Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Joe Ungers, MBA'15: The Pacesetter

Joe Ungers
Cincinnati, OH
BS'08, Business Economics, Miami University
MBA’15, Supply Chain Academy, Kelley School of Business

Describe your pre-MBA career.

My background is in energy and metal—everything from brokerage to supply chain management. I really wanted to take my career to the next level and go after a job in management so I decided to get an MBA. I’m now learning the foundations of what it takes to be a leader while leveraging my past experiences to bring something unique to the table.

Describe your experience in the Core.

Right off the bat, I didn’t expect to be learning from such high-caliber professors. I figured that would eventually come, but from the first class in the Core you’re getting personal attention from some of the top business minds in the world. From the culture of collaboration to the camaraderie among fellow students—it all naturally encourages engaging lessons. The Core created an environment that set the tone for my entire year.

Was there a time at Kelley when everything seemed to click?

Before I even arrived it had clicked. I chose Kelley for the Academy element of the curriculum—something I hadn’t found anywhere else. The Supply Chain Academy, as well as the other Academies, brings a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary approach to what are often isolated conversations. The learning that happens in the Academy transcends the classroom; we’re working with real clients on real problems and bringing actionable solutions to the table.

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