As part of our Countdown to Commencement series, we interviewed a few soon-to-be graduates from our undergraduate and MBA programs to learn about their backgrounds, why they chose Scheller College, and what they plan to do after Fall 2018 Commencement.
Meet Jacquelyn Renée Schneider:
Jacquelyn an Atlanta native completing her Evening MBA degree with a concentration in Finance. The ambitious soon-to-be “Double Jacket” will be receiving her third master’s degree and will be continuing in a consulting job at Jones Lang LaSalle after graduation. Her best piece advice to an applicant hoping to get into Scheller College: “Fully immerse yourself in the culture and take advantage of all the resources at your fingertips.”
Why did you choose Scheller College of Business?
Georgia Tech is the proving ground to harness discipline, perseverance, and persistence.
Having graduated from Tech in 2006, I know first-hand how Georgia Tech opened opportunities for me I could not have imagined in this lifetime. It is the humble pride and commitment to excellence within the faculty, staff, and students that continues to make Georgia Tech a truly special place. In the time spent at other universities, and in my career, the value of my Georgia Tech education continued to increase in value. While my career in academia and consulting has taken me all over the country, Georgia Tech has always been home. When it came time to applying for my MBA, I only submitted one application and it was to Scheller.
What was your favorite course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?
I gained the most from Sudheer Chava’s Quantitative Finance class focusing on financial institutions. I thoroughly appreciated the intellectual rigor surrounding markets, trading, and algorithms. Taking the course was a real turning point during my time at Scheller. I employed the information while managing my own stock portfolio and skipped a career on Wall Street in favor for continuing my career in consulting.
As a business student in the heart of Tech Square, how do you think Scheller College embodies the intersection of business and technology?
Scheller College of Business is fully enmeshed in Tech Square’s innovative culture. Local start-ups and incubators at Fortune 500 companies have a major presence at Scheller throughout the classes, practicums, and recruitment initiatives. Faculty conduct research on the leading edge of their respective fields and are well-connected to the local business landscape as well.
Fully immerse yourself in the culture and take advantage of all the resources at your fingertips. Scheller College of Business is a rare academic ecosystem where everyone is on board to help you be your absolute best.
Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college?
Even with two graduate degrees and a decade of experience, I wanted to have a greater impact in my career, so I strived for better advancement. While contemplating returning to school for another advanced degree, I stumbled upon an article written by Santiago Iñiguez titled "Planning the Second Half of your Professional Life." In the article, he boldly stated that the person who will live to be 150 years old has already been born. Harnessing that perspective with the long view made the MBA within reason and I applied for the program.
How did the extracurricular offerings at Scheller College help you during your time here?
At Georgia Tech, the motto is "Progress and Service" and I wholeheartedly believe you grow through what you give. During my tenure in the MBA program, I knew early on that I wanted to campaign for the GEMS President’s seat. In Spring 2017, I was elected by my peers to serve in that capacity. I served over 400 Evening MBA students by providing exceptional programming for career development and led a five-member executive board. I actively engaged Scheller College of Business faculty, leadership, and staff on behalf of the student body. I learned how to embody 24/7 authentic leadership principles and am humbled when peers refer to me as a role model. Due to my contributions, I was awarded the Dean’s Award for Evening MBA Student Excellence 2018 and 'Most Valuable MBA Student Leader 2017' by Rice University.
What activities were you involved with on or off campus and did your business education impact those activities in any way?
I am a LEAD Atlanta alum, Class of 2017. It was rare to have the MBA and LEAD experience in tandem and I benefited from the two experiences in immeasurable ways.
Did you end up working or interning for one of your top choice companies?
Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) was always at the top of my list throughout my time in the MBA program. I worked tirelessly to network and evaluate different ways to plug into the firm. I am so grateful after the investment to start the journey at my dream company and my tenacity for JLL continues to grow each day.
Did you utilize any of Scheller College’s diversity initiatives? How did they help you during your time at the College?
In 2017, I served as a councilmember for the Scheller College of Business Diversity and Inclusion Council (SCOB-DI), representing the Evening MBA students. The SCOB-DI seeks to foster values to help all feel a part of the Scheller community. I felt especially motivated to serve in this capacity seeking the opportunity to engage on hard-hitting topics and open the hearts of many by engendering compassion in order to explore our own path handling very sensitive issues.
Did you travel abroad during your time at Scheller? What were some of your key takeaways from the experience?
Earlier in 2018, I participated in the Japan Practicum consulting for a prototype machining company based in Kyoto. Throughout the engagement, our team learned about conducting business on a global scale and within a country with deep cultural reverence. The experience in the country was transformational, witnessing first-hand the order, ritual, and process in daily life.
Mentoring Georgia Tech students through the Mentor Jackets program; managing my stock portfolio; and horseback riding.
“If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be…"
If I hadn’t gone to business school, I wouldn’t have the tools to explore the full potential in my life and career.
What are the top two items on your bucket list?
To perform at the executive level for a Fortune 500 company and to take fencing lessons.