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Meet the Ross Part-time MBAs


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graphicCurt Bonn
Evening Student
Specialist, Precision Marketing Group
Domino’s Pizza Inc.
Ann Arbor, Mich.


Curt always had a long-term goal to get into brand management, and he knew that earning an MBA would help him get the right skills and knowledge to make the leap. Not long after starting at Michigan Ross, he was offered a position at Domino’s Pizza Inc. as a specialist in their digital marketing group, managing all social media and online ordering experiences. “Adding Ross to my resume helped communicate my abilities and aspirations to senior leadership,” he explains. “The Evening Program gives me the flexibility to continue advancing my career at Domino’s, and will open up new opportunities in the future.” One of Curt’s favorite experiences at Michigan Ross thus far has been the Leadership Crisis Challenge, which asks student teams to act as senior executives responding to a realistic crisis scenario. “It pushes you and your colleagues to your limits and reveals your strengths and weaknesses. It made me a much more thoughtful, dynamic leader.”

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graphicNatalie Carne
Weekend Student
Design Engineer, Product Development
Johnson & Johnson
Cincinnati, Ohio


Seeing firsthand how Michigan Ross graduates deliver in the workplace convinced Natalie that the program was right for her. “I work with many Ross graduates and am continually impressed by them. They are highly regarded, and I wanted to obtain a degree from the same school,” she says. The exceptional professors and opportunities to learn from her fellow students make Natalie relish the biweekly trips to Ann Arbor. “It’s vibrant and fun. I’m excited to see my fellow classmates and energized by my professors.” But the connection remains strong even on non-residency weeks. “I talk with my teammates almost every day,” says Natalie, “and the professors do a great job of communicating between the courses, so I’m not overwhelmed with competing deadlines and assignments.” The combination allows her to “give school my all while maintaining a reasonable work-life balance.”

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Weekend Student
GM Project Lead
IAV Automotive Engineering Inc.
Northville, Mich.


With its top ranking and flexibility, Michigan Ross was Sonal’s dream school. “It immediately stood out leaps and bounds from the others. I didn’t apply anywhere else. I love how open and welcoming Ross is to nontraditional students. Even though we’re part time, the expectations and rigor of work is the same as if we were full time. All of my fellow students are extremely driven and successful. I’m constantly amazed and inspired by them.” Sonal also appreciates the program’s strong emphasis on teamwork. “Ross teaches you how to effectively work in teams, often with people very different from yourself, and still manage to get high-quality results. You’re on a new team every term and, by the end of the program, it’s almost like you’ve gone through a boot camp on teamwork. Now I know that I can successfully be a part of any team going forward.”

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graphicNewcombe Clark
Evening Student
Alternative Investments Consultant
Ann Arbor, Mich.


Newcombe knew from the beginning that he wanted to take full advantage of everything that Michigan Ross has to offer. “Part-time students have access to the same resources that full-time students do,” he explains. He’s been a researcher for the school’s Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, which examines the theory and practice of positive organizing and leadership. “It’s exciting to help connect faculty research with real-world business issues,” says Newcombe. He’s also worked as a teaching assistant for his favorite class. “Professor Robert Quinn’s Transformational Leader course changed my life. I liked it so much that I wanted to help others learn about it as well. It provides the tools and direction to really make a difference and made me realize how I could have a meaningful impact on individuals, the community, and the world.” Newcombe now looks forward to using these new perspectives in his own consulting work. “Now I can work on bigger projects with bigger companies to make an even bigger difference.”

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Weekend Student
Associate
McKinsey & Co.
Detroit, Mich.


When Patrick decided to attend Michigan Ross’ Weekend Program, he wanted to earn his MBA while still building additional corporate experience. He had no idea that it would eventually lead to his new job as a consultant at McKinsey. “There are not many two-year weekend format programs at top-tier schools. I liked the intensive experience with one cohort, and the curriculum was a great fit for me,” he explains. But once he was on campus, Patrick decided to leverage the program to explore new opportunities. “Career Services and campus clubs helped immensely in networking, interview preparation, and hosting great recruiting events,” he says. “The real-world consulting experience I gained on my Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) at Medtronic and capstone course with Trinity Health helped me prepare for and land my current position.”

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graphicAlicia Piet
Weekend Student
Chief Pricing Officer and Pricing Team Lead
Robert Bosch LLC
Plymouth, Mich.


While working as an engineer, Alicia wanted to expand her skills to the business side. Although she didn’t know where the additional training would take her career, Alicia knew Michigan Ross offered the perfect environment to explore. “You work closely with different teams throughout the program. You really get to know and learn from business professionals from a variety of backgrounds,” she explains. By exploring her options with Career Services, Alicia ultimately decided to capitalize on the network at her current company for career change and growth. “Bosch has been very supportive of my career development,” she says. They allowed me to change roles at work after starting the program, so I went from engineering to sales controlling for two years. Now that I’ve finished, I’m taking a position in project management in new technology.”

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Weekend Student
Project Manager, International Business Development
GATX Corp.
Chicago, Ill.


Over the past few years, Christopher began to feel that pursuing an MBA would provide him with the additional knowledge, theory, and skills he needed to better develop businesses in emerging markets. “I have an analytical background in applied mathematics, but I really want exposure to all aspects of the business world in order to build a strong foundation to get the job done right,” he explains. Out of all of the schools Chris considered, Michigan Ross offered a schedule and format that accommodated his busy schedule best. “The Weekend format is perfect for people working in international business. I can still travel frequently for work and make it to class. I’m also learning from the diverse cohort of students. Everyone brings their own unique perspectives and experiences to the program.”

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Weekend Student
Financial Analyst
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services LLC
Detroit, Mich.


As a former teacher, Josh knew what he was looking for when he decided to become an MBA student: to be at a top business school that promotes active participation and collaborative learning. “Those are the core values at Ross. Just as iron sharpens iron, so one student sharpens another, which is how I learn best. To facilitate student interaction, the school introduces you to your classmates through the welcome weekend and Ross Leadership Initiative (RLI) before the first class even starts. Having this foundation really helps when you begin to work in teams. Furthermore, the Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course, a concentrated internship program, was a significant reason that I chose Ross. MAP is an invaluable engagement that provides an opportunity to tackle real-time business issues in a time-sensitive environment,” he explains. “The professors at Ross are not just experts. They’re also passionate about teaching. They make every lesson relevant, using events and problems from the latest headlines. It really makes the classes engaging and applicable for students. Ross provides not only an exceptional education, but a phenomenal experience.”

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Weekend Student
Strategic Market Specialist, Business Development
Union Gas Ltd.
Ontario, Canada


Although Warren only comes to Michigan Ross twice a month, he doesn’t feel like an outsider. “We have access to the same professors, resources, facilities, student associations, and clubs as the Full-time Program. There’s no compromise in quality for having flexibility. It’s a win-win.” Warren also likes the way the Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course taps the diverse business experiences of his cohort. “Ross has mastered this approach,” he says. “You’re working with real-life companies on real-life problems and finding real-life solutions. It takes you out of your comfort zone. At the same time, you’re collaborating with world-class faculty and world-class students to help you succeed.” It’s experiences like these, says Warren, that showcase Ross’ commitment to leadership development. “I really feel that the students who come out of this program are equipped to be the leaders of tomorrow. That’s why I’m here.”

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Weekend Student
Senior Associate, Financial Services
Ernst & Young LLP
New York, N.Y.


Michigan Ross was an obvious choice for Punit. “I came here for many reasons — the reputation, faculty, students, placements, and worldwide network,” he explains. But what clicked with him the most was the action-based learning and the emphasis on execution through courses like Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP). “Knowledge isn’t worth anything unless you can apply it,” he says. “I’ve found the program and the school to be very real and down to earth in terms of learning and application of complex business concepts. It’s a real school with real people making a real difference in the business world.”

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graphicJeremy Vryhof
Evening Student
Senior Analyst, Finance Training and Development
Stryker Corp.
Kalamazoo, Mich.


Jeremy had yet to enroll at Michigan Ross when he fully engaged with its alumni network. “My manager was a Ross alum, and she was a major advocate for the program,” he says. An international assignment in Switzerland provided further exposure to the school when he worked alongside a colleague who had graduated from the Full-time MBA Program. “He went out of his way to help me and told me a lot about Ross. It spoke to the caliber of people the school attracts.” Now that he’s on campus, Jeremy witnesses the same spirit. “Everyone is here because they believe in the program. People at Michigan take pride in the fact that they attend Michigan.” The school’s attention to human capital is something that will benefit him long after he graduates, Jeremy says. “My Ross MBA is an investment that will pay dividends throughout my career.”