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GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Food Waste Warrior
GMAT Not written yet (around 680), GPA 3.27
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. Air Force
GMAT 610, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
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GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
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GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. Aussie Military Man
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0 (rough conversion from Weighted Average Mark)
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.74
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Cornell Johnson | Mr. FinTech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
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GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
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GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Future Angel Investor
GMAT 620, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Software Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2
Darden | Ms. Business Reporter
GMAT 2150, GPA 3.6
Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Harvard | Ms. IB Deferred
GMAT 730, GPA 3.73

Meet The Berkeley Haas MBA Class Of 2020

Benny Johnson

University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Technology optimist intending to accelerate the resource productivity revolution.”

Hometown: Houston, TX

Fun Fact About Yourself: I facilitated a pinewood derby race on a submarine.

Undergraduate School and Major:

University of Texas at Austin – BA Economics

Johns Hopkins University – MS Energy Policy and Climate

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Lieutenant, US Navy

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Shepherding a $1B+ federal research-and-development budget through multiple continuing resolutions and government shutdowns.

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Humility. My classmates are simultaneously the most accomplished and humble group of people I’ve ever been privileged to meet.

Aside from your classmates, 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? Culture. Berkeley Haas maintains a strong culture of curiosity, innovation, and selflessness through its four Defining Leadership Principles. Unlike many such initiatives that amount to PR stunts, I was pleasantly surprised to see that reality reflects the school’s chosen ideals.

What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? Sharing a lifetime’s worth of beautiful memories with people who inspire me every day.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? I wanted to lay a stronger foundation for a future consulting career. The kinds of soft skills required in consulting are not well-practiced in military work.

How did you decide if an MBA was worth the investment?An MBA is extremely valuable for soft skills development and for career exploration. Someone with exceptional soft skills and defined career goals may reconsider the opportunity cost involved.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? Dartmouth-Tuck, Yale SOM

How did you determine your fit at various schools? I did full-day campus visits at each school, and at others to which I did not apply. My top priority was small class size, small enough to eventually know everyone in my year. I attended webinars and contacted current students and alumni. All top MBA programs place well into consulting.

What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are? Joining the Navy as an enlistee. Nothing strips one of pretension and entitlement as quickly as enlisted service.

What do you plan to do after you graduate? Management consulting.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Manager at a leading consulting firm.