the youngest member of his company’s team, Leonidas Cuenca wound up developing
the financial model for a new plan for taxing Peru’s mining industry — and
successfully presented it to the country’s prime minister and minister of
economics. He knew then that he had an aptitude for consulting. At Vanderbilt,
he’s gaining the knowledge and credentials for consulting at an international
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When Adena Friedman
graduated from Vanderbilt, she wanted to manage complex products. Luckily for
her (and for Nasdaq), that’s the job she was offered — even though, she says,
at that time Nasdaq “didn’t understand that they had products.” Adena
relaunched a Nasdaq product that facilitates the quoting and trading of certain
restricted securities. Today, she’s listed as one of the 40 most powerful women
in the world.
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Jessica A. Kennedy
Associate Professor of Management
An award-winning researcher and teacher, Jessica Kennedy studies hierarchies and gender in work organizations. Her research has been covered by news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Businessweek, Fast Company, New York Magazine, and Time. She teaches the core Leading Teams and Organizations course and an elective on Negotiation for the MBA program. Prior to entering academia, Kennedy worked in investment banking in New York and San Francisco.
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