Beatriz Mariano Vasconcellos
“I like to think that I am thoughtful and curious in everything I do.”
Hometown: Piracicaba, Brazil
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have read all the Harry Potter series in Portuguese, English and French – My goal is to read it in Spanish next.
Undergraduate School and Major: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie – Civil Engineering
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: KPMG Brazil – Senior Consultant
How has the case method enriched your learning? Learning through cases is a big differentiator. I like to think that cases are a good way of putting into practice what we learned without being afraid to make mistakes. The professors are really good at making our classroom a risk-free environment where we can apply what we are learning for each subject.
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? Being an introvert, I wanted to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. I knew that doing an MBA at Ivey would make that possible, as you are always challenged by your professors and classmates to contribute in class and express your opinions.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Anyone who knows me knows about my passion for Business Ethics and the importance of companies carrying out their business with integrity. Recent political scandals across Brazil, where private and public companies were illegally using government funds for their own benefit, highlighted the importance of Ethics and Integrity Programs for an organization.
At KPMG Brazil, I had the opportunity to work in the implementation and evaluation of Ethics and Integrity Programs for different companies across Brazil. I consider this to be one of my biggest accomplishments since I felt that I was helping my country fight against one of its major challenges: corruption.
Describe your biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far: My biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far was getting the roles of International Student Ambassador and Women in Management Club Recruitment Director. During my undergrad, I didn’t participate in many extra curriculum activities, so I challenge myself to be more involved and give back to the Ivey MBA community, which has received me so well since the beginning of my process.
Where is your favourite hang-out in London (Ontario)? Why do you (or your classmates) gravitate there? One of my favourite things to do in London is hanging out with my colleagues regardless of the place we are at. We are a tight and united community so wherever we are, I know we will have a good time. I am not exaggerating when I say that the cohort is one big family.
What is one thing you have recently read, watched, or listened to that you enjoyed and would highly recommend to prospective MBAs? Why? Your Hidden Superpower: The Kindness That Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone from Adrienne Bankert. This book taught me the power of kindness, which was something that I always believed in.
What did you do during the application process that enabled you to get accepted into Ivey? This might sound cliché, but I legitimately was my true self throughout the process. Ivey considers a lot more than grades during their selection process and that is what makes our cohort so unique and special.