Leading and Collaborating in the Real World
Amanda Iglesias '09, M'10 / Miami, Florida
“I apply the lessons I learned at Babson every day, and it has helped me to take control of my career.”
“I chose to come to Babson because while I knew it would be challenging, I also knew I would be well supported. I came from a small high school in Miami and when I visited I really liked the Babson community. The Office of Academic Services made me confident that whatever path I chose, Babson would be behind me all the way.
“Without question, the Babson faculty was one of the best aspects of both my undergraduate and graduate studies. They challenged me both in and out of the classroom, pushing me to produce solid work. And, they could do that because they regularly brought their real-world experience into our discussions. They put the lessons in context and made the material we were studying incredibly engaging.
“Prior to and during my senior year, I worked for a wealth management group doing financial analysis and business development. Then, in one of my graduate courses, the CEO of HubSpot was the guest lecturer. I became very excited about the concept of software as a service, and joined HubSpot shortly after graduation as a technical support associate. Five months later, I was asked to join the consulting team as an inbound marketing consultant and a year after that I joined the marketing team as a product marketing manager.
“I actually credit my Philosophy professor, Brian Seitz, with helping me to advance so quickly. He taught me the importance of questioning everything. Why do things this way? How can we do things better? I apply the lessons I learned at Babson every day, and it has helped me to take control of my career.
“At the same time, Babson taught me the importance of collaboration. In the real world, your measure of success isn’t your individual grade, it’s driving the overall success of something larger than that, which requires working well with others. Everyone is working toward the same goal. So, when you share information and learn from each other, you reach that goal much faster. Babson made me both a leader and a team player.”