Two Online MBA Students Named Amongst Best & Brightest in the Nation
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (July 18, 2022)
Two of the Leavey School of Business’ top MBA students have been selected as a part of the 2022 Best & Brightest Online MBA list from Poets&Quants. The annual list features students from the Top 25 Online MBA programs in the nation who embody the best in business education. To guide nominations, Poets&Quants posed the following question: “Which students were so fundamental that you can’t imagine the class without them?”
This year, Anthony Bonvino and Dominique Watt were chosen to represent Santa Clara University based on their “strong academic performance, critical and consistent contributions, striking personal narratives, and innate potential.”
Coming to SCU’s Online MBA program with a background in healthcare and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Anthony Bonvino currently works as a Business Development Associate within the Corporate Strategy Group at Penumbra Inc., a Global Healthcare Company. Prior to his time at Penumbra, Anthony played a pivotal role in designing pacemakers for Abbott.
When asked what achievement he was most proud of in his career, Anthony shared that it was “the tools, fixtures, and manufacturing processes for Abbott’s next-generation Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. The pacemakers were FDA approved in 2020 and those devices are improving the quality of life for tens of thousands of patients worldwide.”
Following this impactful success, Anthony found himself looking to make the transition from biomedical engineering to corporate strategy, and was drawn to Santa Clara University’s Online MBA program and deep-rooted connections in Silicon Valley.
“Pursuing my MBA accelerated my transition from ‘straight-line’ Biomedical Engineering into the Corporate Strategy Group, specifically my current position within Business Development,” Anthony said. “This new role is feeling like the proverbial ‘dream job’. I never knew it existed and feel most fulfilled when I apply the course concepts in my new role.”
Dominique Watt is the Administrative Director of Clinical Effectiveness, Education, and Inclusion Diversity Health Equity (IDHE) for Stanford Healthcare. Hailing from Queens, New York with a B.S. in Nursing, Dominique initially made the move to California as a travel nurse where she later received an M.S. in Nursing.
When reflecting on her professional career, it was this same move that Dominique is most proud of. “[The achievement I am most proud of] is moving across the country to California, on my own as a travel nurse, and joining the Stanford community as a permanent bedside nurse,” Dominique said. "It was the first step in my leadership journey. I have been here since 2010 and have grown in my career more than I could ever imagine.”
When deciding to pursue her second master’s degree - this time an MBA from Santa Clara University - Dominique knew she was looking for a program that provided the flexibility to complete courses on her own time while still providing an interactive and intimate course delivery.
“I valued being able to do my coursework from anywhere and anytime, when I was still at work or even out-of-town, making the program so much more manageable to match my lifestyle and other responsibilities,” Dominique said.
About Santa Clara University
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. For more information see www.scu.edu.
About Leavey School of Business
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most dynamic business environments in the world, the Leavey School of Business combines academic excellence in the 450-year Jesuit tradition, with an energetic, innovative spirit that typifies the region. Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business offers one of the nation's best graduate business programs ranked No. 13 Executive MBA by U.S. News & World Report, No. 19 ranked Evening MBA by U.S. News & World Report, and No. 3 ranked Online MBA by Poets&Quants. Our Undergraduate Business programs rank in the Top 10% in the nation, ranked No. 49 by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit www.scu.edu/business.