We conducted an interview with current The Denver MBA student Alex Wolf in order to find out more about this game-changing program from a first-person perspective. Alex is an all around great guy and we had a blast conducting the interview – we hope you enjoy!
Question: Where did you receive your undergraduate degree? What was your major? What position(s) did you hold before attending The Denver MBA?
Alex: I graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2011 with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. Prior to attending Daniels I was a senior Field Engineer for Schlumberger.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue your MBA? Why The Denver MBA? How did you hear about the program?
A: I decided to pursue my MBA because I found the engineering world restrictive in terms of how problems were approached; there is a lot of inertia to overcome with any new solutions that differ from the way things were previously done. I chose the Denver MBA because of the hands on approach to learning that isn’t just lip service, I knew I would be rooted in the real world while I was learning in the classroom. I learned about the program when I was researching programs within Colorado, where I know I want to remain after I get my degree.
Q: How has the challenge-drive education at The Denver MBA expanded your learning? In what ways has this program challenged you?
A: The Enterprise Challenge gave me context for subjects I was learning that would have been difficult to contextualize otherwise. This was especially helpful for classes marketing and strategy. The challenge has forced me to get used to ambiguity quickly, and additionally forced my team out of each of our comfort zones by requiring us to become polished presenters.
Q: What are the most valuable relationships you’ve gained at Daniels? How have your professors, team members, leaders and others helped advance your education and professional growth?
A: Everyone I have met at Daniels has been valuable, including faculty, co-workers, and mentors. The most valuable relationships I have gained, however, are within my cohort. Activation made us all fast friends, and there is such a diversity of backgrounds that someone always has expertise or experience in problems I encounter which I may not know how to solve alone.
Q: Are there any courses/extra curricular activities that stand out to you? Which challenge is the most attractive to you (Enterprise, Social Good, Corporate or Global)? Why?
A: I had a great experience with Net Impact, a student group that consults for organizations and nonprofits that are having a positive impact in the community. We helped develop a process for a business that wanted to bring a new tool to market that will help improve local communities for children, and they have asked the team to stay on board to help create a pilot program. The Global Challenge is the one I am most excited about. I love traveling and learning about new cultures, and I am interested to see how that passion could impact my aptitude for international business.
Q: Can you give one or two specific examples of the game-changing learning at The Denver MBA?
A: Throughout the enterprise challenge teams interfaced with local business leaders for direction in establishing a new business and met with local business to learn about the industry they were interested in. This is totally different from the way I learned in undergrad and adds an invaluable context for what we learn in class.
Q: How do you anticipate the MBA program helping you connect with Denver businesses and business people? How has the Denver MBA already started making you market-ready?
A: The program has introduced me to professionals that I actually work and collaborate with; this is much more helpful than a simple meet and greet or a cocktail hour. It has allowed me to develop a real relationship and rapport rather than collect business cards.
Q: What are your ultimate goals after completing The Denver MBA?
A: I want to have a rewarding career where I continue to solve problems, but with more latitude to be creative. I’m still honing in on a concentration but right now I am looking at something in the marketing realm with a focus on analytics.
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