Testimonials

Lance Widner

IMBA, November 2009

 

In this EPIC video on the top of this page, we turn the spotlight to Lance Widner, a full-time private equity analyst at Oppenheimer Asset Management in New York City. Thankful for his opportunity to pursue the IE International MBA, Lance was afforded a skill set that allowed him to pursue a part-time position in the United States Navy. One of the most important takeaways from the IE program was the new perspectives he gained – the soft skill of being able to “step into the other person’s shoes”. This, along with his other experiences at IE, has been a pivotal part of his success and identity as a global citizen.

Jorge Pongo

IE International MBA 2015, US Marine Corps

 

Please share why as a veteran IE was an ideal choice for you as a student?

Among the many reasons people join the military are travel, adventure and challenge. I was no different. When looking for a school, I felt that a top-ranked international program would be the best way to leverage the international experience I had gained in the Marines, and provide continuing challenge and adventure. I was also looking for a program with a very diverse population since, in the military, I had learned the value that diverse backgrounds brings to a team.

Why would you recommend IE to other veterans interested in doing international Masters Programs?

The military is known for training leaders because of the comfort it builds in people for making decisions in up-tempo, high pressure environments. Veterans also know the value of a team and how to thrive in groups. Doing the International MBA at IE, you are part of a fast-paced, condensed program working with teams to accomplish almost everything. Being surrounded by brilliant people, from all different countries, working to achieve a common goal in a limited amount of time is something that I think resonates really well with veterans.

What has been the best part of your IE experience to date?

Knowledge can be acquired anywhere, but the real value in education is the experience, and the experience you get from the people you work with. On one team I had a pilot, a lawyer, a trauma surgeon, an IT consultant, a media marketer, an engineer, and an oil and gas professional – all representing different countries!  IE does a great job of attracting bright and talented people that help shape that experience. Just like in the military, the friends you make here will be friends for life.

Howard Gregory

IE International MBA 2014, US Army

 

Please share why as a veteran IE was an ideal choice for you as a student?

As a veteran, I look back at my experiences in the military and value the international exposure to cultures as well as the community I became a member of with my fellow service members. IE brought that blend back for me. My intake class had over 60 countries represented. We came together, each bringing a unique cultural prospective and professional background, and through that diversity we became a global family.

As a member of the top ranked MBA programs in the world, IE is recognized in every industry as an incubator for great talent. Movements across industries, functions, and geography are common after graduation.

Why would you recommend IE to other veterans interested in doing international Masters Programs?

The Army showed me that the world was bigger than myself, or my home town, or my state, or even my country. IE kept my view of a holistic world in focus. No school in the U.S. will allow you to gain the international exposure that makes your world seem endless and full of possibilities like IE does.

Also, all of our courses had an international spin to them which I look back on to bring a unique prospective in my current job. The international insights and foundations that I created during my time at IE have become a differentiator for my career and high value to my company.

What has been the best part of your IE experience to date?

As I graduated December, 2014, the best part of my IE experience was the cultural nights that I attended. Lebanese, Nigerian, Swiss, Indian, Japanese, Brazilian…we even threw in a Thanksgiving Day to share with fellow students. I encourage anyone considering IE to make sure that they take full advantage of the networking, events, experiences and trips that are available. After, you’ll never look at the world the same again.

Additionally, the alumni network that I am now a part of stretches every major city in the world. No matter where I’m traveling there is always someone to have a coffee with!