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“My diverse class allowed me the opportunity to experience new cultures, concepts, and ideas that really refreshed my perspective. I knew Duke’s faculty was going to deliver on a world-class MBA experience, but I never accounted for the elite team of classmates.”
Senior Vice President, Private Banking
Prival Bank

Global Executive MBA

Class of 2018
Industry:
Private Investment Banking and Asset Management

Prior Education:

Baylor University
Management and Marketing, 1998
Hometown:
Panama City, Panama
Nationality:
Panama

Reflections

Communication is crucial in order to balance time among family, work, friends, and school throughout the program. Presenting a visible working plan in advance regarding residencies, assignments, classes, conference calls, and more was key in managing expectations. In retrospect, it’s amazing how much can be accomplished with the proper planning and communication.

Before Fuqua

I work as Head of Private Banking and Asset Management for Prival Bank, a financial institution focused on investment and private banking based in Panama City. I guide and manage a team of 12 private bankers, three portfolio managers, two analysts, and eight support staff and advise more than $2 billion in assets under management for high-net-worth individuals and families.

After Fuqua

I am already applying lessons learned from my Fuqua experience to my work. Because I’m in a leadership role in my organization, it’s important to continue polishing my strong attributes, but even more critical to identify and work on some of my limitations as a leader. Self-awareness, along with the support of professors, teammates, and coaches, allowed me to practice relational listening in order to become a more efficient manager. I am now much more aware of the importance of listening before thinking and considering an action plan.

Education With An Impact

Management for the Global Executive, taught by Rick Larrick, was the course that generated the most impact during my Fuqua experience. Not only did I get to refresh some of the concepts that I learned many years ago, but I was also able to discover some new management ideas and applications for the current business landscape. We learned about the importance of choosing effective systems and putting them in place, corporate structures and cultures, and best practices for organizing, guiding, and motivating people.

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

28-45

Work Experience

5-20 years

Countries Represented

17

Women

35%

Non-US Citizenship

30%
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