Monday, March 18, 2013

From NASA to India: How Kelley has Shaped My Journey

By Greg Mattes, First-year MBA, Entrepreneurship 

I am currently sitting at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad, India, where I will be attending the Graduate Business Conference that includes representatives from many of the top MBA programs from around the world.  The Kelley MBA program has challenged and given me opportunities in ways that I could have never imagined from any MBA program.  With the resources at Kelley, I have been able to achieve everything that have wanted to accomplish and then some.

Taj Mahal - Photo taken during my pre-conference travels
Last month, I was elected by the student body to be the MBA Association President.  This role entails leading the student experience for the approximately 400 students in the program.  I am excited to take on this responsibility to continue driving the outstanding experiences that Kelley offers outside the classroom, but also because I know this position will develop my skills as a leader.  There are 40 student-run clubs and committees that offer these same challenges and experiences—the opportunities at Kelley are endless.

I came to Kelley as a career switcher; the only problem was that I didn’t know what career I wanted to switch into.  The support that Kelley Graduate Career Services (GCS) provides in terms of professional reflection and development has been invaluable.  I have found my passion for working in K-12 education and will be working for the Tennessee Department of Education this summer—it was Kelley that uniquely positioned me to make this dramatic career shift.

I didn’t quit my job with NASA at the Johnson Space Center so that I could have a mediocre MBA experience.  Kelley has allowed me to ignite my career and send me in new, exciting, and successful directions—such as going to conferences in India!


  1. Even India? The way the title is written, it reads as if India is the last place you'd find an opportunity. I know that's not what you're trying to say, so might want to revise. All the best!

  2. Thanks for the feedback! We can change the title.