Meet the MBA Class of 2021: Sab Sankaranarayanan, Ivey Business School

Sab Sankaranarayanan

Ivey Business School at Western University

“I believe the differences between success and failure are perseverance and hard work.”

Hometown: Chennai, India

Fun Fact About Yourself: My favorite meal is Weetabix, peanut butter, almond milk, and protein powder.

Undergraduate School and Major: The Ohio State University, Architecture

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Lutron Electronics, Inc., Commercial Sales

What quality best describes your MBA classmates and why? Ambitious

How has the case method enriched your learning? The case method is unique as it offers different perspectives on any given subject based on a student’s experiences and beliefs. By hearing my classmates out, I have learned not only to be more open-minded, but at the same time understand the drivers behind one’s beliefs and perspectives.

Aside from classmates and cases, what part of the school’s MBA programming led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Ivey’s recruitment team, specifically Lindsay Lippman, who stayed in touch and was resourceful. They made me believe I could call Ivey and London my “home”.

You moved online quickly after arriving on campus due to COVID-19. What has the transition been? How has online platform impacted your relationships with your peers? While the transition had its initial challenges, I have gained a lot of positives from the online experience. I believe we are able to get more work done and work on our extracurriculars and personal work. At the same time, we can develop a stronger appreciation of the positives in our lives. Online education does have its disadvantages, but it also offers flexibility and convenience, and the transition to online education has helped us devote more time and energy to education and personal development.

I also think my classmates and I have gotten closer during this experience as we have understood the need to be together and fight through the challenges rising from COVID-19.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Motivated and trained a member of the Dubai pre-sales team to take over my responsibilities in sales before I left for Ivey.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? I want to transition into investment management and learn different aspects of managing and running a business.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? None.

What did you do during the application process that enabled you to get accepted into Ivey? I believe I understood what Ivey can offer me and balanced it with what I can offer Ivey. I was able to do this by speaking with the admissions team as well as the upperclassmen/women.

What is the biggest epiphany you’ve gained about yourself or the world since you started at Ivey? Problems will always arise but only a certain few will want to solve these problems.


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