Kalipha Ceesay
“Fuqua’s case method of teaching exposes you to various obstacles companies routinely face, trains you to assess new opportunities and risks from a strategic perspective, and allows you to collaborate with colleagues to solve complex problems in a high-pressure environment.”
Senior Consultant
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Weekend Executive MBA

Class of 2015
Industry:
Consulting

Prior Education:

North Carolina Central University
Business Administration, 2007
Hometown:
New York, New York, USA
Nationality:
Gambia

Reflections

I was unable to quit my job to pursue a traditional program like the Daytime MBA, so I sought an alternative that allowed me to continue working through business school. Fuqua’s diverse student body and wide variety of experiential learning opportunities made it the perfect environment to develop my leadership skills, and the focus on teamwork taught me how to delegate and leverage the expertise of others. The MBA experience has increased my confidence to a level that I can admit when I need help and I am secure in asking for it.

Before Fuqua

I was a Vice President in the Risk Appetite Group at Bank of America. I was responsible for measuring the organization’s capacity for risk taking and setting allowable bounds, meaning I helped budget the amount of risk different business lines could take in relation to their pursuit of strategic objectives.

After Fuqua

At PricewaterhouseCoopers, I advise financial services companies on adapting to the changing regulatory environment. I focus on developing capabilities for measuring and mitigating risk and incorporating risk management into their strategic planning.

5 Ways to Maximize Your Residencies

  1. Hanging out with classmates in the evenings is the best way to get to know each other and form stronger bonds.
  2. Fuqua Fridays let you engage with people from other Fuqua programs, like the Daytime MBA.
  3. Going to a Duke basketball game helps build school spirit and just enjoy some good ole fun.
  4. The food scene in Durham is phenomenal. You’ll find a variety of cuisines from across the globe.
  5. Practice case interviewing with your classmates. Even if you’re not interested in a consulting career

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

36

Work Experience

11 years

Students with Advanced Degrees

32%

Women

27%

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