Individuals choose a business school for many different reasons. Through your research, what attributes or characteristics of The Duke MBA program have most resonated with you and why? How do you plan to contribute to the strengthening and enhancement of those attributes and characteristics during your time at Duke and beyond?
The Duke MBA program resonates with me due to a range of attributes that will ensure an optimal mix of learning and personal development to catalyze growth at this stage in my career. I am also very positive about adding value during my time at the Duke Campus and beyond.
A WINNING COMBINATION OF BREADTH AND DEPTH
One of the key benefits of the Duke MBA is the “flexible and focused” approach followed during the daytime (full-time) program. With six-week terms, the flexibility makes it possible to take more courses and thus optimize on the interaction with world-renowned faculty. The arrangement of a minimum of 5 electives in the first year itself with an impressive choice of more than 100 electives brings in the opportunity to strengthen my foundation in core areas of expertise (corporate finance) and complement it with other synergistic areas (Venture Capital & Private Equity, Entrepreneurial Finance, Valuation & Fundamental Analysis. I also intend to focus on and earn the Certificate of Academic Excellence in Finance and thereby develop professional credibility in this domain.
With a background in innovating and commercializing complex financial services/products over territories spanning nearly 1/4th of India and leading more than 1200 personnel towards a business turnaround (at ABC), I will contribute to subject matter and case study discussions through my rich understanding of conceiving and implementing innovation across various enterprise functions in an emerging market (India). As I enhance the depth of my competencies from transaction banking to Private Equity during the MBA program, I will contribute to the university’s culture of creating value: My tenure with international private equity firms will enable me to pioneer and facilitate the scaling of promising entrepreneurial ventures in emerging markets, thereby bringing in prosperity to such economies and to various stakeholders in such organizations. Post-MBA, I also hope to stay in close connection with the School’s Global Consulting Practicum (GCP) to seek consultation on mid-term/long-term projects/research requirements of my employing organization. Since knowledge only increases as it is shared, I also hope stay further connected with the Fuqua School of Business as a Speaker/Visiting Lecturer on subject area(s) related to my profession post-MBA.
The School’s Global Consulting Practicum (GCP) is of very significant value for my learning objectives at the current stage. A recent release on the homepage of the Center for International Business Education and Research (C.I.B.E.R, Duke University) is a clear indicator of the school’s active interest in the area of social entrepreneurship. Such directed study projects will bring in the hands-on opportunity to be closely guided by globally renowned faculty and collaborate on solving real-time business problems – and more so in perfect alignment with my career objectives. It also provides the ideal platform for me to learn and contribute through my earlier successes in aiding the growth of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across various industry segments in India.
Programs under the GATE (Global Academic Training Experience) will further fortify classroom learnings through real-time business cultures of a variety of nations including the United States. I envisage similar academic excursions to India and also hope to take the lead in organizing such events during my stay at Duke and thereafter.
CO-CURRICULAR DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBAL DIVERSITY
With over 42 different student clubs based on a range of themes including industry/career focus, athletics, community service and cultural organizations, the school opens up vistas for interacting and networking with the “Best of the Best” worldwide. I will be a very active stakeholder in the ABC Inc. and will contribute through my experience of succeeding across various markets in the multi-lingual and multi-cultural Indian market. I will also be an active participant in the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital club to develop my network and skills for my long term goals and add to its learning curve through my successes in catalyzing the growth of SMEs.
There is also the great opportunity to closely network with alumni and learn through seminars from global business leaders – I thus hope to find great mentor(s) who will guide further towards my goals. An active role in the school’s alumni committee (post-MBA) will result in win-win situations where I will gain not only a chance to re-connect with the campus years but also (over the years) the access to talented graduates who could be interested in my chosen field of endeavor and contribute to the talent pool of my company.
The global MBA program will widen my perspectives and enable a stronger understanding of business cultures and market opportunities and systems. I will learn cutting-edge business practices and set new benchmarks for excelling in a global arena and contribute to the School’s tradition of value-creation and excellence.
The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) workshop during the program develops candidates through a very pragmatic approach towards development of leadership and people skills. The program brings in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn by observing top-notch leaders during Fuqua’s Distinguished Speaker Series and other events. The workshop series simulates real-life situations such as role-plays and offsite activities and with a cohort that is among the brightest few worldwide, the training will acclimatize me for effectively collaborating and taking on leadership responsibilities in a multinational enterprise.
With a successful track record of motivating and rejuvenating the morale of a 1200+ strong, multi-functional workforce, I will contribute to such a soft skills development forum by sharing my perspectives, challenges and approaches developed over 7 years (of various tenures) across the key metropolis of India.