of giving. The program creates a feeling of goodwill and community engagement that would be hard to put a price on, though Prevot doesn’t seem to think of the program in that way. She’d rather talk about the smile a simple gift can bring to a person in need than the nuances of brand equity.

The limited runs and fun, sometimes quirky, designs are part of the Skida mystique. | Photography by Rob Strong

Still, there’s no question that feeling good about Skida keeps customers coming back time and again, as does the company’s ever-changing palette of limited-edition prints. “We spend a lot of time curating and developing each year a new collection of bold, colorful, super-unique patterns, and so a lot of our customers become collectors,” Prevot says.

The limited runs and fun, sometimes quirky, designs are part of the Skida mystique. In the early days, when she and her mother were still sewing hats at their kitchen table, Prevot scoured the Internet for bolt-ends and remnants of brightly colored prints. On one memorable occasion, she found a few yards of strawberry print scratch-and-sniff fabric on eBay. The sweet-smelling hats made from it attained instant cult status, and last season Skida commemorated its 10th anniversary with a limited run of colorful (though unscented) hats and accessories called “Strawberry Fields.” The collection pays homage to that serendipitous eBay score and celebrates the sense of spontaneity and (here’s that word again) whimsy that has driven Skida’s success from the very beginning.

There’s a certain magic in that playful mindset, especially when harnessed to cottage industry, sports culture, and local pride. The catalyst in that powerful mix has been Prevot’s steady management, and for that a measure of credit goes to the Tuck Business Bridge Program. “The ability to go back and forth between the creative and the more data-driven aspects of the business is so rewarding,” she says. “I’m able to inform so many different decisions because I understand both sides of that picture.”

*This article originally appeared in print in the winter 2018 issue of Tuck Today magazine.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Brian Ragone

Tuck Bridge Stories: Brian Ragone

Brian Ragone graduated from Amherst College in 2016 with a major in Mathematics. He attended Tuck Bridge in 2015. Brian currently works in Operations/Special Projects at Uber. This is his Bridge story:

Why did you choose to attend Bridge?
Bridge provides the foundational components of business administration to enable accelerated understanding of end-to-end business management. It’s the perfect "Intro to Being an Executive" education. 

What most surprised you about Bridge?
The skills and exposure you get at Tuck Bridge are fully applicable to any business opportunity; in combination with a liberal arts education, Bridge provides a dynamic perspective to enter the professional world. 

Do you have a favorite memory from Bridge?
Preparing for the final presentation to pitch the panel of consultants and executives. This was phenomenal training and the pressure was on; it was great experience early in the professional timeline and can be built upon to give you a competitive advantage down the road. 

Describe your Bridge experience in one word or phrase.
Phenomenally applicable.    

Anything else you’d like to share to a prospective student? 
Yes - the program builds your resume. But even more important than a line item on a piece of paper is the fact that you’re investing in yourself to build a foundational skillset you’ll use throughout your entire professional life. You’ll have to fully commit yourself to the program. 

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Jamie McLaughlin

Tuck Bridge Stories: Jamie McLaughlin

Jamie McLaughlin graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012 with an Earth Science major and Ecology minor. She attended Tuck Bridge in 2012. Jamie is VP of Marketing Projects, Planning, and Engagement at Synchrony Financial. This is her Bridge story:

What are your primary responsibilities in your current position?
In my current position I support our Chief Marketing Officer and other Marketing leadership in driving operational vision and alignment across the marketing team. I work across our eight marketing teams to execute our annual planning process, support the resulting strategic initiatives, run leadership meetings and insure consistent communication across the organization. My favorite part of my current position is translating leadership direction and decisions into an interesting and motivational format for the rest of the organization through town halls, newsletters and team meetings.

Why did you choose to attend Bridge?
I chose to attend Bridge because I discovered my interest in business late in my college experience. With degrees in geology and ecology, I was sure I wanted to pursue sustainability and conservation work. After many exploratory interviews, I found myself interested in roles positioned at the nexus of sustainability and business – finding solutions with both environmental and capital returns. I quickly realized I was going to be constrained by my lack of business and economic knowledge. When Paul Doscher shared an overview of Tuck Bridge in a class I was taking, I knew immediately Bridge would give me the foundational learning and resources I needed to build out a new network of opportunities in the business world.

How did Bridge prepare you for your current position/career trajectory? How did the program help “Bridge Your Future?”
I vividly remember sitting in Professor Taylor’s Marketing class debating breakfast sausages. Prof. Taylor asked us each to choose the best from a list of potential taglines for an imaginary breakfast sausage company and prepare to defend our choice. As students argued emphatically for tag lines such as ‘quick and easy breakfast’ or ‘bring your family together’, I realized something about the whole exercise: at the core of it, and all the varied business courses we were taking, was the same need to connect with people. Whether customers, clients or shareholders, we were learning how to understand, motivate and influence people toward an outcome, whether it be buying stock or sausages. Understanding that basic concept has empowered me to take on a career path that has hopped from sales to business development to marketing. Each new position has brought a giant new learning curve, but the core of each position has been the same – connecting and influencing people. The Bridge classroom is where I first learned this foundational concept.   

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Jodi Ann Wang

Tuck Bridge Stories: Jodi Ann Wang

Jodi Ann Wang is an International Relations major at Kenyon College. She attended Bridge in summer of 2018.

For a month of my summer this year, I participated in a four-week intensive mini-MBA program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Here are some reflections on one of the most academically rigorous and intellectually challenging months of my academic career:

As an international studies major, I’ve always underestimated the intersectionality between the world of business and international development. My original goal with coming to Bridge was to be financially literate so I can help those in low-income countries become self-sufficient through entrepreneurship. Yet, Bridge offered me so much more. It opened me up to new possibilities and opportunities to network with like-minded professionals who can provide me with a platform to turn my goals into a reality.

Like most of the home institutions of Bridge participants, Kenyon, as a liberal arts college, is absent from a business program. Just like its name, the Tuck Bridge program helped “bridge” the gap and pave the road between a liberal arts degree and the skills needed to thrive in the business world. Whether it is taking what we learned in classes such as Accounting, Corporate Finance, Marketing Strategy and applying it to our corporate valuation project, or editing and re-editing our resumes so we can better market ourselves to recruiters, Bridge provided us an opportunity to challenge ourselves and discover our inner potential that we may have never realized before.

Each day begins at 8:30 AM and is generally composed of four 80-minute lectures and intersected with 20-minute breaks in between each. Core classes such as Accounting, Spreadsheet Modeling, and Corporate Finance can have up to nine lectures while additional sessions such as Negotiations, Organizational Behavior, and Entrepreneurship occupy one to two classes. In the evening, our schedule is booked for study group sessions. My study group met every night for at least one hour to work through homework assignments, catch up on our day, and plan for the next. While some days are long, the weeks flew by quickly.

I distinctly remember sitting with my fellow group members in our study room during our first study group session, having the same mixed emotions of confusion, excitement, and nervousness as I did during freshman orientation in college. Accounting vocabulary seemed like a foreign language to me, and spreadsheet modeling felt like the struggle to untangle a pair of wired headphones. But as we moved forward with the program, the challenging curriculum became a norm, and most amazingly, I was standing in front of panels of industry professionals before I could even process how I mysteriously understood MarkStrat, the process to do a DCF analysis, or marketing analysis.

The study group format allowed me to actively engage in my learning in the environment of five like-minded individuals, and that maximized the efficiency and results. Each night I returned back to my room feeling accomplished, ready for the next day. This style of absorbing class material is something I can bring back to Kenyon and further incorporate into my studies in the near future.

Bridge was not only a process to absorb knowledge but a multi-channel "bridge" that actively encouraged me to apply such knowledge into the greater space of different areas of business whether through homework of real-life case studies or the final corporate valuation project. Bridge was a challenge and a reward. It is something that has opened my eyes to further possibilities that will assist me in making my academic goals at Kenyon a reality.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Pierce King

Tuck Bridge Stories: Pierce King

Pierce King is a 2013 graduate of Bowdoin College where he majored in Government and Legal Studies and minored in English. He attended Tuck Bridge in 2013. He currently works as a Senior Investment Associate at Cambridge Associates. This is his Bridge story:

What are your primary responsibilities in your current position?
My primary responsibilities include constructing and managing diversified portfolios for our institutional clients through asset allocation and manager selection. As part of this process, I serve as a thought partner for my Investment Directors when constructing our quarterly client discussion materials and assessing managers in our respective client portfolios. In addition to these core responsibilities, over the past year I have become increasingly involved with our firm’s impact investing efforts, particularly as they relate to researching investment opportunities in the private investment space.

Why did you choose to attend Bridge?
Towards the end of my undergrad experience at Bowdoin, I became interested in pursuing a career in business and began looking for a program that would offer a financial curriculum to complement my liberal arts background. My decision to apply and ultimately attend Bridge was driven by the opportunity to learn these fundamental skills from the Tuck faculty in a unique, career focused setting.

How did Bridge help you in your job search?
First and foremost, Bridge helped me understand the business landscape and the career options I had within it. I knew I was interested in business, but I was not quite sure where to concentrate my effort. Bridge not only provided this guidance, but also a framework for critical aspects of the job search, such as networking and interviewing. When the time came for me to interview at Cambridge Associates, Bridge helped connect me with alumni who were working at the firm, which gave me the confidence and edge I needed to succeed.

What most surprised you about Bridge?
What most surprised me about my Bridge experience was how much I learned in the relatively short time I was on campus. From the classes to the lunch panels and study groups, Bridge’s immersive and multifaceted approach is designed for you to learn from its wealth of resources at all hours of the day.

Do you have a favorite memory from Bridge?
It might sound odd, but my favorite memory from Bridge was the night before the stock valuation pitch. My study group had just spent the final week of the program working tirelessly on our project, but we were still struggling with one critical element of the presentation. Rather than becoming frustrated in a stressful situation, my team came together and worked through the difficulty late into the night. We solved our problem and ended up delivering a great final presentation. I think this anecdote epitomizes the quality and character of the students that Bridge attracts: determined, collaborative, and engaged.

Describe your Bridge experience in one word or phrase.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Billy and Katie McGahan

Tuck Bridge Stories: Billy and Katie McGahan

Billy (Yale University '20) and Katie (Cornell University '20) McGahan attended Session I of Bridge together this summer. They shared their Bridge experience from a sibling perspective:

Like many other Bridgers, my college does not offer a finance or business major, so Bridge was a unique opportunity for me to immerse myself in a business curriculum taught by some of the best business school professors in the world. I was also lucky enough to receive a raving review from Sara McGahan (Bridge ’17, Dartmouth ’17), that eliminated any doubt in my mind that I wanted to come to Bridge. 

Attending Bridge with my sister Katie has been a blast. Our study groups meet across the hall from each other, so there has been plenty of moments of sibling rivalry. Our competitiveness was especially apparent during the MarkStrat simulation, during which our companies probably targeted each other’s product lines more than two typical companies would have.

The Bridge experience has been incredibly rewarding for me. The classes have been outstanding, the career development opportunities have been incredibly helpful, and the mentorship provided by the Bridge Associates has been enormously valuable. As someone who wanted to go into banking or consulting but was relatively unsure, Bridge allowed me to explore these paths and helped me solidify and have confidence in my career aspirations. The tangible business skillset I have gained and meaningful connections I have made will stick with me for the rest of my life.

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Collaboration Builds the Bridge: Tuck Bridge

American motivational speaker and author Earl Nightingale once tweeted, “Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.” For many students at Dartmouth, their goals includes a career in business, but the College does not offer a business major. For many students, the Tuck Business Bridge program serves as the “bridge” towards a career in business. 

Tuck Bridge is operated by Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and caters to liberal arts students who wish to develop fundamental business skills. The program is not limited to Dartmouth students — rising juniors through graduating seniors from any college or university are eligible to apply. Tuck Bridge is offered three times a year: as two four-week-long sessions in the summer and one three-week-long session in December. Students accepted to the program live the life of a real MBA student, for a couple weeks at least.

Puja Devi ’19 participated in Tuck Bridge this past December. Devi decided to apply to the program after becoming interested in business during sophomore summer. She looked to Tuck Bridge to equip her with the skills needed to pursue her newfound interests. 

“I thought Tuck Bridge would be a really fantastic way of not only exploring the business field but also getting some credentials and gaining at least some sort of hard skills that would prepare me for internships and a job after graduation,” Devi said.

Tuck Bridge cultivates these business skills among participants by maintaining a busy schedule throughout the program. Participants are enrolled in a total of six core courses and several additional sessions throughout the program. Classes convene six days a week, leaving only Sunday free of activity. 

Rushil Shukla ’20 also participated in Tuck Bridge last December and appreciated the academic rigor the program provided.

“Classes … moved at a really fast pace and I really enjoyed that personally because I think that’s how we got so much out of the program … you are not going to get a ton out of the program if it is not intense because there is just so much to learn,” Shukla said. 

Classes are taught by notable members of the Tuck faculty, including business administration professor Leslie Robinson, who was named one of business news website Poets and Quants’ 40 best business school professors under the age of 40 in 2017. Robinson returned from teaching in France specifically to teach at Tuck Bridge in December. Having courses taught by Tuck professors is one of the key reasons why undergraduates are attracted to the progam.

“I just felt really respected and valued to be given that much time from a professor that teaches MBA students,” Devi said.

In addition to Tuck faculty, Tuck Bridge provides participants with guidance from Tuck MBA student coaches to help participants with their learning experience. Tuck professors and MBA students are available throughout the entire program to answer questions participants may have.

Shukla explained how MBA student coaches were helpful resources for undergraduate students. Tuck faculty and MBA student coaches are especially integral to assisting participants navigate the two culminating components of the program: the multi-round business simulation and the capstone valuation project. The multi-round business simulation challenges participants to compete in teams to grow a business using Markstrat, a digital marketing simulation. The simulation puts what participants learn throughout the program in perspective by testing their abilities to market and target products to consumers. 

The capstone valuation project tasks groups of participants with evaluating a company of their choice. Groups use the skills they learn throughout the program to analyze a company’s income statement, cash flow statement and balance sheet, among other things, and wholly evaluate the company. Each group then presents its findings to a panel of industry executives and Tuck faculty and gets constructive feedback.

“You really … get feedback from the best, and I think that’s what’s really special,” Shukla said. “The capstone project is the culminating experience that shows how far you’ve come.” 

The multi-round business simulation and capstone valuation project are just two aspects of Tuck Bridge that promote personal career development among participants. Tuck Bridge also offers networking opportunities, LinkedIn profile tutorials and résumé reviews throughout the program. 

“As someone who doesn’t know much about the business world, it was important to know how to present [myself] and not only build [an] image, but [know] how to use it to connect with other people,” Devi said.

Natalie Cantave ’16 served as a marketing intern for Tuck Bridge and recalls learning valuable marketing skills during her internship that she applies to her current marketing job in the greater Boston area. Cantave’s internship consisted of research and social media projects geared to market the program to her peers. Of the skills Cantave recalls obtaining through her internship, she flagged gaining a greater sense of confidenc, communication and creative skills as key takeaways from her experience.

Tuck Bridge has many aspects that make it a productive means for students to achieve their business goals, but the one overarching aspect of the program that makes it successful is  an emphasis on collaboration. Tuck Bridge is a collaborative program at its core. The liberal arts and business worlds join forces to develop practical skills in participants, groups of students work together to tackle challenging projects and undergraduate interns, MBA students and Tuck faculty ally to ensure the program runs smoothly. Collaboration builds this bridge. 

“I think after the program I can say with 100 percent certainty that business is definitely in the future for me,” Shukla said. “The kind of collaborative community … [Tuck Bridge] builds is very student-focused, it is really community centric and I think it is a community that really cares about each other. That came across in the program as something I was really attracted to.”

-- Annie Farrell, The Dartmouth

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Introducing our new marketing intern: Natalie Cantave

Introducing our new marketing intern: Natalie Cantave

Hi, everyone! My name is Natalie Cantave, and I’m a senior at Dartmouth College. I am a Psychology major who is also pursuing a Certificate in Global Health through the Dickey Center for International Understanding. I am the new Marketing intern for the Tuck Business Bridge Team filling in for Megan while she is abroad. I will be managing social media content and blog posts.

My goal is to create interesting and engaging material and introduce the Tuck Business Bridge Program as the incredible and great opportunity that it is. I hope to inspire future leaders to pursue this program and get the head start they need to be successful.

I wanted to be the Marketing intern for the Tuck Business Bridge Team because I am personally planning to pursue a career in Marketing post-graduation. I have also have had so far a great experience with Tuck professors since I am currently enrolled in an undergraduate course this spring called “Business Management and Strategy” with Tuck professor Giovanni Gavetti. I have enjoyed this class because of the interesting discussions over business case studies as well as the engaging group projects. This course has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and to think in ways that I never really explored before. This class has also inspired me to be my best and to think outside the box.

Fun Fact: I have never tried chocolate ice cream. 

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Kathryn Whitney

Tuck Bridge Stories: Kathryn Whitney

Kathryn Whitney is a 2013 graduate of Trinity College where she majored in American Studies and Political Science. Kathryn attended the 2011 Tuck Business Bridge Program. Currently at Latham & Watkins, a top-ranked, global law firm, Kathryn is in their Business Services Training Program. As a Business Services “Trainee,” she rotates through various administrative departments of the firm, providing a wide range of office support services to partners and associates. These departments include Accounting & Finance, Attorney Recruitment & Development, Attorney Support, Business Development, Human Resources, Litigation Services, Office of the General Counsel, Operations and Technology. This is her Bridge story:

I went to a small liberal arts school where I studied political science and American studies. I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in business, although I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do. However, I knew that I would have to further my, at that point, limited business education. Bridge provided me with invaluable business skills as well as opened my eyes to numerous career paths in the business world. Coming out of college, I applied for analyst positions at various investment banks. I ended up accepting a position as an analyst at a boutique firm that specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions in the industrials industry. Although I didn’t major in finance as an undergraduate, the fact that I had completed the Bridge program, along with some financial modeling classes post-graduation, gave my employer the confidence in my skill set to hire me.       

I was surprised that Bridge really did give us an inside look at what business school is truly like. The group structure of the program only enhanced the collegial, business school-like environment. Although I expected Bridge to be an intense and challenging academic program, I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was! I enjoyed being around fellow liberal arts students and exploring these subject areas for the first time together. The professors and BAs were so friendly and willing to meet at any point during the program to discuss everything from resumes and careers to what to expect from business school down the road. Their level of commitment to students going through the program was surprising, yet not surprising at all. 

My favorite moment of the program was going through MarkStrat. I enjoyed collaborating with my group and testing out strategies in the simulation. It was fun getting a real-world look at marketing, not to mention competing against the other teams! The simulation felt more like a  game than an educational experience.

Overall, my favorite part of Bridge was connecting with fellow Bridgers, Tuck professors and BAs. I enjoyed getting an inside look at what the academic part of business school is really like, while experiencing the teamwork, camaraderie and sense of community that is very much present at Tuck. The Bridge Program inspired me to pursue a MBA in the future and Tuck is definitely high on my list!

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Addison Lee

Tuck Bridge Stories: Addison Lee

Addison Lee is a senior at Dartmouth College majoring in Chinese and Economics. She  attended the inaugural December Bridge Program in 2014. This past summer, Addison interned at AV&Co., a strategy consulting firm specialized in the TMT (tech, media, telecom) industry. She will be joining AV&Co. full-time after graduation in June. This is her story:

I applied for Bridge as a sophomore, thinking there was nothing to lose and plenty to gain. I knew I wanted try banking or consulting down the line, so the Bridge program was a good opportunity to round out my liberal arts education with business exposure, seek career advice, and gain a boost for future recruitment. As a Dartmouth student, the December timeline was ideal to prevent my mind from completely vegetating during the 6-week winter break and also to leave my summer open for other opportunities.

My Bridge class was the December version “guinea pig”, but in my opinion there were few (if any) kinks that diluted the experience. I won’t deny that it was sometimes depressing to walk across the dead-quiet winter campus at 7:30am for morning classes, but it was hard to stay grumpy given the endless free coffee and snacks so generously provided before, between, and after classes.

One thing I recall in particular was the level of attention from professors. To put this in perspective, consider that the program’s professors are ACTUAL (like, seriously legit and insanely smart) Tuck MBA professors who normally teach students dedicated to learning all that can be academically learned about business. Yet they teach with the upmost patience and with zero assumptions about our background knowledge. In our first spreadsheet modeling class, the professor wholeheartedly taught us: “To copy, you press control-C. Then to paste, you press control-V.” We very quickly became grateful, and at the complete mercy of, such careful guidance as the courses ramped up.

The BAs (Bridge Associates) were absolutely fantastic. They were MBA students who chose, for some miraculous reason, to kindly volunteer their time and energy herding us (quite overwhelmed) Bridge students in the right direction. They worked with us past midnight in the team rooms, helping us figure out how the heck the three accounting statements worked and how to beautify our (initially quite ugly) decks. They also offered close-up career counseling and did not hesitate to hold back on much-needed critique – I fondly remember leaving a one-on-one review session with my resume bleeding red from suggestions and corrections.

Even though I don’t remember every accounting rule and spreadsheet function from that December, without a doubt I went into recruiting significantly more prepared than without the program. In 95% of my interviews I was asked about my Bridge experience – from this program alone, I had interview answers in my back pocket about teamwork, fast-paced deadlines, steep learning curves, company valuation, and more.

But it was not until over a year after my Bridge experience that I really came to appreciate it, when I ran into a professor from Bridge on the Dartmouth Coach. I meekly said hello as we boarded the bus, not expecting her to even remember me, but she enthusiastically greeted me and insisted that we “catch up.” Not knowing what to expect, during the ride I visited her seat, where I remained for over 3 hours talking with her. I was amazed at how she genuinely took interest in my post-Bridge experiences, future aspirations, and even my personal values. She advised me on how to approach interviews and internships (which I still follow today) and sent me off with a book recommendation and a reminder to keep in touch.

After the bus ride, I realized that Bridge truly continues to be a resource long after its “graduation,” whether it’s for mentorship, counseling, or networking. Bridge alumni continue to stay in touch and even come back as Tuck BAs, which I think speaks volumes about the bonds that are fostered even during the short 3-4 weeks. To anyone interested in Bridge, especially in undergrad, I can say they will gain not only basic business knowledge, but also valuable personal and professional connections that will, I’m sure, help out down the road regardless of ultimate career choice.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Darlene Campos

Tuck Bridge Stories: Darlene Campos

Darlene Campos is a 2012 graduate of Wheaton College where she double majored in Anthropology and Psychology. Darlene attended the inaugural December Bridge Program in 2014. This is her story:

I had a bit of an unconventional road to Tuck Bridge, but it was a path that ultimately helped dramatically accelerate my career.

When I applied to Bridge I was working as a media director at a rapidly growing startup. I was almost two years out of school and working at a job that I loved, but there was something missing. Like many of my peers with social science backgrounds, I had the wit and skill set to perform well at my job, but I was missing the practical business skills that would help take my career to the next level.

On the job training is in invaluable and a great way to slowly begin building a strong business acumen. That being said, in a startup environment you often need to be the expert in a variety of different areas. This was especially apparent to me when interacting with owners and investors. Even though I had the eye and instinct to make appropriate recommendations regarding our company’s digital strategy, I also needed to learn how to put numbers around our decisions and our successes. I knew I needed to sharpen my analytical skills in order to continue to succeed in this environment and in preparation for my next role.

I had first heard about Tuck Bridge from a Tuck Alum while discussing my interest in pursuing and MBA down the road. I was initially attracted to the coursework and strong community at Tuck. It sounded like it would help give my career the strong business edge that I needed down the road.

Tuck Bridge exceeded my expectations, and has been perhaps the most rewarding career decision I’ve made thus far. The structure of the program had a great blend of classroom and experiential learning, led by passionate and energetic professors who were genuinely invested in our success. The community at Bridge really can’t be beat. It was inspiring to be surrounded by such sharp, self-motivated, and talented peers, many of whom I am lucky to call friends today.  

Shortly after Bridge I transitioned into a new role in management consulting–a transition that would traditionally have a steep learning curve for someone coming from a more creative field. The skills developed during Bridge allowed me to succeed in this new industry. I came into my new role with the hard analytical skills essential to my role, and soft skills that have allowed me to form strong professional relationships with both peers and clients.

Whether in marketing, digital media, or management consulting, Bridge gave me the skills and confidence to succeed in any business environment. 

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Goodwill Batalingaya

Tuck Bridge Stories: Goodwill Batalingaya

Goodwill Batalingaya is a Dartmouth Class of 2016 and studied Applied Mathematics. On campus, Goodwill has served as the Student Director for the Dartmouth Center for Service as well as the President of the Dartmouth Minorities in Business Association (DMBA). He has professional experience at Eli Lilly & Co.; Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.; J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Undergraduate Launching Leaders, and OTR Global LLC. Goodwill plans to pursue a career in private equity. This is his story:

The Tuck Business Bridge Program was among the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve been a part of during my time as an undergraduate. At the start of the program, we were promised that at the end of three weeks, we would walk out of the program transformed further by “Bridge experience;” that we would each develop skills in business analysis, and that we would connect with our Bridge classmates and team members in very deep and meaningful ways.

If you are anything like me, this was a lofty promise to deliver in just three weeks. After week one, through our various group activities and conversations, I realized that my group members and fellow “Bridgers” were among the most fun-loving, humble, and intellectually gifted individuals I may have ever met. By week two, with each of us having chosen our final projects, our competitive spirits showed as we strove to be the best Bridge groups of past, present, and future. By week three, thanks to the tangible skillsets we had each gained, I could see the fire in each of us; a renewed confidence in our abilities to reinvent the world and to ultimately to tackle the issues we cared most about. Every single day was a laugh shared, every class was knowledge gained, every discussion was a new perspective learned. The Tuck Business Bridge Program reawakened a passion in me for business, social issues, and the world at large. And I would not trade that experience for anything else.

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Introducing our new Marketing Intern: Megan Morris

Introducing our new Marketing Intern: Megan Morris

Hi everyone! I am Megan Morris, and I am a ’19 at Dartmouth College with a major in Economics and a Bridge ‘16. I have just joined the Tuck Bridge Team as the Marketing Intern. I will be managing things like social media, data collection, and blog posts. My goal is to make our social media timely, consistent, and engaging. I was interested in this position because I wanted to have a real hands-on experience using my skills in business I developed at the Bridge program. I was drawn to the incredible community of Tuck, and I wanted to be a part of it!

Attending Bridge as a sophomore was a bit intimidating. I had not taken many upper level Economics classes, nor had any real business experience. I went into Bridge eager to learn something about business, and potentially have a clearer vision as to what career I wanted to pursue. The business world intrigued me, but I really knew nothing about it.

Introducing our new Marketing Intern: Megan Morris

By far the biggest challenge for me during Tuck Bridge was the final corporate valuation project. This project pushed us to apply the concepts we had learned in our courses to valuate a publicly traded company. My team selected a supply-side business, a very unique choice compared to the norm. Our ambitious choice continued to push us harder every step of the way. We struggled to meld as a group and spent long hours revisiting ideas, but when it came time to present, we absolutely nailed it. I remember sitting in my seat absolutely beaming at my partners while they perfectly presented the slides we put hours into.

My favorite part of Bridge was the people. The energy that the professors, TAs, and my fellow students brought to the program made it great. The professors - Robert Hansen, Julie Lang, Leslie Robinson, and Vijay Govindarajan just to name a few - made me excited to go to class and tackle things like Corp Fin and Accounting. Everyone was extremely motivated to master all of the courses and projects (even without reported grades). Meal-times were spent having intelligent discussion with people who were motivated and passionate. In this vibrant community, I made friends and connections that I will keep for the rest of my life.

I look forward to spending more time in Tuck and working with the great people here!

Fun fact about me: I really love music. I have been to over 100 concerts in my life!

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Andrew Bourne

Tuck Bridge Stories: Andrew Bourne

Andrew Bourne is a 2015 graduate of St. Lawrence University where he majored in Economics. Andrew attended the Bridge Program shortly after graduation. This is his story:

After finishing Bridge this past summer, I began working as a Treasury Portfolio Analyst at People's United Bank in Bridgeport, CT. People's United Bank is a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with over $39 billion in assets. People’s is a large regional bank in the Northeast operating in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. At People's, I help manage the Bank's investment portfolio which is about $6 billion in size and consists of various Fixed Income securities.


I believe one of the most unique and challenging aspects of Bridge is in the way Bridge creates both a warm, friendly and supportive environment while at the same time challenging you out of your comfort zones and into areas you may not normally venture to go. Case in point, the "Cold-Calling" experience. The Tuck Professors and moderators would randomly call on students and encourage them to develop opinions on many unfamiliar subjects. It was one part of Bridge that surprised me the most and is a great representation of what the real world is really like. The only way to combat this ostensibly "awkward" experience at Bridge, was to always “over prepare” for every class. This is something that I have found quite useful in my career thus far. Doing thorough due diligence and being extra prepared for possible situations is a great way to get ahead in your career and is certainly stressed throughout the Bridge experience.


My favorite thing about Bridge were my fellow classmates, specifically my study group. Bridge helped shape strong personal and professional relationships through the use of a collaborative work environment. During those 4 weeks, we worked side-by-side each day in order to accomplish our daily, weekly and final goals. Without the encouragement and support of the wonderful individuals in my group, Bridge would have been a much different experience and it is what makes Bridge so special. It is not all about the things that you learn in the classroom and the technical skills you gain while attending Bridge, a lot of the Bridge experience has to do with the personal relationships you develop with other students from different educational backgrounds and “walks of life”. The friends I made and the experience I gained at Bridge are things that I will cherish and carry with me the rest of my life.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: David Braccia

Tuck Bridge Stories: David Braccia

David Braccia is a 2015 graduate of NYU, he attended the Bridge Program in 2014. This is his story:

I am currently an analyst in the global investment banking division at RBC Capital Markets. Bridge did a great job preparing me as the material covered during our Corporate Finance and Accounting sessions were directly applicable to what applicants are expected to know in an interview. Bridge’s capstone valuation project also put many of the skills that a perspective analyst should have into practice and gave me something unique to discuss during interviews.

I attended Bridge knowing that I wanted to pursue a job in finance. Coming from a more liberal arts based background, as opposed to having studied a finance or accounting curriculum at an undergraduate business school, I knew that I would need to demonstrate a solid understanding of business and financial concepts in order to be a competitive job applicant. The Bridge program particularly stood out as a structured and respected alternative to other self-directed ways I could have gone about brushing up on these topics.

Some of the most memorable things about Bridge came from beyond the core classroom experiences. From the marketing simulation or Career Bridge sessions to team building on Storrs Pond, it was amazing how much we managed to fit into just four weeks.

While an MBA had been something I was thinking about before attending Bridge, the question of getting an MBA may now only be one of “when”. I can definitely say that my interest in business school has been positively influenced by the focused academic experience and tight knit community we got a taste of during Bridge.

Tuck will no doubt be at the top of my list when the time comes to apply to business school. Spending a month living and learning on the Tuck campus was the best way to see what the faculty, staff, and facilities were really like  - all of which left me impressed. 

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So you didn’t get a job offer…

So you didn’t get a job offer…

Didn’t get one of those elusive “on-campus” interviews or job offers? You are not alone. There are many more students seeking employment then offers made on any campus, so a targeted search is often the way many students identify opportunities. And, maybe you have chosen to pursue a less traditional path…

What are next steps?

  1. Create structure around your job search. Put together a short list of firms and functions and begin by identifying roles with them. Be targeted - build your initial list based upon an industry, a particular role, or a preferred location, and keep the number small. You can replace names as you work through them.
  2. Keep a spreadsheet of interactions (date, contact information, subject you discussed) so you can follow up periodically.
  3. Don’t wait for one firm to respond before approaching the next one. You should be trying to juggle multiple opportunities at the same time. The worst thing that can happen is that you end up with multiple offers and you have the luxury of deciding which one to accept.
  4. Read the “2-Hour Job Search” by Steve Dalton and learn how technology can make your job search easier.

Who can help me find a job?

  1. You need to identify people who are willing to become part of your network and who will advocate for you when looking for a job.
  2. Use LinkedIn to search for people who will be willing to help you.                                        
  • Search by college.
  • Search by fraternity or other organizations in which you are active.
  • Search by company or job title.
  • If you have attended programs like the Business Bridge Program at the Tuck School of Business connect with their 4,600+ alumni.
  • Use the internet. Find professionals who have spoken at conferences or been quoted in a publication and use that as a reason to reach out to them.
  • Don’t be embarrassed to use family and friends.

I have a target list of companies and people. How do I approach them?

  1. Check the career portion of their website to see what programs they offer students. Also check their job postings to see if there are entry level positions for which you may qualify. Once you have applied to one of these jobs you should reach out to someone you know, or have found through a LinkedIn search (always start with email), and begin a dialogue – they could be an internal referral.
  2. Be prepared to drive the conversation with intelligent questions. They are taking time out of their day and being prepared is courteous. If the conversation goes well they will likely be willing to speak with you again and will be receptive to accepting your LinkedIn request.
  3. Your goal is to come away from each conversation smarter about the firm / industry. You will potentially gain a supporter and maybe even an offer of an internal referral.
  4. Don’t be a “taker”. Offer to be of service to the person you have spoken with (for example:  offer to speak to anyone they might know who is thinking about applying to your school). Always put yourself in their shoes.

This will take time and dedication but you will increase the number of opportunities that cross your path. Happy hunting!

 - Deirdre O'Donnell, Director of Career Services for the Bridge Program and Associate Director of the Tuck Career Development Office. 

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Tuck Bridge Stories: A Conversation with Thabo Matse

Tuck Bridge Stories: A Conversation with Thabo Matse

Thabo Matse graduated from Dartmouth in 2014 having completed a double major in Engineering Sciences (with a skew towards mechanical engineering and product design) and Economics (focusing on international and developmental economics). Thabo attended the first session of Bridge in the summer of 2012. We caught up with him recently to talk about his Bridge experience. This is his story:


What do you do?

I am an Associate Consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisers, a strategy consulting firm that focuses on global development. At Dalberg, I conduct research and analyses at the heart of key international development challenges, supporting governments, foundations, INGOs, multilaterals, corporations, and multi-stakeholder alliances working to improve living standards globally, especially in developing economies. My most memorable engagements have included creating a market monitoring report for a global tech company, landscaping key developments in ICT policy, investments, infrastructure, and technology in priority African markets; developing a strategy to coordinate government efforts in addressing infectious disease threats at the height of the Ebola crisis; developing a strategy for addressing post-harvest losses in fresh fruit and vegetable value chains in Nigeria; and developing a framework for assessing the effectiveness of early-stage incubation and acceleration in East Africa, Southern Africa, and South East Asia.

Why did you join Bridge?

Taking classes at the Thayer School of Engineering, I was always fascinated by the mysterious neighbor next door. Tuck offered a model of teaching and learning different from that of the rest of Dartmouth and I wanted to try it out.

More importantly though, I learned about Bridge during my sophomore year, at a time when I was beginning to think more deliberately about the kind of impact I wanted to create as an individual. I always knew that I wanted to work towards empowering underserved people and communities, but was dissatisfied with the modas operandi of traditional aid. At the same time, I had won a grant to implement a grassroots project in my home country of Swaziland and was beginning to think about what systemic change looks like, beyond the grassroots—what levers have the greatest impact. It was undeniable that business had something to do with it. Bridge was an intense month during which I would not only gain the managerial and technical skill set required to be an effective director of a grassroots development project, but also begin to investigate, for myself, the potential role of business in development. After graduation, I returned to Tuck as a Paganucci Fellow to further learn about social entrepreneurship – business creating solutions to pressing social problems, especially for people often excluded from markets. In many ways, Bridge was the first step in clarifying my career story.

What surprised you about Bridge?

There were no (reported) grades, but there were still many long nights; we all worked hard because we wanted to learn and get the best out of Tuck. We were here because we wanted to be here. We wanted to win MarkStrat, put together a killer valuation presentation, ace Corp Fin and Accounting, network hard, and make some great friends. Some things were achieved and others were not, but it was still a great month, and I was surprised by how much everyone put in to make it so.

What was your favorite part about Bridge?

I loved the team orientation of Bridge and how complementary out backgrounds were, especially our academic backgrounds. I was in an incredible team representing different majors and colleges. Everyone had an opportunity to lead on something; crunching the numbers to decide which product line to kill in MarkStrat, being the designated DCF guru, storylining the final valuation PowerPoint presentation – all these work streams required different skill sets, and we were all empowered to bring our diversity to bear to see the work through.



Photo credit: Kaitlin Lang

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Adam Nofal

Tuck Bridge Stories: Adam Nofal

Adam Nofal is a 2013 graduate of St. Lawrence University where he majored in Economics. Currently an analyst at EnTrustPermal, Adam completed the Bridge Program the summer after his senior year. This is his story: 

If I had to describe Bridge in one word, that word would be collaborative.

In addition to other valuable experiences, Bridge offers a solid business primer, an experienced set of professors and staff as mentors, and a cooperative community of students. My leap from college into “the real world” would not have been as smooth had I not been a part of that culture. I would even argue that these factors provide a grossly underrated sense of harmony and comfort.

Prior to working at EnTrustPermal – a hedge fund investor across multiple strategies – I was an undergraduate student looking forward to my first full-time professional step. Bridge, with its novel structure and collegial environment, helped me and others in solidifying our strategy. What is interesting about this is that Bridge manages to align everyone’s incentives to propel the whole group forward, both on a personal and a professional level. I believe that type of community is elusive in many competitive programs, and wherever that balance found, it is typically immensely valuable.

Just as rewarding was the academic aspect of Bridge, not only because all courses were challenging, but also because they were varied. Spending close to all nighters with my team and TAs is a testimony to the challenging projects, but seeing friends decide to change their early career path because of a course they took at Bridge also speaks volumes to the benefits of taking a risk and looking outside the box. Lectures and projects assigned by Bob Hansen, Leslie Robinson, Gail Taylor, and Vijay Govindarajan – to name a few – only bolstered the symbiotic relationship amongst students, TAs, and professors by unifying everyone behind the common goal of driving our community to the next level.

My favorite part about Bridge, and this is where some might disagree with me, is the camaraderie outside the classroom. Within the hectic schedule of the program, my group and I were constantly discussing how to go about projects or refine our stock pitch. At some points, we were so stressed after a long day of work that we desperately had to go to the gym or out on a run to blow off some steam. Just as important was finding time to organize hiking and other trips. In some evenings, we even invited TAs and other groups to discuss brutal Managerial Economics problems over pizza (or if I ordered, it was Mexican food). This isn’t to mention times when we had to take the conversation outside the boundaries of Dartmouth College, where we assessed our group’s progress in downtown Hanover over brunch or a beverage of our choice.

To sum it up, Bridge has been one the most significant experiences I have ever been through. But if it weren’t for the collaborative environment and the people involved in many ways in the program, my experience would’ve probably been significantly different. 

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Delanyo “Dela” Kpo

Tuck Bridge Stories: Delanyo “Dela” Kpo

Delanyo "Dela" Kpo is a 2014 graduate of Dartmouth College where she studied geography and international development. Dela has been at MBI, Inc, a $350 million consumer products company, since 2014 and is currently an Assistant Program Manager in the publishing division. Dela completed the Bridge Program the summer after her senior year. This is her story:                                     

At least five of my friends from Dartmouth College had gone through Bridge, and every single one of them had something positive to say about the program. I didn’t come from a “traditional” business background. I spent most of my summers volunteering or conducting research, so when I got my job at MBI, I felt quite unprepared. As I spoke to various Bridge alums I realized the program would be the best way to bridge the gap (pun intended).

I couldn’t get over how much information we learned in such a short amount of time. People told me Bridge was rigorous, but I didn’t truly understand what they meant till I was there. As someone who came to Bridge with very little business experience, or acumen, it was empowering to grasp the information as quickly and as successfully as I did, and to be able to speak somewhat intelligently with experts about financial accounting, discounted cash flows, valuations, marketing strategies, and managerial economics.

While I had a job before I came to Bridge, I was pretty anxious about how effective I would be as a manager right out of undergrad. I left Bridge with a strong sense of confidence and complete faith that I could handle whatever came my way. Aside from the hard skills and knowledge I took from Bridge, I now have a powerful network of friends, and amazing mentors, who continue to shape my career—Bridge has been transformative for me. I became a Kemp Fellow because of Bridge, got to attend the annual PhD Project conference, and I have been recruited by multiple firms that cite Bridge as one of the attractive parts of my candidacy. 

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Ryan Breen

Tuck Bridge Stories: Ryan Breen

Ryan Breen is a 2015 graduate of the University of Michigan and attended the Bridge program the summer after his senior year. Currently, he is a Management Consulting Analyst at Accenture. This is his story:

As a senior at the University of Michigan, having already accepted a return offer from Accenture, I decided to apply to Business Bridge because of the reviews I had heard from former attendees as well as my general proximity to Dartmouth and Tuck in general (I went to Phillips Exeter Academy right down the road, and always admired Dartmouth as a school).  For me, my choice to attend Business Bridge was not about adding a venerable name to my resume or substantiating my application to companies or business schools.  Though it may sound cliché,  it was much more than that.  

Over the course of my years at Michigan, I really came into my own intellectually.  I developed a deep understanding of economic theory and accounting principles, not just as academic fields of study, but as concepts that have direct applicability to management practices and business in general.  This led to my decision to enter the management consulting industry, as problem solving and "corporate innovation" were both very interesting.  MECE segmentation models, data driven analysis, technology integration - these are all important components of organizational efficiency and operational effectiveness in this day and age, and I believe that my experience at Business Bridge reinforced and firmly ingrained these concepts in my mind, which have helped me excel in my first year as a management consultant.

Business Bridge is very management-focused, just as Tuck is as a school.  The best part of the program is the team-oriented structure. As a group, we would leverage the knowledge and insight gained from the seminars and work collaboratively each day and night, just as I do now as a management consultant.  The whiteboarding sessions, analytical discussions, and cross-team work were all beneficial and provided us each with opportunities to develop our leadership skills, interpersonal interactions, and analytical approach to solving business problems.

However, perhaps the most important aspect of the program, one that I cannot emphasize enough, is the truly comprehensive/all-encompassing approach that is used to learning and professional development.  We all ate meals together, attended seminars together, worked on assignments together, and, when the work was done, socialized together. This both directly taught us the importance of prioritization, time management, and work-life balance as well as indirectly showed us the value of both team-based analysis and the importance of building bonds and personal relationships in a professional setting, something that is absolutely invaluable in management consulting and investment banking, the two industries that attract the bulk of Business Bridge and Tuck graduates.

My decision to attend Business Bridge provided me with fantastic career preparation and a network of smart, savvy, personable people.  It honestly felt like home for me.  Granted, each student enters the program at a different age and with varying levels of business acumen.  But after four short weeks, all leave with an arsenal of both hard and soft professional skills and the memory of an unforgettable experience.

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Stress-Free Networking

Stress-Free Networking

This is the first in a series of career-oriented posts from Deirdre O'Donnell, Director of Career Services for the Bridge Program and Associate Director of the Tuck Career Development Office. Deirdre began her career in 1982 as a corporate finance intern at American Express. She joined Lehman Brothers in 1984 and spent the majority of her career within the Fixed Income division. Over the years she was very involved in Lehman’s campus recruiting effort at colleges and universities and ultimately became Global Head of Diversity Recruiting for the firm in 2004. After leaving Lehman in 2008 she joined the Tuck School of Business as an Associate Director of the Career Development Office, focusing on the financial services industry. 

We have all been told that “networking” effectively can get us a job. But the process can feel so painful- even insincere and phony. See if you can find something you have in common with the person before an informational call (shared acquaintance, interests, schools, as examples) and it will feel more authentic. LinkedIn is one way to identify some commonalities.

Ask yourself what you are trying to gain from a networking conversation. The honest answer is probably a job lead, but approach it with the thought that every call or meeting benefits you in some way. Use informational calls/meetings as an opportunity to find information that you won’t find on-line. Ask thoughtful questions and you will be smarter and even more prepared for the next call that you make. Focus on learning, not asking for a job, and you will be more comfortable.

Most people are flattered to be asked about themselves and most people are willing to give advice - you are just giving them a platform to do that. As long as you are prepared with questions it will not be a waste of their time. You will find that you come away from a conversation knowing more about what their job entails, having a better understanding of their company and industry, and potentially gaining an advocate. In addition, you get to practice having professional conversations. All of these will make you stronger in interviews going forward.

What is in it for them? They feel good that they have helped you – it’s a way of “paying it forward”. Think of it this way…if someone from your college called one of your parents to ask for some career guidance, would they speak with them? Likely they would. You are that person.

And don’t forget to offer something in return at the end of the meeting. Maybe offer to be a contact for anyone they might know who is thinking about applying to your college….

As Nike says – Just Do It.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Laura Vang

Tuck Bridge Stories: Laura Vang

Laura Vang is a 2015 graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in engineering. Laura was a member of the inaugural December Bridge class in 2014. This is her story:

I work at IBM; I'm a part of Watson Health BlueSpark Leadership Development Program. We spend our first year at IBM rotating through different business teams within the Watson Health business unit, gaining skills and exposure to company leaders. Currently I'm a member of the Implementations Solutions team, delivering Watson technologies to our clients in life sciences.

I studied engineering at Dartmouth and regretted that my exposure to strategy and business was limited to the engineering/startup scope of things. I knew I wanted to cultivate an understanding of marketing, finance, and economics before entering the working world and Bridge gave me the tools to do that. 

I surprised myself at Bridge. I had accepted my offer from IBM just a week before my December Bridge session began; all the energy I had devoted to the job search was now free to take advantage of the weeks I had in Hanover with the amazing, awesome, dedicated professors, TAs, and Bridge staff. As part of the guinea-pig December 2014 class, most of my fellow classmates were (mostly) other Dartmouth students taking advantage of winterim to devote free brainpower to ...more learning. Despite all being from the same school, I knew very few of them coming in. We were a smaller group and on a more accelerated time scale. We were also enjoying Hanover in the dark depths of December (which made for an interesting first team building activity!) 

Academically, I was in the midst of my culminating engineering project and was looking forward to eating at Byrne by choice and not because I was too busy to leave Thayer. I didn't expect to have so much fun working so hard at Bridge.

Friends who had gone through the program had only positive things to say, and it's true - something magical happens when 50-odd future business leaders subject themselves to nerd camp. Whether it was debating MarkStrat team names (or strategies) or trying to figure out that night's accounting homework, consistently, everyone was awesome. 

My Bridge class was more insular than summer sessions usually are - there were fewer of us total and we were from a less diverse set of schools than is the norm. However, we have the Bridge community - in fact, in my starting class at IBM are two other Bridge alums from different sessions from different schools. We all chose to come to this program which is almost an extension of Bridge - we're honing a wide range of business skills on real clients (trying to take in all these new ideas and skills is not dissimilar to drinking from a firehose or attending Tuck Bridge.) I feel that Bridge very well prepared me for these experiences - I learned business basics that helped me quickly understand the world around me, I learned fearlessness in expressing my desire for mentorship from the incredibly capable minds around me, and I came to believe in my ability to take on any challenge set in front of me, having proven that even an engineer/business novice can take Bridge by storm.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: An Interview with Peyton Hawkins

Tuck Bridge Stories: An Interview with Peyton Hawkins

Peyton Hawkins is a 2012 graduate of Colgate Univeristy where she majored in art history. Peyton attended the Bridge Program in the summer of 2011. Currently, she is Manager of Strategic Partnerships at SinglePlatform. We recently discussed her Tuck Bridge experience. This is Peyton's story:

Why did you attend Bridge?

I studied Art History at a small liberal arts school, so I felt that it was important to take a couple business courses to prepare me for a career after college. I came out of Bridge with a stronger skill set, confidence to enter the workforce and the edge that I needed to stand out in a competitive job market.

After the program, I used the Bridge career site to tap into Tuck’s expansive network.  I found the SinglePlatform job posting through the site and connected with Bridge alum, Abby Fuller, to prepare for the interview. Since accepting the job four years ago, I’ve experienced two exciting acquisitions and now manage sales and marketing for our Partner Program. Thanks Abby (and Bridge)!

What surprised you about Bridge?

I knew that Bridge was going to be a rigorous and challenging program, but I was surprised by how much fun I had! My professors and classmates were eclectic and enthusiastic, which made the work/life balance manageable and invigorating. I came out of Bridge not only with an incredible education, but also with a new network of friends. To this day, I still keep in touch with some professors and friends that I met at Bridge.

What was your favorite moment?

Although there are countless great memories from my time at Bridge, I will never forget when my study group presented our final project on Krispy Kreme. After weeks of preparation, it was an incredible feeling to see what we were able to accomplish. After the presentation, we all jumped into the Connecticut River to celebrate!

Are you considering an MBA? How do you think Bridge contributed to this decision?

Bridge gave me a sneak peek into the life of a business school student and the overall experience made me want to consider an MBA more than ever. I originally thought that an MBA was only beneficial to those looking to pursue a career in finance, but at Bridge I discovered that business school offers an extensive curriculum, with subjects tailored to any students’ specific interests. 

If you are considering Tuck, why?

Tuck is an exceptional school and it would absolutely be my number one choice. Tuck offers students the opportunity to learn from the best professors and to join a network of some of the smartest people in the world. There seems to be a unique camaraderie at Tuck, where professors and students come together to excel and succeed, and I would be honored to be a part of that community (and an intramural sport!). 

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Christina Croak

Tuck Bridge Stories: Christina Croak

Christina Croak is a 2013 graduate of Amherst College, where she majored in psychology. Christina attended session 1 of the 2015 Tuck Business Bridge Program. Prior to Bridge, Christina taught with Teach for America in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is her story:

I am currently an Analytics Manager for Unilever Shopper Marketing at Kantar Retail. Fun fact - I was recruited for this job at Bridge!

I attended Bridge because I wanted to complement my undergraduate liberal arts education and quite literally "bridge" the gap in my career between teaching and entering the business world.

Interestingly, I was surprised by how hard I wanted to work at Bridge. Some could think of it as a four week summer program for which no official grades or evaluation is given - more or less, a 'break' from a typical college semester despite the jam-packed schedule and course load. For me, though, I saw how much there was for me to learn and how invested the professors and staff members were in students' success during the program and beyond - I put in 110% because I wanted to get everything I possibly could out of Bridge. And it was worth it. Second fun fact - I actually got two jobs out of Bridge! I was recruited for my current position there, and also interned for Dr. Alva Taylor for six weeks after the program, which was a great experience.

One of my favorite parts of Bridge was the relationships I built - I still keep in touch with faculty and staff members as well as other students, and I really value having them as a part of my lifelong network.

I am definitely considering an MBA, and Bridge significantly swayed my decision to pursue one. I was able to experience what it was like to be taught by MBA professors - cold calling and all - and also hear firsthand from my TAs about their experiences and what they planned to do with their degrees. I love Tuck's close-knit community that's committed to extending learning beyond the classroom, and cares about encouraging students to make a meaningful impact on society.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: An Interview with Kevin Schoelzel

Tuck Bridge Stories: An Interview with Kevin Schoelzel

Kevin Schoelzel is a 2014 graduate of Vanderbilt Univeristy where he majored in political science, economics, and history. Kevin attended the Bridge Program in the summer of 2013. Currently, he is a research analyst at Gatemore Capital Management, an investment advisory firm that serves high net worth families and institutional clients in the US and Europe. We recently discussed his Tuck Bridge experience. This is Kevin's story:


What do you do at Gatemore?

I research funds and managers across various asset classes and strategies to find differentiated investments that are uncorrelated to their broader markets. Finding these opportunities entails meeting with managers, attending conferences, researching industries, and learning about many different kinds of business models.

I am part of Gatemore’s research team which works out of New York, Philadelphia, London and Paris. We meet regularly to discuss new ideas and work through our due-diligence process in order to gain a better understanding of each investment. In sum, the process is very intellectually engaging, as we assess the return drivers and risks of various opportunities.  Ultimately we strive to design a portfolio that fulfills the long-term objectives of our clients.

Why did you choose to attend Bridge?

During my junior year, I began to focus on what I wanted to do professionally after college. I had really enjoyed school and wanted to find a job that would continue to fuel my intellectual curiosity. Reflecting on what I liked, I decided to pursue a career in either financial services or consulting.

I graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014 with degrees in Political Science, Economics and History together with a minor in Engineering Management. This broad liberal arts undergraduate experience taught me to think critically and solve problems. Vanderbilt does not offer an undergraduate business degree and I wanted to augment my majors with a better understanding of business concepts to fill in some of the gaps to become a more competitive candidate in the jobs market. The Bridge program helped me take the tools I had been developing in college and apply them in a business setting.

What surprised you about Bridge?

How fast time flies at Bridge. Looking back at the end of the program, I was amazed at how much I had learned in a relatively short period of time.

What was your favorite moment/thing? 

My favorite moment at Bridge was the final presentation. My team analyzed and prepared a valuation analysis on Crown Castle International (a telecommunications company that builds and operates cell towers). I remember working during the last week with my team as we pulled together everything we had learned to do our analysis of the company. After reading through the SEC filings, learning about the industry from a former CEO of another tower company, and layering in our own analysis, my team had a comprehensive presentation which took an in-depth look at a company, and entire industry, we had known very little about ten days earlier.  We put the finishing touches on the presentation on July 4th and practiced most of the day, finishing in time to catch some of the fireworks.  The final presentation was the next day in front of a panel of Tuck professors, distinguished Tuck Business School alumni, and other leading executives.  It was very rewarding to present our thesis on Crown Castle to the panel and get their feedback on the company.

My favorite thing about Bridge was definitely the people. I made a lot of friends during the program who I have continued to stay in touch with since. Recently, I moved from Denver (my hometown) to New York and it has been great having another group of friends from Bridge already in the city.

Do you think Bridge prepared you for your career?

Most definitely. Along with providing a solid introduction to business disciplines like marketing, accounting, finance, and strategy, the program also helped me refine my focus on what I wanted to do after graduating from college.  

In addition to the formal course work, the Career Bridge lunch sessions on resume writing, interviewing, and cover letters, were all very helpful for conveying what I had learned at Bridge and at school to companies that I wanted to join once I entered the working world.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: An Interview with Maggie Hansen

Tuck Bridge Stories: An Interview with Maggie Hansen

Margaret (Maggie) Hansen is a current senior at Georgetown University, where she studies math and chemistry. In May of 2015, Maggie started her Bridge journey as a part of the first ever Smith-Tuck Business Bridge Program class. We spoke with Maggie about why she chose the Smith-Tuck Business Bridge Program:

Why did you choose to attend the Smith-Tuck program?

I chose to attend Smith-Tuck primarily because I wanted to attend the Tuck Bridge program to learn valuable business skills and what it would be like to work in various business fields, but I also wanted to be able to hold an internship over the summer, and Smith-Tuck's timing fit perfectly with that. I also liked how the Smith-Tuck program was smaller, which I knew would allow me to get to know professors and other students much more easily and to a greater extent.

Did you feel like you were welcomed into the Smith community?

Most definitely. Everyone at Smith - from the students to the staff - went out of their way to make sure I felt included and a part of the Smith-Tuck community. I was the only person in my study group not from Smith, but by the end of the first week I'd already forgotten about that because the others were so welcoming. The Smith career center's staff were incredibly helpful and inclusive as well, 

What was it like spending the summer at another university?

I really enjoyed it because it gave me a chance to experience learning in a college environment that wasn't Georgetown and was different in many ways. While it definitely took me a bit of time to adjust, it was definitely worth it in the end because studying at a different university gave me a different perspective than simply attending Georgetown would have.

Describe the experience of learning in an all-women environment (what surprised you, what were some take-aways, what did it offer in the intense learning structure).

I honestly thought I'd notice it much more than I actually did. Looking back on it, I think I felt more comfortable in such an environment - I have two sisters and no brothers so I think it was almost normal for me - and this comfort definitely helped with the intense work load.

What’s your next move? What will you take with you from Smith-Tuck, how has it prepared you?

Smith-Tuck gave me the ability to see myself taking a job in a variety of fields that I had never considered before because I thought they wouldn't want a math major or that I didn't have relevant experience for those jobs. However, the program allowed me to re-orient my career path to this new world of possibilities and enabled me to actually see myself in some of these positions. Immediately after I graduate, I will be working for Berkeley Research Group here in DC, which is not something I would have considered applying to before Smith-Tuck.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: An Interview with Seema Samawi

Tuck Bridge Stories: An Interview with Seema Samawi

Seema Samawi is a 2015 gradaute of Smith College, where she majored in computer science and minored in music. In May of 2015, Seema started her Bridge journey as a part of the first ever Smith-Tuck Business Bridge Program class. Seema now works at MassMutual Financial Group. We sat down with her to discuss her Smith-Tuck experience:

Why did you apply to the Smith-Tuck Bridge Program?

I received an email blast from the Lazarus center informing me of the program.

My mother had completed an MBA herself, and I was considering looking into getting one. I have always been familiar with the Tuck School of business from my father who has had nothing but great experiences working with Tuckies. Having a technical degree and wanting to bridge into the finance world I figured trying the Smith-Tuck Bridge would be a great introduction into the business side of my career and would help me gain new skills and identify if an MBA is truly something I would want to pursue after gaining some work experience. The all female aspect also appealed to me, as a Smithie I was able to see how effective the environment would be. I was excited to also join a program where I would be working with the future female leaders of society!

What is your fondest memory from the program?

While the entire program was wonderful my fondest memory was working with the MarkStrat simulation software with my team. It was the perfect practical application of all our skills we had learnt up to that moment and truly forced us to be a collaborative team, work to produce under a deadline and use our analytical skills to put our best foot forward,

Do you think the all-women environment added value to your experience?

Having had the pleasure of attending Career Day at one of the later Dartmouth sessions I can say it thoroughly did. There is something unique about being surrounded by mainly women with a similar pedigree to yourself. I really enjoyed the environment as in a world where women are outnumbered by men in executive offices it  was nice to connect with one another. the Smith-Tuck Bridge program helps build business relationships and friendships that will blossom and connect future executives from a younger age. Picking our team name was a wonderful activity which really showcased this, we were "Team Beyonce" because we felt Beyonce is a strong, powerful successful woman who exhibits traits that many of us aspire to, a family, a successful career and a good head on her shoulders.

The all-women environment also helps as women and men learn differently and in different environments which has been proven scientifically, a large percentage of females are timid in front of members of the opposite sex in an academic situation and are less likely to participate. Having no males meant that those doubts were irrelevant and it truly felt like a safe-space.

What are you doing now?

Thanks to the Bridge Career day I am now happily working as a Quantitative Consultant at MassMutual Financial Group. I work on the Inforce Life Insurance Products team helping to create and test the Dividends Schedule for our Traditional Life Insurance Products.

How did Bridge help?

Spreadsheet modelling definitely comes in handy as well as all the finance and accounting classes. While I perform a lot of quantitative analysis, understanding how to manipulate numbers and finances helps me with my job. Tuck also helped prepare me for my job because of the collaborative aspect being transcended to another level. Academic projects are only collaborative to a certain point but in the workforce you need to know how to lead and follow at the same time. I consistently work with my teammates supporting them and they support me, communication is a key aspect of bridge and an even more crucial aspect at my job.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Stephen Jahelka

Tuck Bridge Stories: Stephen Jahelka

Stephen Jahelka is a senior at Harvard College where he studies economics and plays defenseman on the lacrosse team. In 2014, as a sophomore, Stephen attended the Tuck Business Bridge Program looking for a job. What he left with was much more. This is his story:

I was overwhelmed with excitement when I was accepted into the Business Bridge program January of my sophomore year. On paper, the choice to go to Bridge for the summer was a no brainer - a top MBA school environment with their staff and a curriculum focused on improving my technical finance skills. My goal was to even the playing field when going into internship interviews my junior fall with students who had an undergraduate business school education that is not available to students at Harvard.

Two years removed, it still amazes me how far outside the classroom my Bridge experience spanned. While I honed all of the technical skills I wanted to prior to going, it was the experiences outside of the classroom that helped me grow not only as a student and job applicant, but also as a person. When I think of Bridge, I think of how I was challenged both personally and professionally to work closely with a group of the same five people for a month straight. I think of all of the times I bonded with my classmates over meals, down by the Connecticut River and at night socially. Most importantly, I think of all of the connections I made, not only in the professional world, but the lifelong friends that I still talk and see, some on a weekly basis.

It was hard to realize while I was learning an entire MBA curriculum in four weeks time, but I now know how much of an impact Bridge has had on my life. It helped me tremendously getting my internship and full time offer as a consultant at KPMG, where I plan to return following graduation. Despite getting a job being my initial purpose for going to Bridge, I am now more grateful for the experiences that I had and people that I met during my time in Hanover, New Hampshire. The Bridge experience is truly unparalleled and world class. If I could, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, so I envy those of you who have the opportunity to do it this summer and hope you take advantage of applying!

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Erin Breen

Tuck Bridge Stories: Erin Breen

Erin Breen is a junior at Colby College, majoring in Psychology and Economics. This past May, Erin was one of a cohort of 38 undergraduate women who participated in the first ever Smith-Tuck Business Bridge Program held at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. This is her story:

I applied to the Smith-Tuck Bridge Program as opposed to the Tuck Bridge Program because of the program's focus on women’s leadership in business. Coming from a liberal arts background, I wanted a program that would allow me to gain exposure to the field of business while also having the ability to participate in an internship that summer. I knew that the program was going to be highly intensive and a lot of work, but I did not realize how rewarding the project would be at the end of the three weeks. Although in the moment it felt like there was no possible way I could be retaining all the information we were exposed to, the final project was just one indication that we really knew what we were talking about. I think the all-women environment added value to my experience because I was able to build strong bonds with women that I will hopefully be working alongside after graduation. Through team building exercises and leadership talks, I was able to understand how to be an effective woman team member and leader. Next, I plan on interning at Forge Worldwide a marketing agency in Boston over my January term, and hopefully this summer gain as valuable of an experience as Smith-Tuck Bridge was by interning for another marketing company. For me the Smith-Tuck Bridge Program was the most valuable experience I’ve had thus far and has helped me more clearly identify my career aspirations.

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Welcome to the Tuck Bridge Blog

Welcome to the Tuck Bridge Blog

This blog is dedicated to highlighting our incredible alumni, sharing valuable career advice, and introducing some of the content you will be seeing at Tuck Bridge. We hope you enjoy! 

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