Duke - The Fuqua School of Business
 
The network makes a difference.

Yuecel Karabulut, '11

Senior Director, Global Security Alliances and Go-to-Market, SAP Labs

California

Nationality: German

"Now that I have gone through the Global Executive MBA program, I have the courage to work anywhere in the world. It’s almost like I received a sociology degree on top of my global MBA."

A New Lens

Before I did the Global Executive MBA program, I approached things through a technical lens. But, now I also have a business lens that helps me to see SAP's business from a multi-faceted perspective, giving me the confidence to take on greater challenges.

For instance, I'm now able to leave my comfort zone and "lead up" at work.  I took on the challenge of starting a Global Forum at SAP, where employees exchange their thoughts and experiences on leadership. This forum spurred vital conversations that have helped employees make connections and relationships that have deepened their understanding of leadership, as well as helped move forward SAP's lean transformation and people agenda. This is a fantastic example of how I transferred my learnings (right after the first term!) to create a globally recognized forum within SAP.

With my MBA, I feel more prepared to achieve my long-term goals of becoming a successful business leader who improves and builds new businesses which make the world a better place. With my MBA, my future seems a lot brighter.

Embracing Diversity

The greatest lesson I learned is that, in business, we can all do a better job of utilizing diversity within teams, especially diversity of industry and function. Even though I didn't come from a business background, I realized that I could bring good insights to classroom discussions, that we all had different strengths, and that there wasn't a problem we couldn't solve as a team.

Now that I have gone through the Global Executive MBA program, I have the courage to work anywhere in the world. It's almost like I received a sociology degree on top of my global MBA. 

Impressive Faculty

I feel that Blair Shepard, who is a professor and the former dean of Fuqua, was inspiring and brought something special to his class. He is a great listener and a true world citizen with a deep understanding of various cultures. And he has a fundamental understanding of what we can all do better in the realm of business.

His class on the history of different global economies taught me to see the differences in consumer behavior across the globe. We listened to executives from P&G in Russia and McDonald's in India, who described how differently they approach business. These are things I would never have experienced, even working for a global company.