Cross Continent MBA*
The program allowed me to keep running the company I co-founded, LDR Investments, as well as take the concepts I learned in class and immediately implement those solutions to the practical world I operated within. Having a prestigious and supportive Fuqua faculty network to connect with during times of question helped my confidence in implementing the necessary lessons within my company. The Duke network was also something that I knew I wanted to take advantage of immediately. I was able to align a strategic partnership with one of my classmates based on our relationship forged under stressful academic circumstances in foreign countries.
I transitioned out of the military and began working full time for the company I co-founded, just as I was starting the Cross Continent program. I was the sole employee focused on adding my second client—converting a diesel trucking fleet into a clean energy, natural gas-powered one.
My company now has nine employees, 10 clients, and a second office in Washington, D.C. We continue to provide innovative solutions to our clients, primarily in the commercial insurance space, and conduct acquisitions in the financial services space, where we are finalizing our first acquisition.
5 Tips on Getting the Most from Your MBA
- Take advantage of this unique leadership opportunity. It will present cultural challenges in unfamiliar environments and an academic rigor that will build closer bonds with your classmates.
- During residencies, immerse yourself in that country’s business culture and invest in the relationships of your classmates.
- Use classroom time to focus on how you’ll apply teachings to your current professional role.
- Get to know your international cohort. There are very few times in your life when you’ll be surrounded by so many smart and driven people.
- If you have a point of friction with a classmate from another country, try to understand if cultural differences are causing the friction, then look for the correct resolution.