Liz Christenbury

University of Wisconsin‑Madison, Wisconsin School of Business

MBA Graduation Year: 2016

Specialization: Operations and Technology Management

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Internship: University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Madison

Before Wisconsin School of Business: Technical Consultant, Epic

After Graduation: Strategy and Operations, Deloitte, Atlanta

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. In researching MBA options, the Operations and Technology Management specialization at Wisconsin offered an immersive and hands-on education that would complement her undergraduate math degree and her experience. At Wisconsin she is gaining an invaluable breadth of industry knowledge to amplify her effectiveness a consultant.

There is a lot of value in the design of the Wisconsin MBA. The size of the program—there are 100 students in the MBA program—supports collaboration and learning with others of various backgrounds. The specialization coursework complements the core courses well. Since I started the program, through working with my classmates and interacting with alumni and faculty, I've been able to explore a lot of different career options and I am excited to be moving forward in a consulting role with Deloitte.

The comprehensive coursework in my specialization has really expanded my business understanding and prepared me to succeed as a consultant. I really enjoyed my quantitative finance and operations courses, which helped me truly understand money flow. I found my strategy class interesting because it challenged me to think about all areas of impact to a business and industry. Operations classes and the health care operations management class all touched on lean strategy and lean manufacturing, which can be can be applied to all types of operations.

Engaging our specialization’s advisory board members is always productive and can lead to great industry connections.

—Liz Christenbury

Alumni come to campus to teach and it offers a really unique networking opportunity. Because our specialization class size is small it is really easy to meet the alumni and network with them afterwards, especially if you are interested in an internship or full-time job with their company. Alumni are also a great resource for career guidance because they have been in our shoes and share what the job application experience is like.

OTM also has a very active advisory board with members who keep us up to date on industry trends. We had an entire session on 3D printing with speakers sharing advances in 3D printing technology, including a wide range of advances, from biotech, to car manufacturing, and even printing food. Engaging our specialization's board members is always productive and can lead to great industry connections.

The MBA community has been really supportive, vibrant, and fun. From weekly get-togethers for Thursday after Professional Studies (TAPS), to working with student-led groups like Graduate Business Association and Toastmasters, to day-to-day class, it's been great being a part of this community. I have been able to participate a lot and work collaboratively with my classmates.