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.

Lauren Jung
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Investing in Now and the Future

Lauren Jung MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Senior Executive Team Leader, Target
Lauren manages a multimillion dollar store and seeks the opportunity to move up even higher. She oversees 300 employees and runs logistics, customer service, and operational processes daily. She wears a lot of hats and no day is the same. To better prepare for an advanced leadership role, Lauren joined the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program and is learning new skills and building a network with other high-achieving professionals. She’s seeing an immediate return on her investment.
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Leah Lorenze
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Using an MBA to fuel workplace solutions

Leah Lorenze MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Director, Finance Shared Services, Altra Industrial Motion

Armed with a strong career in finance, Leah wanted to learn new skills and bring innovative solutions back to her organization. With the Wisconsin Executive MBA, she’s expanding her opportunities and energizing her professional life. Having thought about earning her MBA for years, Leah chose the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program to learn from world-renowned faculty and other top-level executives.

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Pamela Petz
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Applying critical lessons for leadership

Pamela Petz Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Director, Customer Contact Center for Great Wolf Resorts

Pamela enrolled in the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program to accelerate her already esteemed career. She has extensive leadership experience, manages more than 200 employees at Great Wolf Resorts, and saw earning her MBA at Wisconsin as a way to take her career to even greater heights. She’s now enhancing her knowledge by studying with world-renowned faculty and is developing a strong business acumen to apply to diverse organizational challenges.

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Lynn Fyhrlund
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From U.S. Army to IT director

Lynn Fyhrlund MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Current Job: IT Director– Business Applications, Milwaukee County

Lynn Fyhrlund 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.

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Guilherme Bornholdt
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Leading at the highest level

Guilherme Bornholdt MBA Graduation Year: 2015 Current Job: Finance and Administrative Manager, Tigre USA Pipe and Fittings

After spending 11 years growing his career, Guilherme found himself at a crossroads. He was looking to reach his full potential as a manager and move toward the top management level at his company. He earned his Wisconsin Executive MBA to make this happen, using his classroom insights to instigate positive change within his team at work.

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Maureen Lewandowski
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Growing as a leader to make a greater impact

Maureen Lewandowski MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Manager, Contact Center and Benefit Administration

Maureen is a customer experience expert who wanted to grow her career. She needed broader managerial skills and business knowledge to make a greater impact on her organization, and she wanted to tap into a community of top-level professionals for opportunities. Maureen enrolled in the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program and started growing her leadership abilities immediately. A year in, Maureen is learning essential business lessons, contributing at a higher level at work, and paving a confident path for career growth.

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Ken Kleist
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From surgeon to healthcare leader

Ken Kleist MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Orthopedic Surgeon
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 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.
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Mary Erpenbach
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Adding business leadership skills to technical expertise

Mary Erpenbach MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Senior Tech - Project Management, AT&T

Mary Erpenbach 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.

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Brian Kline
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Leveraging classroom insights in the workplace

Brian Kline MBA Graduation Year: 2014

Armed with a leadership background and 21 years of service in the United States Naval Corps, Brian Kline entered the Wisconsin Executive MBA program looking to build new skills to propel his career as a manufacturing executive.

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Joe Koruth
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Transitioning from engineer to manager

Joe Koruth MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: New Product Development Project Manager, Kohler Co.

Joe is a proven leader with diverse industry experience who aims to grow his company globally. In order to reach the next level within his company, Joe enrolled in the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program. He’s now enhancing his talents, applying new leadership techniques, and gaining a greater understanding of the cultural, economic, and financial forces that drive the global marketplace.

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Frederica Schuster
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Adding management expertise to an established career

Frederica Schuster, DDS MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: Dentist, Midwest Dental

Frederica 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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Elizabeth Branney-Gant
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Gaining responsibilities and strengthening others

Elizabeth Branney-Gant MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Current Job: Internal Auditor- Advanced with Department of Health Services Office of the Inspector General

For Elizabeth Branney-Gant, understanding financial statements, operations, and accounting is critical to her career success as an internal audit inspector. She’s getting her Wisconsin Executive MBA to boost her knowledge of these areas. Since starting at Wisconsin, she’s assumed more responsibility at work and has gained stronger credibility in the realms of policy, planning, and programmatic changes. She’s gained confidence in her leadership skills through her MBA experience, and is actively strengthening others.

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Collaborating with experienced professionals

Jeffrey Jump MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Current Job: CEO, Alcam Creamery

For the past 25 years, Jeffrey has worked in a variety of industries and roles, from startup companies to managing sales for entire business units. Jeffrey is earning his Wisconsin Executive MBA to compliment his vast real-world experience with fresh business knowledge learned from expert faculty and other high-achieving executives. Getting a top-ranked Wisconsin Executive MBA will give him the credentials and the know-how to fully achieve his potential as a business leader.

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Craig and Sara Pereira
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Gain critical skills and join a collaborative community

Craig and Sara Pereira MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Craig’s Current Job: Category Leader, Kohler Sara’s Current Job: Senior Market Analyst, Kohler

Craig and Sara have spent the last eight years at Kohler. Both have received numerous promotions, but they found themselves wanting to move into more strategic management roles. Together, they chose the Wisconsin MBA so that they could move their careers forward and support each other in the process.

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Ícaro dos Santos
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Gain critical skills to lead effectively

Ícaro dos Santos MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Current Job: Chief Research Officer, Astus Medical Manufacturing LLC

Armed with a Ph.D. in engineering, Ícaro 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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Kristie Pulvermacher
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Using tools from the classroom to cultivate effective teams in the workplace

Kristie Pulvermacher MBA Graduation Year: 2016 Current Job: Director, International Business & Investment Attraction, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Madison, WI

With nearly two decades in the work force, first in sales and then in corporate development for both the private sector and state government, Kristie Pulvermacher decided to pursue an MBA at the Wisconsin School of Business to prepare for the next step in her career. Her decision has already opened avenues and paths not previously available to her in her work.

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