Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Christian Montgomery, Notre Dame (Mendoza)

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“Veteran product storyteller who values ​​curiosity and sees the beauty and opportunity in everything.”

Hometown: Redding, California

Fun fact about yourself: I have visited 43 countries and I have more than 300 pairs of shoes

Undergraduate School and Major: University of Oregon, Business Administration

Most recent employer and job title: adidas, Global Senior Product Manager – Football Apparel

When you think of Notre Dame, what are the first things that come to mind? How have your experiences with the Mendoza program so far reinforced or changed these first impressions? The first things that come to mind for most people are campus, football games, Rudy, and of course a top notch educational experience. But it’s the Community which leaves the biggest impression and really pushes this school to create a “home away from home” atmosphere. The energy, positivity and openness of everyone in the cohort is electric. Everyone is curious and everyone is ready to help, regardless of subject, company or class. It’s really exciting and it’s something I appreciate the most when someone asks, “Do you like being back in school?”

Apart from your classmates, What was the key element of the Mendoza MBA program that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? A few factors came into play, but it wasn’t until I had a few conversations with the careers and admissions staff that things really solidified. They took the time to really understand who I was and what I wanted to do.

Also, Mendoza’s slogan: “Growth of Good in Business” resonated with me. It was exactly the mindset I was looking for for the next stage of my studies. Between those two things, it seemed fair to me.

What class, club or activity have you enjoyed the most so far in Mendoza? I enjoyed my Business Ethics and Leadership courses the most. Being able to apply my real world experience within the material and during the discussion has helped me grow and evolve more in 3 months than I ever thought possible.

Describe your biggest achievement in your career so far: It was about creating a basketball shoe concept specifically for basketball players in China and Japan, based on trends and insights from my market travels in both countries.

Describe your greatest achievement as an MBA student so far? Be able to reconcile being a student, a full-time worker and being an inspiring entrepreneur

Mendoza is known as a goal-oriented MBA program that asks students to “develop good in business.” What is your mission and how has Mendoza helped you achieve it? My mission is to create great products and tell creative stories for people who don’t get the attention they deserve. The MBA program saw this statement of purpose as a real asset and helped cultivate it in campus resources like the IDEA Center for Entrepreneurship. I look forward to my continued collaboration with the IDEA center throughout my studies to bring my product ideas to life.

What advice would you give to help potential candidates gain admission to the Mendoza MBA program? I would say be as true to yourself and your passions as possible and let the admissions team know how you plan to make the most of your time at Notre Dame to help cultivate those passions further.

One of the best things about being in Mendoza isn’t that a single person in the cohort is the same. They do a great job of finding people from different backgrounds and passions and bringing them together to learn from each other and ultimately grow. It’s really awesome !

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