WeMeet #8: MBA or Not?

Logo_WeMeet Time: 6:30pm, Thursday, September 26, 2013
MIT Media Lab, room 244
Building E14, 75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA

Ever considered whether  you should get an MBA? What are the benefits and costs of an MBA? How  will an MBA help in your intended career path? Deciding whether to  pursue an MBA is an important decision in the minds of many young  professionals, and TYCCNE has invited two experienced speakers to help  answer these questions, and many more.

TYCCNE is honored to  invite Steven Chen and Johnny Kwan as our speakers for this event.  Steven and Johnny are both experienced working professionals who have  completed an MBA, and they will share their experiences and views on the topic “MBA or Not?”. Below is a brief introduction of our speakers.

Steven Chen
VP of Strategy & Business Development

Steven is currently working on a Boston-based startup, OhYouHero,  founded to address the problem of long-term unemployment. The team is  building a business on the belief that nobody who wants to work should  be without work. We are driven by the ideals of self-confidence,  individual empowerment, and community pride.

Prior to  OhYouHero, Steven was a summer MBA intern at The Music Center in Los  Angeles where he worked on the organization’s strategic plan. He began  his career at Cambridge Associates where he worked on internal strategic initiatives and advised foundations, universities, and private clients  ranging in size from $150 million to $3 billion. On the side, Steven has played the violin for over 20 years, is an avid chamber musician, and  currently serves as the assistant concertmaster for the Mercury  Orchestra. He co-founded and is President of Taiwanese American  Professionals – Boston. Furthermore, he believes in the value of  mentorship and works with Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center to help  high school students navigate through the college application process.

Steven earned an AB in economics from Princeton University in 2008, and an MBA from MIT Sloan in 2013.

Johnny Kwan
Managing Consultant
Strategy & Transformation
IBM Global Services

Johnny Kwan is a strategy consultant with IBM Global Services. He helps large and global companies across multiple industries define and  implement web and Intranet strategies and transformation programs  through the use of social business and collaboration technologies. He  has helped large corporations successfully implement large scale  collaboration events and define and refine business processes. He has  over 15 years experience leading and working on full lifecycle projects  starting with planning and requirements gathering through  implementation. During his career at IBM he has also contributed to  authoring white papers, created and led internal online communities, and is a patent holder for an innovative method for staffing resources. He  received his MBA from the University of Michigan in 2001, and his BA  from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.