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MBA 2011: Program Manager, Salesforce.com
Quyen Le would be the first to tell you that she’s an ambitious over-achiever who plans to finish her MBA at the age when most people start theirs, and while holding down a full-time job at Salesforce.com.
“We’re considered the next Google or Apple, but in the CRM (customer relationship management) space,” she said. “We’re also getting into enterprise social networking with our Chatter product.”
Le joined Salesforce.com shortly after completing her bachelor’s degree in commerce at SCU in 2007, starting as an associate consultant and working her way up to consultant, program manager and, most recently, a new position as technical sales productivity manager.
“I use what I learn in school every day at work,” she says. “We’re thrown into group projects with every single class and have to learn how to work with people. “
Le, 25, decided to return to school after only three years for a couple of reasons.
“Having an MBA helps validate my abilities to others,” she said. “SCU also taught me to think of both my short-term and long-term paths. Graduate school is helping me as I move toward my goals at Salesforce.com, but someday, I also want to have my own company.”
Choosing Santa Clara for her MBA, which she expects to complete in 2012, was a no-brainer.
“I never even thought about going anywhere else,” Le recalled, adding that she selected Santa Clara for her undergraduate work sight unseen. “I knew business was the path for me and SCU has an amazing reputation.”
She is a huge advocate of the opportunities to network at the school, where she is INC (Inter-Network Council) vice chair managing 11 other MBA student networks. She was chair of the University Management Association, vice president of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and a member of the SCU Retail Management Institute as an undergraduate.
“Networking helps you know what other opportunities are out there – not just in business but for hobbies, ideas, study buddies, what have you,” she said. “I enjoy planning and providing activities to help get students out of their shells and the networks are where to do that.”