Kim Bruksch
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Moving forward and building community

Kim Bruksch MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Program Coordinator at UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Kim wanted to change her career path and needed a stronger foundation in business to move forward. She recently relocated to Wisconsin to be close to family and switched industries from education programming to healthcare. Realizing her potential after the launch of a major initiative at her last job, Kim joined the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program to solidify her leadership skills and gain business acumen to make a greater impact at work and in the community.

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Sam Harvey
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Expanding business knowledge and becoming an entrepreneur

Sam Harvey MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Current Job: Product Manager, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company
Like many students in the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program, Sam comes from a non-business background and found himself needing business knowledge to move into a new role. An industrial engineer by trade with experience in operations, Sam has made two leaps since starting at Wisconsin: He’s earned a promotion at work, moving into product management, and he’s started his own business.
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Ashley Blinka
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Bridging the gap between creativity and business

Ashley Blinka MBA Graduation Year: 2019 Current Job: Associate Designer - Fashion Bedding

After working for four years in her current role as a designer for Kohl’s LC Lauren Conrad brand, Ashley discovered that she was most passionate when she could develop talent and affect strategies and processes. She joined the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program to improve her management skills and gain new insights to bring to the business side of her job.

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Donovan Malloy
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Broadening experiences in a supportive environment

Donovan Malloy MBA Graduation Year: 2019 Current Job: Manager, Talent Engagement and Development at Nielsen

After graduating from UW–Madison with a B.S. in consumer affairs, Donovan Malloy started his career in a developmental program for human resources. That opportunity taught him that he learned best while working to solve critical challenges with others. Donovan decided to pursue his Wisconsin Evening MBA to expand on his current working knowledge and to learn from others with diverse perspectives. His MBA is elevating his reasoning and preparing him to solve the new challenges in human resources and beyond.

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Michael Zeamer
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Transitioning from engineer to manager

Michael Zeamer MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Design Engineer, Baker Manufacturing Company LLC

Michael wanted a broader perspective to expand his career options beyond his highly focused engineering background. The Wisconsin Evening MBA Program is equipping him with a broad-based business education in a setting that features collaborative learning, career planning, and networking. Michael is now advancing his career to meet long-term career advancement goals and is also applying classroom learning immediately to add value to his current role.

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Ali Baumgartner
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Join a supportive community and gain essential business skills

Ali Baumgartner MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Current Job: Product Manager, Fiskars

After completing her undergraduate internship at Fiskars, Ali graduated and went on to work for the company. Just a couple years—and a promotion—later, Ali knew she didn’t want to wait to take her career to the next level.

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Erik Aelli
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Growing skills to take on new challenges

Erik Aellig MBA Graduation Year: 2019 Current Job: Relationship Manager at US Bancorp Fund Services, LLC.

Erik is pursuing his MBA to stay competitive in an always-changing job market. He’s looking to gain skills to advance in his company, and obtain new credentials to prepare for a future high-level job abroad. After one semester in the program, he’s already received a new job offer within his company, and is seeing improvements in his organizational and leadership skills.

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Julia Fillingame
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Building connections with global thought leaders

Julia Fillingame MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Bilingual Resource Specialist in Madison Metropolitan School District & Business Analyst for UW-Madison’s Global Artisans/Wisconsin Without Borders-Marketplace project (through the School of Human Ecology)

Having worked abroad extensively, Julia returned to Madison to earn her Wisconsin Evening MBA and move her career forward. A specialist in nonprofits, microenterprises, and artisan cooperatives, Julia is building her leadership skills in order to be a more effective manager within the development and NGO world.

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Heather Kopec
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Building skills to lead

Heather Kopec MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Current Job: Director, Start-up Campaigns, University of Wisconsin Foundation

Heather entered the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program to open doors for future career opportunities. With an undergraduate degree in Art and Spanish, she knew she had the creative and communication skills to succeed, but wanted to complement her undergraduate education with a greater focus on strategy and analysis. Heather is seeing tangible results while continuing to work.

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Jim Schadeberg
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Gaining real-life insights from faculty and peers

Jim Schadeberg MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Financial Analyst, Covance, Madison, WI

With a passion for business he’s held for years, Jim has spent the past few years putting his Bachelor of Business Education to good use as a financial analyst for Covance, a clinical research company in Madison. Jim decided to pursue an MBA for its versatile application to a wide variety of business careers and industries, and plans to use his degree to diversify his skill set so that he can run his own company one day.

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Jordan Lee
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Gain critical business skills and move beyond traditional management limitations

Jordan Lee MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Program Specialist at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, formerly Assistant General Manager, Best Western Plus InnTowner

After working in hospitality management for 10 years, Jordan wanted the opportunity to move beyond the limitations of her supervisory role in hospitality. With skills gained in the Wisconsin MBA Program, Jordan has already taken a big step toward her management goal in a new role as a specialist with a state business development program.

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Matthew Teresinski
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A foundation for career advancement

Matthew Teresinski MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Current Job: Business Performance and Analysis Manager, American Family Insurance

After spending seven years in the U.S. Army and earning a Bronze Star, Matthew Teresinski was ready for the next step in his life. He chose Wisconsin because he knew that the skills and community he would gain could take his career to the next level.

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Ryan Derus
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Gain essential skills to excel at a high level in business

Ryan Derus MBA Graduation Year: 2015 Current Job: Project and Lean Specialist, BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Ryan started his professional career as a laboratory technologist at the Blood Center of Wisconsin. He chose the Wisconsin Evening MBA because it would position him to meaningfully advance his career. He knew the program would give him the skills he needed to excel in a high-level business strategy role.

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Ashley Major
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Experience world‑class curriculum and a tight‑knit community

Ashley Major MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Senior Financial Analyst, American Girl

The Wisconsin MBA was the right choice for Ashley, who advanced her career soon after beginning the program. Not only did the program help her secure a new job during her first semester, she’s gaining the skills and experience she needs to take her career to the next level.

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