LJUBLJANA MBA Annual Awards: Marie Kress – Best Alumni 2019/2020

08 Jan

As an individual and professional, how do you operate today, after your MBA degree? What is different?

I find myself recalling various techniques, insights and findings from our MBA lessons in different situations I find myself in both professionally and personally. As I have had the opportunity to work with my talented peers from different industries, I have learned many different perspectives on how to overcome challenges, many of which differed from my views and experiences. Overall, I would say that the MBA program provided me with many new perspectives both through the lectures and the interaction with my colleagues, which helped me develop new skills to analyze upcoming problems, develop ideas and solutions, make decisions, and implement sustainable changes.

What is your best MBA memory?

It’s hard to pick just one memory because the entire MBA journey was full of great moments and memories. This goes for the fun and laughter we had during the lectures as well as during our frequent meetings after class. I especially appreciate that many of my classmates have become lifelong close friends over the years, whose friendship, opinions, and insights I value greatly. I particularly remember a profound conversation about life and future plans with some of my classmates, during which we came up with the idea that it would be great for me to move to the United States. It is a particularly fond memory for me as I look back on that moment a little over a year later while sitting on the balcony in my new home in Miami. I sincerely believe that the MBA program and the support, encouragement, and great friendship of my fellow MBA students played a huge role in preparing me for this new chapter and adventure in my life.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” B.K.S. Iyengar

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