Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Angel Daniels, Georgia Tech (Scheller)

Angel Daniels

Georgia Institute of Technology, Scheller College of Business

“I’m passionate about people and learning and I love to continuously challenge myself.”

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Fun Fact About Yourself: I ran a food blog highlighting the best food in Brooklyn and made some good friendships with local restaurant owners. Brunch recommendation: Sisters in Clinton Hill.

Undergraduate School and Major: Michigan State University – B.A. Mass Media Communication, Brooklyn College – M.A. Political Science, New York University – M.A. Music Technology

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: E*TRADE, Associate Financial Services Representative

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the school’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I chose Scheller because of the unique focus on technology and innovation. I was particularly interested in the TI:GER program (Technology Innovation Generating Economic Results). It was really important to me to get the opportunity to work on real world innovation projects in technology across different fields.

The Scheller MBA ranks among the best for instilling innovation and creativity according to alumni and students surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek. How have you seen this in the programming so far? In addition to TI:GER, innovation and creativity drive so much of the academic coursework. There are also several opportunities to enhance innovation and creativity through immersive tracks in digital and analytics that provide hands-on experience with top companies and emerging startups.

At Scheller, you are literally across the street from Tech Square and living in one of the dynamic business environments in the world. What makes Atlanta such a great place to live and learn for you? In addition to living in one of the fastest growing economies in the U.S., Atlanta is just a short drive to some of the most beautiful and serene landscapes in the southeast. I love having access to a busy and diverse business community and being able to get away to Lake Oconee and take a drive through the mountains in Braselton.

What quality best describes your MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? The quality that best describes my MBA classmates is well-rounded. I’m often pleasantly surprised at the diversity in skills, talents, and competencies my classmates bring to the program. This quality really enhances my interpersonal experiences and inspires me to be my authentic self.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My biggest accomplishment in my career so far is completing two Master’s degrees in fields that I was eager to gain knowledge in. This is important to me because every step I’ve taken in my education and career has been predicated on continued learning and developing a diverse knowledge base.

Describe your biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far? My biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far is developing meaningful relationships with my classmates and continuing to strive to get to know people in these unprecedented times. Hard work and perseverance are qualities that we know we need to bring to business school to be successful. Remembering that relationships are just as important in your growth is something that has challenged many of us; I’m proud to prioritize that as much as I can. As diverse as my classmates are as a whole, we can always find commonalities in sharing experiences and participating in new activities.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? I decided to pursue an MBA to contribute my diverse background to a community of like-minded people and to be provided the opportunity to take my skills and experiences to the next level in business and technology.

What was your defining moment and how did it prepare you for business school? My defining moment was finally seeing the leader in myself that others had told me they had seen all along. I was able to see this after taking on new roles and feeling the trust and encouragement in a positive work environment at the New York City Campaign Finance Board. After this growth experience, I believed in myself in new ways and actively pursued continued learning and leadership roles. This prepared me for business school because I was able to enter the program fearlessly and not be discouraged by hurdles in the process.


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