Class of 2020 MBA Spotlight: Ashley Brown and Raul Carvalho

In the final installment of the Class of 2020 Spotlight series, meet Ashley Brown and Raul Carvalho, recent MBA graduates:

Ashley Brown ’20S (MBA)

ashley.brownWhere are you headed after graduation?
After graduation, I started working for 3M as a financial analyst in their Safety and Industrials Business Group.

What was your favorite class and why?
I had three favorite classes at Simon. First, I LOVED Negotiation Theory & Practice with Erica Dawson. In her class, I learned how to ask for what I want and to not be afraid to hear no. I also really enjoyed Urs Waelchli’s classes, Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurial Finance. He broke the concepts down so that they were easy to understand but still highlighted the complexity for those with more background knowledge.

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


What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?

So far, Ravi Mantena’s Business Modeling class has helped me the most. Understanding how to look at different scenarios and how to model potential outcomes has been immensely helpful.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
My favorite Simon memory has to be when I met my fellow June starts! They were my rock throughout my journey, and I don’t know what I would have done without them!

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Don’t be scared to try new things. I was a former middle school teacher who transitioned into finance. If I can do that, you can do whatever you put your mind to. Be on the leadership board of a club. It will help you gain a better understanding of who you are as a leader AND how you can make an impact on your future organization. Don’t forget to have fun! Yes, grades are important, but so are the friendships you build with your classmates. I was in a meeting recently at 3M where one of the senior leaders said, “Sometimes you carry, and sometimes you get carried.” That will be the truth of your time at Simon. Make sure that you are helping as much as you are receiving help.

 

Raul Carvalho ’20S (MBA)

Raul Carvalho '20 (MBA)Where are you headed after graduation?
I moved to Boston to work at Holden Advisors as a consultant. 

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Game Theory for Managers with Jeanine Miklos-Thal. In my opinion, she is one of the top three professors that I had the chance to interact with. Her class had just the perfect balance of theory, cases, and simulations. In that class, I also had the opportunity to analyze current market situations through the Game Theory perspective and gain a deeper understanding of the strategy companies have used and are using in the global marketplace. 

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

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
As I started working part time even before graduation, I can already see how business school impacts my performance at work. The plurality of case studies, industries, and companies we analyzed in the classroom gave me a broader toolkit to approach different business problems that I’m facing and will face in the future. Our pricing classes cover a great range of topics that I currently use, as I specialize in this field. The constant group work prepared me to be efficient in business meetings. I will also add that, as a graduate in these unprecedented times because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the online classes also helped with remote work and group coordination.  

What is your favorite Simon memory?
There are many! Can I say two? Playing the MBA Soccer World Cup with my friends from school and going to Oktoberfest in Munich with a group of friends from my class. 

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
1.) Be humble and respectful.
2.) Do your work, put in the hours, and let the results come.  
3.) Understand the value of networking. Reach out to alumni—they walked this path before and were incredible advisors on my career search. And when reaching out, always keep in mind numbers one and two.

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