Applied Security Analysis

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Kevin Gronseth 
Kevin Gronseth

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Applied Security Analysis
Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • One-and-a-half years in F500 corporate finance
  • One-and-a-half years in corporate finance for a non-profit medical institution

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program for the specialization model. The Applied Security Analysis Program at Wisconsin is one of a kind, and I saw first-hand the successful outcomes of the alumni.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Take a visit to campus if you can, meet with admissions, and get to know current students and faculty. It puts a more "human" aspect to your application, since they will know you personally.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a die-hard Minnesota sports fan, especially the Vikings. I am a newlywed and my wife and I were both brand new to Madison when moving for the MBA program.

Arts Administration

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Luis Dominguez 
Luis Dominguez

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Arts Administration
Hometown: Sevilla, Spain

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Ten years in music

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The Wisconsin School of Business offers an MBA program specifically for arts administration. There is no other university offering something similar.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
The specialization program gives you the focus you need to grow and advance in your career. That is why I chose Wisconsin.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I lived in China for five years, and during that time I fell in love with the spicy regional food of Guizhou and Sichuan provinces.

Brand and Product Management

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Bailey Hackbarth 
Bailey Hackbarth

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Seven years in the military (Active Duty Navy)

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
No other program offers the level of career specialization from day one, and Wisconsin produces more CPG marketers than any other institution. An intimate class size means greater interaction and collaboration with fellow students as well as with faculty and staff. Plus, UW offers robust veteran support and a diverse campus community around one of the Midwest's best cities.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Think strategically about the opportunity cost of pursuing a full-time MBA program, and start some introspection about what is "uniquely you" and how you can contribute to your program of choice. Don't underestimate the time commitment required to adequately prepare for the GMAT or GRE - make a study plan 6 months to a year out from your target test date, if you can. Go beyond rankings sites and blogs and visit schools you're considering. There's no substitute for the feeling you get when interacting with current students and faculty.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am happily married to my middle school sweetheart Jennifer, and we have two children (and a cat) together. We have lived in eight different houses in eight years, and I've been around the world via ship and plane. In my free time, I enjoy tutoring, taking in Wisconsin sports, and traveling with my family.

Michael LeNeveu 
Michael LeNeveu

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Two years in retail management
  • One year in insurance sales

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
There were three main reasons why I chose to attend the University of Wisconsin - Madison to pursue my MBA: academic reputation, specialized programs, and the Wisconsin community. Wisconsin has a fantastic reputation across the country and around the world as a premier business institution. This reputation means I will be learning from some of the best faculty members in the country, and the top companies look to Madison for hiring their next executives. The specialization program allows for an unprecedented deep dive into the exact topics and areas of study that will be needed post-graduation. With my career aspirations leading me to brand management, the fact that Wisconsin offered a brand and product management specialization set Wisconsin apart from all the other programs I was looking at. The level of focus on my specific career goals was unmatched. Finally, the Wisconsin community welcomed me in with open arms from day one. From my initial interview with the Center for Brand and Product Management Director Mike Judge, to tours with current students and emails back and forth with faculty members, I felt home from the very beginning. I knew from the moment I stepped on campus that Madison would be my home for the next two years.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
My advice to students would be to take a holistic approach when looking for an MBA program. On top of evaluating the programs on merit and academics, I found that finding a community that makes you comfortable, safe, and feels like home is an incredibly important aspect of an MBA program and is a powerful success indicator. So looking back as a prospective student, I was very interested in finding out honest opinions about students' lives both inside and outside of the classroom.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a big sports fan! I love to play tennis and basketball and go skiing in Canada in the winter. I am a big NFL and college football fan as well, so I will happily talk to you for hours about different teams and strategies. I have also always loved photography and continue to try new and different techniques when I travel to try to capture the world in a unique way.

Alex Neufeld 
Alex Neufeld

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Account Executive at an Advertising Agency in Manhattan

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA program for a few reasons. First, the specialization model allowed me to dive into specialized classes immediately. I was able to learn about topics that interested me and prepared me for a summer internship right from the start. Second, it had one of the best alumni networks I've come across. There are UW alumni in almost all major companies throughout the world and it's evident that they care deeply about the success of the program and the students. Finally, through applied learnings, company visits, and access to top executives the program has provided incredible opportunities which are second to none.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Choosing the right business school can be a daunting task so it's important to take your time and make sure you know what you want out of it. The Wisconsin MBA program will provide you with the skills you need to succeed after you graduate. In addition, growing your network is one of the most important aspects of business school and Wisconsin has an incredible network of alumni willing to help out fellow badgers during and after school.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love to travel and have been to 26 countries so far.

Hannah O'Brien 
Hannah O'Brien

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Racine, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Three years in business and technology consulting

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The Wisconsin MBA Program was the right choice for me because it offers the ability to specialize on day one. As someone looking to make a career change, the specialized MBA program structure offered at Wisconsin allows me to clearly communicate the desired change to employers as well as develop the specific knowledge and skills needed. Speaking with recent graduates from the program also confirmed the strong reputation of the school and provided insight to MBA student life on campus.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would encourage prospective students to reach out to multiple current students and/or recent graduates from the program, as they can provide detailed insights into the program outside of the helpful materials provided by the admissions team. Visiting campus if you have the opportunity is definitely a good idea as well!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
If I'm not exploring a new neighborhood of Chicago, you can find me teaching indoor cycling classes, baking cookies, or visiting friends and family around the country. I also enjoy working with the student ministry group at Willow Chicago and the World Relief Refugee Program.

Carly O'Meara 
Carly O'Meara

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Seven years in advertising

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I loved the ability to specialize in brand and product management. Also, I want to secure a post-MBA position in the Midwest where the Wisconsin School of Business has a great alumni network.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
When deciding between MBA programs, I would have liked to know how supportive the WSB MBA community is versus other MBA programs that have a more competitive vibe between students.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I enjoy cooking, trying new restaurants, reading, and trying different workout classes.

Sonia Petty 
Sonia Petty

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Four years in wildlife ecology

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose to attend the Wisconsin MBA Program because of the quality of education and the support from the faculty and staff. It is clear that the program is dedicated to helping students learn and begin building their careers, and being able to specialize in brand and product management will allow me to better prepare for the specific career that fits my interests.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Don't be afraid to reach out to MBA staff, faculty members, or current students. Everyone is incredibly helpful and will answer any and all questions you have, whether they are related specifically to the program or just general questions about living in Madison.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I speak fluent German, love to travel, and I once spent a summer living in a barn in Idaho while researching ground squirrels!

Chad Reinhardt 
Chad Reinhardt

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Palm City Florida

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • One year in book marketing
  • Two years in digital distribution and management
  • One year in real estate

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA because of the personal touch that UW showed throughout the application and decision process. Many schools stated their commitment to their students, but none showed that commitment as frequently and clearly as UW. Faculty and staff relationships were an important factor, and my strong rapport with both Mike Judge and Sarah Kervin during the process confirmed plenty of opportunity more broadly at UW in those regards.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Look for the program that you are going to be most excited about investing back into. Plenty of places can give you a degree, but an MBA is about so much more than that. The program that you love and feel a vested interest in its success will give back tenfold on your investment.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I'm a huge fan of cities with an active population. I personally believe there is nothing more refreshing than going outside and seeing people enjoying the community. When I'm not out on the town, my favorite hobbies are reading and watching sports.

Michael Rennerfeldt 
Michael Rennerfeldt

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Dakota Dunes, South Dakota

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Two years in beef sales/agricultural sales at Tyson Foods

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The specialization model that the Wisconsin MBA has paired with the Wisconsin MBA brand drew my attention to the program. When I had the opportunity to visit and meet with current students, faculty, and staff, it became clear that the culture within this program was exactly what I was looking for. I also had an opportunity to explore Madison and found how rich the community is with experiences to fill your time outside of the program.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would say to prospective students it is important to visualize where you'd like to be after your MBA program's completion and which program is suited to get you there. To me it's very important to look at the places where alumni and current students who've interned have ended up. Ultimately that will help you narrow down the right programs for you; from there it's important to get on campus and meet the people around the program and see what particular program's culture fits you best.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am able to not only walk on my feet but can also walk on my hands. I also grew up a Nebraska Cornhusker athletics fan, but have felt my love for Wisconsin's academic institution and the city of Madison really leak over into the realm of athletics, Go Badgers!

Vicky Schetelich 
Vicky Schetelich

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Cranford, New Jersey

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Three years at Aramark in catering operations/event management
  • One year at AkitaBox, which is a tech startup in Madison, WI

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
When I visited Wisconsin, my fears of an MBA program being cold and competitive were completely erased. I was welcomed by enthusiastic and encouraging students and faculty, every one of them interested in getting to know and help me. The Wisconsin School of Business emphasizes learning and growing, teamwork and mentorship, and supporting your career aspirations. I immediately felt like I could call Wisconsin home, and am proud to be joining the class of 2020!

What advice would you give to prospective students?
When looking at schools, I kept my sights on big schools because of the alumni network and recruiting opportunities available. The University of Wisconsin is known internationally, and that was important to me when comparing business programs. Consider the companies that recruit from each school and the success that previous students have achieved. When looking through alumni and potential employers, Wisconsin impressed me the most!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have lived in many places since graduating college, from Southern California to Seattle, and now lovely Madison, WI. I enjoy traveling and exploring new cities, and really love meeting new people. I also enjoying running, biking, reading, and watching movies!

Megan Stock 
Megan Stock

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: River Falls, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Six years in science communications
  • One-and-a-half years in a startup/ecommerce

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I was drawn to the Wisconsin MBA because of the demonstrated core business education along with specialized classes and opportunities in brand management. The collaborative approach to learning and working demonstrated through the program was a big draw for me as well. As a UW alumna, I am confident in the quality of the education at UW–Madison and know firsthand that the extensive support of the alumni network is unparalleled.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Visit Madison — the Wisconsin School of Business program "sells" itself. The people, campus experience, opportunities and education are second to none. Everyone you meet is willing to help you succeed.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I enjoy cooking for friends and family, happy hours and traveling with my husband and spirited dog, Chancho. In Madison, my favorite place is the Wisconsin Union Terrace or Camp Randall on game day.

Kaitlyn Wilchynski 
Kaitlyn Wilchynski

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Five cumulative years as a political adviser, working in policy analysis, communications consultation

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose to attend the Wisconsin MBA Program because of the robust alumni support the program receives and the network this allows me to access, as well as the return on investment. The specialization model also sets the program apart from other MBA programs as I feel it will prepare me for a career in the field while simultaneously providing a broad understanding of all aspects of business.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I think the people set the Wisconsin School of Business apart from other MBA programs. The current students, faculty, staff and alumni make this program unique in that it is a very collaborative environment; I truly felt that everyone wanted me to succeed and wanted to invest in my future.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
My family and I keep a hive of honeybees in our yard and harvest honey every fall.

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.

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.

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.

Jinyu Zhang 
Jinyu Zhang

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Hometown: China

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Entrepreneurship

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I love it.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Would you like to just find a job or have a life-long relationship? If the answer is yes, Wisconsin is your choice.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a 40 year-old person with a 20 year-old heart.

Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

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Mason Bourne 
Mason Bourne

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Pawnee, Illinois

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Two years in ag tech entrepreneurship

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
After looking at many schools, Wisconsin stood out to me. The career specializations along with the emphasis and purpose that everyone seemed to have here made me believe that Wisconsin was the right fit.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
The main takeaway I have from my MBA search is to know what you are looking for going in. I looked at numerous schools, and the right answer will not be the same for every person. My advice would be to research a lot before applying in order to narrow your list to schools that will be a good fit.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have an obsession with constantly learning new things. This past year I have been teaching myself German, learning to play piano, and practicing cooking Asian foods because they use many different ingredients than are commonly found in the US.

Terry Brimley 
Terry Brimley

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Five years in finance/accounting
  • Four years in human resources
  • One year in higher education

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose Wisconsin based on the intimate class size. Additionally, the career specialization model is something that captivated my attention.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Although there are consensus dream schools, you have to choose the school that is the best fit for YOU. Additionally, please be cognizant of ROI. Although this is a skill you will learn in business school, you will benefit if you practice it now. While a small number of internships/post MBA jobs offer pay based on school prestige, most positions pay all incumbents the same (regardless of business school ranking). Thus, it may not make ample sense to pay 100k for business school tuition.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have met LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, and Shaq. Additionally, I played a one-on-one against Michael Redd.

Andrew Lamers 
Andrew Lamers

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Mequon, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Three years in public accounting

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose to attend the Wisconsin MBA Program for several reasons. First, the specialization model and the alumni support for the program are both one of a kind. Secondly, the Wisconsin MBA Program is an incredible value - it is consistently ranked as one of the top MBA programs as measured by return on investment. Finally, the individualized attention each student receives - both in the classroom and when it comes to career advice and job placement - is extremely valuable, and something that schools with larger incoming classes generally can't offer as effectively.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Think about more than just rankings. Consider the school's culture, the alumni reach, the return on your investment, and whether you want a general management degree or a more specialized expertise.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a Double Badger and a huge Wisconsin sports fan (Badgers, Brewers, Bucks, Packers). I also enjoy playing golf, reading, and working out. I don't watch a ton of TV shows, but two of my favorites are "Sherlock" and "Nathan For You."

Angela Lee 
Angela Lee

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Taiwan

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Two years in PWC as an auditor

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
UW-Madison has an MBA program that is great not only in reputation, but is also very detail-oriented. The specialization in this program really attracted me and will surely make me a specialist in the field I choose. Moreover, the faculty and staff at UW-Madison really show their passion and welcome for talented people all around the world from the very beginning when you apply.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something you like even if others beside you might question it. People at UW-Madison and even the citizens in Madison are so nice and friendly that they make you become positive in every possible way. 

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I really like to travel alone and meet different people all around the world. For example, I went to Canada early in August of 2018 and went to Niagara Falls. I met great roommates from England, Brazil, and Argentina who took really good care of me. They gave great advice not only for where to go, but also how to improve my communication skills in English.

Matt Nehls 
Matt Nehls

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Three month internship in finance
  • Nine years in non-profit management

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I had the opportunity to attend another school for free (full scholarship + stipend). I turned that offer down because I was very impressed by the Nicholas Center Director (Brad Chandler), the corporate finance and investment banking curriculum, and the Wisconsin School of Business active alumni network.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would let prospective students know how amazing it is to work directly with the Nicholas Center Director and to have access to an amazing board of advisers within the Nicholas Center. Classes haven't even begun and I am already being connected with key people within the organizations I am targeting for employment.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a huge foodie. If there is ever anything on a menu that I have not tried in the past, I order it.

Hailey Nguyen 
Hailey Nguyen

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Vietnam

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Six years in banking

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The curriculum of the Wisconsin School of Business is designed to help you to become not only a good general manager, but also a true specialist. You will receive a lot of support from a huge alumni network and excellent professors here.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Know who you want to be.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a huge fan of Manchester United football club, and I love to rescue dogs and cats.

Ethan Tranel 
Ethan Tranel

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: West Bend, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Three years in engineering

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The opportunity to specialize in finance appealed to me as a career changer wanting to prove my passion for finance. I was also excited to be near family and enjoy the great city of Madison.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would suggest that all students start early. Start preparing your application early, prepare early for class, and prepare early for your job search.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I'm a dedicated Vikings fan despite living most of my life in Wisconsin. I enjoy exploring the food and drink that Madison has to offer and international travel with my wife.

Caleb White 
Caleb White

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Hometown: Delta, Utah

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Two years in commercial banking
  • Two years in operational finance
  • Two years in retail management
  • One year in human resources

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
While exploring programs, I took a close look at about 10 programs in the top 50 in the U.S. and looked specifically at location, placements, return on investment, and resources available to students. I was impressed to see Wisconsin come out at the top of every category I researched. Specifically, I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program for three strong reasons: 1) The return on investment is unmatched by any other university in the country. 2) The resources available to students (specifically the Nicholas Center) were so unique and powerful when compared to other programs. 3) My wife and I visited the program during the admissions process, and we fell in love with Madison and the friendly neighborhoods we found here.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Be sure to visit the campuses or at the very least talk to current students or recent graduates. I was torn between three different programs before I visited the campuses. After spending the time and money to visit each program, I had no doubt that the Wisconsin MBA was the right choice.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I have two very large dogs that LOVE open space and snow. I take them everywhere I possibly can! They have hiked plenty of mountains, ridden on kayaks, paddle boards, and sail boats, and explored most of the Western United States. Also, my wife and I have been married for three years and spent about 75 days in the Disney Theme parks in Florida and California.

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.

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".

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Paras Bansal 
Paras Bansal

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Marketing Research
Hometown: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • One-and-a-half years as a Kohl's Merchandise Analyst
  • One year as a direct supply account manager

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
When I was a sophomore at UW-Madison as an undergrad, some speakers came and discussed what they did as consumer insights managers. I loved how they described their careers, and I knew that I wanted to follow in their footsteps. They said that getting an MBA from UW-Madison was the best way to pursue my goals, and I've wanted to pursue this MBA ever since!

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Pay attention to who seems to listen during the admissions process. The MBA admissions process is as much about finding the right fit as it is about the program finding the right applicants. There will be a lot of options, but the difference-maker moving forward will be how much an MBA program works with students on their career aspirations. Wisconsin is great about working with you on your specific goals, and they make that clear during the admissions process.

The UW-Madison MBA program is one of the best in the country because of its unique design. Try to discover a path that you want to specialize in, and you will be guaranteed a fulfilling future with this MBA. Combine the security with incredibly smart and thoughtful people and add the best campus life in the nation, and this program will be one of the best decisions you can ever make!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I'm a very outdoorsy person and love to push myself to accomplish my goals. One of my proudest accomplishments was completing a full marathon in October of 2017.

Rick Cardenas 
Rick Cardenas

Graduation Year: 2020 
Career Specialization: Marketing Research
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Three years in digital advertising/social media

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
What initially drove me to choose Wisconsin was the fact that the MBA was specialized. I didn't want a generic MBA, and my goal in returning back to school was to break into the marketing research industry. Aside from the Nielsen Center for Marketing Research, I found the faculty to be extremely helpful and nice. This also made my choice to move from LA to Madison much easier.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Come visit the campus! I was a little nervous about living in the Midwest, but after a few visits I realized that Madison was a hidden gem.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My two favorite sports to play are basketball and golf. I enjoy practicing yoga, and one of my "hipster" hobbies is collecting 90’s hip hop vinyl.

David Koser 
David Koser

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Marketing Research
Hometown: Franklin, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Two-and-a-half years as a water resources engineer

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program because of the specialization system. I also love Madison and was impressed after speaking with several alumni of the program.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Prospective students should speak with alumni of their specialty to ensure they are interested in the focus area. They should also visit Madison to learn about the city and its culture.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a member of the partner dancing scene around Madison. I also love hiking, kayaking, and visiting national parks.

Emily Litvak 
Emily Litvak

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Marketing Research
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • One year in education
  • Four years in nonprofit

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program for a couple of reasons. First, I was attracted to the marketing research specialization and the AC Nielsen Center's proven track record of strong recruitment. I also had really positive interactions with all of the staff, faculty, and students throughout my application process, and felt like it was a good cultural and environmental fit.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
While exploring different business school options, pay attention to the culture of the business school and its students, and to the recruitment and employment statistics at each school. These are the things that are going to matter: the experience you have during school and the school's ability to help you reach your post-MBA career goals.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love playing and watching sports, traveling and exploring new cities, hiking and spending time outside, and trying new restaurants.

Chelsea Johnson 
Chelsea Johnson

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Marketing Research
Hometown: Madison, WI

Sarah Link 
Sarah Link

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Marketing Research
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.

Liz Steiner 
Liz Steiner

Graduation Year: 2021
Career Specialization: Marketing Research
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 Research
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.

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Richa Bansal 
Richa Bansal

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Delhi,India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Four years in software development as a team lead

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program because of its structured and focused curriculum and because the faculties are really cooperative.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would like to tell prospective students to go through the program and structure and know how it can best suit to their career goals.The specialization model in the business school has great benefits, as from the first day you focus on your specialization and can even earn certificates.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I like to organize events and also like cycling and swimming.

Rick Chopp 
Rick Chopp

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Boise, Indiana

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Three years in construction management

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I had loved Madison while visiting in the past. When I decided to pursue my MBA, Wisconsin was the perfect choice.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
The more I learned about the specialization model the more it made perfect sense to choose the Wisconsin MBA Program.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I play piano and have lived in 13 different places.

Ben Judge 
Ben Judge

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • One-and-three-quarter years in healthcare IT
  • One-and-three-quarter years in healthcare operations

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin MBA Program because of its collaborative culture and small class size. It was the only program I saw that combined a broad core with a deep specialization in the field I wanted.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Really have a sense of what you want to do with your degree and connect with students and alumni to hear about how they used their specialized degree. Also, attend as many extra-curricular events as you can to network and take advantage of all that Wisconsin has to offer!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love trying new restaurants, sci-fi movies, and cycling. I was born in Seatle so I am quite a coffee enthusiast as well.

Gautam Kumar 
Gautam Kumar

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Four-and-a-half years in real estate sales and marketing, financial services, and digital marketing fields

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin School of Business because of its specialization model, its high rank among business schools in the country, and the quality and reputation of its faculty and alumni. Coupled with the school's excellent numbers in terms of placement and career opportunities, it was a no brainer, and I am so glad to be part of this wonderful community!

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would advise prospective students not just to research the university itself, but also the city and the culture that exists in the city of the university they are looking at. I would advise candidates to do a thorough analysis of the industry they want to work in and see how the university matches those ambitions. Popular recruiters, employment, and internship statistics are important ways to go! When I was applying, I didn’t reach out to an alumni or existing students in the program; this is a step that would have helped me immensely. Participating in online info sessions and seminars held by the university gives you a lot of knowledge to make a well-informed decision.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am an automobile enthusiast! I have been an engineer in a Formula 1 Grand Prix in India in 2013, working with Red Bull, Ferrari and Marussia F1 teams. I am also a big follower of consumer tech, the latest innovations in mainstream products in the technology space. I love Hollywood movies and playing poker. I also like travel; I’ve visited 13 cities in the US during a 40 day vacation and have been to 7 other countries worldwide.

Alex Lasso 
Alex Lasso

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Two-and-a-half years in healthcare IT

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The Wisconsin MBA Program really stood out to me because of the reputation behind the business school as a whole - the best value for investment and a strong alumni network. Wisconsin’s program also allowed me to specialize in an area that I knew I wanted to pursue for my career. Instead of a generic program, I am able to get the business essentials, and then a robust and focused curriculum in Operations and Technology Management. Finally, all of the people I met at Wisconsin made my decision. Everyone is so knowledgeable, kind, and supportive. The statistics of alumni success say it all!

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Definitely pay attention to the specialization model. Look at the curriculum options at the programs you are considering - I didn’t find anything else that allowed me to get such a broad yet focused range of material. Also, I would say look at the size of the program and outcomes. Wisconsin’s ratio of students to career advisor support and smaller class sizes are unmatched, and with statistics like 100% internship placement in 2018, it was a no brainer for me!

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I’m originally from Florida, so I love being out in the sun or doing anything on the water! I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and swimming. I am always up to try something new. I also enjoy reading and trying out new recipes!

Kevin Mackstutis 
Kevin Mackstutis

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Simsbury, Connecticut

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Six years in aerospace manufacturing

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose to attend the Wisconsin MBA Program for the specialization structure. I wanted a program that was career-focused toward how I want to transition my career, and the Operations and Technology Management program perfectly fits my needs. I also love the sense of collaboration I get from this MBA program as opposed to competition amongst peers that can be found in other programs.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
My advice would be to look for a program that truly focuses on transformation throughout your two years. Most students are looking to transform their careers or start new ones, so this should be a very important factor. I would want to know how in depth a program's specializations are. Is an MBA program like Wisconsin where it is a full dive into career specializations, or is it more of a general MBA program where you take a few similar elective classes and you then get a specialization on your transcript?

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love just about any outdoor activity, especially golfing, hiking, snowboarding/skiing and traveling in general. I also enjoy attending concerts and sporting events.

Drew Madagame 
Drew Madagame

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Wausau, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • One-and-a-half years in healthcare technology
  • One year in project management

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose the Wisconsin School of Business because it offered MBA program specializations while simultaneously being flexible in terms of student course choices. The structure of the program was also appealing, as it provides a strong general management core curriculum to compliment the career specialization paths.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I highly recommend that prospective students visit schools in person if possible. The culture and atmosphere of a campus/university should play an important role in determining which program they should attend.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I enjoy winter sports like curling and skiing, and I have a three-legged dog named Eileen.

AJ Meinig 
AJ Meinig

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Five-and-a-half years in bionalytical R&D and project management

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The specialization model, which helped me conceptualize and chart a clear path for a post-MBA career, and the genuine feeling of community were the top factors in my decision to attend the Wisconsin MBA Program.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Get involved. Visit campus, attend an event, spend time with students and alumni. Ask questions. The more interactions you have with an MBA program, the more confident you will be about your decision.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love to travel the world, explore, and eat unique foods. Running and biking keep me calm so I try to do one or the other daily.

Matthew Seitel 
Matthew Seitel

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Randolph, New Jersey

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Five years as a mechanical design engineer

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
When I visited Wisconsin, I'll be honest in saying I knew nothing about the school. I was planning on attending NYU until I came to campus and met the people involved in the program and saw the care that was given to ensure student success. The culture was more inclusive and enjoyable than any other program I had applied to, and I saw that as a way for me to reach my full potential professionally and socially.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
For prospective students, choose a school where you feel comfortable. When you visit that school, you will feel a part of the program already before enrolling. This is something I was not told when applying and would have helped me in choosing the University of Wisconsin a lot sooner.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
In my spare time I enjoy trying new extreme sports that get my adrenaline going, whether it be skiing or knee boarding. I truly enjoy being active and participating in outdoor activities. An interesting fact about me is that I am currently working on publishing a full year-long workout program along with my college friend.

Tanu Sharma 
Tanu Sharma

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: New Delhi, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Four years in software development

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The Wisconsin MBA Program's specialization in operations and technology management provides a unique opportunity to combine technology and management while enabling you to design your courses as per your requirements. The in-depth yet flexible nature of the curriculum lets you explore the complex structure of organizations and make the best out of your two years of studies!

What advice would you give to prospective students?
If you are still looking for MBA programs, I would suggest thoroughly exploring the curriculum, extra curricular activities and global experiences provided by a university. Get in touch with the admission center or one of the student ambassadors to know more about the networking opportunities available at the university.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love to doodle in my free time and maintain an Instagram page for the same!

Anish Trakru 
Anish Trakru

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Delhi, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Seven years in software (product development)

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The MBA program offered by the Wisconsin School of Business has the most unique academic structure in the US. With the 10 specialization tracks that it offers, WSB ensures that the students stay focused on their future career paths from the very beginning of the program. In addition, one also has an option to pursue 4 different certificates, which is icing on the cake! Furthermore, apart from helping you build an extremely strong and deep connection with your peers and alumni, the small class size also gives you an opportunity to take more advantage of the faculty’s experience and knowledge of the business world and to make more use of the university resources.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
An MBA is a huge investment in terms of both time and money, but it is definitely a worthy one! One thing that is extremely important while you are considering multiple programs is to know which program suits you. So, when you are researching a school's program, make sure that you realize why this particular school's program is a best fit for you! The current students, admissions team, faculty and alumni are an extremely good source of information. Reach out to them to get to know more about the program and to get your queries addressed.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love to play badminton, explore new places and meet new people, go for a hike, and hang out with friends.

Johnnie Wagman 
Johnnie Wagman

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • One year in manufacturing/engineering after graduation; three years including internships

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I was having trouble deciding between an MBA or Engineering Management program. Being able to specialize in operations and technology management offers me the best of both worlds. Plus, I studied at Wisconsin for my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering; it's hard to find a school that comes close to the experience that Wisconsin has to offer!

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Visiting the program and meeting faculty and current students was far more beneficial than I initially thought. I also wish I had applied early so I could have taken advantage of various events throughout the spring.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I really enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and traveling. I've been to five continents and am hoping to one day reach all seven!

Christopher Zaczyk 
Christopher Zaczyk

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Hometown: Tinley Park, IL

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Eight years in the U.S. Army

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The operations and technology management specialization seemed like a great way to enhance my skills and knowledge in a focused way that would support my professional goals. I really loved the university campus and the city of Madison, both beautiful locations with tons to do. The faculty and students made me feel immediately welcome, and the shared goals and sense of community really resonated with me.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Really get to know current students. You can get many data points about any program from internet searches or rankings publications, but you won't be able to get a feel for the culture, values, and overall fit of a program until you interface with the people who will become your classmates.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love spending time with my wife, Andrea, and our dog, Archer. I have had a lifelong fascination with cars and watches. In my spare time I love to woodwork and listen to my record collection.

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.

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.

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.

Kyle Roth 
Kyle Roth

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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Nakul Arora 
Nakul Arora

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Risk Management and Insurance
Hometown: Hissar, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Six-and-a-half years in designing, developing, and implementing enterprise risk management applications

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I was pretty impressed by the curriculum design; one really does not have to wait until the end of year one to get into the core subject. Class sizes are perfectly apt, which really helps when networking. Apart from that, it has been ranked at #2 in the risk and insurance field in the United States, which again showcases the strength of the program.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would suggest working hard towards the GMAT, as it is difficult to get into the Wisconsin MBA Program. Also, it is important to do research and look for MBA programs early in order to learn about the options you have, so that you can apply to the programs you believe will fit you best. If you can attend an event where you can meet with the MBA Admissions Team, MBA students, or alumni, you should take advantage of that to learn about the Wisconsin MBA Program from people who know it best.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a morning person. I love to get up by 5 AM and go for a walk around Lake Monona. Apart from that, I enjoy playing badminton, table tennis, and riding cruiser bikes.

Navya Bandi 
Navya Bandi

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Risk Management and Insurance
Hometown: Hyderabad, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Three years at Deloitte Advisory in fraud risk and forensics investigation and regulatory compliance market offerings

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The Wisconsin School of Business offered me: a unique specialization model, access to a huge and diverse alumni network, and the food in Madison city!

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Reach out to the current students on LinkedIn and ask your questions about the program, network and the companies and roles that the seniors from your specialization are in.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a foodie (one of the reasons I chose UW-Madison) and I love digital sketching.

Shannon Mullins 
Shannon Mullins

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Risk Management and Insurance
Hometown: Kildeer, Illinois

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Two years full time in retail (seven years total)
  • Three years in insurance

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose to attend the Wisconsin MBA Program because of the specialization model and the opportunity to take specialization courses in the first year. I also completed my undergraduate degree at UW and loved Madison.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Focus on culture over statistics; just because a school is highly ranked does not mean it is the best fit for you. 

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love to travel and hike with my dog. 

Strategic Human Resource Management

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Joshua Firestone 
Joshua Firestone

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Wooster, Ohio

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Six years in higher education

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose to attend the Wisconsin MBA Program because the high level of care and support that the program staff put into each of its students is evident. Additionally, I chose the University of Wisconsin because it is a strong program that is highly ranked while still being affordable as compared to many other MBA programs.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
My advice would be to attend On Wisconsin weekend if at all possible. It really gives you a great insight into the program, the city, and the faculty and staff. I found that weekend crucial in deciding to attend the Wisconsin MBA Program.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
Everyone who knows me knows I'm slightly obsessed with soccer; I love playing and watching. My dad was in the Navy so I grew up near the ocean. Because of that I still love to get back to it when I can and I try to go on a surf trip every year or two. Fun fact: I also used to play a lot of ping pong and once won a tournament where the prize was the chance to go backstage before a MUSE concert and play ping pong with the band!

An Nguyen 
An Nguyen

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Three years in human resources

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
The Wisconsin MBA is among a few programs that offer strategic human resources management as a concentration, which fits my post MBA goals. I would like to gain well-rounded business knowledge as well as strong competitive advantage of HR insights.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Prospective students should know their purposes well before deciding on any programs. Be aware that two years is a short span of time! They should visit school/chat with the current MBA candidates since we are more than willing to have them. And last but not least, start your GMAT as soon as possible.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I like trying out new dishes from other countries!

Rebecca Schulenburg 
Rebecca Schulenburg

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Hometown: Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Three years in retail at a Harley-Davidson dealership

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I chose to attend the Wisconsin MBA Program because I wanted to expand my business knowledge and gain real-world experience that I could bring back to my family’s business. UW-Madison is known for having a highly-ranked MBA program with a high return on investment, which made it my first and only choice. The students, faculty, and overall campus culture also made me want to become a Badger!

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would highly recommend visiting campus. Although I knew I wanted to come to UW-Madison, I was absolutely blown away when I came to campus for my interview and the On Wisconsin Weekend in April. Both visits gave me a lot of insight into what the faculty and other students were like and got me really excited for the school year! It also helped alleviate a lot of stress on the first day of school given that I was familiar with the building and already knew some of the students and faculty members.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I love listening to music, singing, and playing my guitar, keyboard, and saxophone! I also enjoy attending classes at Dragonfly Hot Yoga, running, and riding my Harley-Davidson Motorcycle!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hridoy Kr Das 
Hridoy Kr Das

Graduation Year: 2020 
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Guwahati, Assam, India

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Seven years in business analytics

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
After my undergraduate education, I chose to join a business analytics group in an agricultural manufacturing organisation, where I was able to nurture my data-driven decision-making culture. While working in analytics for over seven years, in order to excel in the corporate ladder, I realized that I need to focus on three key skills - strong communication, leadership, and in-depth knowledge of a particular area (i.e. a specialization). I believe that the Wisconsin MBA Program is the perfect place for me - I can develop these crucial skills while acquiring the basics of business foundation at the same time.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
Be very clear about your vision, and understand what you are looking from your MBA degree. When I had to choose one among the many offers, I considered 3 points: 1) Where am I getting an in-depth knowledge about a specialization? For me it was Supply Chain Management. 2) How friendly the people are! 3) What will be my ROI after my graduation?

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
My dream job is to help others in making their dreams into reality. I love to talk to people about their dreams and help them in creating paths from where they are to where they want to be. I believe that bringing out the best in others is the key to success.

Santhosh Reddy Kosike 
Santhosh Reddy Kosike

Graduation Year: 2020
Career Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Washington, DC

Pre-MBA career experience:

  • Six years in electrical engineering

Why did you choose the Wisconsin MBA?
I had two years of prior supply chain experience in the mining industry, and I wanted to broaden my expertise and experience in different sectors and industries. To do that, I needed a strong foundation in business management which I was lacking as well as supply chain academic knowledge. I decided to specialize my MBA in supply chain management, and the Wisconsin MBA was the perfect fit for my expectations. It has a tailor made supply chain specialization in the MBA program where you can start with the fundamentals of SCM right from the first semester while equally concentrating on general management. The concept of this program is quite unique and made me choose the Wisconsin MBA Program.

What advice would you give to prospective students?
I would advise them to prioritize their requirements and decide upon the specialization they want to move into after the MBA. That would definitely clear up the thought process and help them to pursue the right college and program. When I was considering multiple programs, I looked for a program to have medium strength and a diverse cohort with a specialized approach.

Please share some fun and interesting facts about yourself.
I am a huge movie fanatic (I am confident enough to give the director’s and cast names of almost every important Hollywood movie). I love to cook and I love to go hiking. I play soccer and badminton.

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.

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.