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Diverse in Many Ways, Class of 2022 MBAs Align in Desire to Improve Their Lives and Those of Others

Diversity takes many forms. Exemplifying this adage is The Consortium’s class of 2022. 

We recently asked a group of incoming students to share with us what inspired them to pursue their MBA. The responses we received are representative of a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, experiences, interests, motivations and goals. What drives each one of them varies. However, the one thing they all have in common is a desire to better their lives and/or the lives of others. 

What inspired you to get your MBA?

“I wanted to become adept at navigating ambiguity, hone my leadership skills and learn alongside equally driven people from diverse backgrounds. Goizueta is the perfect environment to help me achieve my goals.”
—Taylor Benford, Emory University, Goizueta Business School

“Education has always been a driving force in my life. My hope is that an MBA from McCombs will provide me with the business fundamentals, data-driven tools and experiential learning opportunities that will help me launch into an exciting role in operations management.”
—Alejandro Johns, The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business 

“I am always striving to do more, learn more and achieve more. Equipped with an MBA, I will be able to empower organizations to execute their missions and subsequently drive value in the very communities in which they operate and serve.”
—Michael San Román, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

“I was inspired to pursue an MBA after reading about the efforts to create more sustainable funding for environmental conservation through finance and consulting. I am particularly interested in rethinking how conservation is approached to take advantage of investment opportunities.”
—Natalie Gonzalez, Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management

“[I want to] increase my future marketability and business acumen. I am very interested in venture capital, so I am using this degree to pursue VC opportunities and attain the knowledge necessary to succeed in the industry.”
—Joseph M. Kemp, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

“Becoming a business leader for my community inspired me. I want to expand on my problem-solving abilities, develop advanced management understanding and sharpen my leadership skills to make a career shift. The Darden MBA was the logical and perfect next step for me to accomplish my professional and personal aspirations.”
—Antonio Brodie Jr., University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

“The power of community is what truly inspired me to pursue an MBA at Rice. I wanted to obtain my MBA to gain access to a top-tier network while developing my leadership and analytical skills. I know that Rice will give me an opportunity to grow as a business professional, while pouring back into my existing network and new community.”
—Raisha Smith, Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business

“[I decided to pursue an MBA with an eye toward] opening the door for new career opportunities, growth and education, the stimulating challenges that an MBA offers and the network of amazing alumni and high-performing peers.”
—Travis Washington, The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

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