Alumni Question and Answers
Chief Marketing Officer
Team Fuqua means solving for the collective success versus yourself.
Director of Market Strategy and Insights
Team Fuqua means a loyal, collaborative, and supportive community that motivates you to grow professionally, inspires you to act with integrity, and empowers you to make a positive impact on the world.
Senior Business Consultant
Team Fuqua means support, collaboration, education, lasting friendships, and fun!
Mergers and Acquisitions, Professional Coach, Entrepreneur, Investor, and Philanthropist
Equalize, Snack ‘n Fun, and Fun Media Designs
Team Fuqua means a family of brilliant individuals who come together collectively to make a monumental impact on society.
Founder and CEO
For me, Team Fuqua represents two things: invaluable resources and a forever like-minded professional community of members who are always there to support one another.
Garhwal, Chan & Williams
"I have a great sense of gratitude to Fuqua for the finest education in ethical leadership."
Founder and CEO
"Now more than ever, we understand that teamwork has far greater potential to unlock transformational growth than authoritarian leadership styles. Fuqua has been ahead of the curve in terms of recognizing the power of teams, and I’m so thankful that Team Fuqua helped inspire my leadership style."
Keller Society Leadership Circle member and former Alumni Council member
Founder and CEO of AKCEL Partners & Founder and CEO of Blink LLC
"Supporting the Annual Fund is a gift in more ways than one. For me, it’s a personal ‘thank you’ to a community that made an enormous difference in my life. Fuqua helped to launch a career that I am proud of, refine leadership skills that I still rely on, and foster a love for innovation and curiosity that enriches both my professional and personal life to this day."
Dating & Relationship Coach
From Casual to Serious
"Team Fuqua means family. Family all over the world doing incredible things to make it a better place."
Founder & Designer
EDALOU PARIS Multi Lux Versatility Leather Goods & Accessories
"It [Team Fuqua] means family. The Fuqua community will always be there to have my back."
"To me, Team Fuqua means to have made forever connections."
Founder & Executive Chairman, Inventory Source, and Co-Founder & Co-CEO, SourceFuse
"To me, Team Fuqua means a diversity of experience and desire to share that experience to learn and grow, and to help others do the same."
Windham Dental Associates
"Part of being a member of Team Fuqua is having the ability to put aside your own implicit bias to create an environment where everyone can come together to problem solve issues that plague an industry. Team Fuqua is not just a mere idea. It is a powerful movement that creates changemakers globally."
Digital ASIC DSP Technical Leader, Luxtera Silicon Photonics – Carlsbad Site
Cisco Systems, Inc.
"Team Fuqua means respect earned from working hard together during classes, getting together online or in person through the years with the same camaraderie that we had from being all over the world together, and celebrating and rooting for each other’s career success and personal fulfillment."
Founding Partner and Machinery Analyst
"Fuqua opened up huge opportunities that have made my life more successful and enjoyable. The talents and capabilities of my classmates were an inspiration, and the knowledge that hard work and self-direction can get you anywhere was hugely impactful for me."
Senior Director, HR Consulting, Small Business at Capital One
Member, Fuqua Minority Alumni Advisory Board
"Because of the knowledge, experiences, and friendships I got out of Fuqua, I seek to ensure other individuals who may look like me or grew up like I did also get the opportunity to experience the same thing. I am so grateful for those who helped me hone my skillset, and I want to give that to others as well."
Founder and CEO
"You have access to a vast network through your Fuqua connections—not only your immediate classmates, but alumni from all programs and classes."
Finance Author, Owner
Schulz Financial, LLC
"Something I believe most people overlook is that when you earn a Duke MBA you get an education that applies to a broad range of endeavors. The Fuqua experience has opened many opportunities for me."
Physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology
"Team Fuqua means learning to work to solve and create as a group. Each member has a contribution and the collective effort creates a greater product than any one individual. I'm very thankful for the lessons I learned at Fuqua—they still serve me today!"
Co-Founder and CEO
"Don’t focus on what you want as your 'perfect job,' and instead find what little joys you experience every day in different jobs. As you sum up your career, continue to steer towards more little wins and you will find yourself in an amazing role you would have never imagined!"
Chief Financial Officer
"Team Fuqua and the Duke University affiliation have been a proud badge of honor for my entire professional career."
Senior Analyst, Customer Intelligence Analytics
The Home Depot
"Team Fuqua is about accepting and celebrating diversity of ethnicities, thoughts, and ideas. It is being able to use these perspectives to design meaningful projects and produce impactful decisions."
Product Manager, Artificial Intelligence
Bank of America
"Team Fuqua means inclusivity and finding creative ways for every person you interact with to have a chance to share their voice. It means collaborating across all borders, between differences, and throughout hardships."
Vice President of Emerging Technologies
Full Sail University
"I really enjoyed my time at Fuqua. While I was attending I felt that every day was a learning experience. All the hard skills knowledge was relevant and I still use a lot of the knowledge acquired. On the soft skills side, I felt the overall experience was very profound. I’m most grateful for the knowledge and care I received from my classmates."
"Classmates with whom I haven’t spoken in years consistently reach out to check in and see how they can help. They’re genuinely interested and never looking for anything in return. It’s actually been this way since day one at Fuqua!"
"Fuqua was a key enabler of my career success; I’d like to help others afford a Fuqua education so they can realize their potential in our dynamic, capitalist system."
Founder and CEO
"It’s the relationships one builds that last a lifetime. It was great to be in a classroom of accomplished professionals from different industries and geographies. Apart from the lifelong friendships, we built a great support system that one can count on."
Professional Athlete and Enterprise Associate at Uber Eats
"Team Fuqua, to me, is all about bringing the best out of one another. Sharing success, together."
"Team Fuqua is about embracing a collective identity and keeping an indomitable spirit."
Wantings & Company
"Team Fuqua is my agent of shield around the world. It really means a fantastic global network helping and guiding me."
Founder and CEO
"I can stand here today living out my dream of building and growing a company in part because Fuqua, specifically Team Fuqua, supported my ambition. Thank you!"
Design Assurance Engineering Manager
"Your decisions are only as good as the data that you bring in. Collaboration, diversity, and inclusion are critical to being a successful leader."
Founder and CEO
The ANDI Brand
"Team Fuqua: A trusted and forever-connected group of leaders of consequence."
Protocol Business Architect
"Team Fuqua is recognizing the strength that a community can bring to various business settings and scenarios, especially in support of the professional endeavors and developments in innovations and new technology."
"Put yourself out there, take chances, get involved, and good things happen. Have a personal vision, evolve it, but stick with it. Simple work ethic—when you’re passionate, work isn’t a burden."
"I am very thankful that I attended a business school that focuses on creating well-rounded leaders. Having a specialty is great, but to be successful in business at the highest levels you must be able to apply that specialty holistically in a manner that maximizes the enterprise."
Lindsey, Consultant at Acsel Health, and Jon, Healthcare Investment Banker at Greenhill & Co.
"Giving back is an important way to recognize the foundation upon which we build our career."
West Africa Director
"Fuqua taught me that great leaders never stop learning and that decisions should never be made in a vacuum. It's critical to draw upon the collective experience and expertise of your team, thought leaders within your industry, and insights from the local market you are operating in and the story the data tells."
Co-owner and Co-founder
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread, & Wine
"Team Fuqua embodies the credo that one's success is not mutually exclusive to that of your classmate, and, after Fuqua, to that of your colleague."
Author, Ayo's Money Jar
"For me, Team Fuqua translated to a diverse, supportive, and cohesive network of cheerleaders and confidants. In other words, my tribe."
IT Director and Production Manager, Fuel Quality Services, Inc.
Festival Coordinator, Sets at Sunset
"Fuqua has consisted of some of the smartest people that I know who are also some of the most supportive people I have met. No matter how far apart we are or how long it has been since we've talked, we still consider each other family."
Pinky Swear Foundation
"As a leader it's my responsibility to surround myself with diverse people who contribute experiences and talents that make the whole team better."
Senior Vice President, Transformation
ATI Physical Therapy
"Take opportunities when they come, even if (really especially if) they feel intimidating. Growth happens when we challenge ourselves."
Director of Governance and Global Partnerships
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
"My first boss after Fuqua taught me so much about being a leader—the importance of having strong vision and conviction, being passionate and driven, shining through the success of your employees and of course, having fun in doing what you love."
Executive Vice President of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing & Supply Chain
General Motors Company
"I was used to working on projects alone, and Fuqua taught me a great deal about working in teams. It was highly rewarding to come together with people you didn't know and to figure out how to leverage each person's strengths to solve a problem together."
Non-Executive Director and Founder
"I pursued my MBA at Duke specifically to acquire the skills (and courage) to start my own businesses. I wanted the freedom to pursue projects and opportunities that interested me, and I consider myself fortunate that it has worked out."
"Team Fuqua is my creed in people management at work. Regardless of their background and expertise, I always try to get all of my co-workers deeply involved in deriving the best result."
Vice President of Marketing
"For me, it's been less specific advice and more in the way of opportunities to work with some incredible people that I was easily drawn to emulate as best I could."
Division Administrator, Department of Surgery
Duke University Medical Center
"Relationships are key. The time spent with your teammates discussing cases and problems is as important as the discussions you have about work and life in general. I miss the rigorous academics and the challenging discussions with classmates."
Abbott Point of Care
"The most enjoyable part of the job is working with a group of people who all want to change the world for the better—I see many parallels with the Team Fuqua culture and aspiration."
Senior Financial Analyst
"In this day and age nobody can succeed alone. Everyone, no matter how smart or educated, needs other people with different skill sets. The Fuqua experience provides the perfect environment to put yourself out of the comfort zone and learn from others while you are immersed in a group of extraordinarily talented and humble people."
"Team Fuqua means knowing that a team is stronger than the individual leader or each team member can ever be."
Senior Director of Business Development
Management Leadership for Tomorrow
"Team Fuqua is a concept that encourages strong relationship building for the purpose of more effective, higher integrity outcomes that benefit the team members individually and collectively. Eleven years after graduation, this concept is more important to me than ever. I apply it in almost every facet of my professional and personal life."
Chief Executive Officer
Extension of You Home Care
"My favorite memories are of one of our first clients, and staying up all night with him, talking, and holding his hand."
Slices of Genius
"Team Fuqua is genius! Fuqua is one of the few places that creates really exceptional team players who understand and value the power of diverse points of view."