Rich Sexton
“As an Army officer I was always in direct leadership positions. In this program, you lead peers who are equally qualified or more qualified, which requires creative problem solving, compromise, and empowerment—a very different leadership style than the one I’d honed in the military.”
Co-Founder & Principal
LDR Investment Group

Cross Continent MBA*

Class of 2016
Industry:
Innovation Consulting & Private Investments

Prior Education:

Mercer University
Business, 2007
Hometown:
Washington, D.C.
Nationality:
USA

*Now the Global Executive MBA program.

Reflections

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. 

Before Fuqua

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.

After Fuqua

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

  1. 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.
  2. During residencies, immerse yourself in that country’s business culture and invest in the relationships of your classmates.
  3. Use classroom time to focus on how you’ll apply teachings to your current professional role.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Admissions Insight

What's Up with the *Asterisks*

Admissions staffer Dan McCleary in his office
Long story short—we evolved our portfolio to provide additional flexibility for students and recruit an even stronger mix of backgrounds, ages, experiences, and career stages.
Typical Class Demographics
Global Executive MBA

Age Range

28-45

Work Experience

5-20 years

Countries Represented

17

Women

35%

Non-US Citizenship

30%

Student Network


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Adam Mohr

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