Designing An MBA
Tomas Sadilek - “That bridge to the other side isn’t there. You have to create it.”

Tomas Sadilek - “That bridge to the other side isn’t there. You have to create it.”

May 29, 2019

In the twenty-fourth episode of Designing An MBA, Tomas Sadilek details a nine-year journey that led him to finally pulling the trigger on getting his MBA, and how to be a full adult, you need to let go and embrace the abyss and take a leap. He discusses how this translates to his passion for entrepreneurship, finding the meaning of life... in skiing, and building self-discipline. He also says hi to his grandma... in Czech!

Wenhao Wang - “This season I missed some games because I had to take some exams”

Wenhao Wang - “This season I missed some games because I had to take some exams”

May 13, 2019

In the twenty-third episode of Designing An MBA, it felt only appropriate to release an interview with uber-Rockets fan Wenhao Wang (sorry for your loss my friend!) He has great insights and depth of interest in explaining the challenges of being a student from China but also the thrill of trying new things as a California resident and, yes, flying to Houston over a weekend as well.

I apologize to Wenhao for our mic issues, and have purchased new equipment for my upcoming episodes!

Prishanthi Mannuru - “It’s actually helping me both ways - professionally and personally - the MBA”

Prishanthi Mannuru - “It’s actually helping me both ways - professionally and personally - the MBA”

April 30, 2019

In the twenty-second episode of Designing An MBA, Prashanthi Mannuru weaves an inspiring and unique tale of transitioning from dentistry to an MBA and growing as a professional and as a person through her coursework and her classmates. She also happens to be the first person I've known who met her spouse through an arranged marriage, and it was wonderful to hear her story of love!

Jayoon Koo - “We helped each other in different ways”

Jayoon Koo - “We helped each other in different ways”

April 28, 2019

In the twenty-first episode of Designing An MBA, Jayoon Koo brings his unique soft-spoken and thoughtful style to our podcast, discussing the unique joys and challenges of being an international full-time student, studying in a second language, driving two hours both directions each day, and raising two-year-old twin boys. Needless to say, when asked about his hobbies, he basically looked at me like I was crazy! Also, we congratulate him on the big news that he just landed a summer internship!

Jiaxuan Li - “Everybody helps me a lot and I do want to help them in some way someday”

Jiaxuan Li - “Everybody helps me a lot and I do want to help them in some way someday”

April 8, 2019

In the twentieth episode of Designing An MBA, Jiaxuan Li talks about the incredible transition from MD to MBA, from Beijing to Davis, and from a clear path to one of possibility and potential. She recalls various ways in which she used business skills before she even knew what to call them, ranging from creating a painless birth practice at her hospital to starting her medical school's first hip hop dance team!

Nicholas Dao - “Fundraise, fundraise, fundraise.”

Nicholas Dao - “Fundraise, fundraise, fundraise.”

March 18, 2019

In the nineteenth episode of Designing An MBA, Nick Dao talks about the entrepreneurial venture that brought him to pursue deeper business knowledge, volunteering during the Camp Fire, what it's like being one of the youngest people in the class, and how Davis has changed since his childhood. He's looking for investors... and summer interns!

Andrew Light - “Photographs don’t lie but liars photograph”

Andrew Light - “Photographs don’t lie but liars photograph”

March 8, 2019

In the eighteenth episode of Designing An MBA, Andrew Light talks about everything from the way learning photography influences his business mind today, being married to someone working in Silicon Valley, what it's like being the only out LGBT person in his class, and why he, sometimes hesitantly, frequently shares his opinion in class. Almost twenty episodes in, and every story continues to be unique!

Shwetha Chandrashekar - “I don’t think it’s about working hard, it’s about working smart”

Shwetha Chandrashekar - “I don’t think it’s about working hard, it’s about working smart”

March 5, 2019

In the seventeenth episode of Designing An MBA, Shwetha Chandrashekar weaves a narrative of the major life change and personal growth that can be part of the MBA experience, and how to face down the unique challenges that confront international students and women-in-leadership. She also reveals her not-so-secret crush on McKinsey and presents a detailed analysis as to why she is half Phoebe, half Monica from Friends.

Eric “Chenmu” Sun - “It’s never harmful for you to get more knowledgable”

Eric “Chenmu” Sun - “It’s never harmful for you to get more knowledgable”

February 20, 2019

In the sixteenth episode of Designing An MBA, Eric "Chenmu" Sun hilariously tells us of his dislike of gangster pandas but also gets into some wonderful stuff about seeking to understand yourself and to grow yourself by your personal and professional choices. He details his fascinating experience working for Apple and reveals his favorite experience at the Graduate School of Management so far. Spoiler alert: it was our recent Lunar New Year Party.

Adam Tanner - “I can hold the baby and comfort her and still do our strategy reading”

Adam Tanner - “I can hold the baby and comfort her and still do our strategy reading”

February 4, 2019

In the fifteenth episode of Designing An MBA, we meet coast guard officer and new dad Adam Tanner, two unique perspectives from which he tells fascinating stories. I'll leave it to you to decide which one sounds more challenging! He not only talks about how family changes your perspective on the MBA, but how the MBA changes your perspective on family.