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matt-walshMatt Walsh

I was born in a suburb south of Boston, and am a diehard Boston sports fan. I graduated from Babson College with a concentration in finance. While at Babson, I was the captain of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. After undergrad, I lived in New York City and worked in the Strategic Initiatives Office at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. The experience was terrific and gave me the opportunity to work on a variety of internal consulting projects across 850+ radio stations. I chose Fuqua because of the team environment and the positive experience that I had when I initially visited campus.

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Matt RogersMatt Rogers

While I grew up in quaint New Hampshire, about 30 minutes north of Boston, I have lived all over the country, from New York and Chicago to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

I graduated from Stanford University, majoring in communication with a focus in journalism. After graduation, I began my career exploring how media might be used to educate individuals without access to great schools. Subsequently, I worked in Hollywood, and on high tech video games. I also ran my own classroom as a Teach for America Corps member in Chicago.

At Fuqua I keep my passion for education going by serving as the class of 2014 Curriculum Representative. In this role, I work with Fuqua’s faculty to further develop curricular offerings. I am also pursuing two concentrations — strategy and social entrepreneurship — with the hope of one day becoming a leader in the education reform movement.

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Class of 2013

Ralf KloecknerRalf Kloeckner

I’m from Hamburg, Germany, and studied international relations in undergrad. I’m a husband and father, and an avid basketball fan (Go DUKE!). I worked as a microfinance consultant and a business intelligence sales consultant before business school. I spent many years living, studying, and then working in Russia and the Ukraine — where winters are endless, freezing, snowy and grey. That was the major part of my life prior to Fuqua.

I underwent a major transition to move to Durham and attend Fuqua. It was actually very enjoyable! My tip is to try to hold on to being yourself and never lose your sense of humor.

While at Fuqua, I did a concentration in decision sciences and financial analysis, and had an awesome summer internship (see the related blog).

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Jackie ManciniJackie Mancini

I was born in Kentucky but only lived there long enough to have “KY” stamped on my passport. Eleven years, seven houses and 4 states later, my family ended up in Virginia, which I consider my home. I went to the University of Virginia and earned a BS in Commerce from the McIntire School in 2007.

After UVa, I worked at Navigant Consulting doing healthcare consulting in Washington, DC. In the summer of 2009, I joined a startup consulting firm, married my high school sweetheart (Joe Mancini), and my new husband applied to Fuqua. Originally as a Fuqua Partner, I was instantly welcomed to the Fuqua community, but I wanted to get back in the classroom myself and soon applied. Shortly thereafter, the Mancinis had representation in Fuqua’s Class of 2012 and Class of 2013.

Fuqua was the perfect avenue for me to explore my interests in healthcare, be exposed to the many cultures and interests of my classmates, and have an excuse to stay in Durham at least one more year!

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Anjali MenonAnjali Menon

I grew up in San Diego, and for 18 years, “home was where the beach was.” I went to UC Berkeley for undergrad and earned a dual degree in mass communications and business administration from the Haas School of Business. Then I spent 3 years as a financial statement auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco, before moving to New York to do Investor Relations for Alcoa.

In NYC, I linked up with a friend from Berkeley and we began a side project called Destination Luxury, which is a marketing media company catering to the luxury space. The experience was phenomenal and gave me access to some of the most exclusive events around the world! It also instilled in me a love for marketing. So, I decided to go back to school for my MBA, to gain exposure to the industry and further enhance my skills.

My Fuqua experience more than exceeded my expectations. I have grown professionally and personally, and enjoyed my time here to the fullest. I was heavily involved with FuquaVision and Career Fellows.

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Deidre-Ann NelsonDeidre-Ann Nelson

I was born on the island of Jamaica, and last lived in New York before moving to Durham. I worked at Goldman Sachs after getting my undergraduate degree from Brandeis University.

I like to think that I’m on a never-ending journey of learning and life discovery, so my goal for my time at Duke was to be both reflective and forward looking.

While at Duke I transitioned into the healthcare industry through the Health Sector Management program and got a ton of hands-on experience during my summer internship at a biotechnology firm on the West Coast. I was an active student, involved with the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (as a COLE Fellow), and was on the cabinet of the Association of Women in Business.

Follow me @Dyanique for day-to-day shenanigans!

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Dipesh Shah

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, and am proud to be a Southerner (although I have no accent)! I graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) with concentrations in marketing and finance. After graduating, I worked at Deloitte Consulting in the Human Capital practice for nearly 6 years before making the leap to business school!

I chose Fuqua because I really enjoy the team environment. Fuqua is like a big family, and it is an inclusive environment where you can just be yourself and focus on things that matter to YOU. During my first year, I was a cabinet member of the High Tech Club and Distinguished Speaker Series. I was also a member of the General Management Club, Fuqua Vision, and Marketing Club, and I participated in the COLE Leadership Cohort Experience. Over the summer, I had a wild and extremely fun internship at Facebook where I was first exposed to the high tech industry. Then during my second year, I concentrated on being a COLE Leadership Fellow and an Admissions Fellow.

 Follow me @FuquaDipesh!

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Diana Yarmovich

I grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, and received my bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University. Prior to coming to Fuqua, I worked as a financial statement auditor at KPMG LLP in New York City. After working in accounting for close to 6 years, I decided to change careers and study business at Fuqua.

At Fuqua, I was a cabinet member in the Finance and General Management clubs and was a Career Fellow. I did a concentration in financial analysis and management. For my summer internship, I worked in corporate finance at Lowe’s.

Outside of school, I enjoyed hanging out with my friends, going out to dinner, and traveling internationally and domestically.

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Susan Shell Susan Shell

I was raised in western New York State, and after 17 years of rural living, I moved to Washington, DC, to attend school at George Washington University. After graduation, I pursued my passion for social issues as a public opinion researcher, managing strategic polling and focus group projects for nonprofits, public interest organizations, and political campaigns, as well as major corporations and the media.

I decided to attend business school to build my business education and experience for the social sector. I first considered Fuqua because of its strong social entrepreneurship program, and became hooked on the school after learning about its emphasis on teams, its diverse curriculum, and the incredible variety of clubs and activities!

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Class of 2012

Tekky Andrew-Jaja Tekky Andrew-Jaja

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and proudly tell anyone that Pittsburgh was recently ranked “America’s Most Livable City” by Forbes Magazine!

I graduated from Harvard in 2005 with an English degree. I was a member of the Varsity Men’s Track & Field team and was a Staff Editor for the Harvard Crimson. Upon graduating I worked for Xerox Corporation in Pittsburgh for four years as a Solutions & Services Executive. I decided that I wanted to supplement my knowledge and study the marriage of business and innovation at Fuqua.

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Kim LambertKim Lambert

I grew up near Richmond, Virginia, and went on to become a Hokie at Virginia Tech. I majored in management and minored in psychology and leadership.

In 2006, I entered a management trainee program at Wachovia Bank in Richmond. I later worked in more analytical roles in Corporate Travel and Strategy at a Richmond-based agricultural organization, Southern States Cooperative.

After volunteering with the Virginia Public Health Association, I became interested in healthcare and that led me to Fuqua and its Health Sector Management (HSM) program. I also pursued a concentration in marketing. I was very involved at Fuqua as an Admissions Ambassador and in the Marketing Club. After graduating from Fuqua, I accepted a position in media at Intel, which utilizes the social media experience that I gained as a Fuqua blogger.

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Joe ManciniJoe Mancini

I grew up near Washington, DC, and my undergraduate degree was in government from the University of Virginia. Upon graduation, I accepted a position as a consultant with the operations strategy firm PRTM. After several years with the firm, I decided to return to school for my MBA – a bit of a different path for a politics nerd. While at PRTM, I was most excited about working for global companies navigating new markets or products. Fuqua provided the chance to explore these areas further and to focus on the subjects where I spent less time as an undergrad, like accounting and finance.

After my first year at Fuqua, I interned with a middle market investment bank called McColl Partners in Charlotte, where I worked to help small businesses and private equity firms explore strategic options, such as a company sale or purchase. After graduating, I became a management consultant with PwC. I spend my weeks tethered to a laptop in various domestic airports, and live in Durham with my wife, Jackie, a blogger and second-year at Fuqua.

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Class of 2011

Michael Ferguson

Michael Ferguson

Prior to coming to Fuqua, I was a fraud consultant and auditor in Washington, DC. I received my undergraduate degree in finance and political science from the University of Notre Dame, and received a master’s in accountancy from the University of Virginia.

While at Fuqua, I was involved in the Finance Club, the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, and the Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative. I graduated early in December 2011, and immediately returned to Standard & Poor’s, where I had previously completed my summer internship. My wife and I relocated to Jersey City, NJ, not far from where I grew up.

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