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“Being a leader means you’re always on. The way you respond, the conversations you have between meetings, the looks you give, the tone of your voice, it all matters; it affects your team. In understanding that, I’m able to build trust, influence, and make my team better.”
Director, Analytic Consulting

Global Executive MBA

Class of 2019
Data Analytics & Measurement

Prior Education:

University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Business
Marketing, 2012
Minneapolis, Minnesota


An interesting outcome from the emphasis on teams at Duke was that I now know myself better than I ever have. Throughout the program, you are continuously asked about who you are, directly and indirectly, through assessments, feedback, and introductions. This provided me with a new level of self-awareness. When I met ambitious, brilliant people who genuinely want business to be a force for good, it made my “why” shift. Before, I wasn’t exactly sure what compelled me besides ambition. Now it’s clear, I hope to have enough knowledge, power, and influence that I can do meaningful good in the world.

Before Fuqua

I was promoted to Associate Director the same month as starting the program, leading the largest business units at a top ten global client. This meant managing a team, maintaining client relationships as well as selling, designing, and overseeing the project management of the delivery of additional analytics.

After Fuqua

Just prior to graduation, I was promoted to Director. Much of my day-to-day will remain the same but I will manage additional team members to support those accounts I’ve personally grown over the past year. I’m excited to have the additional bandwidth being out of school to lean into the people development portion of my role.

5 Tips for Working in Teams

  1. Make time to not do work - the best teams make time to get to know each other as people, it will make life much easier if you understand where everyone is coming from.
  2. Have a meeting end time - it sounds silly, but when you're past what you'd think would be the end time, you'll be glad it was established.
  3. Map out the assignments - not everyone needs to be on everything.
  4. Have a buddy system - never leave anything dependent on one person.
  5. Assume good intentions - as a general rule people have them, usually everyone is doing the best they can with the time they have.

Global Executive MBA

Top Areas of Career Focus

Financial Services (20%)
Consulting (5%)
Sales/Business Development (5%)
Energy/Chemical/Gas (9%)
Marketing/PR/Advertising (6%)
Consumer Goods (3%)

Typical Class Demographics
Global Executive MBA

Age Range


Work Experience

5-20 years

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Non-US Citizenship

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