Student Voices

Whitney Galusha, MBA'17

Whitney Galusha

MBA'17, Corporate Finance Track

"One thing that I have found not only in the global program but also from being out in the business world on corporate residency is that the program is continuing to grow in recognition from employers."


Q: Where did you do your Global Projects course and what consulting project did you work on?

A: I traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil and worked with IBM. Our consulting project was centered around Watson, specifically market entry of that product in Brazil for various industries. Our group was divided into three teams, each tasked with determining the most viable use case for Watson in a specific industry. My team and I researched the banking industry of Brazil and developed a business case for entry into that market.

Q: What's your most interesting memory from your Global Projects course?

A: Within our first couple days in Sao Paulo the president of Brazil was impeached. Being in the country and talking with not only IBM employees but economists and customers of IBM Brazil in a turbulent time was very unique. It gave us great insight into the implications and risks associated with political instability in developing countries.

Q: What skills did you build in the D'Amore-McKim Global Projects course?

A: I built skills around how to look at launching a product in a foreign market and how the outside view that is gained through research does not always match the true underpinnings of a country. I continued to develop presentation, business writing, and research skills.

Q: What impact did the Global Project course have on you?

A: I think this course allowed me to gain exposure to a new technology and potential applications in the cognitive computing space. Having the experience working on a market entry project for a globally recognized company helped to further expand my resume and my exposure to global business.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how has the Global Projects course contributed to that vision?

A: In five years I hope to be working at either a management consulting firm or in the internal strategy department of a large organization most likely in the technology industry. This project helped to solidify my desire to work in a position that looks at market trends and considers the company's capabilities to develop strategies that help the business achieve growth targets.

Q: What would you say to a prospective student considering D'Amore-McKim for their business degree?

A: One thing that I have found not only in the global program but also from being out in the business world on corporate residency is that the program is continuing to grow in recognition from employers. Additionally, the six-month co-op program is an invaluable experience and gives an advantage to students over their peers who attend MBA programs with limited or no internship opportunities. Also the intensive first year of coursework that encompassed all aspects of business gives MBA students the ability to enter their co-op as a valuable team member.

Q: What additional insight do you have for the D'Amore-McKim community?

A: This was the first year structuring the Global Projects course this way and I think overall it was a great experience and gave students great exposure to both international business problems and the tools used to solve those problems.


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