Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
GMAT 640, GPA 3.23
MIT Sloan | Mr. Electrical Agri-tech
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Aker 22
GRE 332, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Anthropologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (no GPA system, got first (highest) division )
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
GRE 313, GPA 2.0
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Ms. Creative Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Military To MGMNT Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. Agri-Tech MBA
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
Harvard | Ms. Nurturing Sustainable Growth
GRE 300, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Ms. Senior PM Unicorn
GMAT 700, GPA 3.18
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. “GMAT” Grimly Miserable At Tests
GMAT TBD - Aug. 31, GPA 3.9
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Ms. Freelance Hustler
GRE 312, GPA 4
Kellogg | Ms. Gap Fixer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Little Late For MBA
GRE 333, GPA 3.76
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Wellness Ethnographer
GRE 324, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Financial Real Estate
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. The Italian Dream Job
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Labor Market Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.4

Meet The HEC Paris MBA Class Of 2021

Us vs. Them.

That’s history in a nutshell. It is a story of encounters with “the others.” Many times, these engagements resulted in war and exploitation. Periodically, these differences stirred imaginations and exposed common ground. Ultimately, these connections sparked a surge in wealth and knowledge.

This is the hallmark of diversity. It comes in many dimensions: culture, class, gender, religion, and politics. As transportation and technology increasingly bind us, diversity is inescapable and understanding is essential. That’s what Ryan Howard experienced as an MBA student at HEC Paris. A 2015 MBA grad and Amazon engineering manager, he learned from classmates that diversity involved ideas as much as nationality.

PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT STEP

“I’ve had arguments and debates on every subject you can imagine,” he tells P&Q in a 2019 interview. “I’ve taken sides I never thought I would. There was just this wide diversity of ideas, of backgrounds, and of subjects. It was pretty interesting.”

HEC Students lounging after class

In many ways, you could view HEC Paris as a laboratory. Here, 95% of students hail from outside France. According to Benoit Banchereau, HEC Paris’ director of marketing and admissions, such backgrounds prepare students for their next career, where they’ll work alongside peers from different backgrounds and cultures – just like their MBA cohort. In a program like HEC Paris, with 295 full-time MBA students in the 2021 Class, the school’s size ensures that “student ideas and input are valued” according to Banchereau.

In the best labs, diversity fosters collaboration. That’s the first thing that Danilo Feitoza Fraga noticed about his first-year MBA classmates. For him, the Class of 2021 is consciously coming together to create a diverse environment where everyone is treated as indispensable parts of the whole.

‘EVERY CLASSMATE COULD TEACH A COURSE’

“HEC Paris fosters a rich multicultural environment and unique opportunities for sharing and learning from each other’s differences,” he explains. “The program format, with a 16-month duration, allows the students to have a greater cultural immersion…I do not feel a competitive climate among my classmates…[For example], the class has built a collaborative environment with a WhatsApp group in which we help and teach each other. This exemplifies how the class as a whole sees the MBA: as not only an educational and professional experience but also (and most importantly) a cultural and life experience.”

Looking back, Ryan Howard notes that he felt every member of his class could’ve taught a course at HEC Paris. The MBA Class of 2021 is equally accomplished and distinct. Feitoza Fraga, for one, earned a medical degree in his native Brazil. Due to doubts about being a pediatrician, he pivoted to business, serving as a senior analyst for Bayer. After graduation, he plans to move into pharma industry leadership.

“All the trajectory I have gone through will help me become an inspiring professional who leads through example, respecting and valuing differences and keeping in mind that regardless of position or experience, we still have plenty to learn.”

A CLASS WITH IMPACT

Anshul Garg was inspired to enroll at HEC Paris after witnessing the growing influence of data analytics on corporate strategy. As a senior manager at Stubhub, Garg didn’t just enjoy a front-row seat to this development…he helped to drive it.

“I created a first-of-its-kind ‘Stubhub Festival Pass’ which gave users access to all music festivals in America,” he explains. “To be able to convince the senior leadership team to implement something Stubhub had never done before was the biggest accomplishment of my career.”

Indeed, the Class of 2021 arrives in Jouy-en-Josa from all corners of the globe. Fernando Montero Leiva grew up in Costa Rica, eventually becoming a consultant at McKinsey & Company. At Coca-Cola, Cecilia Fernandes Ramos spearheaded integrated marketing campaigns that have reached millions. The same could be said for Sally Ghaly, a New Jersey native who managed content and acquisitions for Viacom’s Nickelodeon brand. Then again, Fang-Ling Hsueh’s impact at Ernst & Young could be measured in the billions…as in dollars.

“I had the opportunity to act as a key member in an energy project by analyzing stock exchange ratio for three listed solar power companies and advising a government fund to invest in the surviving one, with the deal size of over US$1 billion,” writes the Taiwan-born Ernst & Young manager. “The transaction was considered a major integration of regional solar power supply chain and is expected to accelerate the transformation of the local green energy industry.”

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