Heidi Garcia is a student in Dominican’s MBA in Global Management program. Prior to attending Dominican she has worked within many industries: She was a purchasing agent at Robert Mondavi Winery for 10 years; she worked for an organization that specialized in greeting cards; she now works for Agilent Technologies, a high-tech, global business-to-business organization headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
Heidi shares her thoughts on Dominican's MBA program and offers valuable advice to incoming MBA students.
Dominican's MBA Programs
Dominican stands out
Dominican stands out from other programs in the Bay Area because of the types of classes it offers. Dominican classes are cutting-edge because they’re relevant to what’s happening in today’s global environment.
I drive for over 45 minutes to attend Dominican, and it’s well worth my time. When choosing a graduate program, it was important to me to find an MBA program that would provide me with a global perspective. Dominican definitely does that and more.
I really appreciate that Dominican has many international students and that I get to work with them closely.
Public Speaking with Dr. Denise Lucy
One of my favorite classes at Dominican was a prerequisite public speaking class I took with Dr. Denise Lucy. She is really fun and determined to prepare you for public speaking. I remember one particular thing about her: She counted how many times you said “umm” during your presentation.
My first presentation contained 18 “umms,” my second presentation contained one “umm”, and by the end of the class, I had no “umms” at all. That was very satisfying.
Working Across Cultures with Dr. Jayati Ghosh
Since I work for a global organization, I was very interested in the class taught by Dr. Ghosh called “Working Across Cultures.” In the class, I really learned how to work with individuals from different cultures, which is a prerequisite for success in today’s globalized world. That class opened my eyes in many ways and I really learned how to work, communicate and collaborate with people from other countries. For example, many of my team members were located abroad and we had to communicate via telephone. That was a big learning curve, and one I was glad to have experienced.
Business Environment in South Africa with Thea Bellos
Instructor Bellos's class introduced me to South Africa, apartheid and Nelson Mandela. In addition, the final team project was an in-depth study of South Africa. All in all, it was an incredible learning experience, not only because the topic was very interesting, but also because Instructor Bellos's class and the robust and engaging final project prepared me for the capstone.
Always available Dr. Chris Leeds
Dr. Leeds was my first point of contact at the University: When I applied for the MBA Global Management Program, Dr. Leeds interviewed me. He quickly put me at ease: I was impressed by his postive and engaging personality. Later, as I started my MBA, he provided valuable insight and guidance. Imagine: he told me that I could connect with him anytime. And he really meant it: He always responds to my e-mails within 24 hours.
Lessons I learned at Dominican
My advice to incoming students
What you need to succeed:
How to work in a team
In the corporate world, working in a team is the norm. Dominican prepares you to be a successful team member by making you work in teams on most projects.
To be a successful team member, I recommend that you: