Meet The MBA Class of 2025: Dallas Charles, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

Dallas Charles

“A loner, who loves people; a problem-solver, who creates challenges; heading up, but reaching back”

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Fun Fact About Yourself: I’m an avid traveler, my goal is to visit every country on this planet at least once! I’m currently at 21.

Undergraduate School and Major:

Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, Bachelor of Global Management in Global Management

Arizona State University, Master of Science in Business Analytics

Most Recent Employer and Job Title:

American Airlines, Revenue Management Analyst

What has been your favorite part of Atlanta so far? What has made it such a great place to earn an MBA?

My favorite part of Atlanta has been living in Midtown! Midtown is a location that has everything you could need – restaurants for foodies, shops for spenders, parks for the outdoors type, businesses for the networker, and Scheller! I haven’t been bored since moving here. Atlanta is a great place to earn an MBA because of the central location of Scheller and the relationships the school has with the companies that surround campus.

Aside from your classmates and location, what was the key part of the Scheller MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you?

Aside from the amazing community that Scheller has to offer, I would say what really led me here is the expression “at the intersection between business and technology.” Having a master’s in business analytics, I am passionate about how data can transform and inform the decisions a business makes. Scheller offers a business curriculum that perfectly aligns with that belief and translates the technology aspect in an easily digestible way!

What course, club or activity have you enjoyed the most so far at Georgia Tech?

My favorite course thus far has been Leading People and Organizations. Before attending Georgia Tech, I thought I would gravitate more towards the finance or accounting courses as my goal in obtaining my MBA was to grow business acumen. Leading People and Organizations taught me that there’s more to running a business than those traditional classes. It taught me how to improve myself as a manager and improve the culture of the business I hope to run one day. The material was presented in a relatable way that allowed me to connect the class to my experiences in corporate and how to improve that environment.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far:

While working at American Airlines, I helped develop and implement a competitive pricing strategy. Often you work with people that you don’t necessarily agree with but gathering your facts, presenting your data, and explaining your reasoning contributes to your personal advancement. This project went from being small scale to system wide. Seeing the advancement of the project boosted my confidence and empowered me to do more to make my voice heard.

Describe your biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far:

It’s been a short, but long first semester. In the past three months, aside from getting through the first semester, I would say my greatest accomplishment is two-fold. The first part of that being the network I’ve been able to build since being at Scheller. I’ve seen such a growth in my comfort with connecting and communicating with others both in and out of the community. The second would be becoming one of the first-year representatives for the Marketing Club. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered what I wanted to do with my career and having this new opportunity to grow in the space is validating and rewarding.

What has been your best memory as an MBA so far?

Wow, there’s so many, it’s hard to believe we’ve only been in school for a semester and have so many memories to choose from. If I had to pick, my favorite would be our MBA Holiday Party. It was great to see everyone dress up and come together to celebrate, have fun, and connect, especially right before finals!

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Georgia Tech Scheller’s MBA program?

 I’m sure this sounds cliché but what makes Scheller unique is the small, tight-knit community. My advice is to be yourself and get to know the current students and the people that run the show! As an out of state student, I didn’t realize how much this community would help me grow and add to my MBA journey. But just like a job interview, you have to be true to yourself and ensure that it’s the right fit for you!


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