Ashley John

Full-Time MBA, Class of 2020

Hometown: Missouri City
Home State: TX
Home Country: US
Previous Institution & Degree: Stanford University, BA in Urban Studies

Pre-MBA Industry: Education/Non-profit          
Pre-MBA Company: Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston
Pre-MBA Title: Alumni Coordinator
Desired Post-MBA Industry: Tech
Desired Post-MBA Function: Marketing

Summer Internship Company: Dell EMC
Summer Internship Title: Commercial Marketing Intern

Degree Concentration: Marketing, Strategic Management        
Student Organization Membership:

  • Black Business Student Association¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Entrepreneurship Association (Liaison)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Net Impact¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Rice Business Women's Organization/Men as Allies¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Rice Marketing Association¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Technology Association¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Wine Club

What about the Rice MBA program has surprised you the most?
What surprised me about my classmates is how much everyone cares about making the program even better. There is such a commitment to continuous improvement and broadcasting what we have to offer to a wider audience.

What has been your favorite moment of your Rice MBA experience so far?
My favorite moment of my Rice MBA experience was International Partio. It might just be my favorite day of the school year. I love seeing my classmates show their national pride and share their culture with everyone. That's what the program is all about for me.

What is your favorite thing about and/or favorite spot in Houston?
My favorite thing about Houston is our diversity. There are so many races, nationalities and ages in Houston, and you see it almost anywhere you go. My favorite spots are Axelrad and Tout Suite, where you can see this in action.

In a sentence, what is the one piece of advice you have for prospective students?
Have personal goals for why you're here (outside of classwork and recruiting), and before you say "yes" or "no" to an event or opportunity, ask yourself whether it helps you achieve your personal goals for these two years.