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Stephanie SalemStephanie Salem

Daytime MBA | Class of 2019

 

Born and raised in Minnesota, I’ve spent my whole life in the Midwest. I attended college in Chicago and moved back to Minneapolis after school to work in finance at Target’s corporate headquarters. I loved my time at Target and was most recently the finance manager for women’s apparel where I was part of a team that launched all new private label brands.

As a former collegiate soccer player, I am loving everything about the Team Fuqua spirit (not to mention the much warmer weather in the South!). Outside of the classroom, I am on the Finance Club cabinet, MBA Games cabinet (fundraiser for the Special Olympics of North Carolina), and part of the MBA Soccer Club, Fuqua Sports Business Cohort, and Net Impact Club. I am also helping launch a business through Program for Entrepreneurs, on a Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum team, and will be heading to South Africa this spring for a Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE).

A Few Fun Facts

  1. In October, our MBA Soccer Club team went up to Yale University to play in a tournament against other MBA programs. I was the only girl out of 16 on the team! My teammates all looked out for me like they were my big brothers.
  2. My family is Lebanese. I can cook a mean homemade hummus, falafel, and baklava. However, none of it comes close to my grandmother’s cooking. I’m certain Granny Mae will go down in history as the best cook ever.
  3. For the last five years I’ve done a weekly mentoring program for high school students at church. I’ve learned the importance of being quick to listen and slow to speak and I am inspired by the next generation!
  4. I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates fan. When the Steelers lost the Super Bowl in 2009, I didn’t come out of my college dorm room for two days. Competitive much?
  5. I was selected out of thousands to attend a private screening of the Oprah Show during her last season after writing an essay about my aspiration to be a strong female leader in a quantitative field.

 

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