Masters in Management

Meet our Masters in Management Ambassadors

 

Wake Forest Masters in Management program Ambassadors are current students who are available and eager to answer any questions you might have. Our Ambassadors know the MA program and the path to get there better than anyone so they can give you the first-hand student perspective you need. We encourage you to reach out any of the ambassadors listed below via email regarding questions about the program, application process, career resources, life at Wake Forest, living in Winston-Salem, or any other questions you may have.

 

Ann Archer Beasley

Email: beasaa17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
UG School: University of NC, Chapel Hill
Major/Minor: Public Relations
Personal: I am a proud Tar Heel as a 2017 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a current Demon Deacon, I am enjoying my time in the MA program, where I am able to complement my Public Relations undergraduate degree with essential business courses that I am receiving in the program. I am soaking up the year that I have at Wake Forest, enjoying all of the opportunities given to us as students. After this program, I am hoping to pursue a career in the marketing field. I enjoy traveling, running, and spending time with friends and family. If you have any questions regarding the Masters in Management Program, Wake Forest or Winston-Salem, feel free to reach out!

Caroline Dillon

Email: dillch17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Summit, NJ
UG School: Wofford College
Major/Minor: Art History & Religion
Personal: I grew up in Summit, NJ and attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC where I studied Art History and Religion. In college I worked as a Marketing Intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and worked remotely as a Project Manager for a small tourism agency in Rome, Italy. In the Masters in Management program, I am gaining valuable business skills to become a more well-rounded candidate. I enjoy being a part of this program because of the close bond between faculty and students, the ability to learn from working with a diverse group of students, and the many opportunities to grow as a young professional!

Alex Giacco

Email: giacaf13@wfu.edu

Hometown: Wilmington, DE
UG School: Wake Forest University
Major/Minor: Communication
Personal: I am a Double Deac, where I graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Communication and was a member of the Cross Country and Track Team. I am originally from Wilmington, DE, however, I will be starting my career in New York this summer when I join the team at Factset Research Systems. My interests outside of school include golf, running, tennis, squash, and hiking. Also, I am a die hard Wake Forest football, soccer, and basketball fan! Go Deacs!

Ally Lu

Email: luy217@wfu.edu

Hometown: Guangzhou City, China
UG School: Sun Yat-sen University
Major/Minor: Foreign Language, General
Personal: I was born in Guangzhou, China and I am fluent in five languages, including; Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Arabic and Hebrew. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, traveling to new places, hand making candles and soaps, and I’m also currently learning to play golf.

Brent Gills

Email: gillba17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Decatur, GA
UG School: Hampton University
Major/Minor: Physics
Personal: I’m originally from Decatur, Georgia and I’m a proud Hampton University and Florida A&M University graduate where I received my BS and MS in physics, respectively. I served my country for two years in the US Coast Guard before entering graduate school. While in both undergrad and graduate school, I tutored mathematics and physics, and lectured on the college level for a year. I decided to come to Wake Forest because after opening my small business, I realized that my science skills weren’t enough to succeed in business without a good network and the necessary classes to go out on your own. Being educated in both fields has been enlightening and I’m happy about the decision I made to come here. Aside from working on projects for school or my business, I enjoy politics, traveling, reading, writing, football, and basketball.

Brynn Davis

Email: davibw17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
UG School: Hendrix College
Major/Minor: Psychology
Personal: I am from St. Louis, MO and graduated from Hendrix College in 2017 with a degree in Psychology. In the MA program, I am gaining a broad business background while building on my undergraduate liberal arts experiences. My favorite thing about this program is the close relationship between the students, faculty, and staff. Since Hendrix is small school, choosing a graduate program that also supported these close bonds between faculty, staff, and students was important to me and the MA program has delivered on that promise. When I arrived at Wake I had no idea what I wanted to do, but with the help of my professors and career coach, I have decided to pursue a career in marketing research because it will allow me to combine my psychology degree with my MA degree. Outside of Farrell, I enjoy hiking, traveling, binging TV shows, and spending time with friends and family.

Carolyn Avila-Duran 

Email: avilc17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Orlando, FL
UG School: University of Florida
Major/Minor: Nutrition/Spanish
Personal: I graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Minor in Spanish. I have four years of combined experience working at a physiology research lab, an assisted living facility, and a cardiology practice to prepare for pursuing an MMS in Physician Assistant studies. Through my experiences, I was witness to the complexities of business in medicine and became interested in learning more. The Emerging Leaders Program offered me the opportunity to delve into the world of business prior to starting at Wake’s PA school, and is currently providing me with the business and leadership training I will need for management roles as a future PA professional. Outside of Farrell Hall, I enjoy hiking, cycling, and occasional yoga at Bailey Park downtown! As a Florida native, I’ve had a lot of exploring to do here in NC, so if you have any questions about Winston-Salem, ELP, or are stopping through town for a visit, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them!

Blair Thompson

Email: thombr17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
UG School: University of NC, Chapel Hill
Major/Minor: Environmental Science
Personal: I grew up in Greensboro, NC and went on to study Environmental Sciences and Geography at UNC Chapel Hill. After graduating in 2015, I served for two years with the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa. I worked on improving food security, malaria prevention and increasing girls’ access to education in Togo. Here at Wake Forest, I have found many opportunities to continue serving and working on community development projects as a Coverdell Fellow and member of the Graduate Service Coalition. I enjoy traveling, hiking, watching college basketball and spending time with people in the MA program.

Brittney Elder

Email: eldeb17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
UG School: University of NC, Charlotte
Major/Minor: English
Personal: I am originally from New York but have made North Carolina home for the last four years. I attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, graduating with a degree in English. Upon graduating I knew I wanted to make a transition into the corporate world and the MA program proved to be the best bridge to get me there. So far, the tight knit community, passion of professors, and experiential learning have been enriching both academically and personally. When I’m not hitting the books or working with my team, I am enjoying a good film or performance at creative hubs like a/perture or The Theater Alliance.

Emily Elliott

Email: elliec13@wfu.edu

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
UG School: Wake Forest University
Major/Minor: Communication
Personal: I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and attended Wake Forest as an undergraduate. I studied Communications with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. Now as a proud Double Deac in the MA program, I am enjoying learning more about different aspects of business in order to be better prepared to pursue a career in marketing. In my free time I like to travel to new places and learn about different cultures. I also enjoy rooting for all Pittsburgh and Wake Forest sports teams. Go Deacs! Please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m happy to answer any questions about the program!

Rebecca Phlipot

Email: phlire17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Marysville, OH
UG School: Ohio Northern University
Major/Minor: Biochemistry
Personal: Originally from Marysville, Ohio, I spent four years as a Polar Bear at Ohio Northern University before graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry last May. I love science and planned to go to medical school for many years, until I realized my love of working with people and disseminating information about complex ideas through fun visuals. This led me to Wake Forest so I could advance my business skills and pursue a degree in marketing. Outside of school, I love spending time with family and friends traveling, hiking, biking, or trying new foods! I also love to draw, paint, cook, bake, and always cuddle with any fuzzy animal around. Please email me if you have any questions about Wake Forest or fun things to do in North Carolina, I’ve spent my few months here finding as much to do as I can!

Borui “Kimmy” Zhang

Email: zhanb217@wfu.edu

Hometown: Sichuan, China
UG School: Centre College
Major/Minor: Economics
Personal: Growing up in China I came to Kentucky to study in high school and ended up falling in love with the Southern US. After obtaining a liberal-arts degree from Centre College and working briefly, I came to the MA program to develop myself as a well-rounded business professional, which has proven to be an excellent choice. I learned the importance of teamwork after working with my team to win the 2017 MA FactSet Case Competition. I found my passion from Professors Herbst and Shafer’s marketing and business analytics classes, and I will eventually be able to further develop this passion by pursuing an internship with the Center for Retail Innovation. In my career, I hope to leverage my quantitative background, cross-cultural ability, and soft business skills (from the MA program) into a marketing research role.

Maggie Whitley

Email: whitleml@wfu.edu

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
UG School: University of Georgia
Major/Minor: Education – Secondary
Personal: I am a proud graduate of the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) where I studied Art Education and minored in Spanish. I am excited to be in the Masters in Management program at Wake Forest because of the amazing professors and resources the business school provides its students. Every day I learn something new that will help me succeed in my future career. In my free time I enjoy painting, exploring new Winston-Salem restaurants and breweries, and catching up with friends. Please contact me if you have any questions!

Myischionna Hunter

Email: huntma17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Capitol Heights, MD
UG School: Alabama State University
Major/Minor: Mathematics
Personal: I am from a small town in Maryland; right outside of the nation’s capital! I obtained a BS in Mathematics from Alabama State University. While in undergrad, I gained a love and appreciation for cultural differences through channels such as Model United Nations. I also participated in volunteer work, tutoring, and biomedical research. I chose the Masters in Management program for the small class sizes, wide exposure to various sectors of business, and Wake’s incredible reputation. I plan to couple the business acumen I am currently developing with my research and computational background to perform financial analysis and consulting for global companies.

Tyler Roberts

Email: robete14@wfu.edu

Hometown: Richmond, VA
UG School: Wake Forest University
Major/Minor: Communication
Personal: I absolutely love Wake Forest for so many reasons. I think my favorite thing about Wake is its strong sense of community. I chose to pursue my MA here for several reasons, including the national academic reputation of the program, and excellent professors, but ultimately the Wake community was my deciding factor. Professors and classmates feel like family and quickly become your biggest cheerleaders and friends during your 10 months here. Wake also really values student involvement in the community and ensures students with opportunities to do so. This is very important to me and every week I tutor Kindergartners in reading at nearby Speas Elementary, and volunteer on Tuesday mornings in 4th grade math at Kimberly Park Elementary. I am excited to talk to any prospective students about my experiences and the many reasons this program is a great fit for everyone!

Sydney Shapiro

Email: shapsl17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Miami, FL
UG School: Florida State University
Major/Minor: International Studies
Personal: I am a proud Florida State Seminole where I studied International Affairs. After graduation, I worked as a Legislative Affairs Coordinator at a lobbying firm in Tallahassee. From there I served in the United State Peace Corps as a Rural Education Development Volunteer. Before joining the MA program, I recruited for Peace Corps at the University of Miami. I love to travel, play with my pup, Netflix and chill and learn about people!

Martha Nixon

Email: nixomw17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Augusta, GA
UG School: University of Georgia
Major/Minor: Romance Languages
Personal: I am from Augusta, GA and attended the University of Georgia where I majored in Spanish, French with a minor in Communications Studies. I wanted to come to Wake Forest to combine my language interests with business skills. I wanted an environment where teachers are truly invested in my education and helping me succeed. I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures.

Wooten Gough

Email: gougwt17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
UG School: University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Major/Minor: Women & Gender Studies
Personal: Born in Winston-Salem and raised in Yadkin County, I am a proud local to the area. I graduated from UNC at Greensboro with a degree in Women and Gender Studies to supplement my passion for strengthening community. After organizing the trainings and communications with the GetEQUAL Education Action Fund Network for six years, I made the decision to pursue a Masters in Management at Wake Forest. I am excited to be a part of folks’ on-boarding experience here in the School of Business as an Ambassador. I enjoy singing with the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, sitting on porches, and vacations. Welcome to Wake!

Sade John

Email: johnfv17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Orlando, FL
UG School: University of Florida
Major/Minor: Public Relations
Personal: Born and raised in Orlando, Florida. I graduated from the University of Florida in April of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Winston Salem to begin the Masters in Management program at Wake Forest. Through this program, I hope to enhance my business acumen, establish strong professional relationships and to find a job that aligns with my personal values.

Sarah King

Email: kingse17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Lexington, NC
UG School: East Carolina University
Major/Minor: Speech Communication
Personal: I am from the small town of Lexington, North Carolina (BBQ capital of the world) and attended East Carolina University, where I graduated with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I worked for a year at a local doctor’s office, here in Winston-Salem, while planning my next step towards graduate school. I decided that Wake Forest was going to be the best fit for me once I decided to change from a healthcare based graduate school path to a business school path. I enjoy spending time with my friends, working out at Pure Barre, and listening to John Mayer as much as possible.

Ziad El Tannir

Email: eltazc17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Matthews, NC
UG School: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Major/Minor: Biology
Personal: I am currently enrolled in the Emerging Leaders Program at Wake Forest University where I am getting a dual degree in Business Management and Physician Assistant studies. I have a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Biology/Pre-Medicine. Between my undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked as a Laboratory Technician, Donor and Client Support Specialist, and as a Health Educator. I also took time off to travel through Europe and South East Asia. Hobbies include being outside, basketball, hiking, cycling, and cooking.

Giuliana Richetta

Email: richgg13@wfu.edu

Hometown: Avon, CT
UG School: Wake Forest University
Major/Minor: Communication
Personal: I recently graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Communication and a minor in Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise. I am an Austin, TX native, but I have had the amazing opportunities to live in Florence and Madrid. I am excited to apply my business communication skills to establish meaningful connections between companies and consumers in a time of high-growth entrepreneurship. I am wildly passionate about all things Wes Anderson, San Antonio Spurs, programs providing educational resources to inspire brighter futures for today’s youth, and spontaneous traveling. I love expanding my horizons by meeting new people, and welcome anyone interested in the MA program to contact me with questions. Go Deacs!

Viola Yan

Email: yany17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Changde, China
UG School: Central University of Finance & Economics
Major/Minor: English
Personal: I grew up in Hunan province, China and graduated from Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. I came to the states in July 2017 for the first time, pursuing my masters degree at Wake Forest. I have some prior work experience in different fields, having interned at KPMG in Beijing doing financial risk management advisory. I also worked in a startup doing client management and public relations. During my time at Wake, I have enjoyed an excellent academic environment with students and professors. Also, I have a great time with teammates from different cultural backgrounds. As an international student, I adjusted to the new environment immediately with so much help from many nice people here. If you have questions about the program, feel free to email me!

 

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