The Wisconsin MBA Program brings together students from around the world, with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives. The qualities they share include talent, drive, and a desire to participate in a collaborative learning experience. In this environment, your fellow peers will inspire you to succeed and become part of a network you can tap into for the rest of your career.
You can get to know a few of the individuals who comprise our lifelong MBA community by reading their stories here. For an overview of the entire Wisconsin Full-Time MBA student body by the numbers, see our class profile.
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Brent Carcamo’s parents immigrated to the U.S. for a better life and sacrificed to position Brent and his siblings for success. Brent earned a college education and rose to a position as a senior marketing data analyst. He is broadening his skills further in the Wisconsin MBA with a specialization in operations and technology management. The program format and values at Wisconsin align with Brent’s career vision. He is honing his business acumen to add value to his employers but also to inspire other students from disadvantaged backgrounds to set high success goals and give back to their communities. Brent completed an internship at Facebook and earned a position there after graduation.
Ali had a specific career goal—to contribute consumer insights in the food and beverage industry. But she found the positions that appealed to her required a graduate degree. Ali found her perfect MBA program fit at Wisconsin, which has one of the only MBA programs with a focus in marketing research. She knew she also would get a well-rounded business perspective she could apply in any corporate function. Ali’s decision was further influenced by all of the leading companies that recruit students from Wisconsin’s marketing research program.
The corporate finance and investment banking specialization at Wisconsin is providing the ideal fast track for PJ to enter investment banking. He credits the quality and reputation at Wisconsin for landing him his internship—which turned into a job offer to return after graduation. PJ also credits a first-year project analyzing Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods that gave him the confidence and targeted experience that set him apart. At Wisconsin, alumni support and a collaborative culture have further combined to make PJ’s MBA experience in Madison exceptional.
Ellen wanted to take her HR career to new heights by adding extensive business knowledge and high-level strategic thinking. The specialization model at Wisconsin is providing exactly what she was looking for. The program’s combination of a core curriculum plus HR focus is delivering a comprehensive MBA education. Leadership opportunities, classmate camaraderie and applied learning experiences are providing additional value for Ellen’s career progression.
Donovan had a career in retail and hospitality, interspersed with worldwide travel that included stints teaching English in South Korea, working with the Peace Corps in South Africa, backpacking throughout Southeast Asia and South America, and living in Australia. He excelled at soft skills, but saw a hard-skills gap he’d need to fill for the career he envisioned. The specialized Wisconsin MBA was his answer. Donovan has taken relationship-building to new heights through the classroom and social opportunities in the program—and it has already earned him a position after graduation.
Emma spent seven years in banking with a desire to grow into more advanced finance roles. She recognized that she needed an MBA and chose Wisconsin for its respected general management core and specialization in corporate finance and investment banking. Extensive collaborations with alumni and industry partners have added great value to Emma’s MBA experience, and she enjoys the distinctly friendly culture at Wisconsin.
At Wisconsin, Dan is building on leadership experience gained in the U.S. Army and developing a broad base of business skills to jump start a civilian career in operations. He is learning from the diverse backgrounds of his classmates as well as from world-renowned faculty within a highly supportive environment. Dan is gaining invaluable business insights into how internal collaboration and obtaining customer perspectives are essential for corporate success.
Melissa found the perfect fit in the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program. The opportunity to specialize in her preferred marketing field was a key deciding factor. She values the School’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in business education and corporate leadership. Melissa is supported as a fellow of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, of which the Wisconsin School of Business is a founding partner.
After operating her own business in Peru for three years, Vania wanted to learn more. She joined the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program to gain skills to advance her career and have a greater impact on business and on society. Specializing in supply chain management while learning critical skills in areas like marketing and sustainability, Vania is creating a new path.
Brian Cleary is getting his Wisconsin MBA to switch from engineering to real estate to work in acquisitions and development. Drawn here by the reputation of the real estate program, Brian is gaining a strong financial background, an extensive network, and comprehensive real estate expertise.
Marcus’s MBA journey began with a question: How can companies develop exceptional cultures? Having experienced an effective employee culture, he saw firsthand the role that culture plays in employee engagement. Marcus wanted to be in a role where he could directly impact the employee experience and found the perfect fit in the Wisconsin MBA Program’s Strategic Human Resource Management specialization. He is preparing to become a corporate leader and is finding opportunities to lead now—in and outside of the classroom.
Mary Parmeter was pursuing a law degree when she learned about the business specializations available in the Wisconsin MBA Program. She knew immediately that combining a deep focus in finance with her law degree would give her well-rounded business exposure to be effective in practicing business law. At Wisconsin, she is able to truly set herself apart, earning both degrees simultaneously.
Lindsey Rasie needed an MBA to be a competitive leader in marketing research. She knew that the Wisconsin School of Business was the best choice to give her the advantage she needed to succeed. Now in her second year, Lindsey has an expanded vision of how marketing research can influence industries of all types, and she is primed to make a major impact in her career.
The Wisconsin MBA Program is helping Julianna fill knowledge gaps to qualify for opportunities that had been out of reach. The tailored brand management program at Wisconsin is giving her a solid business foundation with hands-on brand expertise. Julianna is building connections with classmates, enjoying valuable support from faculty experts, and getting unparalleled access to recruiters.
Evan Bernier aspires to perform at a high level in the investment world. He is preparing with in-depth knowledge he is gaining in the Wisconsin MBA Program plus one-to-one support from industry leaders who are integral to the program. Evan had worked in investment banking after college, then ventured into a different career. Now he is learning alongside other highly motivated peers to re-enter the field at the top. The Applied Security Analysis Program (ASAP) is the ideal fit to give him the hands-on experience and industry contacts he needs to stand out and achieve his goals.
Rajat wanted a holistic supply chain education that covered the full spectrum from sourcing through downstream supply chain effects. The specialized, fully integrated program at Wisconsin is exceeding his expectations. Rajat has found the specialization program takes collaboration to great heights. Students know their specific career focus from day one, which encourages support rather than competition. And the varied backgrounds across all ten specializations is offering valuable and diverse professional perspectives.
Ena pursued an MBA to expand her career technically and geographically. She chose Wisconsin because of its specialization model, which is giving her deep training in finance on top of a general management foundation. As an international student, she sees her Wisconsin MBA as the key to bridging cultural gaps, providing a broad international perspective, and building a strong professional network.
Jocelyn Friedman developed a passion for real estate while working in administrative roles in the industry. She decided to get the credentials required to build a career in real estate development. The Wisconsin MBA Program is providing the foundational business skills and opportunities she needs. Jocelyn is getting a general MBA core along with a specialized focus on all aspects of real estate management—a combination that will allow her to grow her career in any direction.
David entered the Wisconsin MBA Program to immerse himself in a specialized field and build a strong professional network. Drawn to the depth of the Wisconsin MBA curriculum and alumni community, David has built up a well-rounded portfolio of skills and connected with leaders throughout the risk management and insurance industry.
Camille sought an MBA to further her leadership skills and become a role model for women in business. She wanted to build on her niche experience in hotel administration, retail, and media, and gain a deeper base of skills in marketing. Camille earned her specialized Wisconsin MBA in marketing research in 2017, received hands-on experience as a student, and landed a top job at American Airlines.
With a bachelor's degree in theater & performance studies, and more than a decade of technical and managerial experience in the theater, Gabriel Benghiat was ready to take his career in the arts to the next level.
Given the evolving role of human resources, Zelda Fitriasih wanted a foundation in business and management to serve her employer, the largest bank in Indonesia, as a strategic business partner. The bank sponsored Zelda’s graduate program to enhance her skills for an upcoming bank expansion and beyond. Zelda identified the Wisconsin School of Business as her top MBA option because of its unique specialization model, which allowed her to focus on Human Resource Management.
Will Bishop is a highly decorated Army veteran who was looking to parlay his extensive military leadership experience into a consulting career. Will chose the Wisconsin MBA for the value, career specialization, and connections it would provide for his post-miltary career—and discovered Wisconsin’s close-knight, collaborative MBA community.
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