I had the opportunity to interview Isabelle “Izzy” Park, a 2nd Year MBA student at The Wharton School of Business. Prior to business school, Izzy spent 6 years at Deloitte Consulting where she helped some of the world’s largest companies improve and transform their IT organizations.
During her time at Deloitte, Izzy spent a stint working for Deloitte’s Chief Strategy Officer as well as Deloitte’s Chief Technology Officer, and through these experiences deepened her expertise and interest in both entrepreneurship and data analytics. Now a 2nd year MBA student at Wharton in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Izzy is studying Statistics and Entrepreneurial Management. During our conversation, Izzy and will cover:
- How Izzy, a Californian, ended up at Wharton
- Entrepreneurship at Wharton
- Why Data Analytics Matters for MBA Students
- Interesting applications of People Analytics
- Lessons Learned
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- 1:30: Izzy gives her resume walk
- 2:50 – Izzy talks about why sets Wharton apart from other MBA Programs
- 5:20 – Izzy talks about why she chose to leave California for business school
- 8:15 – Izzy dives into the most challenging aspect of business school
Entrepreneurship and MBA’s
- 10:30 – Izzy talks about how an entrepreneur can benefit from an MBA
- 15:30 – Izzy talks about entrepreneurship opportunities inside and outside of the classroom
- 20:20 – Shares some thoughts about classmates who have started businesses while in school
- 22:50 – Izzy shares her favorite Wharton Alum
- 29:28 – Izzy shares why she is interested in analytics
- 32:50 – Izzy explains why MBA students should study Data Analytics
- 35:12 – Izzy talks about some of the opportunities to study Data Analytics at Wharton
- 40:45 – Izzy explains People Analytics, and some interesting examples of how its used
- 46:04 – Izzy makes the case for “Why Wharton?”
- 47:54 – Izzy shares her three lessons
Additional Quotes from Izzy
- On focusing your time: You have to deliberately decide on what to do and what not to do, and then aggressively protect your time.
- On not stretching yourself: If you don’t put yourself out there, you lose an opportunity to learn. It sucks to mess up in the real world, so why not make mistakes and learn from them in business school instead?
- On what sets Wharton apart from other schools: Wharton has become very analytically focused, as from their roots as a quant school. They’ve begun focusing on entrepreneurship and analytics as the skillsets that people need. I think the best thing about Wharton is the variety of electives. For people that really know what they want to do, it’s a fantastic school.
- On leaving California for the first time to attend business school – For the first time in my life I had to buy a parka… When it came down to deciding between staying on the west coast or going to the east coast it came down to the fact that I’ve never lived on the east coast, I realized I’d meet a broader and more diverse group of people and that was very compelling. I didn’t want to continue to stay in something I knew, I wanted a stretch experience.
- On the most challenging aspect of business school – The amount of decisions you need to make in such a short amount of time. You need to understand where you spend your time, and where not to spend your time.
- On MBA Students and Entrepreneurship – You have to look at it from a holistic point of view. At some point in the life of a startup you’re going to have to have someone, or you yourself are going to have to assume a role that requires business knowledge. There’s just too many business decisions that need to be made that it’s just too important to leave this role vacant. If you’re talking tech entrepreneurship, a technical entrepreneur who has business knowledge will be more successful. While you don’t need to get an MBA, there are other ways to do it, but I chose to get it because of all the added benefits of an MBA program.