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Future Leader Spotlight: Itohan Enadeghe

Updated: Dec 30, 2019

Contributor: Itohan Enadeghe,

2021 MBA Candidate and Forte Fellow at Olin Business School.



I developed a business mindset as a kid, working in my family-owned supermarket during my school breaks, and helping out with the day to day sales. I realized that I liked the concept of running things, and that birthed my dream of ultimately becoming a C-suite executive with the big office overlooking the city and all the perks that come with it. The major attraction for me, apart from being able to boss everyone around, was being an expert in my field and becoming a thought leader who could fundamentally influence, and problem-solve for millions of people. I am originally from Nigeria and right after my undergrad, I joined PwC. I got the opportunity to work with amazing people while learning more than I could handle in the space of 4 years. I also knew that I would leave after my fourth year to do an MBA. I specifically planned to do an MBA in the United states because some of the top business schools in the world are located here, and I was excited at the prospect of living in a different country for a few years and getting to meet people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.


I almost lost sight of my MBA plans at some point during my time at PwC, due to the crazy work schedules typical of big four firms, combined with becoming a certified chartered accountant. While at PwC, I progressed very quickly and spent my time leading teams of about four to six people on financial statement audits for large energy corporations. These projects were often run in short deadlines, which I would say kept things exciting and really taught me the value of teamwork. I was also able to really hone my leadership skills through this experience. However, my dream beckoned, and I listened and decided to start my applications to full-time MBA programs. I knew the MBA would give me several new career opportunities, as well as the skills required to become a well-rounded company leader.


After considering all the critical factors for choosing an MBA (i.e., academics, network, placement rate), The major differentiating factor for me was the potential to find an actual community. Being an international student, I would be moving halfway across the world, and I knew having a family where I was moving was going to be a defining factor in my experience, and this was why I chose Olin. After speaking with a lot of the students at the time, the decision became easy for me because I could tell there was a consistent theme in all their experiences, which was the culture of support.

After considering all the critical factors for choosing an MBA (i.e., academics, network, placement rate), The major differentiating factor for me was the potential to find an actual community. Being an international student, I would be moving halfway across the world, and I knew having a family where I was moving was going to be a defining factor in my experience, and this was why I chose Olin. After speaking with a lot of the students at the time, the decision became easy for me because I could tell there was a consistent theme in all their experiences, which was the culture of support.


It’s been a few months into my MBA at Washington University in St. Louis - Olin business school, and I have already asked myself over 100 times why I chose to put myself through this torture. At the same time, I can already see the impact of the experience in me, and that’s really why I chose to do it, which makes the ups and downs worth it.


The internship search has started in earnest, and my ideal internship would be in an industry where I can make an impact through the work I’m involved in because I am a big believer in connecting your work with what you believe in. The most important factor for me during my internship is the opportunity for professional development and working with a team of creative people I can learn from. During the internship, I would ideally work on a project that’s based on a strategic challenge being faced by the company, and my goal is to come up with actionable and sustainable recommendations that I can hopefully come back full time to help implement.


What makes the MBA really daunting is combining the search for a job along with a class schedule while also juggling the many leadership opportunities you may have taken up during your time at school. It’s a 24/7 task and truly tests your ability to prioritize and ignore the fear of missing out. I have found that figuring out what aspects are crucial to me and focusing on them is how I can achieve the best results.


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