Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
College: University of Southern California; International Relations
Pre-Business School: Supply Chain & Organizational Effectiveness at Cargill, Inc.
Summer Internship: Deloitte Consulting LLP
Post-Anderson: I intend to go into consulting full-time. Many people suggest that your first job after your MBA is really an extended internship, and I am anxious to continue learning after school. At some point down the line, I would like to get more involved in social impact and social entrepreneurship.
Childhood dream job: Ice Cream Maker. I got an ice cream machine as a birthday present when I was 6 and fell in love with making (well, really eating) ice cream. I thought spending my days making ice cream would be a great use of time.
Why business school? I was on a path toward specialization within my field, but really wanted to gain a broader strategic skill set to be able to move into higher-level management. Without the MBA, narrowly specializing within my field and industry could have been a limiting career move. I also wanted the opportunity to explore functions and industries and switch careers.
Why Anderson? Anderson stands out to recruiters as a top tier school, and the students stand out for embodying Anderson’s collaborative culture. When I visited business schools during the application process, UCLA Anderson distinguished itself with a unique ability to balance academic rigor and great reputation with a culture of collegiality and collaboration. I sat in on a first year marketing course and a student that was called on prefaced his comment with, “[so-and-so] and I were just talking about this over dinner last night.” I think this really demonstrates Anderson’s strong commitment to excellence while its students also develop lasting relationships. The notion that Anderson has a culture of “excellence without attitude” is completely accurate. ____________________________________________________________________________________
Anderson Activities & Leadership: President--Management Consulting Association;
Vice President, Social Impact Consulting--Net Impact; Admissions Ambassador Corps;
ACT Coach; The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
Favorite class and why? Business Strategy with Phillip Leslie was driven entirely by student discussion and case work. It was a great opportunity to learn from my peers’ experiences and to be challenged by the complex strategic dilemmas posed by the professor.
Applied Management Research Project: This is still to be finalized, but our team just secured a project with a global microfinance institution. The project will examine the possibility of creating a new local staffing model on the ground in Ghana.
Favorite Anderson Event: Challenge4Charity Weekend at Stanford was a blast. It was really fun to get the weekend to bond with friends over friendly competition against other schools. It was also great to get to know people at other West Coast MBA programs—and all for a good cause.
Anderson highlight: Representing Anderson and bringing home the win from the Reaching Out MBA case competition in Boston. Our team had a lot of support from 2nd year students throughout the process, and it was great to make them proud.
Fran during the C4C Dance Competition
What helped most in your interview preparation and career search? The Management Consulting Association’s Interview Prep Teams (IPT). Having a dedicated team of people that were invested in ensuring my preparedness for case interviews and fit/behavioral interviews was a huge help. It was highly concentrated learning. My ACT coaches were also very helpful resources—they were very willing to go out of their way to help answer questions about the recruiting process. The Parker CMC is also great at helping strategize and define an approach for the process.
Hardest interview question you've been asked: "What would be your strategy for bringing Apple’s stock price back from its 200+ drop over the 6 months?"
How did you land your internship? Networking like a mad man, and doing case prep like it was my job.
Describe your internship: I will be working in Deloitte’s Human Capital practice, specifically in Organization Transformation. Organizations go through strategic change on a regular basis, and the Human Capital practice at Deloitte helps make those large-scale changes successful. I could be consulting on strategic change management, organizational design, technology adoption, or a number of other initiatives.
Why Consulting? Consulting provides highly concentrated on-the-job training at a strategic level. It helps ground its consultants in strategic business acumen, and enables them to pursue many diverse goals. It can evolve into making partner at your firm and being a relationship manager, or it can help you spin off into founding your own business, managing a product line for a client, or any number of other options. Ultimately, the experience you gain as a consultant makes you highly valuable in other endeavors. For me, Human Capital specifically is a great blend of strategy and implementation, process and people.
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