Hometown: San Juan Capistrano, CA
College: Princeton, Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Pre-Business School: Economic Consulting at Empiris Economics; Implementation Manager at Medallia, Inc.
Summer Internship: Product Manager at Amazon Web Services
Post-Anderson: I'm returning to
Amazon as a Sr. Product Manager in the group I interned with. I'm excited to
help my internship project move forward as well as work on optimizing the
existing services they offer.
Childhood dream job: Scientist. I loved science and building things.
Why business school? From my professional experience, the people I wanted to model my career on all had MBAs. Business school had given them a mix of hard and soft skills. They were able to confidently talk about how to make predictions based on data as well as manage a large group of diverse individuals. Getting an MBA seemed like the logical next step in my career progression.
Why Anderson? I loved the attitude that Anderson students had and the school's access to the technology community. The students I talked to had done great things but were humble. And the companies I was interested in were coming to Anderson to recruit. ____________________________________________________________________________________
Anderson Activities & Leadership: Admissions interviewer; Tech ACT coach; V.P. of External Relations of the High Tech Business Association
Favorite class and why? I really enjoyed the class Leading Teams with Prof. Bendersky. There were constant team projects that demonstrated the class concepts. We would come back from a simulation and the teacher would be able to describe, in detail, how our team dynamics had played out based on the research. It showed me that there were best practices that you can use to get the most from a team you manage.
Applied Management Research Project: I choose the Business Creation Option (BCO) for my AMR project based on a business plan that my team had developed first year to create a survey system for small restaurants. We tested the idea in Westwood and ultimately found that the value restaurants received was less than the cost of acquiring a new customer. Even though the business idea didn't work out, it was great experience testing an idea in a low-risk way.
Favorite Anderson Event: The Tour de Strand is a really fun annual tradition when hundreds of Anderson students and alumni rent bikes, dress up in costumes, and ride from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach. Anderson students and alumni dominate the bike paths; the number of bikes is really overwhelming. And of course it’s hard to beat a bike ride along the beach in May in Los Angeles.
Anderson highlight: Watching Anderson play in the final game of the C4C basketball tournament. There were three former professional players on the court and it was an amazing game that came down to the last shot. ____________________________________________________________________________________
What helped most in your interview preparation and career search? My ACT team and the interview prep team I formed with teammates. We practiced sample interview questions and critiqued each other. Great companies come to campus; it is just a matter of being prepared.
Hardest interview question you've been asked: "You have 60 seconds to tell me how you'd deal with hundreds of customers who say they were overcharged. Go."
How did you land your internship? Attending Amazon's on campus presentation, sitting at their table at the HTBA career night, and applying through the Parker Center.
Why technology? I love the challenges that tech industry faces. Things are always changing and you always have the opportunity to do something new. The services also help so many other companies allowing you to solve the problems of other industries using the newest tools.
--Drew Glicker, Parker CMC Social Media Coordinator