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Forum Details


Forum Dates

Friday, May 17, 2019 to Saturday, May 18, 2019

Corporate Partners

Workshops will be led by representatives from Johnson & Johnson, ConAgra, General Mills, and Danone North America, Panera, and Beam Suntory.

The Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies offers the world’s largest range of consumer healthcare products. Our baby care, skin care, oral care, wound care, over-the-counter and women’s health products feature brands trusted by consumers and healthcare professionals worldwide. By anticipating needs and creating solutions and experiences, we help people live healthy, vibrant lives.


General Mills has more than 100 Brands in more than 100 countries on six continents. Experience a company who serves the world by making food people love.


Conagra Brands combines a rich heritage of making great food with a sharpened focus on innovation. The company’s portfolio is evolving to satisfy people’s changing food preferences. Conagra’s iconic brands, such as Marie Callender’s®, Reddi-wip®, Hunt’s®, Healthy Choice®, Slim Jim® and Orville Redenbacher’s®, as well as emerging brands, including Alexia®, Blake’s®, Frontera®, Duke’s® and Angie’s® BOOMCHICKAPOP®, offer choices for every occasion.

With the acquisition of Pinnacle Foods’ portfolio of frozen, refrigerated and shelf-stable products, brands now include such well-known brands as Birds Eye, Duncan Hines, Earth Balance, EVOL, Erin’s, Gardein, Glutino, Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips, Hungry-Man, Log Cabin, Tim’s Cascade Snacks, Udi’s, Vlasic and Wish-Bone, among others.



Our products are everywhere and for everyone. We make food that nurtures, sustains and delights people at any age and during any moment of the day. From the local corner shop, to cafeterias, to big chain grocers, you will probably find one or more of our delicious products. We stand by our products and services with pride and openness as a guarantee of quality and integrity.


Years ago Panera Bread began a never-ending journey to serve delicious food that is better for you, for our associates, and for the world we live in. Now, with over 2,000 bakery-cafes in the U.S. and Canada, we’re still paying attention to the important things. All of this, what it all comes down to, is wanting for our guests what we want for our own families. Simply: great food.


As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Owned by Suntory Holdings Limited, Beam Suntory has a dynamic portfolio with unparalleled expertise in whisky, including world leadership in Bourbon and Japanese Whisky, and strength across many key categories including tequila, vodka, cognac, rum and cordials.


Attendee Audience

The diversity forum audience is incoming admitted MBA students from top programs who will matriculate this coming Fall. Diversity forum participants are diverse individuals based on ethnicity, gender, Lgbtq, and veteran or military status. We typically host 75-200 attendees at our private ‘invite-only’ diversity forums.


We have expanded our webinar and preparation to better reflect our Forum approach and aligned our workshops with our corporate partners. Webinars to address Brand Mgmt Careers, Internships, and How to Ace an Interview will go from April to May.   View Webinar Schedule

Forum Schedule

The schedule includes a mix of sessions on Friday, May 17th, and Saturday, May 18th. A snapshot of the scheduled activities can be referenced on the schedule page. Additionally, descriptions of sessions can be referenced at the workshop page. View Forum Schedule

Resume Guidance

Although you submitted a resume as part of your application to JumpStart, we request you upload your most current resume to this registration site. As context, some of you may have reflected new information on your resume in listing recent experiences, recognition, or which MBA program you will attend. We will provide a resume book that will be distributed to corporate partners, so you will need to upload your resume by Friday, April 5th.

Headshot Guidance

JumpStart will produce a Photobook of all Forum attendees. This tool will be distributed to our Corporate Partners and recruiting contacts. We request that you upload your headshot by May 1. To maximize the impact your headshot will have on those who will see it, we advise that your headshot be professional in nature. An image of you, dressed in professional attire and taken with your mobile phone, is acceptable, as our graphic design partner will adjust, scale and crop your image to the required specifications needed for the Photobook. Your headshot can be attached when you REGISTER initially for the Forum on this site or through MY FORUM when logged into your profile.

Admission Letter Required

JumpStart Requires that you upload a scan or image of your MBA acceptance letter in order to secure your place at the Forum. Your acceptance letter can be attached when you REGISTER initially for the Forum on this site or through MY FORUM at a later date when logged into your profile. Your Acceptance Letter must be received in order to secure your place at the Forum.

Registration Fee

JumpStart Requires that you pay a non-refundable $150 fee to participate our Brand Management Diversity Forum and Webinar Series. An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal of which you can make payment electronically.

Informational Interview Guidance

As part of our diversity forums, our partners and candidates have the opportunity for 1:1 interactions. As directed and decided by or partners, these experiences are a mix of informational chats (15-30 minutes) or formal interviews (30-90 minutes). This process is limited to candidates who have been admitted and attend the diversity forum. Additional details are provided to those individuals at a future date (either prior to the forum and in some cases after the forum has started). On-Site informationals will occur on Saturday, May 18, 1-5pm.

Arrival & Check-In

There will be a JumpStart welcome/registration area at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business location pending what time you arrive on Friday or Sunday.

Attendance & Attire

Student attendance is required at all forum sessions. Students will be in business casual attire during the forum. For those students participating in informational discussions on Monday afternoon, we advise you to be in business attire.

Lodging & Location Venue

Most activities will take place at the Fuqua School of Business.

Location Details

Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
100 Fuqua Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Lodging Options

To achieve optimal flexibility, attendees are responsible for securing lodging by whatever means you deem appropriate as part of your travel approach. Many of you have status or preferred hotel brands and others use lodging search sites to get the best price, so admitted attendees will move forward with whatever makes sense.

We also plan two options for admitted candidates to evaluate or secure lodging accommodations. One option is to use a “search site” portal set up by one of our vendors specific to the JumpStart forum. The other option is to use one of the hotel properties that have a courtesy block for JumpStart.

We encourage attendees to stay at the JB Duke Hotel. The JB Duke Hotel is attached to the business school, so those lodging there have a short walk to the P2MBA school location at the Fuqua School of Business.

JB Duke Hotel
230 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919.660.6400
Reservations: 844.490.7100

There are many local transportation options once you arrive in Durham, NC. The decision on how to travel, coordination, and expenses are the responsibility of the corporate representatives.


All meals specific to functions on the agenda for Friday to Saturday afternoon will be provided as part of the forum.

Emergency Contact

In the event you need to contact us, you can send an email to info@mbajumpstart.com, or leave a voicemail at 1 (877) 622-5867.