It’s amazing how supportive the whole program is, especially the admissions team and faculty in the MBA office, receiving that support, motivation, and help is impactful. Team skills are huge. Being able to work with people across different levels in an organization is important for success and something I’ve been complimented on coming out of Broad.
Six years out from the MBA program, Shilpa Shastri continues to find Broad’s reputation in supply chain management preceding her and providing further career opportunities. Although her journey from the IT industry to management consulting—one of the most coveted and competitive industries in business—required serious determination, once she had a foot in the door there was no turning back. Following her career in management consulting, she went on to work for an exciting firm in silicon valley.
As Manager of Strategic Sourcing and Global Supply Chain at Adobe, Shilpa acts as an advisor to numerous stakeholders within the company. In her past role, she helps corporations achieve success by improving their profitability, supply chains, and finance organizations.
Shilpa’s career placement success is owed in part to Broad’s career services team, who guided her through her quest for an internship in management consulting. When she followed their advice to participate in career-related trips to New York and Chicago, Shilpa made her own contacts and saw for herself that networking is the biggest asset she could have. Ever since landing an internship with Ernst & Young, an experience that enabled her to advance in the industry at Capgemini post-graduation, Shilpa has been committed to helping students break into the field.
Broad’s relationship-driven community and inspirational faculty provided Shilpa with the skills and encouragement needed to thrive in her challenging role. She divulges, “Case studies in the classroom, I can’t explain how valuable those experiences were. We also had professors who were so interested in the knowledge they were imparting that… just learning what they had to share was enough to make me want a career in that area.”
“It’s amazing how supportive the whole program is, especially the admissions team and faculty in the MBA office,” Shilpa continues. “Receiving that support, motivation, and help is impactful.”
On the job, Shilpa was exposed to a wide array of industries so she must be extremely adaptable and a fast learner. She believes, “Every aspect of the Broad program—case studies, teamwork, student organizations, the emphasis on networking—helped me.”
Serving as treasurer of the MBA Finance Association benefitted Shilpa because she practiced leadership skills while gaining knowledge about the industry and career options. She notes, “In any industry, your knowledge of finance and accounting is key even if you’re a marketing or supply chain person.”
Broad’s emphasis on teams prepared Shilpa for the business world’s identical focus. She explains, “Team skills are huge. Being able to work with people across different levels in an organization is important for success and something I’ve been complimented on coming out of [Broad].”
Shilpa has always wanted to enter the Tech industry following her days in Management Consulting and is confident that her Broad MBA not only equipped her for a career in management consulting, but also opened the door to other possibilities. A few months ago, she affirmed, “Even though I’m in management consulting right now, it doesn’t restrict my future opportunities to one industry only. It provides me with opportunities to switch or jump into any industry and grow into a leadership role.”