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Donovan Brown

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Applied Security Analysis
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Financial Analyst

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The specialization in Applied Securities Analysis specifically offered the skills I wanted to learn.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would advise them to consider the diversity and inclusion commitment at UW Madison and how having individuals like myself that bring a different perspective can strengthen their MBA experience. For those in the minority, I could advise on my experience so far with the strong support I have seen with diversity and inclusion with the faculty and how this has made my MBA experience more rewarding.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I’m terrified of large bodies of water because I can’t swim. I had an instructor that had 20+ years of experience and I still couldn’t figure it out.

Patrick Cunniff 
Patrick Cunniff

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Applied Security Analysis
Hometown: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Equity Research Analyst at an investment firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Reputation for being one of the strongest investment management programs with a diverse network that is relatively local to my hometown.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Wisconsin's MBA program is known for being top-ranked in terms of ROI. If you are willing to take a risk to land that desired dream job that is specialized within the program - Wisconsin's MBA program would be the right fit for you.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love to golf!

Arts Administration

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Brand and Product Management

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Samantha Betlej 
Samantha Betlej

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Various roles in industrial automation (Account Manager, Global Product Specialist, Associate Engineer)

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The Wisconsin MBA Program is set apart by its alumni relationships, access to companies and board members, early specialization courses, and hands-on applied learning.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Networking is such a critical part of the program, and why not start now! Network early with current students and faculty to get a rounded picture of the program.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have studied in China and worked in the United Kingdom!

Kristin Bush 
Kristin Bush

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Slinger, WI

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • ESL teacher

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
As a Wisconsin Alumni, I know the power of the Wisconsin brand. There is a sense of community here, Badgers look out for all other badgers. This is especially apparent in the networking and internship opportunities. I also wanted a program with a lot of experiential learning opportunities.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Don't be afraid to reach out to the MBA faculty, staff, current students, and alum. Everyone is rooting for your success and willing to help you achieve your goals.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
My picture was featured on the Kohl Center (UW-Madison basketball arena) souvenir cup for a year. I drank soda ever basketball game so I could give everyone in my family a cup.

Daniel Campbell 
Daniel Campbell

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Marketing (Healthcare)

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
One of the reasons I want to be an MBA ambassador is because I chose Wisconsin primarily because of the advice and guidance I received from a current student. Chad Reinhardt has been a friend of mine since undergrad and he was a tremendous resource for me while I was on my MBA application journey. His insight into the Wisconsin MBA program was a deciding factor for me when I was making my decision. Now, I want to do the same for prospective MBA students.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would tell them to not be afraid to jump into an unfamiliar experience. For me, moving across the country to Madison was intimidating, but the student body and faculty are incredible and will make you feel right at home. Additionally, Madison is a wonderful city with plenty to do and see. What are you waiting for???

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have plenty: I brew my own kombucha, I play chess... a lot, I'm currently on a journey to read a biography on every president and I'm a scratch disc golfer.

Connie Cannizzaro 
Connie Cannizzaro

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Medinah, Illinois

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Rotational Engineer

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose Wisconsin based on its proximity to my home and the companies that recruit from the program.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
The faculty and your classmates want you to succeed and will help you in every way to achieve your goals. I immediately felt welcomed to campus and the program. Even before classes started, I was given multiple opportunities for interviews with companies for internships because I am attending the UW MBA program

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I still have a baby tooth.

Andrew Hendricks 
Andrew Hendricks

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Brookfield, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Marketing, Events & Tradeshows

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Wisconsin has great alumni resources and great relationships with potential employers. Everyone I talked to during the application process was more than willing to answer my questions and really pulled me towards an inclusive community at Madison.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Although becoming a full-time student and foregoing your current career may be scary, you will be glad you did. The environment and students at Wisconsin are welcoming and it is a team building atmosphere vs. a competitive cut-throat atmosphere that may exist at other schools.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have chipped the same tooth 7 times. Each in a different way.

Brock Mallek 
Brock Mallek

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Stevens Point, WI

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Air Traffic Control Supervisor

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Three major factors played roles in my decision to comes to UW-Madison. First, the specialization model was one of the first things that sparked my interest in the program. It was important to me to not only get the broad, general knowledge that every MBA needs, but I also wanted to be able to work towards being an expert in a specific area. Second, many of the companies I am interested in have connections to Madison. Finally, the culture, I felt like I was part of a tight-knit community in my first visit as an admitted student. The people were welcoming and made me feel like they were excited I was there; I did not get those same feelings from other programs I interacted with.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Don't underestimate the importance of a program's culture and how it fits with what you want out of your MBA experience.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I lived in the UK for three years. That experience opened my eyes to how fun and transformational travel can be. It also made me appreciate some of the little things we take for granted in the US (watching American sports at a normal hour, driving on the right side of the road, etc.).

Collin Masters 
Collin Masters

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Mangement
Hometown: Peoria, IL

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Tax Consulting

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program because it offered everything I was looking for in a program - specialization, placement, and ROI. I also loved how high-touch it was, and I felt like part of the family from the very beginning of the process.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
If you want a specialized MBA program, and Wisconsin offers that specialization; this program is probably for you!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I was Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006.

 
Thomas Meaney

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: San Diego, California

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Video producer

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The people I met here, and the companies it has relationships with.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Talk to alums from schools you're considering, and look carefully at the companies they have relationships with, and which industries they tend to send people into.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I can recite Poe's "The Raven" from memory (usually).

Joseline Nyinawabera 
Joseline Nyinawabera

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Marketing Strategist for the Wisconsin School of Business
  • Business Owner

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose to earn my MBA at the Wisconsin School of Business because of the specialization program. I will be able to enhance my strategic branding skills because of the boutique curriculum designed entirely around the distinct set of skills needed to manage brands, from day one. Additionally, the Brand and Product Management program is the first MBA specialization of its kind in the country with a future brand manager in mind. Learning from world-renowned professors, reading through case studies, and participating in applied learning will allow me to fine-tune my skills. Lastly, the university’s value of Together Forward also aligns with my commitment to serve and improve the lives of others.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
When considering the Wisconsin School of Business or any MBA program look at what school best matches the culture you are looking for. Think about it like a job interview. You should interview them just as much as they are interviewing you. If you like an MBA program that has a family-like culture, this place is for you! Also, consider ROI. What is the tuition, cost of living, and match that with career outcomes during summer internships and post-grad positions. Madison has a very high ROI so you get an amazing education, a phenomenal network, and a great return!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
When I am not working, I enjoy brunch, traveling, African and Salsa Dancing, and serving my community through my beloved organizations Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Urban League Young Professionals.

Liana Richardson 
Liana Richardson

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Gorham, Maine

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Product Designer

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose Wisconsin based on the specialized programs, the advisory board resources, and the incredible network of Alumni. I think the involvement and commitment of alumni is one of the major things that makes UW Madison different.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Talk to as many current students and alumni as possible! Take advantage of the resources available to you and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love toys and collectibles. My first job out of undergrad was in toy design at American Girl.

Ryan Sakib 
Ryan Sakib

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Brand and Product Management at Consumer Goods companies

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Specialization, employment opportunities, the reputation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the vibrancy of life in Madison.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Consider both the tangible and intangible return you expect from your investment. And while considering the returns in terms of what the business school and the university can offer, also consider how much you can experience in the short duration of your degree.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
Once I traveled across the United States, from New York to California and back, entirely on buses.

Charles Scott 
Charlie Scott

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Shorewood, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • 4.5 years at Abercrombie & Fitch Corporate, first in Product Management, then in Marketing & Pricing Strategy
  • 5.4 years at Elutions, Inc., an industrial Artificial Intelligence company, in Business Development & Brand Strategy

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
First, the best value for the quality, second, Brand & Product Management Specialization offering.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Think critically about what you want to get out of an MBA program, determine if any of Wisconsin's MBA Specializations align with your objectives, and vet that thinking and your fit within the program by speaking with the Specialization director, staff and students.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I went 30 days without a shower while backpacking through Montana's Absoroka and Beartooth mountain ranges.

Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

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Michael Belli 
Michael Belli

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Worked in investment management operations/sales roles with New York Life and S&P Global

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I was attracted to the beautiful city of Madison, the welcoming faculty/students that I met while I visited campus, the impressive CFIB department led by Brad Chandler, and the relatively small size of the program within a large undergraduate university.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Visit Grainger Hall and come see for yourself! It is well worth the visit.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I drove cross country in 2018 and skied numerous mountains out west!

Christopher Durant 
Christopher Durant

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Dellwood, MN

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Equity Research Analyst

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Because the Wisconsin MBA Program is more than a program, it is a group of individuals who genuinely care about your success.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Whatever emotional block you might have that is keeping you from realizing your full potential, Wisconsin MBA will push you and help you overcome it. And most importantly you will have an amazing support network of new friends to help you succeed.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I run marathons and am a triathlete, both equally intense in their own ways, but a relaxing day for me is fly fishing and a cold beer.

Aisha Hurston 
Aisha Hurston

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Director, Programs and Operations

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The faculty and staff.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Start early! It’s a major decision and requires an investment. If you’re willing to do the work, Wisconsin is the place for you.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I’ve been ejected from several high school basketball games.

Dan Hyszczak 
Dan Hyszczak

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Andover, Massachusetts

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Business development at a corporate law firm.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Location, specialized curriculum, large university benefits.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Know your story and where you want to end up. The earlier you can start planning for potential careers the better positioned you will be.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I've never been stung by a bee.

Nattanit Kosakarn 
Nattanit Kosakarn

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Thailand

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Business Analyst at ExxonMobile and Finance Assistant at UN

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Wisconsin MBA has a very strong alumni network, both in Thailand and in US. The specialization is so unique which sets Wisconsin MBA apart from other programs. Each specialization has their own incredibly talented faculty and staff, who are more than willing to help you to succeed and help you to achieve your goal.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
It's really important to choose program that you feel would fit you the most. Are you looking for small class size, close knit community and individual attention from both faculty and career management team for each of every students? Those are one of many things I considered in my case, and Wisconsin MBA program exceeds my expectation in every possible way.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
My main hobby is shooting film photography. I always carry my analog camera with me wherever I go. I am so into Arts, music, and film. That is the reason why I love going to live concerts and music festival as I believe nothing can beat the atmosphere of live performance.

JJ Liter 
JJ Liter

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Project Manager at Epic Systems

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I choose this as an opportunity to grow my business acumen and broaden my career opportunities.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
You can immediately feel how much one on one attention you get from the faculty.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I won a car on the Price is Right playing the "Money Game".

Daniel Mellen 
Dan Mellen

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Financial Analyst for CVS Health

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The people I met when visiting were so willing to help. I loved feeling supported before even being accepted. I also really like the specializations.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
To carefully consider why you want an MBA and to seriously consider Wisconsin for their MBA due to the specializations, alumni network, and the beautiful city of Madison.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have lived in 4 states and traveled to 6 different counties.

Marketing Analytics and Insights

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Logan Butson 
Logan Butson

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Marketing Analytics and Insights
Hometown: Platteville, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Software Design

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Scholarship offer, and specialization's reputation in the industry.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
How important is a specialization to you? Learn what is relevant to your interests, or does broad experience make sense?

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
Avid runner, have competed for multiple marathons and training for an Ironman.

Mackenzie Jahn 
Mackenzie Jahn

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Marketing Analytics and Insights
Hometown: Huxley, Iowa

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Account and Project Management at a Local Marketing Agency

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Attention to detail, connection and excellence are values that drive the manner in which I conduct myself both professionally and personally. As I was researching graduate programs for marketing research and consumer insights, Wisconsin’s MBA program, more specifically it’s specialization in Marketing Analytics & Insights, consistently stood out for its alignment with my values. The opportunity to hone skills and focus on a more specific career path through a specialization would allow me to give attention to detail to my education and career goals. Meanwhile the vast faculty, alumni and industry connections who were willing and eager to meet with me throughout the application process proved the program’s dedication to genuine connection. Furthermore, as one of, if not the best, graduate programs for a career in consumer insights, Wisconsin’s MBA in Marketing Analytics & Insights clearly stood out in terms of its excellence from the character and intelligence of the individuals associated with it to its industry connections, curriculum, applied learning opportunities, external advisory board, employment outcomes and even recent ranking as #5 Best MBA for Marketing by the Princeton Review. When I visited campus in late February and was able to experience a little bit of the program for myself, it continued to validate all of the aforementioned.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Enjoy the process. Spend time connecting with, getting to know and asking questions to as many current students, faculty, alumni, etc. in order to more fully understand what the Wisconsin MBA Program is all about, how it might align with your education and career goals and how you could potentially see yourself benefiting and contributing to it.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I’m an avid ice cream eater who’s always in search of the best local ice cream shops and has dreams of seeing if she can eat a whole quart in one sitting someday.

Chelsea Johnson 
Chelsea Johnson

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Marketing Analytics and Insights 
Hometown: Madison, WI

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Before pursuing my MBA, I worked in marketing and communications for non-profits, an ecommerce startup, and the UW Hospital.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I choose the Wisconsin MBA to get specialized training in Marketing Analytics and Insights, which pairs with the MBA foundation to allow me to build the skills I need to bridge insights to action.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Don't try to be everything to everyone - be clear to yourself and others about your personal interests, strengths, and story.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
In my free time, I like to enjoy Madison's many bike paths and trails.

Sarah Link 
Sarah Link

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Marketing Analytics and Insights 
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Sr. Strategist at a media agency

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The specialization focus that would give me the focused experience I wanted as well as the overall reputation of the Wisconsin School of Business and the University. Also, I am a double Badger.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Consider what your goals are and determine if the specialization program is right for you.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I used to play tennis.

Nicole Monarrez 
Nicole Monarrez

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Marketing Analytics and Insights
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Marketing Research

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Top program for my specialization.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Be intentional about your goals--what are you looking for, where do you want to end up, what do you want to learn?

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love Latin dancing.

Liz Steiner 
Liz Steiner

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Marketing Analytics and Insights
Hometown: Chicago Suburbs

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Eight years in Marketing (digital and product)

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
After my research I found that the marketing research specialization was exactly what I was looking and the next step to further my career. Wisconsin School of Business was an easy choice due to their culture, curriculum, and resources.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Plan a campus visit to meet with faculty, 1st and 2nd year students, and talk with directors from any specialization of interest to gain better insight to the program and career path.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a registered yoga teacher and am working towards completing 50 half marathons in 50 states (I'm halfway there).

Matthew Steinschneider 
Matthew Steinschneider

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Marketing Analytics and Insights 
Hometown: Fairfield, CT

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Digital Marketing

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Strong focus on research philosophy and strong recruiting relationships.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Make sure you figure out your specialization plans before applying, and have definite career plans.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I fenced in college.

Ngoc Tran 
Krystal Tran

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Marketing Analytics and Insights
Hometown: Nam Dinh City, Vietnam

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Marketing Research Analyst in Kantar - a global research agency, Ho Chi Minh City office.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Small-sized and together forward spirit. Additionally, A.C. Nielsen Center is famous for academic quality and recruitment relationships in Marketing Research industry.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Know yourself well: Who you are, what you have done and who you want to become in the future.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
People gave me food-related nicknames such as Thai hotpot, Thai Curry, Apple Custard, Pan Cake and so on. I think that is because I am a foodie and I like using food to describe human personalities.

Operations and Technology Management

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Parthasarathy Muthyala Bhaskar 
Parthasarathy Muthyala Bhaskar

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Chennai, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Technology Lead at Infosys Limited

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The small size of the MBA program means that you'd get to know all your classmates and learn from their experiences. The WSB alumni are known to have strong ties to the school after graduation so this will be a plus during internship/job search times. The OTM program is STEM recognized so international students will benefit from the OPT period.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
If you're someone who loves working in a collaborative, close knit environment, the Wisconsin MBA program is for you. Everyone you meet here is super friendly, eager to know about you, and willing to help you in any way they can.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
From being a little kid who used to get scared of strangers, I now love meeting new people and making friends.

Baris Gezgen 
Baris Gezgen

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Ankara, Turkey

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • 6 years of project management in a military vehicle project.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
First of all, specialization model helps you to hit the ground running, gathering you with students who have similar interests and career goals from day one. OTM Specialization has STEM designation, which is important for internationals who are seeking jobs in US under OPT. STEM also emphasizes that program has robust quantitative approach. Second, class size is low enough to know everyone in the program by name, which definitely helps to build a close-knit alumni base, but large enough to allow a strong network. I would say right in the goldilocks zone. Last but not least, the city of Madison. Stationed between 2 gorgeous lakes, Madison has lots of outdoor activities with low cost of living. Madison is generally ranked as one of the best cities in US, having one of the highest restaurants/activities per capita in whole US.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Do not hesitate to get in touch with students, staff and faculty. Ask questions. Visit the campus if you can. The more you are involved, the more you will be satisfied with your decision.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love soccer, both as a player and a spectator. I encourage my friends to attend major soccer tournaments across the world and organize all the bookings and itineraries.

Deeptanshu Jha 
Deeptanshu Jha

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Banking

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Financial aid

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Madison is great, but a lot depends on yourself. If you utilize their opportunities it could provide a great springboard to your career.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
Besides being Time person of the year 2006... I’ve camped in five different biomes.

Chetan Kamalraj 
Chetan Kamalraj

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Bangalore, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Research and Development Engineer

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose WSB for its reputation and focused MBA.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would ask them to set their goals right and choose a program that helps to realize the goal.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a handwriting analyst.

Maghan Kuehl 
Maghan Kuehl

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012, I worked as an Assistant Store Manager for a national department store for three years.
  • In 2015, I transitioned into the financial services industry and became a Wealth Management Associate, supporting a team of financial advisors at a national financial advisory firm.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program because my first four years as a Badger were some of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life. I knew the curriculum would be outstanding and the connections I would form would last a lifetime. Of the many programs I visited, the Wisconsin MBA Program felt the most personalized and engaging. Every person I met with on my campus visit was welcoming and passionate about the program. I knew if I had the opportunity to join the Wisconsin School of Business again, it would be a truly exceptional experience.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Be prepared to be challenged, to build lifelong friendships and connections, to fall in love with Madison and being a Badger. This community is truly special and you won't regret your decision to become a part of it.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have an almost 15-year-old Cocker Spaniel. Her name is Cori and she is quite the princess. Even though dogs don't turn exactly 100, my brother and I threw her a small 100th birthday party this summer. She wore a pink hat and bow tie and was living her best life.

Katherine Le 
Katherine Le

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Wrote clinical practice guidelines for UW Health

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Reputation and location.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Have an idea of what you want to do with your MBA and determine if the Wisconsin MBA program is a good fit/would help achieve that goal.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
Played piano for 12 years growing up.

Coco Liu 
Coco Liu

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: China

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Research scientist in gastroenterology for three years

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose this program because of its specialization model, I want to focus on Operations and Technology Management, which fortunately is STEM-designated. I also reached several first-year students, they gave me valuable advises.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Talk to current MBA students, faculty or alumni to see if you like the culture or not. Think about your plans and how to achieve your goals.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I enjoy photography so much, sometimes I wake up early just to catch a sunrise while other times I could wait hours for the sunset.

Rahul Manay 
Rahul Manay

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Bangalore, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Sales Support Engineer

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The career specialization model and the large alumni network.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
It is important to know your story and how you want to write the next page.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have lived in 5 different countries.

Karan Modi 
Karan Modi

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Agra, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • 4 Years in a Management Consulting Firm as a Business Analyst.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program because of its collaborative culture, small class size, quality and reputation of the program, and fantastic placement statistics. The program offers one of the best diverse and flexible specializations in the country with a focused core curriculum in first year.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I highly recommend checking out each specialization in detail, including different tracks and certifications, and see how it can best suit your goals. An MBA degree is much more than just education; connect with current students and alumni to hear about the city, culture, extracurricular activities, and events so that you can make the best use of the program. Also, attend the online information sessions hosted by the university to gain knowledge and get your questions answered to make a well-informed decision.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am enthusiastic about adventure sports, traveling, and long road trips. I love to explore new places, different cuisines, and drinks. A huge Real Madrid fan #Halamadrid.

Folarin Omotoriogun 
Fola Omotoriogun

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • I led software projects at a pan-African financial technology company.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Coming from a technology background, I was attracted to the Wisconsin MBA, particularly the Operations and Technology Management specialization for its STEM-based teaching approach. Furthermore, I sought an MBA program that was affordable but also demonstrated broad industry connections, as well as high employment outcomes. Through my research and interactions with Wisconsin alumni, the Wisconsin MBA program demonstrated all of these and gave me the confidence I needed to make the choice for Wisconsin among other universities.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would recommend prospective students, talk to current students and alumni, and even visit the Grainger Hall here at Madison, physically or virtually, while exploring the Wisconsin MBA program. Once you have decided the Wisconsin MBA is right for you, apply in the first or second round, showcase your skills, and you may qualify for one form of financial aid or the other.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
Despite being a technologist, I have also once successfully managed a beauty salon!

Amanda Perez 
Amanda Perez

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Peoria, IL

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Research Specialist

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose UW because it was a great investment in my backyard. I attended UW as an undergrad and really enjoyed my time as a student. The university, overall, has a great academic reputation.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Utilize all the resources the Wisconsin School of Business offers. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. You will be surprised just how capable you are.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love spending time outdoors, running, hiking and rock climbing.

Kunal Raizada 
Kunal Raizada

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Noida, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Lead Quality Assurance Engineer – IT

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
UW-Madison's reputation in Technology education, I wanted a specialized MBA over general MBA, class size for better relationships, cost of attendance, funding opportunities, and employment statistics.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
To look for a program that focuses on their post-MBA goals, keep their debt down to pursue aggressive career choices, look for an environment that cohesively grooms their strengths.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I've been told my energy & enthusiasm is infectious and rubs on everyone around me.

Julius Siksnianas 
Julius Siksnianas

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Kaunas, Lithuania

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Worked as a Food Technologist and Technical Sales Engineer

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Wisconsin School of Business has extremely good reviews of former students and engaging career specialization model. As a student from Europe, I was interested what University is behind MBA program. University of Wisconsin-Madison is ranked very high in all Global University Rankings. Therefore, I know that MBA degree from UW-Madison will allow me to work in top positions in US or anywhere in the world.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would like to tell prospective students that MBA programs throughout the world cannot be compared only by numbers. In the end it is an emotional decision, so it is very important to get as much knowledge as possible about the city, state and University. Before my studies, I had a possibility to visit Madison during my holidays. From that time, I knew that Wisconsin School of Business will be the first choice for my MBA studies.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have Master's degree in Food and Beverage Technology and I am really interested in brewing and wine making technologies. Production of alcoholic beverages has an old culture and long history. Old Italian proverb attributed to Michelangelo says: A barrel of wine can work more miracles than a church full of saints. Definitely, beer and wine have to be consumed in moderate amounts.

Jorge Tefel 
Jorge Tefel

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Miami, Florida

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Six years in operations management at Disney.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin School of Business because of its specialization model, its close and collaborative culture, and its high rank among business schools in the country.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would advise prospective students to reach out to current students. By doing so they will form a well-rounded view of the culture. An easy way to build connections with Wisconsin faculty and students is by attending their MBA webinars or virtual visits. I would also recommend that they review the ROI of their target schools. Sometimes one might aim for the highest-ranking school but may not consider the debt they will graduate with. Lastly, the Wisconsin School of Business is a ROMBA fellowship participating school. If you identify as an LGBT+ candidate, this program offers unique resources and opportunities to connect with corporate partners.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a Miami native which means I have never lived in weather colder than 40 degrees.

Michael Turco 
Michael Turco

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Hartland, WI

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Technology Consulting at Deloitte

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
For me, my choice for WSB was chiefly influenced by two things: 1) Specializations. The specialization model resonated with me because it made me think about what I want to do up front and nudged me to be very direct about the choices I make to get to those career goals. It forces you to be proactive about the career search. 2) Madison. This town is the perfect blend of lifestyles from outdoors, to college sports, to bars and restaurants.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I encourage prospective students to take an alternative view of the value of your MBA. It is true there are two sides to the MBA financial situation, cost of the program and earning potential upon graduation. The traditional view is to prioritize high earning potential because that will leave you better off financially in the long run. I argue, however, that remaining debt free or taking on minimal debt is freedom and ought to be considered equally in the decision process. The reason being that high debt forces a recent graduate to take the highest paying career. On the other hand, a recent graduate with low or zero student debt has the latitude to make freer career choices upon graduation and has the opportunity financially to take a lower paying job in a field of particular interest because he or she is unencumbered financially.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have swam in all 5 of the Great Lakes.

Alex Vaughn 
Alex Vaughn

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Windsor, NY

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Audit Associate and Project Management

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Reputation and program price.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Great town, great program, great people!!!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love to swim.

Peter Wilk 
Peter Wilk

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • IT Analyst

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The main reason was its size: I liked the smaller program where you will get more individualized attention from professors and staff, and get to know your classmates better.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would advise them to really think if there is a specialization that truly speaks to them and they want to commit to it for 2 years in school and likely much longer afterwards, as the specialization model is rather rigid which is great for those who know what they want to do coming in, but not so great for those keeping many options open.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I was born on Friday the 13th.

Raymond Xu 
Raymond Xu

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • IT Auditing

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Each specialization has its own center and director. This give us enormous opportunities to interact with our director to talk about a wide range of topics; from career development and industry trends to resources. In addition, I like Madison and our campus. It is a tranquil, quiet city but still has lots of fun, foods, and beautiful scenes in and around the city. Of course, it also has a very high ROI for mid-career candidates.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Our program provides high-quality services in academics and career developments. Although it is pretty low-profile, this program has almost anything you want from a good MBA program, including good reputation, decent ranking, strong alumni connections, nice career services, high-quality faculty, etc. During your application, what you need to do is show yourself, your fits and passions towards our program. And we are one of the ROMBA fellowship participating schools. If you identify as an LGBT Candidate, our program would bring you tremendous opportunities to get connected with the LGBT Community and top corporate resources.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am an avid movie and TV fan. My favorite American Sitcom is Growing Pains. I like the Seavor Family and get know of Leonardo DiCaprio from that show.

Real Estate

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Evan Gorder 
Evan Gorder

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Real Estate
Hometown: Davis, CA

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Affordable Housing, Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Entrepreneur

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Real Estate specialization is one of the top programs in the country. Alumni network for Real Estate is one of the largest. Family legacy at the University of Wisconsin.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Applying to business school is a process, it will not happen in one day. Start early and plan baby steps to break out the required work and application. Research the career specialization model and see how that will uniquely benefit you towards your desired career path.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
My favorite actor is Mathew McConaughey.

Carolyn Kane 
Carolyn Kane

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Real Estate
Hometown: Minnetonka, MN

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Real Estate Finance (Commercial Lending)

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I was drawn to Wisconsin by the specialization model and the small class size. Nearly every MBA program provides a broad understanding of all aspects of business, but not all offer the specialization focus you need to grow and advance your career. Additionally, the real estate program is one of the best in the nation and has an exceptional alumni network. The welcoming and close-knit environment of the MBA program was also a deciding factor for me. The small class size ensures I will get a personalized educational and mentorship experience to help me accelerate my career.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Schedule a visit to WSB and every other school you are seriously considering. Every program has unique culture and learning environment. Meet with current students, get to know faculty and staff, and attend a class to ensure the program with the right fit for you.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am an ice-cream enthusiast. I also have a twin sister, but we don't know who is older.

Roman Orozov 
Roman Orozov

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Real Estate
Hometown: Dupnitsa, Bulgaria

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Leasing Specialist at ICM Properties, Chicago, IL

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program because it allows students to specialize in specific fields. Moreover, WSB has one of the best real estate programs in the US.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
One piece of advice I would give to a prospective student is to really think about what you want to do after graduation while understanding your goals might change. In conclusion, have a plan but also be open-minded and flexible to change it if you discover new interests.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I enjoy reading a variety of nonfiction books within the fields of business, social science, physics, and machine learning.

Mark Schaer 
Mark Schaer

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Real Estate
Hometown: Rockford, IL

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Marketing Coordinator/Insurance Assistant at Eckburg Insurance Group in Rockford, IL

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I took a holistic look at the two programs I was deciding between: the Wisconsin MBA Program and a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern's Medill School of journalism. Wisconsin impressed me with its collaborative nature and the prestige of its real estate specialization. In addition, Sharon McCabe and Greg Reed did an excellent job making me feel comfortable and sold the program well. After looking at all this, I knew choosing Wisconsin was the correct decision.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would advise them to talk to as many people as they can; current students, professors, and staff members in their specialization center if they know what they want to concentrate on. If you ask, people will help you and give you lots of good information.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am an Eagle Scout! Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, and only about 5% of scouts ever accomplish this feat. I have over 40 merit badges and completed a conservation service project that amounted to over 100 hours of volunteer time.

Risk Management and Insurance

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Isaac Ratcliffe 
Isaac Ratcliffe

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Risk Management and Insurance
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Business solutions at a pharmaceutical company

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Specializations, campus, cost.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Visit the campus (virtually for now) and get to know your specialization's Director.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have bowled a perfect 300 game, but I haven't bowled since high school.

Andrew Shaw 
Andrew Shaw

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Risk Management and Insurance
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Senior Health & Safety Manager

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The specialization model and great network.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Take your time to do a lot of self-reflecting to determine you motivation in pursuing an MBA. Talk to as many people associated with your targeted programs. Try not to compare yourself to others.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have played pick-up basketball at the White House.

Strategic Human Resource Management

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Melissa Arenas 
Melissa Arenas

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Pewaukee, Wisconsin 

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Shift manager at ALDI

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Jumpstart a career in HR.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
The support and commitment of every person here, faculty and peers, is designed to help you succeed! You will discover new things about yourself, make lifelong connections, and thrive in community of excellence.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I enjoy making up quirky songs to help me remember things!

Will Ayer 
Will Ayer

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Gilford, NH

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • HR Benefits Specialist for 4 years

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program because of the unique specialization model they had and for the dedication they put into the success of the students both academically and professionally.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Come do a campus tour and see for yourself what the school has to offer. It will give you a good look at what a Wisconsin MBA can do for you and how it will propel your career forward.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I like to travel and have been to 45 of the 50 United States. I have yet to visit Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky. I have also visited Canada and Argentina with plans to visit other countries soon.

Anna Faught 
Anna Faught

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Bath, Maine

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • I was a teacher in public schools, and I worked across grades K-12 in English and Social Studies.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose Wisconsin due to the well-rounded nature of the curriculum as well as the targeted specializations. Additionally, the strong placement record across the entire program spoke to real-world value of the Wisconsin MBA.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would encourage them to do as much research as they can, don't be afraid to ask questions throughout the process, and talk to as many people in the program as possible. In the end, only you will know what is right for you, but take the time to envision yourself where you want to be at the end of your MBA and consider how Wisconsin could help you get there.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I was born and raised in Arkansas, and I am a lifelong Arkansas Razorback fan.

Edward Gailor 
Ed Gailor

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Active duty military (Coast Guard)

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program for the ability to obtain a specialization, while also getting a strong holistic business foundation. I also enjoyed the conversations I had with faculty and students prior to attending and was drawn to the family atmosphere and close-knit environment.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would say reach out and engage with the faculty and students! Everyone is so kind, and truly willing to offer any advice and insight to you that will help you make a more informed decision.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
Although not a runner growing up, it has really become a passion of mine and something that I enjoy doing with my wife. We have completed two marathons together and quite a few half marathons, and are looking forward to planning our next race!

Ambika Kumar 
Ambika Kumar

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Oak Brook, IL

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • I had two jobs while being a student at Miami University and then completed an internship this past summer with Advocate Health Care as an intern in the Volunteer Services department.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA program because it gave me the option to focus on a concentration that I was most passionate about but also still have the opportunity to pursue certificates in subjects that are different than my original concentration. UW-Madison is also a highly prestigious school and I'm excited to become part of the badger community.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would suggest visiting the campus and city! Visiting the university definitely solidify my decision to attend the Wisconsin MBA program and was overall a great experience!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
A fun fact about me is that I’ve had has less than 10 haircuts in my life. I have donated my hair to a variety of programs such as Locks of Love, CWHL, and Wigs for Kids and so I donate and cut it often!

Kayla Anne Lewis 
Kayla Anne Lewis

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Barbados

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • I have 6 years HR experience most recently within the recruiting function.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA because of the hands-on experience and the specialization model. This model allows us to go deep in our specialization quickly which is an excellent way to prepare for internships. Additionally, the alumni network is incredible. The support and availability from all of the alumni that I’ve encountered have exceeded my expectations.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Figure out what type of program you would flourish in. Consider not only rankings, faculty and class size but also opportunities to build soft-skills which are equally important to employers. Consider how accessible it is to attain opportunities to lead, work in teams and develop communication skills.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love grocery shopping especially at Trader Joe’s. I’m equally excited about the innovative food products, packaging and shopper experience.

Bethany Noltner 
Bethany Noltner

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Financial Services

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose Madison’s MBA program because of the community. Within minutes of talking to each person you feel supported and encouraged with your dreams. That was critical to me to get through such an intense program, you want to feel supported and encouraged with a space to ask for help along the way.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Think about your "why" and ask others about theirs. It's easy to get wrapped up in the show of it all in today’s society, but if your why is strong and you can relate to others on why they wanted their MBA, that will carry you through your journey and speak volumes about character and dedication to what you're passionate about.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am the lead singer of a band in Madison!

Berenice Rodriguez 
Berenice Rodriguez

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Houston, TX

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Advisor/ Program Manager in non-profits/ Career Counselor/Therapist in Higher Education

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Small program and collaborative colleagues in addition to a focused specialization with the cohort core business courses.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Visit sooner rather than later! My idea business school experience was to feel supported within a business school culture that facilitated collaboration inside and outside of the challenges of the classroom was very important to me. It is difficult to really gauge that from print or online materials.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I can often lose track of time and place in a new city not because I don't know how to use a Google map but because I get distracted in discovering a new shop, restaurant, museum, or other attraction. I love to explore but it can be dangerous when I eventually have to end up somewhere.

Brad Spongberg 
Brad Spongberg

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Long Beach, California

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Talent acquisition manager

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Reputation, faculty, connections, and alumni. I was very interested in the curriculum. I liked that specialization courses begin in the first semester. The leadership component was also a significant draw.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Research the program as in-depth as possible. Speak to current students, alumni, and faculty. Gain the best understanding of how the Wisconsin School of Business works and what it has to offer. Use that information to see how an MBA from UW can benefit you and help you achieve your goals.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I can whistle in perfect pitch.

Courtney Wartner 
Courtney Wartner

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Milton, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Manufacturing: HR, marketing, accounting, project management

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
More "hands-on" or real experience while taking courses.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
The application process seems scarier that in actually is. Just take your time, study hard for the GMAT, and make sure to update your resume using the WI MBA Resume template!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love to sing! And while I'm not planning on a professional singing career, I do hope to rock out with future peers/coworkers at Karaoke night!

Harry Wolfe 
Harry Wolfe

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Leicester, United Kingdom

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Health Care Specialist - United States Army

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA program for a few reasons. First was the ability to choose a career specialization, more specifically a human resource management specialization. Secondly was the high ranking of the Human resource specialization including where recent graduates went to work. Lastly was the program culture. I got a real sense of community and friendship when I visited the program and that was a big deal to me.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Visit Madison and get a feel for all the city has to offer.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a big Leicester City fan and watch every game with my Great Dane/ Lab mix.

Megan Zheng 
Megan Zheng

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Internship in Shanghai

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
It is a special program where it has a focus on a specific major which is SHRM.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Choose a school that gives you ample opportunity to succeed and build lasting connections.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
When I am stressed I like to clean haha.

Masuma Zulfakar 
Masuma Zulfakar

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Port Washington, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • I was a Talent and Retention Specialist for a mid-size manufacturing company, KMC Stampings.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA program because it offered a specialization in Strategic Human Resource Management. The other schools I looked into in Wisconsin, did not offer the option to receive an MBA with a specialization and instead offered either an MBA or a Master’s degree in a certain field. This was extremely important to me because I knew I wanted to strengthen my business foundation, as well as my knowledge in human resources. I received my undergraduate degree from UW-Madison and I knew that if I were to ever go back to school, it would be at Wisconsin. The fact that the program matched exactly what I was looking for and the impressive ROI statistics only further confirmed that I had made the right decision.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
If I were to give a prospective student advice when considering the Wisconsin MBA Program, the first piece of advice I would give is to ask questions! The admissions committee is here to help and no questions should be left unanswered when making such a big decision. My second and third piece of advice would be to research the program and tour the campus (taking into account COVID restrictions). By researching the program you will be able to compare it to other schools and highlight what is most important to you in a graduate program. Personally, researching and creating list of pros and cons was extremely helpful for me, as a lot of information can become overwhelming. Touring the campus whether it be virtually or in person, provides you the opportunity to see where you will have classes and where you will be spending most of your time. Whether you do school in-person or online, seeing the campus provides a visual that you can hold on to while researching other schools. Overall, choosing a graduate program is a huge decision to make and using your resources will help ensure you make the right decision!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
One fun fact about me is that I speak Russian fluently.

Supply Chain Management

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Jessica Colby 
Jessica Colby

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: China

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Several years in supply chain management

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The Wisconsin MBA program provides the supply chain management specialization model which contains a well-designed curriculum and applied learning, and an incredible amount of individualized attention to each student. Moreover, the alumni are completely engaged to help the current students.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I strongly encourage prospective students to visit the campus in person. Sitting in on a lecture and chatting with current students will help to decide if the program is a good fit for you culturally.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I like to shop for flowers and I also have a lot of indoor plants.

Rile Drevlow 
Rile Drevlow

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Hohhot, Inner Mongolia

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Higher Education

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose Wisconsin School of Business because I was impressed with the faculty and professors. Their dedication to students is what drew me here. And of course the name brand of the school.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
It is a great place to learn, make new friends and improve on your soft skills. You will get a lot of support from faculty and your peers. You need to go in and know exactly what is it that you want out of these 2 years and work towards it. It is really important to have a clear goal.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I was married 3 times. To the same guy luckily!

Divyanshu Garg 
Divyanshu Garg

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Jodhpur, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Supply Chain Manager in Flipkart Pvt. Ltd.

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose Wisconsin MBA because it offers an unique specialized track in supply chain management that has been my core domain of work and area of interest. Also, I received a full tuition scholarship for my 1st year from the school. Wisconsin is a top public university in US, its batch size is small that helps to get individualized focus and its alumni network is very strong that gives ample opportunities to connect and form bonds with the badgers.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Wisconsin MBA offers a unique experience by providing 10 major tracks along with top quality education in the general core MBA subjects. The Badger community is very strong and spread across the globe giving a student ample opportunities to connect and grow in the career ahead. Faculties and staff are very supportive and knowledgeable. The batch size is small that helps to get an individualized focus. Wisconsin's MBA program is worth it in every way and it would be a great life changing experience.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a very good observer and sharp on remembering things. I can recollect person's name and face even after meeting for the first time only. Also, I remember details of events along with precise dates.

Xu Hong 
Xu Hong

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Shantou, China

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Purchasing Manager

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The Wisconsin MBA program is one of the only programs that offers a specialization in supply chain management. My career goal has been to work in a global supply chain management position in a multinational company. Wisconsin MBA offers a unique platform for me to learn both core business management and specialized knowledge, and to achieve my future goals. In addition to the reputable education, Wisconsin School of Business’s alumni network is exceptional. It is a community where every Badger is proud to be. The career center starts to work closely with the students to prepare for future careers prior to the program. I am excited to start my MBA journey here.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Explore your strength, know what you want to gain from the program, and have a clear career goal. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions regarding the program or career. The alumni, faculty, and admissions are here to help you. Last but not least, start networking as early as you can.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love traveling. In 2016, I traveled to Sydney, Australia on a holiday which was supposed to be one month, but I ended up getting a job and living there for 4 years.

Ashish Jain 
Ashish Jain

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: New Delhi

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Category manager

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
It’s specialization in Supply Chain, and the students/alumni/faculty/center director.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
You should know what you want from your MBA - an answer that is personal to you, and not a generic one. You will then certainly know what Wisconsin MBA can offer you.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I can speak French, and perform Columbian salsa!

Amelia Kittson 
Amelia Kittson

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Kennewick, WA

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Marketing Director

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Four Primary Reasons: 1) This is one of the few graduate Supply Chain programs in the country, and one of the more prestigious. 2) I received a very generous fellowship from the Grainger Center 3) When I came for a campus visit, everyone was so warm and helpful. The students represented a collaborative environment, rather than a cut-throat competitive one, which I had seen at other similar-sized business schools. UW-Madison made me feel welcome and that I could fit in. 4) My boyfriend has lived in Madison for a few years, so we were very familiar with the city and had a solid friend-base here. I also would have a solid support system in him if I came here.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Do not just look at a prestigious school because of the name on the door. You need to find the program that is the best fit for YOU and what you want to do. School is what you make it. Your MBA experience will really depend on how good of a fit the school is for you. Do not try to force something just because of a fancy school name. You would be better off going to a less "prestigious" school that was a stellar fit with you personally, because your experience will be so much more positive.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I used to play the viola in a couple of local symphony groups.

Utkarsh Kohli 
Utkarsh Kohli

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: New Delhi

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Associate Business Analyst

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
Close knit alumni was a huge factor for me. How alumni keeps coming back to the school to take applied learning sessions or how approachable they are if you want some advice. Also, you get to be a part of many cohorts and in turn many teams. You get to network well and know everyone in your cohort and you won’t be hidden amongst large group of students where you might struggle to get yourself a voice. Furthermore, Wisconsin has a great specialization structure which is really unique and helpful in meeting your goals. 

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Visit the school you want to be a part of and talk to as many people possible. This is a really important decision so don’t rush here. If you don’t have your application ready or are still in doubt, clarify them and then go ahead. 

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love to play soccer and volleyball. I am part of our MBA team in intra-mural league for both. Apart from that, I love playing poker, eating out at different places, talking to people, and making friends.

Brandon Luedtke 
Brandon Luedtke

Graduation Year: 2022
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Waunakee, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Third Party Logistics (3PL)

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The class size was important to me. I didn’t want to be just another name or body in the room. You get to know all of your classmates very quickly and can build authentic connections and friendships. When I visited campus, I immediately felt a genuine interest in me from students and faculty even though I was only a prospective student. At that point, I knew that this is where I wanted to spend the next two years and furthermore be a part of the Badger family for life.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Don’t hesitate to initiate conversations with current students, alumni, and faculty and visit campus if possible. The school’s website can only convey so much about the MBA experience and community of the school and the clearest picture of it will come from those firsthand personal interactions.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I once skied over 100 days in a single winter and can do a backflip on my skis.

Jaishree Sanadhya 
Jaishree Sanadhya

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Udaipur, Rajasthan

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Technology consulting and Project Manager

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I am interested in making a career in supply chain management and the Wisconsin Business School offered all the elements that I was looking for. Wisconsin MBA is one in its kind, you get benefits of 2 in 1: core management and specialized knowledge. Additionally, I was attracted to the fact that my degree is STEM designated, which assured me that the curriculum is going to have right balance of business and technology concepts, something which is important to have for a supply chain professional.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Students should spend time identifying what they want from their MBA. Every program has some unique features, apply only if you feel it fits your purpose. Additionally, do not hesitate to reach out to faculty, advisers, admission committee, current students and the alumni network. Everyone is supportive and would be happy to assist.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a cheerful person who likes to help everyone and anyone without any expectation. I like to push my limits. Fun fact, in business school, I try to be present at every event. Lastly, I have self-diagnosed myself with a unique phobia: Fear of not having any trip planned.