Charmaine Peart Blackman
"Professor Jeremy Petranka is now my mentor. He saw something in me that I did not see in myself and always pushed me beyond my comfort zone so that I could become the best version of myself.”
Director of Marketing, Cahsout / Equity Division
Freedom Mortgage

Weekend Executive MBA

Class of 2016
Financial Services

Prior Education:

St. John's University
Actuarial Science, 2006
Cherry Hill, New Jersey


Our GATE trip to South Africa was life-changing. As a person from the Caribbean, the similarities in culture and mindset were astonishing. Every conversation with local South Africans felt deeply personal because although they are a fun-loving people, they walk around with the weight of the pain of apartheid. While apartheid’s goal was to control a segment of the population by making them subservient, instead it somehow motivated many to emerge stronger as well as more resilient and self-aware. I was grateful for the opportunity to share this awe-inspiring experience with my classmates.

Before Fuqua

My roles were highly technical and the workload was highly structured. I was a practicing actuary with 10 years of experience in insurance and consulting. My responsibilities were around valuation of the liabilities of insurers according to state regulations and the guidelines of various actuarial governing bodies.

After Fuqua

Midway through my MBA, I took an influencer role that built marketing strategy and introduced structure, processes, and reporting where there were none. This position was a catalyst for my company’s organic growth. Now, I’m the Director of Marketing, where I’ve taken on a larger strategy role along with analytics.   

5 Tips for Your Residencies

  1. Have dinner with a different group of people from your cohort every residency.
  2. Each term, have lunch with at least one professor. They are a wealth of knowledge and are open to extending your learning outside class.
  3. Mingle with the Daytime MBA students and be a resource to them during recruiting season.
  4. Go to Shooters. I’m kind of joking, but kind of serious—after a night out a lot of bonding happens, the walls come down, and real friendships can start to blossom.
  5. Attend any football or basketball games that are happening while on campus. They truly indoctrinate you into the Duke culture.

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


Work Experience

5-20 years

Students with Advanced Degrees


Countries Represented



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