First-Person

Eric Ortman

Eric Ortman
MBA 09

Manager, Litigation Support
Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics
San Francisco, California

When his wife Sarah went into labor three hours before his Operations final exam, Eric Ortman learned firsthand how hard Haas strives to accommodate the extracurricular needs of EWMBA students. "I got on the phone with my professors and put 'Plan B' into action," he says. "They all said 'just let us know when you can get back to school', and we worked out a new exam schedule."

"Three of the five of us in my Entrepreneurship class study group were parents. We scheduled meetings and phone calls after the kids were in bed. We all felt accountable to the team and worked hard not to let each other down. My classmates were honest and hard-working, good people, and were very generous with their time, their knowledge and their creativity."

"The Haas staff members were cheerleaders, always urging us on when we thought we had hit a wall. They offered such terrific support to EWMBA students."

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