MBA@UNC Graduate: Carlo Pedrazzini
When Carlo Pedrazzini started researching MBA programs, he left no stone unturned.
“I did a lot of research,” he says. “If I was going to invest the time, I wanted to make the most of it.”
Having worked for Lockheed Martin since earning an undergraduate degree in finance management, Pedrazzini’s participation in the company’s leadership development program helped pique his interest and inspired him to pursue his MBA.
“The leadership development program pushed me out of my comfort zone and opened my eyes to a number of new learning opportunities,” he says. “I wanted a rigorous [MBA] program from a top university that was supported by my employer and offered me the flexibility to continue working,” he says.
After exploring his options, MBA@UNC was the clear choice.
“There was a family feel to the program that really made it stand out.”
“Looking back, it proved to be true. We’re very supportive of each other. We all want to see people move forward. There’s a great networking aspect to it and a truly genuine nature.”
Pedrazzini also valued the opportunity to gain both “hard” and “soft” skills throughout the coursework and immersions. He got exposure to the concrete facts and foundations of business, as well as opportunities to establish and grow business relationships and connections.
“Coming into the program I had really high expectations,” says Pedrazzini. “MBA@UNC met and exceeded every one of them.”
“The program has certainly helped me in terms of career development. It also helped me to prepare to transition from being an individual contributor at my company to a leadership role."
When asked what advice he would give to someone just starting the MBA@UNC program, he says, “Congratulations! Just think how lucky you are to attend one of the top 20 business schools in the country – from anywhere in the world. It’s a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it. So smell the roses and enjoy the opportunity!”