Alumni Profile: Jeri Rubin (FlexWeekend 2006)

Why did you decide to attend the Rady School?

I decided to attend the Rady School because I was really excited to hear that there would be a new program in San Diego that would be of a totally different caliber than anything that had previously existed in the community. For me, it was the ultimate immersion in the entrepreneurial experience. I was so pleased with my decision to go to Rady. It was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

What skills did you acquire in the Lab to Market program?

The Lab to Market class was really exceptional. It was the first time I had an opportunity to go out and start from scratch — that is, take my vision and execute it with a team of like-minded individuals who were very entrepreneurial in spirit and motivated to achieve a common goal. It was very exciting, and I enjoyed it immensely.

What role did the Rady School’s strong ties to the local business community play in your MBA education?

This was one of the aspects of the program I really enjoyed. I particularly remember one notable individual who spoke to us when we first started the MBA program. He said, “Make no small plans.” To this day, I am mindful of that advice in any endeavor I undertake. I feel that it’s important to dream big, and to believe that no idea is outlandish if you set your mind to it. I feel that the Rady School gave me the tools to execute that concept.

How has your Rady MBA impacted your career, your perspective and your life in general?

The Rady MBA was very different for me than for other people. My unique experience was one in which people were paramount. The relationships that I cultivated within the program have carried me throughout my life — through having my children, pursuing different visions of success, various business opportunities and being open to a variety of ideas that can benefit people in multiple capacities. It’s an ongoing process, and I am deeply grateful for all of it.

What advice would you give to a prospective student who is considering attending the Rady School?

I would tell them that they should attend Rady for their own specific purposes. There is no question that they will benefit in ways that they could never imagine. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, hands down.