Kellogg | Mr. IDF Commander
GRE Waved, GPA 3.0
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Officer
GRE 325, GPA 3.9
Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95
Yale | Mr. Healthcare Geek
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Reform
GRE 331 (Practice), GPA 2.92
USC Marshall | Mr. Low GPA High GMAT
GMAT 740, GPA 2.44
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Against All Odds
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
GMAT 740, GPA 3.80
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Consulting Hopeful
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Wharton | Mr. Senior Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future VC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Ms. Access To Opportunities
GRE 318, GPA 2.9
Tuck | Mr. Product Marketer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Finance For Good
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
London Business School | Mr. Midwest Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.69
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Champion Swimmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Tech Auditor
GRE 332, GPA 3.25
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58

The Stereotype-Defying MBAs In The Class of 2018

Alicia Flanagan

Alicia Jane Flanagan

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I’m an ambitious explorer with an unwavering resolve who values experiences as much as results.

Hometown: Missoula, MT

Fun Fact About Yourself: I have logged more than 100 open-water dives across three continents

Undergraduate School and Major: Arizona State University. Biology, BS


Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

• Asset Creation – General Manager

• U.S. Coast Guard

o Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA, Deck Watch Officer

o Maritime Safety & Security Team Boston, Deployable Team Leader

o Maritime Safety & Security Team Boston, Executive Officer

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I led the Coast Guard’s Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) response to the Boston Marathon Bombings and helped restore order to Boston’s port. Following the DSF’s establishment post-9/11, the program highlighted the team’s specialized capabilities, the ability to integrate within the Incident Command System structure, and coordination between governmental agencies.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? You are not defined solely by your GMAT and GPA. Before you start your applications, put pen to paper and reflect upon your own values, experiences and accomplishments. Everyone in b-school is a rock star, so refrain from trying to be like someone else. Identify and separate those unique factors that make you who you are.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? I chose Johnson due to the flexibility of the program, its robust leadership programs both inside and outside the classroom, and the faculty. Johnson provides MBA candidates with the opportunity to take courses within Cornell’s other programs providing an invaluable opportunity to diversify the MBA curriculum. Furthermore, I immediately felt part of the Johnson family even before I received my admissions decision. Throughout the process, I truly felt that the staff got to know me, which is a real testament to the inclusivity of both the program and the university.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? My dream job is to be assigned to the Office of Congressional Affairs within the U.S. Coast Guard. Following completion of the MBA program and assignment as a government Financial Manager, I plan to serve in a position where I will have an opportunity to emphasize Coast Guard matters in a tight budget environment and bring the Service’s perspective to the process of drafting and passing legislation.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I want my peers to remember that I was involved, excelled, and achieved an appreciable change in my leadership capabilities.