and my MBA has
the right mix of
COMMUNITY and CONNECTION.
Seeking a Personal Fit
Attention to detail is not something overlooked at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. For Andrew Ellis (MBA ’20), it was the attentiveness of the staff that got him to apply.
“During my interview, I realized that Katz had the most responsive staff,” says Ellis. “They went above and beyond to get to know me and make sure this program was the right fit. Lynn Rosen in the Graduate Programs Office made the most impact on me. She is one of the staff members who interviewed me and made sure I felt ready to join the program. It showed me how much the staff at Katz cares about their students and that is what enables us to succeed after graduation.”
An Ever-Lasting Impact
The camaraderie among the student body is what makes the Katz cohorts unlike any other. The supportive and diverse community creates a bond among students that will carry on well beyond graduation.
“My favorite Katz memory was definitely “Friendsgiving,” where students would make their culture’s favorite food and share with everyone during Thanksgiving time. The Karaoke Fundraiser was a close second. This is where students would donate money to see their friends perform karaoke songs.”
Both inside and outside of the classroom, Katz students gain the right skill set to grow, thrive, and become business leaders. Case competitions, consulting field projects, and fellowships are just a few ways integrated learning prepares students for the business world.
“Katz prepared me by presenting me with tons of opportunities to grow,” says Ellis. “There was a case competition almost every weekend and the professors were incredibly smart and responsive to student needs.”
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To give back to the school that gave so much to him, Ellis was a member of the Student Executive Board (SEB). As a member of the SEB, Ellis was a driving force behind the board’s speaker series. He was recognized by the school with the William F. Tabisz Memorial Award, an award given to Katz students who “reflect behaviors that exhibit helpfulness to others and a selfless concern to achieve progress in tasks at hand.”
“SEB was my most rewarding experience,” says Ellis. “It taught me how to work with others while being responsive to our student body. Those lessons have been very applicable to my current job.”
Andrew had the qualities I knew would make him a great Katz student. He asked questions to help him make solid, informed decisions. He wasn’t afraid to do the work inside or outside the classroom to succeed in his career and professional development. Andrew was always open to getting feedback and willing to help his classmates. He was committed to making Katz a better environment for all of us.