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Riz Jao

Why did you decide to do an MBA?

I am a firm believer in consilience, i.e. the interconnection of knowledge across disciplines, so I always knew I wanted to attend business school to round out the finance and analytical skills I've learned from 5 years of M&A experience.

What is the most significant thing you've learned at Ivey?

Two things have really stood out for me: 1) the importance of diversity of thinking and 2) the courage of sharing. Ivey's case method naturally brings these two things together during classes and I have frequently found myself thinking "oh, that's a good point!" as I learned from my fellow 2023s.

What's been the most surprising aspect of the Ivey MBA journey to date?

The sheer rigour of Core. I have a business background and I worked in finance but I still found Core to be a test of mental endurance. Hang in there, you will get through it.

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