2022 MBA To Watch: Marques G. Moore, Michigan State (Broad)

Marques G. Moore

Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

“Lifelong learner, new dad, faithful husband, and absolute go getter.”

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana

Fun fact about yourself: Jack of a few trades (Built desktop CPU, gun smithing, photography, 3D printing, day 1 PS5 owner).

Undergraduate School and Degree: Ball State University- Exercise Science/ (graduate) Ball State University- Secondary Education

Where was the last place you worked before enrolling in business school? East Lansing Public Library-Education Technologist

Where did you intern during the summer of 2021? Johnson & Johnson-Remote

Where will you be working after graduation? Ernst & Young Parthenon Senior Consultant

Community Work and Leadership Roles in Business School: Black MBA Association president (BMBAA),

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school? Big 10 2nd place case comp (Best presenter), 2nd place case comp University of Pittsburg Katz (Best Q&A), Michigan State Extreme Green case comp 1st place,

  • All of the case competition opportunities aside from the Michigan State Extreme Green were extracurricular and professor nominated to participate. My personal interest in experiential learning drove my interest and effort to win and succeed in every case competition opportunity.

Career Services Identity in the Workplace Series panel moderator/Black in the Workplace panel moderator

  • Administration staff in the business college and Michigan State University career services have identified me as a proactive hard worker, who has interest in stimulating conversation in DEI I was recognized and given an opportunity twice to moderate panels and to facilitate difficulty and necessary topics.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? Technology Innovation Grant recipient. This grant awarded me the opportunity to become Google Education Certified, which enabled me to teach faculty professional development on best practices on how to integrate technology into lesson planning for student academic success. Although I “retired” from education, this opportunity began to connect dots for me in the trajectory of my career.

Why did you choose this business school? I had the awesome opportunity to attend my wife’s admitted students’ program. She graduated from the same program last year! I was in awe about another opportunity to learn, but within a team construct. I got to watch my wife’s first year through her lens and was very excited to hear about the cases, projects, job recruiting, and more. As I was in the midst of a career switch, I found this opportunity as I saw my wife gain success and what the doors the Broad MBA can open if hard work is applied.

Who was your favorite MBA professor? Tough question, I had several. My favorite was John Hollenbeck. Personally, his style of teaching, robust experience, and demonstrated grit toward learning and leadership aligned with my own competitive nature and willingness to want to learn.

What was your favorite MBA event or tradition at your business school? Interesting question, especially with experiencing my first year in a remote environment. What I can say is that I am most excited for a new event that the BMBAA will host. We have created an annualized black owned restaurant and eatery tour of Greater Lansing. This event

is so important to me because it allows the Broad College new exposure to businesses that may not be often patronized. This event will offer Q&A, processing tours, and of course product tasting.

Looking back over your MBA experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently and why? I would challenge myself a bit more with additional quantitative courses. Although general management is not a concentration choice, I chose Human Resource Management, and took several electives in multiple disciplines to offer me a well-rounded experience. I was often nervous about the prospect of earning a poor grade if I struggled in a course that is not my strong suit, but I would (at minimum) attend some additional classes.

What is the biggest myth about your school? I think the biggest myth about the Broad MBA Full Time program is a lack of national exposure for recruiting. MSU Full Time MBA is a ranked public program. Once private schools are added, I believe we are top 50. With that being said, the last couple of classes have done very well in regard to internships and full-time employment with Fortune 500 and highly desirable employers Do we have to work a bit harder for the opportunity and to get noticed? Yes, but the record shows it can be done.

What surprised you the most about business school? Two things: There is a very large range for quality of work and diligence among students. Secondly, I was surprised by the variety of learning, with tons of content, cases, projects, and extracurricular academic-related items.

What is one thing you did during the application process that gave you an edge at the school you chose? I sold my vision of success. Why, at 38 years old, was this the change that I needed? How I plan to leave the Broad program better than I found it.

Which MBA classmate do you most admire? Wow! Two names immediately came to mind, but Joshua Hohner is who I think of. This guy’s work ethic and dedication to academic perfection is unmatched.

What made Marques such an invaluable member of the Class of 2022?

“I first met Marques a year before he joined us in the Class of 2022.  I was immediately taken with his energy and eagerness to learn all he could about not only our MBA program, but how MBA graduates leverage their skills in their post-MBA roles. It was clear early on that Marques’ manifest would result in him taking advantage of every opportunity he could to master new academic skills and grow as a professional. Success came quickly. Marques began participating in internal and external case competitions, racking up accolades at a level not seen in the ten years I have been in the Broad MBA program. Recognized as both a singular talent as well as a great teammate, his example is part of a resurgence in our program that yielded nearly 30% of our students participating in external case competitions in the past two years. Without Marques’ example, I believe that business case competitions are not nearly the foundational piece of our program they now are.  He paved the way.

Marques’ educational spirt also affected our co-curricular experiences. As a key student leader in our program, Marques’ energy and drive for service has shown through both co-curricular and transformative achievements, both through the Black MBA association and in his involvement with other MBA initiatives.  These contributions have even more resonance when connected to the backdrop of the challenges we, and all educational programs, experienced with remote learning during the heights of the pandemic. Students like Marques worked to center the MBA student experience amongst the immeasurable challenges that our disconnections contributed to. As Marques looks to the future, and his post-MBA professional role, his skills as a career educator, paired with his signature MBA experiences, have him primed for an amazing future. I’m excited to see his journey take shape and will miss him.”

Wayne Hutchison, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Full-Time MBA


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