Calvin White Eagle

Calvin White Eagle poses in front of two coworkers

University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin School of Business
Graduation Year: 2020
Current Job: Training and Development Director, Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells


Being a Native American, we’re very underrepresented in post-secondary education and especially in graduate schools. I feel at times this lack of formal higher education has put many tribes at a disadvantage by not having tribal members with the skills and knowledge to properly lead their people in this fast-advancing business world.

I believe I have the capacity and the drive to have a positive impact on my tribe’s future. I want to help ensure my tribe’s future is secure for generations to come and growing my business skills will help put me in a position to do that.

I’ve been thinking about an MBA for about seven years. I was initially thinking about a full-time MBA, but then met the love of my life, we got married, and now have kids. The Wisconsin Evening MBA fits my lifestyle better. It allows me to get on the path to career advancement while I work and support my family. I’ll graduate before my kids are in school.

I want to help ensure my tribe’s future is secure for generations to come and growing my business skills will help put me in a position to do that.

—Calvin White Eagle (MBA ’20)

I have very wonderful and intelligent classmates. It’s been great getting to know them and realizing that they face many of the same hurdles that I do. Listening to them share their experiences of how they overcame challenges has really helped me in my career by applying some of that knowledge and wisdom to my job.

This program has given me an opportunity to meet great people that I would have otherwise never met. I think some of my classmates will be lifelong friends.

I’m not a natural public speaker, but giving regular presentations in my classes has helped me greatly improve. I don’t think I would have obtained this skill anywhere else.

My first class was on the day my second son was born if you can believe that. A few hours after he was born I actually walked from Meriter Hospital to campus to attend class. My wife, and now my kids, have been very supportive of my education. A former graduate said “when you graduate, it’s like your family graduates with you.” I can really see how that’s true.


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