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Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Tyler Weger, Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

Impetuously confident, honest and inexhaustibly curious.

Hometown: San Carlos, California

Fun fact about yourself: I played bass guitar in a part-time traveling garage band while pursuing my undergrad.

Undergraduate School and Major: Cal Poly St. Louis, Political Science

Most recent employer and job title: Managing Director at Goride Bicycles.

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the Carnegie Mellon MBA program that made you choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Carnegie Mellon has a historically significant connection to technology and a renowned quantitative curriculum with hands-on coding opportunities.

What class, club or activity are you most excited about at Carnegie Mellon? I look forward to joining the Business Technologies, Marketing and Operation Management clubs. I see direct involvement with my peers as the surest way to gain unfiltered insight into the tech industry and what it takes to be successful.

The Tepper MBA is known for its intensive individual coaching and personal development. What area do you hope to strengthen during your two years in business school and why? I want to work on how I present myself professionally and fit into a corporate structure.

Describe your biggest achievement in your career so far? Oversaw all aspects of day-to-day operation of a $4 million a year family-run bicycle shop located in the San Francisco Bay Area. We were named one of Cannondale and Giant’s Top 50 North American Dealerships from 2015-2020.

How has COVID-19 changed your outlook on your career and life in general? COVID-19 has vividly exposed the strengths and weaknesses present in small businesses. At Goride Bicycles, we were able to pivot quickly when regulations were set and had one of our most profitable years. However, due to inefficiencies in the supply chain, access to products has completely collapsed and many companies will have nothing to sell for the next few years.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? It was after talking with close friends who had successfully completed the MBA and reading all the books I could find on the subject that I decided to pursue product management. During my tenure as General Manager, I grew our business to approximately four million dollars by driving continued retail growth and proactively encouraging engagement in many grassroots sales projects with vendors. like Adobe and Google. For the past three years, I’ve also been pursuing an associate’s degree in computer science to familiarize myself with programming methods. I decided it was time to leverage my knowledge of leadership, sales, and programming to create new user solutions on a much broader scope.

What other MBA programs have you applied to? Indiana University, UC Davis, UC Berkley, University of Washington.

What advice would you give to help potential candidates gain admission to the Carnegie Mellon MBA program? Move past any feelings of self-doubt or prestige-related impostor syndrome and think objectively about what you can improve about yourself. Then take steps to improve and get your shot.

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