Class of 2014
"The moment I stepped through Fuqua's door, I knew I'd made the right decision, as I found myself immediately and totally immersed in a global experience. Every moment was spent learning with fellow exchange students, multi-national team members, and top professors and speakers."
After a long and rigorous admissions process at home through Tel Aviv University in Israel, I had the great fortune of being selected for an exchange program at Fuqua, which was my first choice of school. I seized the opportunity with great excitement, knowing that the experience would impact the course of my life and career.
I'm a global business development manager, and combined my work in different roles and companies with a great passion for travel and cultural exploration. Before starting my MBA program at Tel Aviv University, I lived abroad for 5 years in the US, Europe, and Asia, which stimulated my natural curiosity of new places and people, and made me eager for more.
My second greatest passion is technology, and I have a desire to create positive change in people's lives. Through Fuqua's classes in entrepreneurship and innovation, I absorbed the latest ideas and business models in the field.
Coming to Durham was the greatest adventure, beginning with leaving my supportive family, job, and home. In Durham, I moved in with roommates who I'd never met before. In just a few months, I made friends from all over the globe and felt enriched by the fascinating lectures and experiences. The Fuqua School of Business provides a warm and welcoming environment, and I had a great time as an exchange student.
Why I Chose Fuqua
Coming to the US for a short period of time as an exchange student, I really wanted to study at a world-class business school, become part of the student community, and experience a culture that encourages leadership and teamwork. I also wanted to focus on exploring new career options outside of my current field. The moment I stepped through Fuqua's door, I knew I'd made the right decision, as I found myself immediately and totally immersed in a global experience. Every moment was spent learning with fellow exchange students, multi-national team members, and top professors and speakers. I gained a greater confidence and the tools needed to take the next steps in my career.
Leadership Attribute: Energy
My inner drive and motivation to excel reflect a positive energy that I hope inspires and motivates my team members. Leading more than 16 R&D projects while in the Israeli Air Force, and later co-founding a service company and managing the employees as COO required a great deal of optimism, energy, and a belief that we would succeed in meeting any challenge.
Throughout my life and career I followed my heart and innate curiosity to choose some fascinating paths, always bringing passion and energy to every new project or goal. Because of this enthusiasm, during my last role as a business development manager I was chosen to present at global conferences and share new concepts and future developments with wide audiences. My rich experiences at Fuqua energized me even more.
Five Random Things about Me
- I opened my first company, "Bagel B" with my best friend at age 15. We bought bagels at the local bakery every day, and sold them door-to-door. Most of our revenue came from tips we earned from the customers who didn't know we were both employees and owners of the company.
- The smartest and most beautiful girl I've ever seen, studied with me in undergrad. For 4 years, I was too shy to approach her, but the week after graduation, I finally found the courage to ask her out on a date. Two years later, we were married and had our first son.
- I probably hold the Duke record for shortest first name. No, it's not a shortened form of a different name, it's just "Or," the name I was given at birth. In Hebrew, all names have a meaning, and my name, "Or" means "light."
- I'm a fan of Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Led-Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel and their fellow artists. I believe that since the '60s, the main development in the music industry has been in devices, not content.
- I love traveling. After serving in the Israeli Air Force, I bought a ticket for a 3-week trip to Brazil, and ended up staying in South America for 8 months, visiting 14 countries.
What I love about Durham
I feel as if Duke and Durham complete one another, the former is the heart and mind where I studied, enjoyed team meetings, and practiced sports (mainly from the bench at football games). The later, Durham, is the soul that comes to life on the beautiful streets and corners every night. Duke and Durham are connected by a great community spirit and feeling of overwhelming support for whatever you choose to do here.