Wisconsin School of Business Executive MBA students are a diverse group of experienced professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs who are focused on career advancement, professional growth, and increasing their earning potential.

Nearly half are in executive leadership positions when they enroll, representing a broad range of professions, such as manufacturing, finance, engineering, technology, healthcare, and more. While no two are alike, each student brings unique perspectives and specialized knowledge to the classroom.

By exploring the backgrounds of students and recent graduates featured below, you will understand why so many seasoned business executives choose the Executive MBA at UW–Madison to transform their careers.

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Brock Hensen in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol

Grow Your Expertise to Lead a Startup

Brock Hensen (MBA ’21) started his career at Epic, bringing transformative technology to health care. Now he’s the COO of an early stage digital health startup. He joined the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program to connect with fellow executives and gain strategic knowledge to help grow his company.

Elsa Jacobson standing in an office in front of co-workers working at their desk

Impact the Future of Health Care

Elsa Jacobson (MBA ’20) is a health care leader and Wisconsin native. She’s worked all over the country—first for Epic, and later in a role leading digital health at Stanford Health Care. When a leadership role opened up at UW Health, the Wisconsin Idea drew her back. Then the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program drew her in as well.

Master Health Care's Financials

As a surgeon and emerging leader, Neel Karne (MBA ’19) looked for a program that emphasized leadership education, finance, and economics to transform his role at Beloit Health System.

Ken Kleist

Take on the Business of Health Care

There are many different aspects of being a surgeon. There is of course the medical side, but there are also critical business elements to the role. As a leader in orthopedic surgery, Ken Kleist (MBA '18) chose the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program as a way to shore up his business acumen to be a more effective manager, and gain the skills to make a greater impact on healthcare. In his first year, Ken is excelling in the business school environment, learning new lessons from top executives and researchers, and mapping out a solidified career path.

Frederica Schuster

Add Management Expertise to an Established Career

Frederica Schuster (MBA '18) is a practicing dentist. She managed her own independent practice before joining a national dental service organization that operates more than 170 dental practices. Frederica chose the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program to expand her leadership skills and gain the flexibility to advance her career options on the business side of dentistry.

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