“I’ll never stop being grateful to Kellogg for bringing me into a community that fostered my personal, academic and professional growth. It’s really changed my life.”
As a professional tennis player, Kate Ruckert was continually focused on improving her performance on the court. When she decided to retire from tennis, she knew her next step was to obtain an MBA at a top-tier program. What she was not certain about was what business areas she was most interested in pursuing.
While immersing herself in Kellogg’s core curriculum, Ruckert was introduced to the world of finance, and she was hooked. Her financial decisions course later that year had a particularly strong impact.
“There are a lot of parallels between finance and tennis,” Ruckert says. “In tennis, you can practice all types of shots, but until you repeatedly execute them in a match, you don’t really understand how they all work together
“Similarly, you can acquire a lot of knowledge about finance, but until you have to implement it and do it repetitively, it’s hard to feel like you own it.”
Ruckert did her summer internship on Wall Street in investment banking, and while she enjoyed the experience, she realized she wanted a more holistic perspective of business in a role where she could impact her company and its clients.
Now, as a senior manager in finance and strategy at Wal-Mart — the top company on the 2014 Fortune 500 list — Ruckert thinks she found her perfect fit.
“Kellogg has opened doors I never could have opened,” Ruckert says. “I’ll never stop being grateful to Kellogg for bringing me into a community that fostered my personal, academic and professional growth. It’s really changed my life.”