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Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Missy Preston, University of Washington (Olin)

“A first-generation Canadian-American student with a passion for driving positive change in my communities.”

Hometown: Born in Pembroke, Ontario, and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fun fact about yourself: I helped restore a classic 70-year-old wooden yacht and developed an interest in maritime history while cruising the BC coast.

Undergraduate School and Major: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Kinesiology

Most recent employer and job title: Lyric Asset Management and Advisory Services

What’s been your favorite part of St. Louis so far? What made it such a great place to get an MBA? I really enjoyed the brick buildings and the history of the whole city, the different personality of each district, the number of free activities to discover (museums, zoo, etc.) and the fact that the majority of my trips by bike to the campus are through a beautiful park in the middle of the city.

You will complete your World Immersion next spring (update: Class of 23 is now due to travel in Fall 22). What excites you the most about this trip abroad? The pandemic delays have certainly added a layer of anticipation to the global immersion, but I’m very excited to travel and learn with classmates who can all add different perspectives and enrich what I would experience. on my own trip.

Aside from your classmates, global immersion and localization, What was the key element of Olin’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? It was a combination of experiential learning opportunities (such as consulting projects, board members, community service clubs, etc.) and entrepreneurial resources that really appealed to me. . Being involved in local communities has always been important to me and I actively wanted to build my entrepreneurial skills during the MBA program.

What class, club or activity have you enjoyed the most so far at Olin? It’s a connection between our Olin Women in Business Club, which has hosted a variety of wonderful speakers, workshops and community-building events, our Latin American Business Association for their dance classes and s’ fun the most, and Consortium to be the best support network.

Describe your biggest achievement in your career so far: Build and implement an organization-wide cloud-based technology infrastructure while working with a large gym club in Vancouver, BC. The process required learning new software, diagnosing the needs to be met with the new structure, coordinating with all the organization’s stakeholders and training all users in the effective use of the new systems.

Describe your greatest achievement as an MBA student so far: It was going through orientation week and back to back lectures and adjusting to a new city while my cat was diagnosed with a rare, near-fatal disease the week I arrived to start the program. It was a stressful series of events, but he is much better now.

What has been your best memory as an MBA student so far: The Diwali celebration was a night of amazing food, performances and laughter. I am grateful that our Olin India Club organized such a meaningful event for all to enjoy.

What advice would you give to help potential candidates gain admission to Olin’s MBA program? Be genuine in your interactions and open to all the value St. Louis has to offer, especially the benefits it can offer students in terms of accessibility and affordability. Find out what makes St. Louis and WashU so special. Ask about favorite local activities when having informational conversations so you can demonstrate your interest in the city at the interview stage. You’ll probably also find out why it’s a great program to join in the process!

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