MBA 2020 | Brand and Product Management


Bailey Hackbarth graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer into the United States Navy where his initial assignment was onboard the destroyer USS Shoup in Everett, Washington. During this time, he took on leadership roles as the Gunnery and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, managing several divisions of sailors and weapons systems worth over $40M. His first deployment led him to the South China Sea and Persian Gulf, where he earned his Officer of the Deck and Surface Warfare Officer qualifications and played a major role in ensuring maritime security and international freedom of navigation. In 2014, he transferred to the Norfolk, Virginia-based USS Gravely as the ship’s navigator, charged with the safe maneuvering and efficient ship-handling of the 510-foot vessel at sea. This tour of duty was one of Bailey’s favorite military positions, as it demanded intense attention to detail, strong cross-functional leadership, and decisive action under ambiguous circumstances.

Following his time on the water, Bailey spent nearly three years driving program management and administration in the realm of diversity and inclusion at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. It was here that he developed a passion for inclusive excellence in higher education, and in addition to mentoring diverse students from around the globe through personal and professional counseling, he earned a Certificate of Mastery in Diversity and Inclusion from Georgetown University. He is excited to bring Lean In Circles to the University of Wisconsin School of Business.

Outside of work, Bailey enjoys working out (whatever is streaming on, producing electronic music, and cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers. He is also passionate about national politics and is an MBA Ambassador with Service 2 School, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping fellow veterans gain admission to top U.S. business schools. Now recently separated from active duty, Bailey is excited to raise his two young sons in his home state of Wisconsin while broadening his general business knowledge with a specialized MBA in the Center for Brand and Product Management.