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Sho Kiryu, MBA 2018

Focus Area: General Management, Marketing
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Education: Chuo University (LLB), Waseda University (JD)
Before Smith: Secom Co., Ltd.
Extracurricular Activities: Asian MBA Association, MSEA (Media, Sports and Entertainment Association)

Why did you choose to attend the Smith School of Business?

Located only few miles from Washington DC, Smith will familiarize me with international trends and help me become a global leader. Many students worked for federal or international agencies and they will help me develop big-picture thinking. Furthermore, classes such as the Smith Experience will provide me with the tools I need to engage with different cultures and make decisions in global business.

In your opinion, what makes the Smith MBA program unique?

The strong network of Smith alumni offers tons of opportunities for networking and career advancement. In addition, the small classes help students develop their leadership skills in a diverse, international environment.

What advice would you give to future Smith MBA candidates?

Attending an MBA program will be the turning point of your life. Yet, the best fit varies for person to person. Imagine how your decision will impact the rest of your life. Make your decision with a fresh and open mind and don’t hesitate to ask for help. The Smith community will provide you with opportunities, a big return for your personal and professional development, and a priceless experience. The Smith School will be your second home.