The final application deadline for the Professional and Executive MBA programs has been extended to June 27. GMAT waivers available.

Alumni Stories

Meet Jennifer Ortegon, MBA '12

What was your pre-MBA career?

I was a high school Spanish teacher at Lamar High School in Houston ISD. 

What is your post-MBA career?

I lead Medallia's Healthcare Sales team. We are SaaS company and help organizations deliver amazing customer, patient and employee experiences. 

Why did you want to pursue your MBA?

There were many aspects of teaching that I liked; however, I wanted more options, flexibility and economic security in my career. I initially applied to the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP); however, I ended up deciding to attend the full-time program and leave education. 

Why did you choose Rice Business?

I attended Women's Preview Weekend and was totally sold! I was so impressed by the students, faculty and staff I met. 

How has Rice helped your career to date?

Rice made me feel like I could be anything I wanted to be and empowered me to take my career in any direction I wanted. 

What does it mean to you to be a woman in business?

The women from my Rice cohort have been invaluable to lean on since we graduated 10 years ago. I love how supportive everyone is in our careers, family and other aspects of life. 

What advice would you give to prospective and current MBA students?

Look at the jobs that students got in the prospective program you are looking at. If they seem like jobs you would like, it's probably a good fit for you. And take ALL of the international trips you can! 

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