Emily Masters

Denver MBA (full-time) ‘ 18

Hometown: Littleton, CO

Pre-Daniels Experience: I worked in corporate HR as a learning and development specialist for Schwan’s Company in Minnesota.

Hobbies: Hiking the beautiful Rockies, singing and currently watching The West Wing on Netflix

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If you could tell your past-self one thing before you started grad school, what would it be?

You can do it! And don’t be too scared of the GMAT.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Try to talk with people whose jobs you want, or think you might want. Ask them how a graduate degree helped them and how to best leverage your time in graduate school, because it’s once in a lifetime! Talking with people with MBAs from my former company really helped solidify and justify my decision to go to business school.

What are some of your favorite things to do in or around Denver?

Denver has sunshine all year long, a great food scene and of course, the Rockies nearby for hiking, skiing and more! Also, I’ve been enjoying a delicious quest for the best green chile breakfast burrito. I love walking/running around Wash Park near campus, hiking in the foothills, and exploring the various neighborhoods of Denver and more.

What were you looking for in a business school?

I spoke with executives and other people with master’s degrees at my former company whose jobs sounded interesting to me. Most of them had MBAs and recommended the degree to me for its portability throughout industries and functions.

Is there a particular class at Daniels that really stands out?

I’ve had many great classes, but one that stands out is the Brand Management course I took. We had an engaging class that explored many aspects of managing brands, as well as two consulting projects for a food startup and a large publicly-traded company as well. Our professor is a practitioner and works in the brand management space, so she brought a realistic perspective to our conversations.

If you did a global trip with Daniels, tell us the most memorable part of that experience.

I had the opportunity to travel to Tel Aviv, Israel on an international consulting project through the Denver MBA Global Challenge. Our client, Arrow Electronics’ division in Israel, had their annual partner appreciation event while we were in Tel Aviv and we got to attend the party. While our client had mentioned that forming relationships is incredibly important to their business, we got to see it in action (and in Hebrew!). Then we danced the night away with the live Israeli band!

How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?

The MBA experience has made me a much more strategic thinker about the evolution of a business. The individual and team coaching has also made me more self-aware in my actions.

How has Daniels prepared you to be market-ready?

I now feel much more well-rounded, like I could have a meaningful conversation with anyone in any function of a business. I’m much more comfortable with financial information and business analytics as well.