Class of 2020 MBA Spotlight: Ankita Bendre and Marvin Lalin

Next up in our Class of 2020 Spotlight series are Ankita Bendre and Marvin Lalin, MBA graduates in the Class of 2020:

Ankita Bendre ’20 (MBA)

Where are you headed after graduation?Ankita Bendre_6792
I’m headed to Microsoft as a business program manager.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite classes were Advanced Marketing Strategy with Prof. Mitch Lovett and Pricing Policies with Prof. Greg Schaffer. I loved the Advanced Marketing class as it was a stimulation course where we were running a company and had to apply everything that we have learnt so far—from our MBA classes to our prior experiences. I took this class online as it was offered during the COVID pandemic, but still Prof. Lovett and his TA Neal Burns made the class extremely engaging. Pricing Policies was another class that I really enjoyed because I was learning something totally new and found it very interesting.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Growth, fun, and educational.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
I think I have learnt how to effectively work with people from various backgrounds and working styles, and I have the tools that would make me a better leader. I have also gained immense patience and understanding of how to prioritize multiple projects/requests.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
I have many. But If I have to pick one, I think it would be my international immersion trip to Israel.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Know your story—each and every experience that you had before coming to business school is valuable, and those experiences will help craft your unique story. At Simon, everyone feels part of a community, and this feeling of belonging makes everyone at Simon so collaborative, loving, and invested in your journey.

 

Marvin Lalin ’20 (MBA)

Marvin.LalinWhere are you headed after graduation?
After graduation, I will be in Richmond, VA, working for Harris Williams as an investment banking M&A associate.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite course at Simon was the International Finance Global Immersion taught by the illustrious Dean Gregory Bauer. I enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Switzerland and explore European business and culture at the heart of one of the financial capitals of the world. Additionally, the opportunity to learn about the risks and rewards that firms face when operating in international financial markets was extremely valuable.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Transformative, inclusive, and collaborative.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
Simon’s strong quantitative program has allowed me to develop my financial modeling and data analytics skills. These skills coupled with project management and clear communication are essential for a successful career in investment banking.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
My favorite Simon memory was when the Simon National Black MBA Association was able to host a leadership and diversity fireside chat that featured the Mayor of Rochester, Lovely Warren.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
My advice to prospective Simon Students is to be intentional about the meaningful relationships you establish throughout your recruitment process. Additionally, it is important to understand why you want to pursue your MBA and if it makes sense for you at this point in time.

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