Commitment Meets Opportunity
Brad Wise, MBA ’17, plans to ‘pay forward’ the help he received from ND alumni
Brad Wise arrived at ND’s Mendoza College of Business with a background in economics and operations, a prior role in internal consulting for a large bank and a desire to deepen his financial analysis expertise.
He leaves with a record of student leadership, an alumni network that has been even stronger than he expected, and a desired role at the consulting firm of EY. Wise will work in Transaction Advisory Services, advising companies on operational and tactical integration following mergers and acquisitions while furthering his exposure to a broad range of business areas.
“It gives me a chance to look at an umbrella of different opportunities, including consulting, private equity, strategy consulting and corporate development,” Wise says. “I like that it has several options, because I’m still trying to figure out what my long game is. This is a good place to start.”
Wise not only benefitted from the MBA program, but the program also benefitted from his commitment and service: He served as president of the Notre Dame MBA Consulting Club, helping strengthen its case-interviewing requirements and developing a resume book for recruiters to review. He also co-founded Mendoza Professional Services, a pro bono, student-run consulting service.
“One of the things I look at with each step I’ve made--whether it’s an institution or a workplace--is to leave the place a little bit better than I found it by doing more than what’s asked,” he says.
His commitment to the Mendoza motto ‘Ask More of Business, Ask More of Yourself’ was well rewarded. Throughout his job search, Notre Dame graduates helped Wise network with his target employer, EY, where he ultimately landed a much-coveted position as Senior Consultant. Wise plans to return the favor to fellow alumni going forward.
“I have a large network with a lot of pride from my undergraduate institution, but there’s something special at Mendoza; they’re so engaged as alumni, willing to go far out of their way to help each other,” he says. “That’s the everlasting thing you take away when you’re a student here.”