2015 MBA To Watch: Yenson She

Yesnson She

Yenson She

 
University of Cambridge, Judge Business School

A native of Hong Kong, Yenson She came to Cambridge to become part of its rich intellectual community. And you could say that his experience in the MBA program at Judge Business School didn’t disappoint. He served as marketing director, finance officer and co-leader at several TEDX conferences, as well as corporate relations officer for the the Cambridge Business School Club and chair of the Marketing SIG (student interest club). He intends to return to Asia to work in branding and marketing.

Age: 29

Hometown: Hong Kong

Undergraduate School: Lingnan University

Undergraduate Degree: Economics

Where did you work before enrolling in business school? Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as a consultant.

Where did you intern during the summer of 2014? Mine is a one-year MBA programme, but right before my Cambridge MBA, I was working on a three-month project for FutureBrand as a brand consultant.

Where will you be working after graduation? I will be back to Asia, probably in Hong Kong. I have received two offers as a senior consultant in boutique consulting firms focused on marketing and branding.

“I knew I wanted to go to business school when…I realized overseas exposure and inspiration from others with different professional and cultural backgrounds were what I lacked in order to become the person I wanted to be.”

“If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be…spending at least five more years to gain the exposure, aspiration, and confidence I have gained in this one year.”

What are your long-term professional goals? To start a social innovation initiative, grow it into a sustainable social enterprise and get the invitation to share the experience at TED.

Favorite Courses: Strategy; Negotiation.

Which academic or professional achievements are you most proud of? It was my career progression from an analyst trainee in a local cosmetics retailer to a research manager in P&G, then to being a management consultant in Roland Berger, and now a Cambridge MBA. I was also the first graduate from Lingnan University to get into P&G, Roland Berger and the Cambridge MBA program.

Who would you most want to thank for your success (and why)? Professor Edward Chen, former president of Lingnan University. He is my most respected teacher and the person who inspired me to dream big.

Why did you choose this business school? There were four reasons:

1. A unique MBA experience (somewhere that was more than just a business school). And Cambridge has the rich history, academic atmosphere and a community of global top talents from different academic fields.
2. Cambridge MBA has one of the most diverse groups of students from different cultural and professional backgrounds.
3. Collaborative and friendly culture from alumni to students.
4. Brand name.

What did you enjoy most about business school? Constantly being able to have deep talks with fellow MBA friends to share our dreams, thoughts, perspectives, experience, culture, and stupid jokes.

What is your most memorable moment from business school? I have a core group of MBA friends. Five of us are close buddies. On January 4th, four of us were about to give a birthday surprise to our friend at 12 a.m. However, it turned out that we found him very sick and panicking in bed. We needed to call the ambulance and stayed with him to make sure he was OK. Now he is fine but we always make fun of him by referring to the selfie that we took when he was lying half-conscious in bed with his thumbs up and a birthday cake right in front of him.

Fun fact about yourself: Both of my front teeth fell off after I got hit by a table tennis paddle in my mouth 15 years ago. I put my teeth back in the teeth holes. They grew back and have stayed there normally until today.

Favorite book: “The Stranger” by Albert Camus. A 123-page, thin novel that made me think about the purpose of life for months in the first year of my undergrad and looking for the answer from teachers, artists, monks, and myself.

Favorite movie: “Shawshank Redemption”

Favorite musical performer: I don’t have one at the moment. Maybe until one day when I have a daughter and she starts playing piano.

Favorite television show: “Game of Thrones”. Can’t wait for Season 5 to see Tyrion Lannister, the imp, again!

Favorite vacation spot: Taiwan. Where I asked my girl to be my girlfriend on the Lover Bridge under the sunset in Tamsui.

What are your hobbies? Practice mindfulness. I have attended several meditation retreats in the past few years. I just enrolled in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course provided by the Cambridge Buddhist Centre starting at the end of April.

Twitter Handle: @YensonSky

What made Yenson such an invaluable addition to the class of 2015?

“Yenson is always smiling. His positive attitude and down-to-earth nature has made him a fantastic classmate and someone who has really bonded the 2015 cohort. He is a humble member of the class but still actively participates and makes a strong contribution. Whenever we need a friendly face to speak to prospective applicants or interview candidates, he is someone we can rely upon to put candidates at their ease.   During the MBA, he has really given back, through helping to organise TEDx conferences, participating in the Aiducation talent show and sitting on the Business School Club committee. Yenson shows how the Cambridge MBA experience is about more than just collaborating with MBA classmates; it is also an opportunity to work across the whole of the University and have a positive impact.” – Ms, Luisa Clarke, MBA Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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