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Amara Aigbedion

Amara Aigbedion
MBA 13

Internship:
Apple
Cupertino, California

Previous degree:
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston

Job prior to Haas:
Project Engineer
BP, Houston, Texas

Amara Aigbedion's ultimate goal is to launch her own business, but first, she has to "learn it all, from finance and marketing to operations and ethics." One of her first stops was the Lester Center for Enterpreneurship. There, she found a mentor and the practical support needed to nurture her dream.

"There is no such thing as a stupid idea here. No one ridicules anyone else; instead, they encourage you to explore. Knowing your classmates have your back encourages risk-taking."

"I started using the Haas Alumni Network before classes even started. I reached out to an alum who works at Microsoft to learn more about the company. When my interest shifted to Apple, a staff member in the Alumni Relations Office connected me with someone there. It is great to meet alums who are so eager to help students."

"Professor Kellie McElhaney impressed me without even setting foot in her classroom. She opened her home for an event co-sponsored by Women in Leadership and other student diversity leaders. It was powerful to hear her talk about the challenges she and other women face in the corporate world."

"To me going Beyond Yourself means getting out of your comfort zone. For example, on a recent team project, I took on the communications role—something I don’t usually do. It was a great experience. I realize that I can’t make change if I am only willing to do the same old things."

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