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. She began researching MBA programs and found the best fit with the Wisconsin MBA in supply chain management.
When I looked at Wisconsin’s specialized curriculum, I knew I wanted to study here. I will leave here with a solid general management foundation plus the hiring advantage of my supply chain specialization. UW—Madison’s specialized supply chain program has a robust applied learning program with industry-led workshops, international study tours, site visits, and a lot of other activities and events tailored to supply chain management. And the curriculum dives into supply chain from day one. This is exactly what I was looking for.
Relationships with corporate partners and alumni, and the camaraderie between classmates, are phenomenal. Wisconsin is market-competitive externally, but highly collaborative internally.
I am taking advantage of outstanding leadership opportunities in and outside the classroom that are preparing me to make an impact as a leader in my professional life. I got elected co-president of Graduate Women in Business, which aims to raise awareness of the challenges women face in business. The group sponsored a roundtable with Carey Lohrenz when she was here to speak as part of the Weikel Leadership Series. Carey is a UW-Madison alumna and was the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. I also serve on the board of the Wisconsin chapter of Net Impact, which is a global organization of emerging student leaders focused on tackling social and environmental issues.
I met alumni who helped with my internship search. An alumnus whom I met at an executive advisory board meeting talked with me about the hiring challenges I faced as an international student. He supported me through my internship process. I also connected with another alumnus who works at Logitech, who was helpful in my landing my internship with Logitech in San Francisco.
The advisory board and alumni network have a big impact on the Wisconsin MBA experience. Our alumni really care about us and are actively involved, formally through dinners and speaker events, but also offline as needed as we complete our MBA degrees or begin job searches. Board meeting days include student presentations and alumni talks about industry trends or specific business challenges. We end the day with a formal dinner and opportunities to make valuable career contacts.
Applied learning, including an opportunity to earn a Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification, really added value to my experience. I appreciate that the School offers so many opportunities, including the Six Sigma certification—potential employers Logitech and Microsoft asked me about the certification in job interviews and at site visits. We toured the new state-of-the-art building of W.W. Grainger, which is a Fortune 500 industrial supply company headquartered in Illinois.
As an International student, I knew I would have challenges on my MBA journey. I deeply appreciate Wisconsin’s smaller program with its collaborative, supportive atmosphere. The community is so tight-knit. Relationships with corporate partners and alumni, and the camaraderie between classmates, are phenomenal. We celebrate the idea of “Together Forward.” Wisconsin is market-competitive externally, but highly collaborative internally. Everyone I have met, from professors and staff to classmates, is more than delighted to lend a helping hand. As students, we even share job leads and assist with homework to help everyone move forward.