Daytime MBA Class of 2022 Student Rony Cepeda
“I never expected that I would be working hand-in-hand with Fuqua’s faculty to ensure we are building an inclusive, supportive, and empowering community. That’s what a student-run environment looks like – it’s making your voice heard and working together with school leadership to execute on a vision for Fuqua’s future.”

Daytime MBA

Class of 2022
Finance—Strategy/Social Impact

Prior Education:

Harvard University
Economics, 2015
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
USA/Dominican Republic

Why I Chose Fuqua

To become a better organizational leader in the public sector, I knew that I needed to find a school to learn new business skills while also applying them towards social impact. Fuqua and its Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) have the programming that will empower me to experience this growth. I am pursuing concentrations in social entrepreneurship as well as finance. I was also excited about the different programs Fuqua offers outside of the classroom to gain firsthand experience.

5 Restaurants You Won't Want to Miss in Durham

  1. Earth to Us—Amazing vegetarian and vegan food!
  2. Spanglish—Whenever I miss home and crave empanadas, I make sure to come here!
  3. Zweli’s—I love that this place is a short drive from Fuqua and their spices (piri piri) are amazing!
  4. Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas—This is a great place for a sit-down meal. The indoor and outdoor ambiance is awesome!
  5. Viceroy—This place is a British pub that also serves Indian cuisine. You can grab a pint with a friend while indulging in delicious curry at the same time.

My Life Before Fuqua

I worked as a consultant for Education Resource Strategies. I partnered with large school districts across the country to transform how they use resources. One of my projects involved helping a large urban school district develop a new school funding formula that would allocate money to schools more equitably. This ultimately gave more resources to schools with higher concentrations of high-need students.

My Life After Fuqua

My goal is to become a leader at the intersection of finance and social impact. I am interested in working in philanthropy or impact investing to ensure social enterprises have access to the funding necessary to solve some of the world’s toughest issues.

CASE i3 Consulting Practicum

I had the opportunity to help an impact investing company solve a challenging problem/question. It was a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in a new industry while working with an amazing team.

What I Love About Durham

I love the different cultures represented in Durham’s food scene. It is such a foody city! I also like that you are only a few minutes away from some great outdoor trails. There’s nothing more enjoyable than going for a quick hike in Duke Forest, Eno River State Park, or Umstead State Park.

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