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Brendan Bergen
(MBA 2018)

Program Manager
Vanguard
icantthinkofaname@gmail.com
Malvern, Pennsylvania

 The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

Piano, with Ben Folds’ levels of improvisation, just like my answers to most of Fallaw’s questions.

Favorite room in my home:

Utility room. It’s where hot water, WiFi, and heat come from. It’s also my least favorite when things break.

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Road trips to Pittsburgh with other part-time students!

My art collection would include:

Volvo 240 wagon.

The architectural wonder that I love to study:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.

Wardrobe standout:

Warby Parker Watts glasses. I wouldn’t leave home without them.

The most recent advice I gave:

Focus on accomplishing a small number of important things exceptionally well rather than many things in a mediocre way.

My business icon is:

John Bogle, a disruptor before the term was coined.

Must-have app:

Waze.

The most recent conference I attended:

Oracle OpenWorld, to support a member of my team as she gives a talk on a recent system implementation we completed.

The last book that impressed me:

The Second Machine Age” by Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.


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Grant Small
(MBA 2018)

Consultant, Supply Chain Technology
Nike
grant.small@nike.com
Portland, Oregon

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

In some alternate life, I’m lead-singing (screaming) for a metal band.

Favorite room in my home:

Garage! We converted it to our gym.

The view that inspires me:

Watching our foster daughter laugh freely.

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Late night Management Game meetings, over-obsessing every variable.

My art collection would include:

Mostly abstract work.

Wardrobe standout:

Plain T-shirts and jeans every day.

The most recent advice I received:

“Just chill out for the summer.”

The most recent advice I gave:

Don’t necessarily take the job you’re “supposed” to if it isn’t something that you’re going to wake up and be excited to do.

My business icon:

Phil Knight.

The business trip that never gets old:

They all get old!

The last book that impressed me:

Braving the Wilderness” — Brene Brown.

Leadership defined as:

Humbly knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Empowering those around you to make the best decisions they can with information freely available.

WHAT’s in your briefcase? 

A protein bar. I always accidentally skip lunch!


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Samantha Speer
(MBA 2014)

Vice President, Global Institutional Client Group
Wells Fargo Securities
samantha.e.speer@gmail.com
New York City

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

Piano for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

The view that inspires me:

The underwater world I see while I’m scuba diving ... it’s really like “Finding Nemo” down there!

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Participating in the various contests and activities during the Friday afternoon B**rs.

Dining gem:

The Washington Inn in Cape May, New Jersey — great food, great service, and great family memories.

My art collection would include:

Chihuly installations! They’re such showstoppers and the vivid colors instantly brighten the surroundings.

WARDROBE STANDOUT:

Probably my coat and jacket collection — in New York City I spend so much time walking around outside in the cold and it’s the first thing people see.

My business icon is:

Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice.

Must-have app:

Google Maps — essential for when I adventure through new (to me) neighborhoods in the city.

The most recent conference I attended:

CAIP East.

The last book that impressed me:

Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty — I read it before I saw the TV show!

Leadership defined as:

Having the confidence and integrity to make decisions and stay accountable to them.

What's in your briefcase?

Wallet, pens, business cards, pair of sunglasses, Ursa Major face wipes, ChapStick, and a Thermos of unsweetened, black iced tea (or sparkling water, depending on the day).


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Dan Wolff
(MBA 2011)

Consultant
dwolff@tepper.cmu.edu
Chicago, Illinois

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

Guitar.

Favorite room in my home:

My study — it’s quiet and has a lot of natural light.

The view that inspires me:

The view of the Manhattan skyline from New York Harbor.

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Spring break trek to South America.

Dining gem:

Alinea in Chicago.

My art collection would include:

“Starry Night” by Van Gogh.

The architectural wonder that I love to study:

The Golden Gate Bridge.

Wardrobe standout:

Spanish sombrero.

The most recent advice I received:

Sometimes it’s better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.

The most recent advice I gave:

Google it.

My business icon is:

Richard Branson because he has fun and doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Must-have app:

Uber.

The business trip that never gets old:

Toronto — it’s an underrated city.

The last deal I closed:

I am consulting to a health and environmental waste solutions company in Chicago.

The most recent conference I attended:

Dreamforce 2018 — my client uses Salesforce.

The last book that impressed me:

Zero to One” by Peter Thiel.

Leadership defined as:

Motivating others to do their best.

What’s in your briefcase?

An airplane bottle of scotch — never know when a high-pressure situation will arise.