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“Through the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) I've been launching a startup, Resilient Foods, aimed at delivering a one-for-one food product with a model similar to TOMS Shoes. The best part of this experience has been all of the access our team has had to the CEI team, entrepreneurs in Durham, and the greater Duke community.”

Daytime MBA

Class of 2020
Food & Beverage

Prior Education:

Vanderbilt University
Human & Organizational Development, 2014
New York, New York

Why I Chose Fuqua

I wanted to join an MBA program that would allow me to seek the best version of myself, even if I wasn't quite sure what that looked like yet. As someone pursuing a custom search in a non-traditional field, I knew I'd have to rely heavily on faculty, staff, and alumni in my career search. Just before my Fuqua interview, I sat down with a Fuqua alumnus/partner at my firm to chat about my background and interests. I mentioned I wanted to do a pre-MBA internship in the food & beverage sector AND in Africa - a long shot, I know! But by the end of our conversation she'd introduced me to two more alumni, and the summer before matriculating I worked for a nutrition think tank in Rwanda. You can't get this experience anywhere else and I wouldn't trade it for the world!


5 Places to Grab a Great Cocktail in Durham

  1. The Roof at The Durham Hotel: Great views of downtown Durham, live jazz, and open air. My favorite cocktail is the “Behind the News.”
  2. Alley Twenty Six: Great place to grab an off-menu cocktail, they make all of their juices, infusions, etc., FRESH. I love all of their gin & tonics.
  3. Bar Virgile: Super swanky and intimate bar right by the Durham Performing Arts Center! Go here to try a more eclectic cocktail.
  4. Counting House: A gorgeous bar in a former bank turned restaurant, hotel, and museum. Grab a drink and take a walk around the gallery!
  5. Atomic Fern: A funky dive bar with couches and board games. A great spot to grab an affordable cocktail (or two) at a great price!

My Life Before Fuqua

I was a federal consultant working for Deloitte in Washington D.C. I primarily worked on strategy projects in the defense and healthcare sectors.

My Life After Fuqua

Coming from consulting, I want the ability to dive deeper into an organization's internal strategy. I know I want to work for an organization in food and beverage that is socially conscious and will allow me to pursue a long-term goal of working in East Africa.

Experiential Learning

I am someone that learns best by doing, and at Fuqua, I’ve received numerous opportunities to try new things and apply classroom learnings.

What I Love About the Fuqua Community

You become a member of Team Fuqua the first time you walk through the doors. Whether you are here for a class visit, an interview, or your first day of orientation, the level of energy you feel is always the same. Students and faculty alike spend hours talking to prospective students the same way they'd engage with a first year. No one in our network thinks they are above you or anyone else. Everyone is constantly looking to support someone else's journey just as much as their own, fully and with zero expectations for reciprocity.

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Daytime MBA

Nico Bascuñan

Class of 2020
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Daytime MBA

Lior Pardess

Class of 2020
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Daytime MBA

Amber Watson

Class of 2021
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Daytime MBA

Art Hailey

Class of 2021