Student Ambassadors

Meet some of our student ambassadors. If you would like to speak with an ambassador, please send us an email and we'll be happy to connect you. 

Ben Hebbe

Full-Time MBA Student 

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

Strategic Marketing has been my favorite class thus far, because it is an interactive and engaging experience. During the semester, the class conducts an online simulation where teams are positioning and marketing new products. There is a friendly competition between teams to see who can gain the highest stock price for the company. I learned and applied real strategies that I can transfer to a full-time marketing position.

Is there anything specific you would like to share with prospective students?

USD has provided an incredible experience for me. My best piece of advice to prospective students is to get involved on campus and attend as many events as possible. During my first year in the program, I have traveled to Ensenada, San Francisco, Portland, and Shanghai with USD. Be sure to get to know your classmates.


Hengli Li

Full-Time MBA Student

About me

I am passionate, goal-oriented and outgoing. My goal for the program is to gain to a diverse and international perspective. In order to achieve this goal in the program I have made friends from all over the world, and plan to travel to as many places as I can through what USD has to offer.

Will you tell us about a consulting project you have done through your MBA program at USD?

I completed a consulting project in January 2018 for a Brazilian apparel company. During the 10 day project, I acted as a consultant analyzing the company's sales data from past sales seasons in order to help them optimize operational process in the future. It was a great experience that allowed me to work with four Brazilian team members, and get to dive in their culture. The project also offered me the opportunity to relate what I learned in the classroom to the practical implementation of the project.


Jiayi (Vivian) Wu

Full-Time MBA Student

About Me

I am currently a second year full-time MBA student with an engineering background, and an interest in finance. Before joining USD I worked in supply chain, healthcare (GE) and IT infrastructure (IBM) for five years. The first year of the program is very intense, so I hope my second year will allow me to dedicate more time to community service programs, yoga, traveling, and learning how to ski and golf.

How did you hear about your program, and why did you choose to come USD?

I learned about USD’s MBA program through Chasedream (a popular Chinese platform) while I was preparing for the GMAT. What attracted me to USD was its location on the coast of California, the small cohort setting, and the very supportive faculty and staff. Scholarship was also an important factor too, and the beauty of the campus made the decision easier.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

Financial Analysis. I have a Bachelor’s in Engineering so this was my first formal “interaction” with finance. Dr. Svetina is very energetic and good at teaching which makes those 3 hours in the morning fly by.


Margo Woodring

Professional MBA Student

About Me

I'm originally from Pennsylvania. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Supply Chain and Public Relations from Syracuse University in 2014. I began my career with BASF, in a Professional Development Program, where I completed 4 rotations 6 months each in various divisions (Customer Care, Performance Materials, Enzymes and Automotive Refinish) & geographical regions (New Jersey, Detroit, San Diego, Los Angeles). In my free time, I enjoy yoga, skiing, playing with my Australian shepherd, and planning a wedding.

Will you tell us about a consulting project you have done through your MBA program at USD?

I loved the opportunity to consult for Nike in Shanghai in January 2018. My team and I worked on a Supply Chain project related to RFID technology. The USD School of Business paired up with the Amsterdam School of Business to give us a global perspective while traveling and working with students from varying countries from Brazil to Africa to India to Netherlands and beyond.

Which class has impacted you the most?

I'm enjoying the Sustainability class I am currently enrolled in. I just presented to my classmates on the Pacific Garbage Patch (which is twice the size of Texas) between California and Hawaii. My teammate and I discussed how a company could repurpose plastic from our oceans and use the plastic for different industries taking into consideration a variety of key success factors. Check out the Adidas and Parley collaboration if you are interested in an example of how companies are working to keep plastic out of our oceans and transform them into high-performance sportswear.


Pete Cosentino

Full-Time MBA Student

About Me

I am 29 and I've been working for the past 5 years in retail, sales, inventory management, and customer service. I worked as a GNC franchise store manager/operator in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I enjoy spending time at the beach, playing golf, hiking, and eating great food. I like to travel as much as I possibly can.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

Financial Accounting has impacted me the most. This was a class that I had no prior background in, and seemed intimidating at first. I worked hard and learned a lot. I was very satisfied with my performance in the class.

Is there anything specific you would like to share with prospective students?

Make the investment in yourself. This education is valuable in so many different ways. You will make new friends, grow as a person, and gain confidence. I am very happy with the MBA program at USD, and I believe you will be too.