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Bassett, Brandy

Brandy Bassett

MBA '17 (expected)
2015-2016 Advisory Board Merit Scholar

Brandy is a student in our evening MBA program, expecting to graduate in 2017. Hoping to expand and develop his skill set while connecting to a new network, Brandy chose Santa Clara for his MBA because of its connections in Silicon Valley and its focus on social and ethical aspects of business. He is one of two recipients of this year’s Advisory Board Merit Scholarship, awarded to incoming students with exceptional academic backgrounds. We spoke with him about his experience in business and his time at the Leavey School of Business.

What do you think of your experience with the Leavey School of Business so far?
So far, my experience has been excellent. Classmates have been diverse and supportive, and the teachers have been incredibly informative.

What do you hope the Leavey School of Business will do for you?
I hope Leavey can teach me some of the hard skills I am missing to round out what I have learned through experience. Adding these skills to a network of like-minded individuals will hopefully propel me further along my career path.

When was the first time you became interested in business/the industry you’re in?
I have always been interested in the Healthcare industry because I grew up with parents who both worked in the industry. In college, after learning more about what an MD’s day actually looked like, I decided to pursue an administrative path in healthcare.

What business person, living or dead, do you admire most and why?
I admire Marc Benioff. He is a local guy who created not just an influential company, but a company with a culture that is renowned for being employee friendly. Even more impressive are his philanthropic endeavors. The 1/1/1 integrated philanthropic model he helped create has the potential to cause true change in local communities. It is his drive to improve the lives of others that I most admire.

How do you see business changing in the future?
I actually think that social responsibility is going to have a bigger role in business in the future. There is a trend moving away from the Gordon Gecko’s and towards leadership like Gates and Zuckerberg who take it upon themselves and their companies to give back.