Portrait of Tyler Watkins, a student in the Global Executive MBA program at The Fuqua School of Business
"The feeling you get when speaking with the admissions staff, professors, or current students is that everyone is in this together. Yes, people are competitive, but the Team Fuqua mentality means that we are going to all support each other. Look up Ubuntu philosophy—that best captures what you feel on the Fuqua campus: I am because We are.”
Director, Sales Operations
WestRock

Global Executive MBA

Class of 2024
Industry:
Manufacturing

Prior Education:

Randolph-Macon College
BA, Sociology and Asian Studies
Hometown:
Richmond, VA
Nationality:
USA

Reflections

The entire Fuqua MBA experience has pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and the lesson I have learned is that we are all more resilient and can achieve more than we ever thought possible. We have taken final exams that have spanned 12 hours of non-stop accounting. We have left home for weeks at a time, far away from our loved ones—I left my newborn son when he was seven days old to attend our first international residency! What you learn is how resilient you are if you put your mind to something, get clear on your goals, and communicate those goals with your family and close network.

In the program coordination, communication, and humility are critical for your team’s success. People on your team may be on different time zones or have different schedules (personal and work), so communicating as early as possible and making a plan with your team will make you more successful. Humility is important because we are often protective of our own ideas, and view ourselves as intelligent and capable. When someone submits an idea that disagrees with your own, it may cause you to react in a defensive way. Take this as an opportunity to practice active listening and empathy, and better understand where their idea is coming from. Try to be “curious, not furious” and take the time to ask questions.

Before Fuqua

 I am director of sales operations, leading a compensation program that covers around 700 sales representatives.

After Fuqua

I feel more confident going into any role now, including a role that is more finance and quant-heavy. I feel more comfortable being a part of shaping my company’s strategy as opposed to reacting to it. I will be positioning myself for leadership roles that I did not think I would be qualified for prior to completing my MBA at Duke.

5 Best Experiences in the GEMBA Program

  1. Meeting lifelong friends, bonded by our international travel.
  2. World class professors.
  3. My wife, son, and parents visiting Duke for the first time.
  4. Going to Dubai and experiencing a brand new culture.
  5. Late night conversations with friends about life.

Global Executive MBA

Top Areas of Career Focus

Financial Services (20%)
Consulting (5%)
Sales/Business Development (5%)
Energy/Chemical/Gas (9%)
Marketing/PR/Advertising (6%)
Consumer Goods (3%)

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Typical Class Demographics
Global Executive MBA

Age Range

28-45

Work Experience

5-20 years

Countries Represented

17

Women

35%

Non-US Citizenship

30%
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