Daytime MBA Student Mitch Atchison
“I am incredibly passionate about the health care industry and driving impact for patients around the world. Beyond Fuqua’s traditional MBA curriculum, I have immersed myself in the Health Sector Management program, which equips and empowers students to effectively lead through the industry’s complexities after graduation.”

Daytime MBA

Class of 2023
Health Care

Prior Education:

Indiana University,
BS Business: Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Mgmt., 2012
Seymour, Indiana

Why I Chose Fuqua

Every top-tier business school will provide incredible academics, recruiting opportunities, and professional networks. I specifically chose Fuqua because of its community, which is what separates it from the other top business schools. I found Fuqua’s community to over-index in intellectual acumen and career drive, but more importantly on authenticity and humility. These characteristics helped me realize that the Duke Fuqua community was the right network for me, both as a student in business and as an alumnus for a lifetime.



Five Ways to Spend a Saturday in Durham

  1. Go for a morning run at the Al Buehler Trail on Duke’s campus. This is a beautiful and relatively serene trail around Duke’s golf course. One lap around the Al Buehler puts you at exactly three miles.
  2. Visit the Durham Farmer’s Market to enjoy the best local produce, breads, meats, cheeses, and other specialty foods. The Farmer’s Market is open 52 weeks per year, rain or shine, and features live music on Saturdays!
  3. Grab brunch at Monuts, which has become one of my favorite restaurants! Monuts has a host of amazing coffees, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items that nearly anyone would surely enjoy.
  4. Visit any of Durham’s many brewery options. Durham is home to an excellent craft brewing scene, and it is unlikely you will be able to visit them all in two years as a student. My favorite local brewery is Gizmo Brew Works.
  5. Go out to dinner at one of Durham’s countless local restaurants. Downtown has many options from which you can choose, but Durham has many hidden gems throughout the city. Twisted Noodles is my favorite restaurant in Durham.

My Life Before Fuqua

I worked at Target in Minneapolis for two years before joining Eli Lilly in Indianapolis. My seven-year Lilly career started in Forecasting and Market Research, where I leveraged market and customer insights to inform growth strategies for Lilly’s highest-priority brands. Most recently, I both built and executed the launch strategy for a novel diabetes medicine.

My Life After Fuqua

I aspire to progress towards senior leadership in my career. I plan to leverage the leadership skills I’ve honed through Fuqua to better manage and lead individuals and teams. I also desire to implement my expanded functional skills, especially in finance and analytics, to make empirically-driven decisions to move business forward.

My Fuqua Activities

MBA Association (Academics)

Health Sector Management

Admissions Fellow

Co-Chair, Blue Devil Weekend

Section Chair, Academics and Honor

Teacher’s Assistant in Statistics and Health Care departments

Advisory Council member to the Duke University President

“Fuqua has helped me develop into a holistic leader. My MBA experience has broadened my perspective across industry sectors and functions; this has allowed me to more effectively ‘connect the dots’ through a better understanding of how the greater ecosystem of business economies function together.”
Daytime MBA Student Nikita Ojha
Daytime MBA

Nikita Ojha

Class of 2023
Daytime MBA Student Gina El Kattan
Daytime MBA

Gina El Kattan

Class of 2023
Daytime MBA Student Andrew Fischer
Daytime MBA

Andrew Fischer

Class of 2023
Daytime MBA Student Adi Samant
Daytime MBA

Adi Samant

Class of 2023