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.

Ben St. John
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Strategic vision for change

Ben St. John MBA Graduation Year: 2018 Specialization: Operations and Technology Management

Ben St. John wanted to change his career to work in corporate environmental responsibility so he could affect issues he is truly passionate about. He knew he needed an MBA to make the transition from his work in investment product consulting. Since starting the program he has already built on his undergraduate engineering degree with a strong business base, exceptional leadership skills, and solid tech knowledge. Ben gained critical sought-after skills in the Wisconsin MBA that have positioned him to become a leader who can affect change.

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Mae Saul
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Competitive advantage to lead at the top

Mae Saul MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Specialization: Arts Administration
Mae Saul needed business skills to move ahead in arts management. At Wisconsin, with its arts administration specialization, she is getting hands-on experience and learning core business fundamentals, including strategy, business metrics, and problem-solving skills. Support through the School, a network of successful arts professionals nationwide, and her classmates, has given Mae confidence and a renewed vision of a high-level arts management career.
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Zena Stephens
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Building broad business skills to lead in HR

Zena Stephens MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management
Zena’s career goal is to lead talent management, acquisition, and retention for a Fortune 500 corporation. She needed to get skills only an MBA could provide in order to move into strategic HR. The Wisconsin MBA program with a specialization in human resource management was the ideal fit for Zena to get broad business knowledge plus a deep focus on HR to prepare for the exact career she wants.
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Rajat Mahajan
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Gaining supply chain expertise and exceptional leadership skills

Rajat Mahajan MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Specialization: Supply Chain Management

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.

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Ena Vijay
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Bridging a cultural gap to expand career options

Ena Vijay MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

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.

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Jocelyn Friedman
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Gaining skills to succeed in real estate

Jocelyn Friedman MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Specialization: Real Estate

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.

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Brandon Jankowski
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Getting the credentials to switch to an investment research career

Brandon Jankowski MBA Graduation Year: 2016 Specialization: Applied Security Analysis Program
Brandon Jankowski worked in management at a direct marketing firm after college, then moved on to an entry‑level finance position at JP Morgan, followed by a sales position at Oppenheimer Funds. He soon recognized that he would prefer investment research over sales.
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Benefitting from the market-competitive, highly collaborative Wisconsin MBA

Dawn Luo MBA Graduation Year: 2016 Specialization: Supply Chain Management
Dawn Luo earned a bachelor of science degree in Management Information Systems from National Chengchi University in Taiwan. After working as a marketing and sales engineer and then project manager, managing equipment purchases, Dawn became interested in supply chain management.
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Small class sizes enhance learning

Mitchell Jung MBA Graduation Year: 2016 Specialization: Real Estate
Mitchell Jung earned a liberal arts undergraduate degree and began his career as a commercial real estate appraiser in San Francisco. Jung wanted to stay in real estate, but preferred a more strategic role in real estate investment.
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Shaping the exact career I want

Scott Peiser MBA Graduation Year: 2016 Specialization: Marketing Research
After his college graduation, Scott Peiser went to work as an analyst for a marketing firm. As Scott looked ahead, he knew he wanted to gather insights at the front end, working directly with brands and consumers, rather than analyzing the resulting data.
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Will Bishop
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Transitioning to a civilian career that leverages military leadership

Will Bishop MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Specialization: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

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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Gabriel Benghiat
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Connecting and collaborating in a supportive environment

Gabriel Benghiat MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Specialization: Arts Administration

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.

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Camille Clark
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Applying real‑world strategies to comprehensive business education

Camille Clark MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Specialization: Marketing Research

Camille Clark’s first career in pricing and managing for the retail sector led to a position as a product planning manager in global media commerce, which was rewarding but very niche. To gain deeper knowledge of consumer goods and products, as well as the service industry, Camille decided to pursue an MBA specializing Marketing Research to further her leadership skills.

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David Olson
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Developing a breadth of knowledge while making industry connections

David Olson MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Specialization: Risk Management and Insurance

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.

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Brandon Shields
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Fast track from marine to corporate marketing intern

Brandon Shields MBA Graduation Year: 2017 Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Brandon Shields served in the Marine Corps, including in Afghanistan. He was honorably discharged and began crafting his new future, which he is building for himself and his toddler son.      
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Liz Christenbury
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Adding skills to transition to consulting

Liz Christenbury MBA Graduation Year: 2016 Specialization: Operations and Technology Management
Liz Christenbury worked for a globally recognized health care software company helping hospitals solve problems through software technology. She realized she wanted a broader strategic role to help clients.
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Zelda Fitriasih
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Gaining a business foundation to grow with my company

Zelda Fitriasih MBA Graduation Year: 2016 Specialization: Strategic Human Resource Management

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 Zeldas 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.

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Angie Peltzer
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Gaining business skills to make social impact

Angie Peltzer MBA Graduation Year: 2016 Specialization: Brand and Product Management
Angie Peltzer already had combined her passions for travel and public service in nonprofit and government to affect global issues including child labor. She chose a Wisconsin MBA because she wanted to switch careers from a government agency.
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Making the move from statistical analyst to business strategist

Anne Bruckner MBA Graduation Year: 2016 Specialization: Real Estate
After earning a master's degree in statistics and working as a statistical analyst for a health care company, Anne Bruckner realized she wanted to do more than provide data to decision makers.
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