Stephanie Panozzo

Denver MBA (full-time) ’20

Hometown: Rockford, IL

Pre-Daniels Experience: Before I came to Daniels, I spent about seven years working in derivatives trading with a focus on commodities. I also took some time off to do a microfinance fellowship and travel in East Africa and the Middle East.

Hobbies: Most weekends you’ll find me either hiking or skydiving. When I have more time off, I also love to travel.

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What advice do you have for prospective students?

If you’re thinking about Daniels or any other school, reach out to the admissions staff and ask questions! I learned so much more through talking to admissions than I could’ve by reading through websites – my conversation with a member of the staff at Daniels really helped solidify my decision to pursue the Denver MBA.

What is your favorite thing about living in Denver? 

I’m from the Midwest, so I think my favorite part about living in Denver is seeing the mountains every day. I’ve been here over a year now and I still feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate business degree?

I chose Daniels because its full-time MBA program is so holistic – the focus isn’t just on academics. In addition to my classes, I get to meet regularly with an executive coach to outline my personal and professional goals and ensure I’m making progress toward them. It’s really a unique opportunity.

How did you get to know your classmates?

I first met my classmates at our Denver MBA Activation retreat in the mountains. We were all pretty nervous, but after a few days of orienteering and working through ropes courses together, we’d broken most of the ice. I also got to know people through group work once we started classes and through group coaching sessions.

How do you manage work-life balance while taking classes?

I’ve found it’s helpful to prioritize and to schedule time to do things outside of school. There’s always going to be an interesting speaker on campus or a student group meeting and you’ll always feel like you haven’t studied enough, so it’s important to be selective and pursue the events that are really important to you. Make some time to have fun, too!