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COO connects rapid rise to Americas MBA program

Enderson Miranda
President and COO, OnSomble, Inc.

Vanderbilt Global Executive MBA 2015

Enderson Miranda says he wanted an Executive MBA that would “truly change my career.” After considering several Ivy League schools, he stopped his search after visiting Vanderbilt.

“The Americas MBA program was unique,” Enderson says. “Owen is more than a school. It’s a powerful community of like-minded professionals that are genuinely passionate about helping each other grow.”

A dual citizen of the U.S. and Brazil who first came to this country as an exchange student, Enderson understood the value of a cultural immersion for business leaders with international responsibilities. “The Americas MBA program gave me skills and confidence to lead my company’s expansion into Latin America,” he says. “I am able to take the content I learned and apply it to the context and culture of doing business abroad.

And even though he already spoke the language and knew the culture, Enderson found that the Americas program helped him succeed in Brazil. “Individuals I met through the program in São Paulo are assisting me with our expansion project,” he explains. “I would not have these connections without Vanderbilt.”

Perhaps the strongest validation for Enderson has come from his employer — a company focused on workforce development and personnel optimization. He joined OnSomble in 2012 as VP of Business Development. During his first year in the AMBA program, he was promoted to President. “My boss told me that the board’s decision was heavily impacted by my choice to get my MBA from Vanderbilt,” Enderson says. “Even in such a short time, they had already seen improvement in the maturity and quality of my work.”

Fourteen months later, at Enderson’s AMBA certificate ceremony, his boss informed him that the board had voted to make him Chief Operating Officer. “Needless to say,” he notes, “there is a strong correlation between my journey at Vanderbilt and my professional growth.”