High-achieving Wisconsin MBA students share a passion for collaboration

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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Full-time MBA student Jared Shoemaker sits near a window with a view of a building

Fast-Track to a Successful Career Switch

Jared Shoemaker (MBA ’19) was a civil engineer and chose to switch careers when his client contacts inspired a passion for real estate. The specialization in the Wisconsin MBA provided the skills and knowledge he needed to jump industries. Jared started real estate classes day one and values the collaborative personality of the program and the exceptional networking opportunities.

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Inspire Great Customer Experiences

Kristen Mezzapelle (MBA ’19) was inspired by the Starbucks’ service philosophy while working as a barista in high school and wanted a career that impacted positive customer service. She learned that supply chain has a major impact and chose to pursue a supply chain MBA specialization within the Wisconsin MBA.

Prepare for Your Ideal Career

Patrick Stahl (MBA ’19) had a career in finance and a passion for cars. He chose the specialized brand and product management program in the Wisconsin MBA to switch careers and is crafting a career path in the automotive industry. Patrick earned an internship at Jeep, which led to a full-time offer there after graduation.

Jenna Herr is sitting on a bench, leaning against a wall

Lead Business and Social Change

Jenna Herr (MBA '19) overcame many obstacles on her path to a graduate degree. Inspired by mentors, she rose from first-generation college student to MBA candidate. Jenna is specializing in risk management and insurance, incorporating her passions for technology and business analytics.

Add Specialized Skills and Inspire Others

Brent Carcamo (MBA ’19) is broadening his skills with a specialization in operations and technology management. He is honing his business acumen to add value to his employers and inspire other students from disadvantaged backgrounds to set high success goals and give back to their communities.

Alison “Ali” Heimert

Solve Business Problems With Data

Alison “Ali” Heimert (MBA '19) wanted a well-rounded business perspective she could apply in any corporate function. At Wisconsin, she has access to recruiters from leading companies who recruit students from Wisconsin's marketing research program.

Peter Hopkins

Succeed Through Specialized Learning, Alumni Support

Peter "PJ" Hopkins (MBA '19) credits the quality and reputation at Wisconsin for landing him his internship and subsequent job offer. A first-year project analyzing Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods gave him targeted experience. Alumni support and a collaborative culture helped make PJ’s MBA experience exceptional.

Ellen Chen

Develop High-Level Strategic HR Skills

Ellen Chen (MBA '19) is taking her career to new heights by adding comprehensive business knowledge and high-level strategic thinking in the Wisconsin MBA's HR specialization. Leadership opportunities, classmate camaraderie, and applied learning experience add career value.

Donovan Walker

Develop Broad Skills, Lead Diverse Teams

Donovan Walker (MBA '19) had a career in retail and hospitality, interspersed with worldwide travel and the Peace Corps. He is honing skills by leading diverse, cross-functional teams and adding solid business knowledge to set himself apart in the marketplace.

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