WHAT IS MBA DNA?INNOVATION? CURIOSITY? TENACITY?
PASSION WITH EVERY FIBER OF YOUR BEING?
THE DRIVE TO DO MORE, INSTEAD OF DOING JUST
ENOUGH? MBA DNA IS ALL OF THIS AND MORE.
IT MAKES YOU WHO YOU ARE. DISCOVER YOURS.
hat drives a person to earn an MBA? And what is the starting point? Within each of us lies the urge to excel, to
accomplish and to succeed. Where will it lead? If MBA DNA is different for everyone how do you find a match?
The same qualities that define you define the Rice MBA experience because the Rice MBA is about people: students, faculty, alumni, staff people who care about learning, leading, communicating, connecting, transforming and taking charge.
Get a glimpse of the MBA DNA that makes up the Jones Graduate School of Business. Discover what influenced the decisions of our students, our alumni, our faculty and learn how the transformative experience of becoming a principled, innovative leader helps define them today.
Discover yours at: mbadna.com.
As aspiring leaders, we join the Jones School to develop ourselves through academic pursuit and contributions to our community. To demonstrate our commitment, we will:
Act with integrity,
Value the differences in individuals, and
Strive for excellence.
In accordance with this commitment, we hold ourselves accountable to be prepared, respect the wisdom of our faculty and peers, and practice intellectual curiosity. We will also hold our instructors accountable to help us develop the skills and intuition necessary to distinguish Jones School graduates as
superlative leaders. Upon graduation, we will demonstrate principled leadership in our communities and uphold strong ethical values while guarding the reputation of our peers, school, and profession.
HONOR CODERice has a high trust culture that obligates individuals to preserve our legacy of honor. Developing principled leaders starts on day one. Academic integrity in the form of the Rice Honor Code is presented as soon as a student begins the Rice MBA program. Violations of the Rice Honor Code are handled by the Rice Honor Council which handles any abuses reported. On my honor, I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this exam or paper. Student Signature
MAKE DECISIONS AND ACT WITH HONOR. MY TENURE AS PRESIDENT OF THE JONES STUDENT ASSOCIATION PROVIDED VALUABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME TO LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF LEADING WITH TRUST AND RESPECT. WITH THE HELP OF AN OUTSTANDING BOARD, ALWAYS WILLING TO TAKE ON NEW TASKS AND EXPAND THE ROLES FOR WHICH WE WERE ELECTED, I LEARNED HOW POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE A TEAM CAN BECOME WHEN WORK IS PROPERLY DELEGATED AND MANAGED.
As aspiring leaders, we join the Jones School to develop ourselves through academic pursuit and contributions to our community.
STUDENT MISSION STATEMENT
MUST BE FLEXIBLE, LISTEN CAREFULLY,
PROFILE CHRIS WALLACEPERSONAL ELEMENTS Jones Citizen Award Recipient Rice University, MBA 13 Post-MBA Job: Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs
hris Wallace came to Rice wanting to step outside of his comfort zone and make the most out of the two years in
the program. While on the international trip in South America, classmates approached me about running for class president. I was humbled by their encouragement to serve in this leadership role. It was a honor to be elected president of the Jones Student Association.
Crediting an outstanding Jones Student Association board, Chris learned from his team and noted reaching out and forging relationships with other programs as an exciting accomplishment. Differing schedules makes it challenging for full-time, professional and executive students to interact. In an effort to unify the school, we achieved a new attendance record for the gala, which resulted in getting to know classmates from other programs.
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, B.A. ECONOMICS 06
PRESIDENT JONES STUDENT ASSOCIATION
PRE-MBA JOB: PROJECT MANAGER CHAMP INVESTMENT GROUP
ACG SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
INTERNSHIP: SUMMER ASSOCIATE GOLDMAN SACHS
H E L L Om y n a m e i s
As the leading business school in Houston, the Jones School must reflect the citys diverse business community, and it is imperative to have students from all backgrounds who enhance the diversity of thought necessary during a time that calls for global thought leaders. Diversity Preview Weekend and Womens Preview Weekend are two-day events that offer prospective students from all over the world a detailed look
at the Rice MBA programs. Activities for preview weekend programs may include an alumni and student panel, a case simulation and networking workshop led by Jones School faculty, presentations by the schools Career Management Center and Admissions department as well as time allotments for socializing, networking and interviewing.
THERE ARE OVER 25 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED AT THE JONES SCHOOL. WE CELEBRATE THIS DIVERSITY DURING THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PARTIO (PARTY ON THE PATIO). THE FESTIVITIES
INCLUDE EATING FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND WATCHING
PERFORMANCES OF A MARIACHI BAND, INDIAN BOLLYWOOD DANCERS,
AND CHINESE DANCERS AND DRUMMERS. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE
JONES SCHOOL VALUES DIVERSITY.
ennifer Richards valuable experience at the World Bank helped inform her decision to continue her education. Working
at a large international development organization introduced me to the idea of social entrepreneurship. I felt that business school could give me the skills to make a real impact in the world. I also have a dream of opening an African art gallery in Houston. I knew that Rices incredible entrepreneurship program could help me start and grow a business.
It was her visit during Womens Preview Weekend that solidified her decision. Preview Weekend was the perfect opportunity to travel back to her hometown to see the school and attend an admissions interview. If I had to choose my favorite moment of the weekend, it would be the keynote speech by Emily Armenta 04, who spoke about her luxury jewelry company, Armenta, which she started as a Rice MBA. I was amazed by how much Rice supported Emily in her endeavors during and after her MBA.
PROFILE JENNIFER RICHARDSPERSONAL ELEMENTS Speaks French and Swahili Played NCAA Lacrosse in College Plays Violin in an Indie Band Rice University, MBA 14
VASSAR COLLEGE, B.A. INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 10
PRE-MBA JOB: SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF MIDDLE EAST NORTH AFRICA
THE WORLD BANK
INTERNSHIP: ENERGY COVERAGE DEPARTMENT, CREDIT AGRICOLE
MBA WOMEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTJGSB SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
VP OF EVENTS FOR MBAWI VP FOR THE WINE CLUB JONES BOARD FELLOW FOR CITY ARTWORKS
PERSONAL ELEMENTS Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador Texas A&M University , B.S. Marketing 03 Rice University, MBA 07 Pre-MBA Job: Marketing Operations & Pricing Dell Inc.
Internship: Brand Marketing - Beauty Care Procter & Gamble
Co-Founder of Chicken Kitchen Post-MBA Job: Sr. Director, Sales Strategy & Planning, The Dannon Company (Danone)
ederico acknowledged that an MBA prepares you for many things, not one function in particular, but that its up to you
to take advantage of that.
Exploring your biggest strengths can be a good thing. Always be open to the possibilities. Dont limit your view of the Jones School as a place for professionals interested in pursuing a specific career, but as a place that will make you a well-rounded professional. It will give you all the tools and open up many doors...then its up to each individual to make it happen.
After two years at Dell, Federico started to see the difference between the people with an MBA and those without. He also noticed the way their careers were panning out, as well as their respective leadership skills. I understood that to hone my overall professional skills an MBA was going to take me to the next level professionally and convert me from a doer to a leader. I knew deep down that I wanted to go into consumer products eventually, and an MBA was also that viable avenue that would take my career in that direction.
PROFILE FEDERICO MUYSHONDT
AFTER MY MBA I STARTED DOING THE TRADITIONAL BRAND MARKETING ROLE FOR FRITO-LAY (PEPSICO). I HAD ROTATIONS IN INNOVATION AND SHOPPER MARKETING, BEYOND TRADITIONAL BRAND MANAGEMENT. WHEN I MOVED TO DANNON I CAME HERE IN MORE OF A HYBRID ROLE MARKETING, SALES AND FINANCE ON THE STRATEGY TEAM, WHERE KNOWING THE BASICS OF MARKETING IS NECESSARY BUT UNDERSTANDING THE INS AND OUTS OF TRADE AND PROFIT AND LOSS MANAGEMENT IS A HUGE PART OF IT. THE RICE MBA PREPARED ME WITH THE ALL-AROUND KNOWLEDGE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATION WITH MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT MY TEAM TOUCHES WITHOUT HAVING TO BE NECESSARILY AN EXPERT IN EVERY FIELD.
When looking for an MBA program, Federico knew he wanted a more intimate setting where he could have a one-on-one connection with professors and peers. As he drilled down in his search, the Jones School rose to the top. Rice University carries a lot of weight around the world. When it came to comparing the programs I was considering, it was obvious to me that Rice offered the best value, especially Houston from a cost of living standpoint as well the financial aid options available. All of this made the price/value equation of the program very good.
Earning an MBA was a transformative experience