MBA Scholarship Recipient to Participate in CEO Mentorship

Chris Plourde, an MBA student at the School of Management, was recently awarded the newly established Pete Bianco Scholarship. The scholarship allows for a selected MBA student to participate in MindShare, an exclusive, invitation-only program comprised of CEOs of Washington, D.C., area companies.Chris Plourde

As the recipient of this scholarship, Plourde will have the opportunity to network with and learn from senior business leaders and gain advice from seasoned CEOs on how to overcome various entrepreneurial challenges. Plourde is currently a financial manager with Gannett’s Broadcast Division and is thrilled to be selected as the 2014 Pete Bianco Scholarship recipient, “It’s a great honor to represent Mason MBA students in the MindShare organization.”

Plourde was selected by a faculty committee from a pool of strong MBA applicants.

“Given his academic excellence throughout the MBA program, his business experience, and his interest in entrepreneurial endeavors, Chris is an excellent choice for this award,” says Paige Wolfe, director of graduate programs and associate professor of management. “Chris’s professionalism and intellectual curiosity suggests he will make the most of this opportunity to participate in MindShare.”

As a MindShare participant, Plourde will gain access to the 700 entrepreneurs in the Washington, D.C., area who are alumni of and currently comprise the MindShare network.

“I can’t wait to be better acquainted with my MindShare classmates, the organizing board, and alumni over the course of this enriching program. It’s a tremendous opportunity to connect with many of the area’s most successful entrepreneurs,” says Plourde. “Access to that abundance of wisdom and experience will be instrumental in my professional and educational pursuits.”

As he has spent the majority of his career working in corporate finance in a large media company, Plourde is looking forward to experiencing more of the small business world through MindShare. “Participating in MindShare allows me to see how small businesses and the people behind them assess and implement their business decisions. Witnessing the application of lessons I’ve learned in the MBA program at the macro- and micro-level will be invaluable for me,” he explains.

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Rebecca Diemer

I serve as the associate director for MBA Programs at George Mason University's School of Business.

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