New Orleans is known for extraordinary jazz, Bourbon Street, Saints, and Katrina. However, there is so much more to the city. The devastation of “the storm” created a catalyst for positive change in so many ways – especially within our entrepreneurial community. Organizations like LaunchPad, Idea Village, GNO, Inc., and the BioInnovation Center are attracting entrepreneurs with interesting ideas, strong will, and a grass-roots movement to further improve our local economy.
As a recent transplant to New Orleans, I quickly became enamored with this community’s drive and spirit – to the point that I left my stable corporate job to join a start-up company based here. I shortly realized that my company was growing faster than my intrinsic ability to grow with it. The solution? Attending Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives (WEMBA) – the best of both worlds.
As people in the community started to ask about the program, I realized that I’m not alone. Understanding what it takes to grow a successful business, while navigating the credit and capital channels effectively, is challenging! The Wharton MBA gives me the tools and confidence to tackle the challenges of our company’s fast growth, as well as contacts on both coasts to further expand our reach. It’s an amazing feeling to immediately deploy the concepts I learn on a daily basis, and I can’t speak enough about the impact it has had in these short months.
After talking with the admissions team and realizing I was the only WEMBA in the city, we recognized that this was a golden opportunity. Therefore, for the first time, the program is offering an Admissions Session in New Orleans on November 7th! This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the program and meet members of the admissions committee. For more information, you can click here. I hope to see you there!
Christy Luquire lives and works in New Orleans and is a first-year student in Wharton’s Executive MBA program.
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