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Rachael Weiker


MBA '13

Heller MBA re-launches careers for students passionate about change

Rachael Weiker credits faculty attention for student success

Rachel Weiker says the MBA students at Heller are committed to addressing some very serious issues in the world. "My fellow classmates do a good job of keeping the big picture in mind," says Weiker. "I feel like I am coming from a much more balanced place to re-launch my career after this experience."

Raised in Wisconsin, Weiker came to the Heller School’s MBA program after five years of real world experience. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Weiker worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City in Boston. She was also a volunteer strategic consultant and grant writer for STEP Education, which provides professional development experiences for high school students, and a board member for Main Street Partners, a consulting firm that provides pro bono services for small businesses. To make ends meet now, as a graduate student, Weiker works as a personal trainer at the Brandeis University gym. 

Weiker envisioned attending a graduate school on the east coast that connected real world experiential learning with rigorous academic coursework. Like most Heller MBA students, Weiker was grounded in work experience.

Weiker says during her time at the Heller MBA Program she has received more personal attention than she had expected.

"Heller’s faculty and staff are investing in my success," says Weiker.

After graduation she hopes to take her new skills to a city or region where she can concentrate on economic development policy.

When asked what was the most surprising thing she has learned in her first year, Weiker says she took on more leadership roles than she thought she would have been capable of and now understands just how much an individual can master in a short time.

"Just last year my introduction to the MBA program was watching the class of 2011 present their Team Consulting Projects (TCP)," says Weiker. "As I start my own TCP, I feel well prepared to take on this challenge."

The program is academically challenging, but Weiker says that people looking at the Heller MBA should not be scared.

"The faculty explain difficult concepts, like accounting, to people with a variety of learning styles," says Weiker. "Professor Brenda Anderson, for example, is not only a fantastic teacher, she is also committed to her students and leads by example, encouraging us to keep a healthy balance of work, play and chocolate."

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