Lillie Besozzi

MBA for Professionals Class of 2016 – Evening

Hometown (City and State): Baton Rouge, LA

Undergraduate School and Major (Include Graduate School if Relevant): United States Military Academy at West Point; Engineering Psychology/Systems Engineering 

Employer and Job Titles:
Rice University, The Doerr Institute for New Leaders, Assistant to the Executive Director
MD Anderson, The Center for Reconstructive Surgery, Clinical Business Manager
Nalco, Sales Engineer/District Representative
Picerne Military Housing, Resident Services Specialist
US Army, Medical Service Corps Officer

1.      What led you to pursue an MBA? I was the only Clinical Business Manager at MD Anderson who did not have an MBA. I wanted to make sure my clinic and team were not disadvantaged by my lack of business acumen. I thought an advanced degree would help with professional advancement at some point in the distant future.         

2.      Why did you choose Rice for your professional MBA? I wanted to learn from my classmates and have the campus experience. Rice’s reputation, strong alumni network, and designation as a Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program made the Jones School a clear choice for me.

3.      What has been a highlight of the program? My fellow classmates and the second year electives.  I might not always remember the details of financial statement analysis (sorry, Professor Lansford!), but I’m confident my classmates and I will remain close and continue to learn from each other over the years. Almost all of the first-year classes were brand new concepts for me, so it felt like a grind at times. Now that I have the foundation, I’m having a lot more fun in the second year. The courses are rich, challenging and comprehensive.   

4.      What has surprised you about the journey so far? I expected an MBA to open new doors, but I could never have expected to land my dream job while I was still in the program. Thanks, Career Management Center! Thanks, Rice!  I feel like I finally found my habitat.      

5.      What advice do you have for prospective students? Talk to a current student or recent graduate. We might be biased, but we are self-aware and honest. My classmates and I always share the good, the bad, the ugly and the unexpected with prospective students.