1. What was the main reason you decided to study at IE?
I wanted to balance and complete my profile that was very technical due to my engineering background, with the broad formation that an MBA provides. From the beginning, IE was my option number one: great reputation, wide network, academic soundness, international recognition, and continuous innovation.
2. What was the greatest challenge you faced during your studies?
My greatest challenge was to combine my job with the studies. The Executive MBA program is very demanding, and I wanted to take the best of it, while dealing with the daily work. I had in mind that the MBA is once in a lifetime and that I would regret not seizing the opportunity. Consequently, I really pushed myself and put a lot of effort that, for sure, I can tell that is worth it!
3. What has been the primary lesson you learned during your program?
Innovation is in everyone and everywhere. And I’m not only talking about “technical” innovation. What IE Business School has taught me, from the very first day, is that innovation lies in watching the same problem from different perspectives. That being open, leaving your comfort zone, changing your mindset, and working in multicultural atmospheres, makes you change the way you see the world…and when you change, something new is created – that is innovation!
4. How has this program impacted your life?
If I were able to go back in time and talk to myself in 2016, I would say: “Sorry, spoiler…this is one of the very best things you are going to do in your life!”. I knew that the MBA was the right decision, and that I would enjoy it, but it truly has exceeded my initial expectations. I met great people, many have become friends for life. I acquired new knowledge, and I got to know myself better. We always say that we want to change the world, but changing ourselves is the beginning! What stronger impact may exist?
5. What was the best memory you have of the program?
It is impossible just to pick one memory as the best. But I can recall one that pictures perfectly the dynamic of the MBA. Working on the presentation of the Entrepreneurial Venturing final project. We were a team of seven people, it was the final stage of the MBA, so everyone was tired and stressed. We were recording ourselves while rehearsing the presentation, which we had to memorize for the final exam, because it had to be fully performed in a very tight setup time, including a video (with a terrible soundtrack) that was contained in it. The coordination had to be perfect. And we were doing it so badly! Forgetting the words, taking too long, getting mad among us…Suddenly, watching one of the rehearsals, one of us started to dance with the rhythm of the video music. Everyone followed, and we burst into laughter, releasing all the pressure. Obviously, some drinks came afterward! Sounds like a random anecdote, but it really made us feel like a team.