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“I now have the confidence to say that as a leader I know how to break problems down, structure a path to find the solution, and help others understand how I got there. I've added sharpened analytical abilities to my toolbox making me a much more effective and persuasive communicator.”
Fund Administrator
Technology and Media Initiative

Weekend Executive MBA

Class of 2019
Industry:
Philanthropy

Prior Education:

Howard University
Political Science, 2009
Hometown:
Washington, D.C.
Nationality:
USA

Reflections

One of the strongest teams I participated in was a part of the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP). I was on a team of five in a quest to help a global technology client based in the E.U. explore market expansion into the U.S. Our team had a range of different industry experiences from pharma, finance, and industrial tech which enabled us to draw insights from analogous contexts outside of our client's industry. What I loved most about our team was how we played to one another's strengths and didn't let individual egos get in the way of offering the best possible final presentation to the client.

Before Fuqua

I was the executive director of a philanthropic effort led by foundations and wealthy individual donors to catalyze the next generation of citizen engagement in the U.S. The core focus of my role was donor advising: assessing the landscape, making recommendations, conducting due diligence and persuading donors where to invest for the greatest impact.

After Fuqua

I want to help organizations leverage enterprise software and applications of IoT, AI, cloud, advanced analytics, etc. to solve business problems. I could see myself working toward this end within a single organization/enterprise or as a consultant.

5 Tips for Working in Teams

  1. Define success early as a team and the milestones along the way.
  2. Always have an agenda for every meeting—no excuses!
  3. Resist group-think at every turn. If you see something that can be done better, speak up.
  4. Recognize everyone’s strengths and draw upon them.
  5. Don’t take conflicts personally.

Weekend Executive MBA

Top Areas of Career Focus

IT (16%)
Financial Services (14%)
Health Care/Health Services (10%)
Manufacturing/Operations (9%)
Sales/Business Development (8%)
Consulting (8%)

Typical Class Demographics
Weekend Executive MBA

Age Range

28-45

Work Experience

5-20 years

Students with Advanced Degrees

32%

Countries Represented

19

Women

27%
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