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.

Badri Lankella standing in the Learning Commons

Run a Business, Run for Office

Badri Lankella (MBA '19) has operated his own business for 12 years and has over 20 years of computer engineering experience. He was looking for new business ventures and wanted to expand his horizons as a leader.

MBA student sits near a finance terminal

Expand Your Influence With Enhanced Leadership Skills

Mike Kottmer (MBA ’20) spent much of his career in the military. Now, Mike is focused on sharpening his business and leadership skills for his position with the FBI. His executive MBA gives him a competitive résumé that relates his military background to more advanced government and private sector roles to expand his career options—with a goal of eventually starting a nonprofit to support the veterans.

Lynn Fyhrlund

From U.S. Army to IT Director

Lynn Fyhrlund (MBA '17) landed a job as an IT director—a move that was possible because of the skills and support gained from the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program. Previously working as a contractor in the IT field, Lynn now directs the implementation, development, integration, and maintenance of enterprise business and administrative information systems for Milwaukee County. With his UW–Madison MBA, Lynn looks to make a difference and build a fulfilling career in IT after an esteemed military career.

Mary Erpenbach

Add Business Leadership Skills to Technical Expertise

Mary Erpenbach (MBA '18) has built an accomplished career at AT&T and currently manages a 22-state territory for the telecommunications giant’s Ethernet services. As AT&T spreads globally, Mary looks to adapt, grow, and strengthen her leadership abilities. At Wisconsin, she’s learning from faculty experts and peer executives, adding new skills, and improving her communications.

Ícaro dos Santos

Executive Acumen for an Established Engineer

Armed with a Ph.D. in engineering, Ícaro dos Santos (MBA '17) has spent his career working on projects that make a difference in the world. From improving medical technology in Brazil to launching equipment for the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System, Ícaro had a wealth of experiences that set him up for success as the Chief Research Officer for Astus Medical Technology. Ícaro chose the Wisconsin MBA so he could gain the strategic business skills needed to launch a new office for his company.

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