If you’re focused and if you can zero in on a goal, you can really get what you’re looking for. Not necessarily on the first try, so stick with it.

Nora Ryan ’81
Nora Ryan ’81

Work very, very hard during the next five years. I think the next five years are going to be crucial for the rest of your careers.

Jose Luis Contreras ’01
Jose Luis Contreras ’01

This networking thing never goes away, you really have to constantly work on it.

Joy Williams ’01
Joy Williams ’01

I’ve gotten a lot out of my MBA experience subsequent to my graduation. I think it’s a lifetime experience if you choose to pursue it, and it can become even more meaningful if you do. 

Alex Casdin ’96
Alex Casdin ’96

Stay involved, stay in touch. I can tell you that the MBA experience doesn’t stop with the two years that you’re up on 116th street.

Alex Casdin ’96
Alex Casdin ’96

Any major company in the world, any country, lots of governments… it just doesn’t matter. The Columbia Business School alumni are everywhere. It’s really an amazing thing.

Jim Prusky ’96
Jim Prusky ’96

Come here with an open mind but temper that with a strong sense of independent thinking, to the extent that you should be able to understand why you’re following a crowd or why you’re not.

Kofi Domfeh ’13
Kofi Domfeh ’13

Everyone who comes here is very talented and ambitious and has worked many years in their old jobs, but I think this is a place to break out of what you know and try different things.

Isha Dalal ’12
Isha Dalal ’12

My advice to the entering class is one of Dale Carnegie’s mottos: “Live in day-tight compartments.” Don’t worry about yesterday, don’t worry about tomorrow, just focus on today.  

Ritu Khanna ’12
Ritu Khanna ’12

Good judgement in business comes from experience, which comes from bad judgement.

Maneesh Sagar ’03
Maneesh Sagar ’03