The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Griffin Mueller 

Duke University, Fuqua School of Business

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I’m an active and adventurous person who “geeks out” over both system thinking and utilizing technology to drive social change.

Hometown: I’ve been living in Durham, NC for the past three years.

Fun Fact About Yourself: I represented the USA as part of a world championship team in track and field.

Undergraduate School and Major: Stanford University, BA American Studies, MA African Studies

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Health Care Consultant at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation; Strategic Planning Program Manager at Cisco Systems Inc.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: It was an initiative I designed to increase Cisco sales transactions in the Americas was implemented globally, driving a 47% year-to-year increase in key sales program use, which corresponded with a $5M revenue increase.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? I believe that the concept of “fit” is incredibly important. I wrote down the characteristics of the environments where I had thrived and grown in the past, and I was really intentional about looking for those same characteristics during my school search. For me, campus visits were invaluable – they were the single factor that allowed me to differentiate between incredible business schools and business schools where I would have an incredible experience.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? I’ll never forget when I listened to Ruba Borno share her career journey at Cisco’s Women for Impact Conference. I was incredibly inspired by her story, and how she had become a member of Cisco’s Executive Leadership Team before she turned 35. After connecting with her, I realized that going back to school would allow me to pursue a similar career path and prepare me to advise C-Suite executives at an early stage in my career.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Success would be finding a role that allows me to employ enterprise-wide strategic thinking to solve particularly intransigent business problems that significantly impact a company’s performance.

  • dilma

    Hello John,

    What is your explanation for this year delay in releasing the employment reports of most top schools? I see only Booth results this year…

  • BigBangTrigger

    aand she is dating the oscar guy at CBS !

  • D.B. Cooper

    When is this GMAT arms race going to end? Average scores keep inflating like crazy…

  • Joe

    I heard a girl at Stern has an Emmy award…

  • Claptone

    The school with the 7th highest gmat is really struggling. Stanford eats their lunch. They hate it.

  • Claptone

    But the number then should be closer to the 91%, because in the 941 you also have to include the 2+2 from previous years who are enrolling this year.

    If they are already included it means that:
    Accepted in 2017: 1,138
    Enrolled in 2017: 941 – previous 2+2
    2+2 from 2017: 1,138-(941-previous 2+2)

    Assuming there are ~100 2+2 from previous year matriculating this year (there were 106 commits last year), it means that out of the 1,138, 300 of them are 2+2 – very high.

  • The HBS acceptances include 2+2 admits who don’t immediately enroll. That is why you think the yield rate is lower than Harvard’s published number. As for where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We don’t wait for schools to report the numbers. We call them up and ask for them.

  • Calptone, where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We got them from the schools, many of which don’t publicly release some of these numbers.

  • Claptone

    Your numbers on page 2 are wrong. If HBS accepted 1,138 but only enrolled 941 it means their yield is 83%. On their website they say it’s 91%.

    Frankly, I don’t know where you got all those accepted numbers since they haven’t been publicly released.

  • Jacob

    Ya, not sure how you claim to be the best school if you have the 7th-9th highest GMAT class average. Most use the GMAT as the most common metric of determining student-body quality.

  • Joe

    So it looks like the GMAT Ranking is 1. Stanford, 2. Kellogg, 3. Booth & Wharton, 5. Harvard. Harvard won’t even publish a mean because they know its sub-730 and might even be below Yale, and UC Berkeley. Maybe as low as 7th or 8th place.