Getting to know Columbia Business School: Claisian Phillips ’14
Foram Doshi ’14
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:15am

The classmates I have met at Columbia Business School (CBS) have shaped my experience. This entry is part of a series of posts to provide you a glimpse into the diverse and incredibly accomplished CBS student body. I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I have.

Meet Claisian Phillips ’14

Name: Claisian Phillips

Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

Undergraduate School: Spelman College

Pre-MBA Role: Marketing Strategy for SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Summer Internship: The Walt Disney Studios

Post-MBA Plans:  Marketing or Corporate Strategy for a media or technology company

CBS Clubs: The Hermes Society, Black Business Students Association, Columbia Women in Business, Media Management Association, Marketing Association of Columbia, International Development Club, Innovation + Creativity in Business Society

Favorite CBS Memory: Hard question!  I've had so many amazing CBS experiences.  If I had to choose one favorite memory, it would be when I traveled to South Africa with the African Business Club.  Not only did we travel to a beautiful country with a rich cultural heritage, traveling together allowed my classmates and I to share countless memorable experiences.  My friends and I still laugh at some of the crazy nights in South Africa!

Personal Interests: My absolute love is performing arts. I started studying ballet, tap, and jazz when I was three years old and pretty much rehearsed or performed every day of my life until I graduated from college.

Why CBS:  The community, the clubs, the resources, New York City, CBS is literally the best of ALL worlds.  I love how CBS leverages the New York City location through master classes, adjunct professor, in-class speakers and semester internships.  You also can't beat the international makeup of our student body.  

Your first CBS Admissions event: My first CBS Admissions event was an info session in Uris Hall.  I was so nervous; I had no idea what to expect.  My nerves were completely unwarranted.  The Admissions team was so welcoming and informative and the students were happy to answer all my questions.  When I left the event I made the decision to only apply to Columbia Business School.  It was a crazy decision, but ultimately I knew I didn't want to attend any other business school.

Advice for incoming CBS students: Stay focused, business school moves at warp speed and without a clear sense of your goals, it's easy to get lost.

The Black Business Students Association (BBSA) Gala and My Cluster




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