Andrew EggumAfter almost two years of studying, interviewing and building a terrific network of recruiters and great friends in Madison at the Center for Brand and Product Management at the Wisconsin School of business, I will soon start my post-MBA career at Ecolab as an Assistant Marketing Manager. I am extremely grateful to be returning to my hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota, where Ecolab global headquarters resides, as well as to several elements of the program that made chasing my professional dreams possible.

 

The first group that helped me from the very first day I set foot on Wisconsin’s campus was the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. Even before classes began in September of my first year, Consortium had provided me with the opportunity to practice interviewing, recruit with several large companies at the Consortium Orientation Program in Atlanta, Georgia over the summer and meet other business badgers of color who would eventually be some of my best friends during my Wisconsin experience. Being able to recruit in an early window afforded me the luxury of starting class with my internship offer in hand, which allowed me to focus on networking, coursework and taking on leadership positions in student orgs of interest such as Diversity in Business.

 

Andrew Eggum to Ecolab

 

The next impactful network I was grateful to be a part of was the alumni board of the Center for Brand and Product management. Once per semester, high-level marketers and managers from some of the largest companies around the country with ties to Madison would gather and share their knowledge with the Center for Brand & Product Management students. These were incredible opportunities to learn from the collective experience of some great minds in the marketing world. The advice and graceful encouragement from each alumni board member that I’ve spoken with has been one of the most impactful elements of my time in this program.

 

Finally, the full-time MBA program’s recruiting team has helped me tremendously in achieving my professional goals. Coming from a marketing background in consumer analytics, I knew I wanted to broaden my marketing skillset with my MBA experience. The recruiting team in Madison understood that this was what I wanted and made sure to guide me towards an internship (also at Ecolab) that could show me what it was like to work in a new industry. I truly felt listened to throughout the process which made an otherwise anxious experience much more comfortable.

 

The combination of amazing and challenging new experiences at Ecolab, coupled with the familiarity of being back home near my and my wife’s family is nothing more than a dream come true, both professionally and personally. I’m eager to return home to get started, but the Consortium and the MBA program at the Wisconsin School of Business will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m looking forward to giving back to the communities that gave so much to me over the past two years.

 

Where the Graduating Class of 2019 is Going:

 

Melisa Abney: Procter & Gamble

Lindsay Berger: S.C. Johnson

Mark Brown: Kellogg Company

Sean Cabaniss: Donone North America

Andrew Eggum: Ecolab

Will Fluharty: S.C. Johnson

Aggie Howland: Intuit

Ross Jacobson: Procter & Gamble

Jeff Koch: Schwan’s Company

Amanda Lee: Medline Industries

Brad Lewis: Facebook

Adam Lifka: General Mills

Patrick Lueck: Intuit

Will Rosenheimer: General Mills

Anas Sami: Kellogg Company

Sarah Sedlachek: S.C. Johnson

Patrick Stahl: Fiat-Chrysler

Emily Swenson: The H&M Group

Josh Torres: S.C. Johnson

Taha Tyebjee: Edward Jones

Donovan Walker: Hollister

Jean Wang: Amazon

Alex Webb: Procter & Gamble

 

Where the Class of 2020 Will Spend Their Internships:

 

Joseph Engstrum: American Family Insurance

Bailey Hackbarth: Procter & Gamble

Gautam Kumar: Land’s End

Michael LeNeveu: Procter & Gamble

Michael Lynch: Kimberly-Clark Company

Alex Neufeld: Hershey Company

Hannah O’Brien: S.C. Johnson

Carly O’Meara: S.C. Johnson

Neha Patil: Royal Caribbean

Sonia Petty: Donone North America

Chad Reinhardt: Procter & Gamble

Michael Rennerfeldt: Procter & Gamble

Vicky Schetelich: Intuit

Lynsey Sczechowicz: Boston Scientific

Megan Stock: Amazon

Kaitlyn Wilchynski: Intuit