Washington University in St. Louis (Ollin)
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: A go-getter, driven by my passion for media, sports, programming and philanthropy.
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Fun Fact About Yourself: I was on The Maury Show in 2008. No, “I was not the father!” I was a production intern on the show, through NBC Universal in New York City, responsible for screening potential guest and assisting producers during multiple show tapings.
Undergraduate School and Major: Pennsylvania State University, BA in Telecommunications
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:
iN Demand: Manager – Content Acquisitions & Strategy
iN Demand: Supervisor – VOD Programming
iN Demand: Coordinator – VOD Programming
iN Demand: Freelance – Programming
National Basketball Association – Associate
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My biggest accomplishment in my career thus far was being the product manager for the cable subscription video on demand (SVOD) service Vutopia at iN Demand. Originally an added value SVOD product for Comcast, Time Warner and COX cable subscribers, Vutopia was a direct competitor to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. I spearheaded both the development and licensing of acquired and original exclusive content for the platform.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? To future business school applicants from non-traditional backgrounds, my advice to you is simple: know and be confident in yourself. I came from a media and entertainment background, where an MBA degree isn’t the standard career progression. However, I knew if I wanted to achieve and innovate how content is viewed and developed, I would have to take the road less traveled, to gain the knowledge, skillset and perspective in order to advance the status quo.
You also have to be confident in yourself. Showing it in your essays, interviews, or interactions with students, alumni or admission that you know who you are, what you want, and what you want to gain out of your experience in business school is paramount. Don’t worry if you don’t “fit” the mold of the standard business school applicant – and don’t try to fit it – because you are already the mold.
Every one applicant going into this next phase of their lives who is passionate about obtaining an MBA degree is smart, successful, and driven. It is what you are beyond the numbers and stats that make you the person admissions officers want to have on campus. This is shown in the confidence that you have in yourself and what you want out of your 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? Olin Business School already surpassed my expectations as a top MBA program for me. They had a top tier marketing education, specifically in consumer insights, intimate class sizes, and growing start-up scene in St. Louis.
But the key factor that brought me to Olin was simply, the people. The conversations I had with current students, admission and faculty was second to none…and I mean none. Every person that I spoke with made me feel that I was already a part of the Olin family before stepping one foot onto campus. From emails, phone calls to text messages, everyone I spoke with was open, honest and dedicated towards my future success, no matter where I would call home in the fall. To have that feeling, the true feeling of being wanted, valued, to be part of a family most people rarely ever get in life. So, if you’re one of the lucky few that finds yourself in that situation, take it. I know I did when I decided to go to Olin.
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Achievement in the classroom, obtaining an amazing internship, and meeting life-long friends are very important aspects to a successful first year of business school for me. However, as a proud member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management – an organization dedicated to increasing diverse peoples in American business schools and corporate management and Consortium Fellow – success to me is to do everything in my power to see more underrepresented students in next year’s class at Olin than previous years.
With Washington University in St. Louis being one of the founding Consortium member schools, it’s my honor and responsibility, along with my other amazing Consortium cohorts, to continue the commitment to the mission our school started in 1966. Success to me looks like a myriad of bright, passionate and driven diverse peoples “Rollin’ with that Olin!” in 2018.