“The Tuck community shares a fundamental belief in celebrating others’ success and empowering them to pursue bold visions.”
On one hand, I wanted to refine my skills to prepare me to manage a team of diverse perspectives and backgrounds before I landed a career in the U.S. The truth is that, on the other hand, I had long dreamed of the journey of spending time with the world’s sharpest minds. The ten years I had spent wishing for it made me appreciate even more the value of spending two years at Tuck.
As I will soon be working for a Tuck alumnus, Zach Hogan T’14, I am confident that I will have opportunities to practice the wise, decisive leadership that Tuck has prepared me with. I aspire to serve as an active alumni member to give back to the community. The problem is that I have too many role models, including Ace Suzuki T’00, Steven Tseng T’01, and Akiko Maeda T’02, who continue to spend significant time with Tuck and provide integral mentorship support to current students.
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY TUCK MBA
Building camaraderie with like-minded classmates at International Orientation; pitching my platform at the Student Board election; and sharing my personal stories at Tuck Talks. These opportunities to learn about unheard voices and advocate for them led to the belief that everyone at Tuck has something to teach the community. In March 2023, I founded ExperTuck Peer Learning Theaters with four other mindful and thoughtful students who shared in this belief. As soon as we saw 19 students and partners step forward to share their expertise with the entire community, we became confident the event would become an annual tradition at Tuck.
WHAT SETS TUCK APART
It’s the alumni network. The 200+ alumni I reached out to during my two years at Tuck all left me feeling like they were genuinely excited to offer a helping hand. In the Tuck network, I have already found a few lifelong mentors. Tuck alumni helped me land my dream job. Quite a few alumni also encouraged me to take on a leadership role at the Tuck Club of Japan.
SHARING MY STORY AT TUCK TALKS
I would never forget the nerve-wracking feeling on the Tuck Talks stage in the fall term of the first year. I was unsure how the packed audience would react to my personal story. It turned out that I received countless hand-written message cards, texts, emails, and in-person encouragements, which all showed how much the community cared about my story that evening. It was the first night of many when I felt the community had all ears to what I had to tell.
WHAT I’LL MISS MOST
Walking into classmates everywhere you go. Murphy’s: the unofficial Tuck bar. People forgetting how to lock their units because they have never done so.
Hanover has become my second home. As a father of three kids, I am beyond grateful for the inviting community. Quoting my wife who has never spent time in a distant location so far from home; “Tuck has been extremely welcoming to the partners and families. Hanover is the first and only location where I felt like I could be my genuine self, outside of my hometown.”
International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan), BA, International Relations
Chief of Staff to Chief Transformation Officer, SAP Japan
Quality of Life Chair, Tuck Student Board; Co-Chair, Technology Club, Entrepreneurship Club Co-Chair, and Asia Business Club; Founder, ExperTuck Peer Learning Theaters; Tuck Admissions Associate (Admissions Interviewer); MBA Fellow, Center for Digital Strategies; Student Leadership Board, Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship; Teaching Assistant, Analytics I & II and TuckLAB (Entrepreneurship for Undergraduates); MBA Tutor, Analytics and Financial Accounting; Tuck Peer Support Counselor; Board Member, Tuck Club of Japan
FYP with Dream.org, a non-profit organization fighting against post-incarceration injustice; Worked with Megan McGee from Peak Tide Operating Partners to support her ETA pursuit as part of an elective course, Entrepreneurship through Acquisition; Externed at CariClub, a New York-based HR tech startup, as part of another elective course, Diversity Entrepreneurship Collaboration Practicum
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Leadership Out of the Box by Professor Ella Bell. This course focuses on internalized reflection on our leadership archetypes and goals, through studying various role models. A group of us had the honor of exploring a case study on the leadership journey of Alex Torpey, town manager of Hanover, Dartmouth's home base. Inspired by his fresh, entrepreneurial spirit, we decided to invite him to a school-wide conversation. I can’t advocate enough for Tuck’s focus on personal reflection and opportunities to share key lessons with the rest of the community.
On a Sunday in April 2021, Kinya Seto T’96, CEO of LIXIL Corp., called me personally congratulate me on my admission to Tuck, when I was still choosing a school to spend the next two years with. Since then, he has never hesitated to make time to chat, providing me with a breadth of management insights through his extensive leadership experience as a CEO. Leela Srinivasan T’06, CEO of Parity, and I sat at the same dinner table in April 2022, when she was visiting Hanover for the Tuck MBA Council meeting. I am honored to be able to call her my mentor to advance my career in Silicon Valley. It has been an extremely humbling experience to build a personal relationship with two Tuck Advisory Board members and speaks volumes about the most inviting and caring alumni network in the world.
The Tuck community shares a fundamental belief in celebrating others’ success and empowering them to pursue bold visions. When I shared some ideas to revitalize the alumni chapter in Japan, Tuck alumni encouraged me to formalize the Tuck Club of Japan and invited me to sit on its board before I even started Tuck Launch. When a classmate of mine and I sat down in the Byrne Dining Hall and discussed how we could further facilitate the peer-learning culture at Tuck, a few classmates and faculty members excitedly joined our table and added so many ideas, which eventually led to the inaugural ExperTuck Peer Learning Theaters. People here are the fundamental reason why I keep myself devoted to and invested in the community.
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