JustJobs Scholarship Scholarship

Chelsea Brehm – JustJobs Scholarship Finalist for August 2012

I have learned that two of the most important characteristics within the field of international business are agility and foresight. Whether a global entrepreneur or a multinational company, what sets each apart is demonstrating the ability to be quick and well coordinated in order to change course when necessary, as well as the ability to live with one foot in the future. Businesses must also constantly evaluate what their consumers want, deliver products or services that meet the customers needs, and be forward thinking in terms of competitors and changing market dynamics.

From my perspective, the creation of the Duke Cross Continent MBA (CCM) program exemplifies this progressive track. By developing this Cross Continent program, the Fuqua School of Business redefines the international business-learning model through its leadership, innovation, and unique foresight to meet the needs of working professionals in global business education. I look forward to becoming part of the Fuqua community that is rethinking the boundaries and redefining business education.

Based on my years of experience in both the non-profit public health sector and the private international business sector, I have unique views on health and economic development of developing countries. Also, I have invaluable work experience in the field of international business development and marketing throughout Africa: working with a start-up business, negotiating agreements with local distributors, conducting market research and analysis of consumer branded products, and developing a marketing and brand development strategy that is culturally relevant in each African country.

Also, I have learned about different styles and forms of communication, managing people cross-culturally, workplace dynamics, work ethics, and also cultural concepts of time. My inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural experiences will be an asset to the Cross Continent MBA program and will be a benefit to my classmates. In our inter-connected and inter-dependent global economy, it is important to view business challenges and the decision making progress from a holistic and culturally sensitive perspective.

In our global economy, it is important to use business to improve the standard of living and to create sustainable prosperity. My experience has shown me that the consumer products industry can improve economic and human development throughout Africa. From expansions in manufacturing to distribution to retail, higher paying jobs are created, thereby improving people’s standard of living.

By pursuing my career goals in the industry of consumer brands and products, I can significantly impact economic growth and development across Africa. The CCM program at Fuqua will prepare me to achieve my goals. Not only will I gain a strong foundation in business concepts, but also I will develop strong leadership and communication skills. The CCM program will provide me with the opportunity to keep working in my current position, while also gaining invaluable experience in other global emerging markets. I look forward to being a part of the global Fuqua community.’s scholarship program is proud to announce Chelsea Brehm as one of the seven finalists for its August 2012 application deadline. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.