Diana Rapp

Rice MBA for Professionals Class of 2012 – Weekend Schedule

"My work experience prior to joining the Jones School of Business includes developing new and innovative products at Kimberly-Clark as part of the Product and Technology group, and most recently, managing daily production operations at Anheuser-Busch InBev with a focus on safety, quality and continuous process improvement. In my current role at Anheuser-Busch, I’m responsible for all training and development activities in the Operations department at the Houston brewery.

I considered both full-time and other part-time programs but after some research as well as visiting the classes at Rice and meeting the students and faculty, there was no doubt left in my mind that this was the right fit for me. The ability to apply the knowledge and skills that I learn in the program to my workplace is the reason I chose a part-time program, and the caliber of the people that I had met at Rice through various admissions events solidified my decision.

Before you start the Rice MBA for Professionals program, you go through a 6-day event called Immersion. Immersion is extremely successful at preparing the first-year business students for the launch of their rewarding and intensely rich experience at the Jones School at Rice. At the end of it, I already felt that I learned much more than just a week’s worth of information – I made friends, I opened up my mind to new ways of thinking, and I was already able to explain certain workplace issues that I didn’t understand previously.

The thing that surprised me the most was how all the different classes during Immersion actually had connecting themes showing how they related to one another. I was also surprised by how energetic and engaged everyone, myself included, was even after staying up late working on our group assignments. This showed the commitment that my classmates had to their learning and to getting the most out of this experience.

It’s hard to believe that my first year will be winding down in a few months. The time has gone by so fast and I have been amazed at the experience so far. The value of the Rice MBA to me is the strength of the Rice network, the uniqueness of the program, and the values embedded in the Jones Graduate School of Business."

Diana Rapp
Group Manager
Anheuser-Busch InBev