We thought that many of you battling through the business school application process might benefit from some thoughts and insights from others who went through the experience. To that end, we started On the Record: Q&A with BC Alums. Last time around we spoke with Lauren Sickles, and before that we got insights from Gabe Perez, Rhomaro Powell and Radina Russell. This time, we’ve asked Denitresse Burns to provide her take on some interesting business school questions.
Denitresse is a 2009 graduate of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Currently, she’s a part of John Deere’s Strategic Management Program (a leadership rotational program). Her rotations have included:
1. Economics: As a Project Manager, she supported the Chief Economist, looking at global economic and policy trends to understand their impact to their business and customers.
2. Social Media: As John Deere’s first Social Media Manager, she launched the social media program at John Deere from the ground up, growing the base to over 500k and designing and implementing the internal processes to support the channels.
3. Strategic Planning: As Strategic Ambition Coordinator, she manages the strategic planning efforts for one of the largest global platforms in John Deere’s agricultural division.
Why did you go to business school?
I decided to go to business school for a number of reasons. Some rational… some, well, not so much. In undergrad, when I finally declared a major in International Finance, I knew I would also pursue my MBA (someday). In my mind, the two simply went hand in hand. When a mentor left my firm to attend Stern, I was reminded of item #8 on my “Deni Do List.” Three years later I found myself doing well in my career but completely uninterested and as a result, uninspired. At that point, I knew I was ready for a complete career change and that a MBA would give me the latitude to make that transition.