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Live Chat: Part-Time MBAs


Is a part-time program right for you? Find out in a online chat with several experts on Feb. 6 at noon EST

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Not everyone can commit the time and money necessary for a full-time MBA program. But that doesn't mean you can't earn the degree. Part-time programs offer a viable and popular alternative to the full-time B-school experience. If you are trying to decide which is right for you, then you won't want to miss the live chat event on Feb. 6 at noon EST.

Our guests will be Frank Fletcher, director of admissions at the Fordham Graduate School of Business Administration; Kevin Malecek, part-time MBA program director at Case Western Reserve's Weatherhead School of Management; and Pam Lilak, a part-time MBA student at the George Washington University School of Business. They will answer your questions about balancing your job and part-time program coursework, finding the right school for you, and using the degree to advance your career.

Guest Backgrounds

Fletcher, a nine-year veteran at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business, began his career, after graduating with a B.A. in literature from Fordham College, with a one-year stint at Shearson Lehman. Next, he worked for three years at Comcast (CMCSA) in his hometown, Philadelphia. He returned to Fordham as a member of the Graduate School of Business' admissions team in November, 1997. After holding various roles, including assistant director and associate director of admissions, Fletcher became the director of admissions and financial aid in August, 2001. He also holds an MBA in management from Fordham.

Malecek manages the recruitment, admissions, scheduling, curriculum, and logistical functions of the Evening and Saturday MBA Program at Weatherhead. Before his appointment at Case Western, Malecek was the program director of the Teaching American History Grant Program at Cleveland State University. In addition to his role at Weatherhead, Malecek serves as vice-president of the council for the city of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, and is an appointed member of the Laketran Board of Trustees (Lake County, Ohio Transit Authority). He holds master's and bachelor's of arts degrees in government and history from American University in Washington, D.C.

Lilak, a part-time MBA student at GWU, currently works at Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Va. She is part of the Organizational Change Team and provides consulting services to U.S. government clients. Her goal is to help agencies become more efficient by streamlining processes. She also has worked for Andersen Consulting/Accenture (ACN) in both the Washington and Munich, Germany, offices, and for Siebel in customer relationship management. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio State University, where she majored in international business and marketing with a minor in German.

Your host for this event will be Francesca Di Meglio, BusinessWeek.com's B-schools community manager and reporter.

We hope you'll join us!

If you can't attend a live event, you can send Francesca Di Meglio questions for the guest in advance and she'll try to pose as many as she can. Please use the subject line "Part-Time Chat." Or you may simply read the transcript that we post afterward.


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