I have always believed in taking chances, as long as each new move takes me forward.
My military service was full of growth opportunities, but the most challenging occurred when I suffered a knee injury that disqualified me from my life-long dream of becoming a combat officer. I was determined to find another path and convinced the assigning commander to give me a chance to prove myself in a demanding, non-combat position. I earned a second chance and became an officer, grew by adapting to change, and learned there is always more than one way to achieve your goals.
Academically and professionally, I have grown by studying Law and Business Administration and as a Junior Associate at a commercial law firm, working on startups, M&As, and VC investments. However, my most significant growth experience was realizing that I wanted to be at the center of business activities rather than advising from a legal perspective. I left the practice of law to join the core team of a new startup in the field of cyber-intelligence. Encountering daily challenges, such as managing clients and employees in a demanding environment with strict budget limitations, I’ve gained valuable experience for any future venture.
At the same time, this experience made it clear that I need an MBA to maximize my chances of success in future ventures. Pursuing a Kellogg MBA will provide me with the opportunity to establish a strong network, develop a global perspective, build a personal brand, and interact with the best and brightest students and professors. Learning such crucial skills as decision-making, negotiation, management, and international marketing is essential to any aspiring entrepreneur and will help me achieve my long-term goal of promoting corporate intrapreneurship by leading the commercial development of new products at an established tech company.
At Kellogg, I plan to improve my entrepreneurial and technological skills by leveraging the opportunity to take chances in a safe environment, through the “Entrepreneurship Pathway”, specifically the ”New Venture Discovery” course by Professor Schonthal, and applying to programs such as the ZELL program. I will also strengthen my tech product skills through Professor Sawhney’s “Product Management for Tech Companies” course, and improve my understanding of data analytics through participating in the NUvention: Analytics course and in challenges such as the Adobe Analytics Challenge. Also, I’m excited to use the new facilities of the Global Hub.
I hope to grow as a leader and team player by participating in the eClub, Tech Club, Soccer Club and Volleyball Club. I would welcome the opportunity to practice socially responsible leadership in the Board fellow program, contributing from my experience at NPOs and learning for future involvement.