- Madeleine Houser, 14MBAInvestment Banking Associate, SunTrust
Like many other students, Madeleine Houser 14MBA came to Goizueta because her post-college job was good, but not great. She was ready to start a career rather than just find another job. One-on-one sessions with professors were integral to helping her navigate the path toward becoming an investment banker.
"Selecting an intimate learning environment was critical to my bridging the gap of who I wanted to become. I was nervous to jump into the banking industry -- especially as a woman -- but classes and coaching sessions helped me gain the skills and confidence necessary to land an internship in New York City."
- Jing "Joy" Hu, 14MBASenior Consultant, EY"I hadn't been to the U.S. before business school, so the location is important for me as well. Atlanta is a big business city as well as a transportation hub. When I first arrived, I got picked up from airport by our program officer. The international service office provided us with up-to-date information of policies, and helped in all kinds of papers."
- Naomi Johnson, 15MBAPre-Goizueta Employment: High School Math Teacher, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools"Education has been my primary lens for viewing human capital and organizational challenges, but I didn't want it to be my only lens. I was looking to tap into the business side of human capital and 'zoom-out' to explore the various ways I can be a leader who influences, optimizes, and champions a human capital agenda. I knew that it would be essential to understand the market, language of business, and business fundamentals. I chose Goizueta's Two-Year MBA Program because I wanted a learning environment where I will be challenged and nurtured at the same time. I wanted to be pushed to my limits, but by people who know me and care about me. I wanted to be empowered to capitalize on my unique background and perspective."
- Rachel Lattimore, 14MBAHuman Capital Senior Consultant, Deloitte
Hometown: Lithonia, GA
Words of Wisdom: Be yourself! You are more than the words on your resume. You have an amazing story and a unique perspective to add, so share it genuinely and passionately.
Why I chose Goizueta: The easy answer is it just "fit." At a certain point, you have to set aside the rankings, the pros/cons lists, the money on the table, etc. figure out what feels right. Goizueta felt like home and I chose to stay.
"It's important for candidates to understand the unique opportunity which Goizueta presents: an amazing academic institution, in a major city, with an incredible network and support system. Women at Goizueta are engaged, active, and leading members of the Goizueta community. As a woman at Goizueta you are treated as an equal and valued member of the school and business community."
- Antoinette Rodriguez, 14MBAAssociate Marketing Manager, General Mills"After spending five years in education reform, I was convinced that the same skills needed to solve the inequalities in our public school system were the same skills being used to lead Fortune 500 companies. I knew an MBA would equip me to better impact my community. Goizueta Business School was a natural fit given its focus on principled leadership and the core values. I knew I could learn finance and marketing anywhere, but I wanted to be at a place that helped me develop holistically."
- Marcus Siwemuke, 14MBAConsultant, ScottMaddenTo Marcus Siwemuke, Goizueta means community and belonging: among the student body, the faculty, and even the city. Getting involved is integral to his character, a character that meshed fully with Goizueta's culture of involvement. In his first year, Marcus sought involvement as a BBA course teacher's assistant, which included conducting mock interviews for his fellow students. He took that engagement even further and became class president for the Graduate Business Association. As such, he helps manage the student experience of social events, student-led career prep, and more. The community is reflected through classmates, who don't hesitate to "encourage me to step up" even if that means sacrificing their own opportunity for exposure. Such selflessness is decidedly rare in business, but common here. And Marcus recognizes how access to faculty and local business leaders contribute to an education – and school culture – like no other.
- Briana Soria, 15MBAInternship: MBA Marketing Intern, Frito-Lay
Her passion for analysis and knack for negotiation led Briana Soria 15MBA to Goizueta's marketing concentration. Although she didn't know what to expect from her Management Practice elective, she knew of the professors' research in the social media space and decided to take a chance.
"Businesses are moving away from 'what feels right' or what worked in the past to truly data-driven decisions. Being able to effectively communicate recommendations based on complex analysis is a skill Goizueta has helped me develop. Now I'm even more confident presenting solutions -- and I know that is the key to success in my career."
- Otis Stroud, 14MBAAssociate Brand Manager - Smartfood, PepsiCo - Frito LayOtis Stroud 14MBA decided to pursue getting his MBA after considering the fullness of his goals and career aspirations. "I knew an MBA was essential for my personal and professional growth," says Otis. He desired to have a larger impact. "Attending a Two-Year Program would allow me to take my career to the next level and gain critical global and domestic exposure that I can apply to any company or industry." Interested most in marketing and strategy, Otis found that Goizueta would best prepare him for a successful future and help him identify a promising career path. "This experience is hands down the greatest thing that I''ve done for my career or personal life. The experiences, the knowledge, the potential, and the overall future that will result from my time at Goizueta are all things that I would not have achieved on my own," says Otis.
- Mark Thomas, 15MBAExecutive Director , VaxTrac
Driven by the notion that it is possible, and profitable, to synthesize traditional business and the ability to generate social impact, Mark Thomas 15MBA challenged Goizueta with a tall order. This approach to a dual degree is not often feasible, as it requires a wide range of business and social enterprise courses.
"It is important to shepherd socially-focused enterprises towards financial sustainability, which requires a firm grasp of the business acumen acquired through an MBA. Goizueta's two-year MBA program offers a disproportionately large breadth of offerings and depth of talent, of both students and professors, given its intimate size.
More than anything, I appreciated the amount of respect afforded me by the faculty [of Goizueta]. They made a genuine effort to build a relationship and learn about my career interests to better tailor the educational experience."