UF MBA Ambassadors

Full-Time MBA


UF MBA Ambassadors provide prospective students with first-hand knowledge into the life of a UF MBA student. They can answer questions about the program, student experience and what can be expected during life as a student at UF MBA. Prospective students are encouraged to reach out to the ambassadors to learn what life is like in the program.


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  • Denise Williams
    Denise Williams

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    Desired industry: CPG, Technology, Finance

    Clubs involved in: Gala Chair, Public Relations Chair, Wine & Whiskey Club, Women in Business Club, OUT@Warrington, Human Capital Club, GatorFit

    Why UF? I have a strong, proud history with UF (undergrad) and UF very clearly had the best ROI available – I could graduate without debt and immediately into a job where I would be making more than double what I made before the program.


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Ambassadors

  • Alithu Castro
    Alithu Castro

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    Desired industry: Human Resources Function

    Clubs involved in: President, Human Capital Club

    Why UF? I was looking for a small program size and a prestigious school, and UF offered both. I wanted to get a tailored experience and I’m very happy with my decision to join the UF MBA.

  • Flor Dadone
    Flor Dadone

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    Desired industry: CPG

    Clubs involved in: President of HBSA, heavily involved in other D&I clubs

    Why UF? ​I chose UF MBA because the small student body means better connections with my peers and admin. I was able to make more friends and get to know people better. Professors and BCS also are able to deliver a more personalized, closer experience. Gainesville is also actually a pretty cool city.

  • Owen Elliott
    Owen Elliott

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    Desired industry: Insurance, CPG, or Financial Services

    Clubs involved in: Strategy and Consulting, Golf, Finance, Data Analytics

    Why UF? Greatest ROI and top-ranked career services

  • Neil Fennerty
    Neil Fennerty

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    Desired industry: Tech

    Clubs involved in: Soccer, GatorFit, previously MBAA Social Chair

    Why UF? I chose UF Warrington because it’s the best valued MBA degree in the country. I also felt the pull of an electric campus experience with one of the most fired up alumni communities you will find anywhere in the world. All MBA programs promise a special sense of community; UF delivers on that promise. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, come to campus on gameday, and “community” will take on new meaning. The level of buy-in from the student body, and the lifelong bonds that tie the alumni community to Gainesville, are unmatched. Oh, and the sunshine. It’s mid-October and I’m writing this on my deck, rocking flip flops and basketball shorts in 75-degree weather. Take that, almost every other school on the T30 list!

  • Meily Wu Fung
    Meily Wu Fung

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    Desired industry: Apparel, Energy, Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail

    Clubs involved in: 1.Diversity and Inclusion 2. Hispanic Business Student Association 3.Women in Business 4.OUT@Warrington 5.Black Business Student Association 6.Veterans Association 7. Gator MBAbility club 8. Strategy and Consulting Club

    Why UF? The small class sizes and high placement rates were the primary factors in me choosing the UF MBA!

  • Ryan Gilbert
    Ryan Gilbert

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    Desired industry: Retail

    Clubs involved in: Graduate CAP Mentor (Captain), CEO of Gator MBA Gear

    Why UF? I have been a Gator fan my entire life and UF is a top tier MBA program with one of the best ROI’s of all b-schools. Between my passion for the Gators and the fantastic academic opportunities, deciding to be a Gator was a no brainer.

  • Dallas Keeney
    Dallas Keeney

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    Desired industry: Hospitality or Tech

    Clubs involved in: I am VP of Athletics and Wellness, oversee Golf Club, GatorFit, Wellness activities, Football games, and tailgates

    Why UF? It’s the best school in the state of Florida and the return on investment is unrivaled.

  • Kylie Lowell
    Kylie Lowell

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    Desired industry: Management Consulting

    Clubs involved in: Case Competition Club Chair, Consulting Club Member, Women in Business Club Member, GatorFit Club Member

    Why UF? I chose UF for its small program size, top public-school ranking, great value and return on investment, impressive faculty, school spirit, flexible program types, exceptional career services department, and extensive extracurricular opportunities.

  • Stephanie Mandelblum
    Stephanie Mandelblum

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    Desired industry: Entertainment

    Clubs involved in: Diversity & Inclusion; CSR/Community Service

    Why UF? I chose UF because as a UF undergrad alum, I understood how valuable this degree would be, especially with a 100% tuition scholarship

  • Daniel Mbeyah
    Daniel Mbeyah

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    Desired industry: Tech industry

    Clubs involved in: President: Black Business Student Association.

    Why UF? I chose UF for a couple of reasons and the most important ones to me are: 1. The success of the Business Career Services in job placements 2. The student and alumni engagement and support. I was connected to an alumni even before joining the program and he was gracious enough to set time aside to meet with me and share his experiences. I felt I’d get the support I need in the UF MBA program. 3.A small cohort size that allows me to interact closely with each of my classmates. Networking is a major component of the UF MBA program and a small cohort size allows me to cultivate meaningful professional relationships with my colleagues.

  • Nathan Mechulan
    Nathan Mechulan

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    Desired industry: Consumer Packaged Goods industry, specifically Food and Beverage companies

    Clubs involved in: Marketing Club (President), Hispanic Business Student Association, MBAA Board (Cohort Rep), Strategy and Consulting Club

    Why UF? Coming back as a Double Gator, I am proud to come back to pursue my MBA through the University of Florida. The competitive and individualized focus of the UF Full-Time MBA program aligned with my desires in an MBA program. I am incredibly thankful to have made so many meaningful relationships with students and staff so quick into the program.

  • Alexandrea Perkins
    Alexandrea Perkins

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    Desired industry: Healthcare

    Clubs involved in: Black Business Student Association, Out@warrington, and Women in business

    Why UF? I wanted a small class size.

  • John Scurto
    John Scurto

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    Desired industry: Technology

    Clubs involved in: VP of Diversity & Inclusion, MBA Association; Graduate Career And Peer Mentor, Business Career Services

    Why UF? I chose UF because of its outstanding Business Career Services office, knowledgeable faculty, highly intelligent and driven student body, and supportive alumni network.

  • Ashleigh Searles
    Ashleigh Searles

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    Clubs involved in: Last year I was the VP of Marketing for Gator MBA Gear, this year I am the president and founder of the MBAA Wine & Whiskey Club, I’m also a CAP Mentor for other Masters students

    Why UF? I attended a lot of the outreach events UF hosted right before Covid (Top Golf Info Session, GMAT Bootcamp, Diversity Weekend) and genuinely felt like the students and faculty were invested in my success. I liked that the class sizes were smaller so I would have the opportunity to speak with professors if I didn’t understand something, and I loved the culture of cohorts – everyone lifted each other up instead of treating them like competition.

  • Nikita Shahidadpury
    Nikita Shahidadpury

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    Desired industry: Pharmaceutical Industry

    Clubs involved in: MBAA Wellness Chair, Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO)

    Why UF? UF offered me the unique opportunity to complete a dual-degree with my Pharm.D. program. I have also previously completed my B.S. in Biochemistry at UF. UF fosters excellence, an optimal learning environment, and cares about the success of its students. I was drawn to the networking opportunities, small class sizes, and individualized approach offered by the UF MBA program. By completing a dual Pharm.D./MBA degree, I am able to focus on my professional goal of becoming not only a skilled pharmacist, but a worthy business leader. I am very honored to be a triple Gator!

  • Hae Jin So
    Hae Jin So

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    Desired industry: Marketing & Business Analytics

    Clubs involved in: Vice President of Communications, UF MBA Association (In charge of all internal and external communications of UF MBAA)

    Why UF? 1st, Unique size cohort: Support and connection of small size cohort attracted me the most. Through connecting with current students and alumni, I learned that UF MBA truly helps and supports each other in every way one can. As a result, I have life-long friends I met at the program and have been receiving endless support! 2nd Excellent Business Career Services: UF BCS team is known for their amazing work! Job placement post-grad is over 90%. As an international student, I wanted to join MBA that supports very personalized career advising. With Carly and BCS team, you are unbeatable! 3rd, Full-tuition scholarships and merit awards: Free learning from incredible professors with outstanding curriculums!

  • Whitney Wong
    Whitney Wong

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    Desired industry: Tech

    Clubs involved in: FT MBA 2nd Year Cohort Rep and MBAA Communications Team as Digital Strategy Chair

    Why UF? Good community and high ROI

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the admissions process or application steps?

Contact the admissions office via email or visit the MBA Apply page.

Ways Ambassadors Can Help

Can I ask the ambassador how they balance academics and everything else in life?

Yes! Our ambassadors are your best resource to understanding the time commitments to being successful in an MBA program while maintaining important relationships outside of the academic experience.

Can I ask the ambassador why they choose UF MBA?

Yes, this is exactly why our ambassadors exist! Choosing an MBA program is a big decision and they’ve been in your position before. Ask them to share their stories, you may find you have a lot in common!

Can I ask the ambassador what some fun activities are in the area?

Absolutely! Ambassadors and staff can help you get a feel for life in Gainesville including the best eats, outdoor activities, and gameday favorites; even late-night study spots. Our ambassadors will be a great resource for these types of questions.

Can I request a meeting with an ambassador?

Yes, you are more than welcome to reach out to our ambassadors. As their time permits, they may be available to meet with you virtually or via phone (their preference). Meetings should focus on experiential questions are outlined in these FAQs.

How soon should I expect a response from an ambassador?

Please keep in mind our ambassadors are current MBA students. These students have volunteered their time to be a resource for you while maintaining a rigorous curricular and co-curricular schedule. Please allow for 48- to 96-hour response times during the academic year (ambassadors may be unavailable during break weeks to maintain appropriate work-life balance).

When to Talk with Admissions Instead

Can I ask the ambassador if my work experience is competitive enough to apply?

Work experience questions should be reserved for admissions staff members. These individuals are best positioned to provide feedback on work experience competitiveness.

Can I ask the ambassador if my GMAT score is competitive for admission?

Questions about the strength, components, or documents in your application should be directed to admissions staff only.

Can an ambassador review my resume?

Most likely, no. While our ambassadors have great insight into the resume creation process, we want to make sure that prospective students are saving this engagement piece for our staff members. Remember, work experience and application documents should be saved for staff members.

Can an ambassador write a letter of recommendation for me?

Recommendation letters should come from professional recommenders, or UF MBA alumni. Current students cannot serve as one of your recommendation letters.

Can I schedule an in-person meeting/tour with an ambassador?

All in-person meeting or tour requests are managed by MBA staff. Please reach out to a staff member for more information.