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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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.

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.

Michael Hornung

Land a Promotion With Strategic Business Skills

Michael Hornung (MBA ’18) gained leadership skills and enhanced his business management knowledge, earning him a promotion before he finished the program.

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.

Yevgeniya Rudnytsky

Reinvent Your Career

Yevgeniya Rudnytsky (MBA ‘19) wanted to earn an MBA with a strong academic foundation and diverse experiences to reinvent herself, evolve as a professional, and advance her career as a strategic decision-maker.

Alba Rosales

Discover a Personal Leadership Style

Alba Rosales (MBA ’19) is driven to enhance her leadership style and is earning her MBA to challenge the status quo, get out of her comfort zone, and diversity her skill set to become a more versatile executive.

Tyler Whipple

Transform a Career and an Organization

Tyler Whipple (MBA ’19) cultivates diversity and inclusion as a strategic business process for American Family Insurance, guided by new perspectives and big picture thinking he has gained in the Executive MBA Program.

Alicia Kiser

Advance Performance With Leadership Skills

Alicia Kiser (MBA ’19) is a human resources expert forging her way to strategic leadership by expanding her acumen to be a better mentor and team director.

Alan Cawley

Open Doors for Your Career and Company

Alan Cawley (MBA '18) joined the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program to increase his critical business knowledge. He’s been in leadership positions for most of his career and is earning his MBA now to learn, grow, and be better prepared to lead his company’s expanded sales force.

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