Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Samantha Sutton, Georgia Tech (Scheller)

“Lover of fashion, technology, animals, nature, comedy, drag queens, 90s-00s cartoons, crafting, and jingles.”

Hometown: Montclair, NJ

Fun Fact About Yourself: In middle school, I made it to the states level in the National Spelling Bee and I cried in the photo for the newspaper because I thought kids at school would laugh at the spelling bee – well, joke was on me because they laughed at me for crying in my photo for the newspaper.

Undergraduate School and Major: Fashion Institute of Technology, International Fashion Business Management

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Tradesy, Product Catalog Specialist

When you think of Georgia Tech, what are the first things that come to mind? How have your experiences with the Scheller MBA and the larger university thus far reinforced or upended these early impressions? When I think of Georgia Tech, I think of technology and innovation. Since starting at Scheller, I’d say that idea has not only been reinforced, but also expanded. We have amazing speakers and so many blueprints for successful and innovative entrepreneurs, but also what I’ve learned about traditional business has been invaluable. It really gives me more of a business perspective and business landscape.

What has been your favorite part of Atlanta so far? What has made it such a great place to earn an MBA? What I love about Atlanta is that it’s definitely a city, but one that has the charm and energy of a smaller town. It also has incredible cultural diversity, and has been invigorating and enriching to be around such a mix of people, perspectives, and ideas. This all feeds into the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that is present in Atlanta, and Scheller is a microcosm of that – I have met the most brilliant, hard-working, interesting, but also, humble people, here. Being in Tech Square provides us with incredible access to the tech industry.

An aide from your classmates and location, what was the key part of the Scheller MBA programming that made you choose this business school and why was it so important to you? When applying for business schools, I specifically looked for programs that had a heavy focus in technology. I want to be part of the future of fashion tech and I believe that will take both a deep understanding of retail fashion and the technology landscape. The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), but there’s still a lot to learn about technology and the technology business. Scheller was the perfect place to bridge that knowledge gap. The tagline is literally where technology meets business – there was no better place for me to do that than Scheller!

What course, club or activity have you enjoyed most so far at Georgia Tech Scheller? Ah, don’t make me choose there are so many incredible learning opportunities I’ve had! Scheller students – but if I can only pick one, I really enjoy the Exactimo Digital Boot Camp that the Career Development team organized. The Big Tech firms operate.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: In my last role, I proposed and executed the analysis of the top buyers on our platform in anticipation of a possible loyalty program. I have been able to provide insights that have not previously been made about our user base and provide a great foundation for the program going forward. It was not always a human being because a person was not always confident in my ideas and contributions on a team. In this case, I trusted myself and created something innovative and ultimately, helpful to the business. That experience really helped me to recognize the value in my ideas and individual perspective and it was the impetus behind applying me to business school to invest in myself.

Describe your biggest accomplishment from the MBA student so far: Getting into the Technology Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI: GER) program. I’m really excited about new technology and learning how to commercialize technology.

What advice would you give to the Scheller MBA program? Be yourself! I think sometimes when you are applying to a school business it is tempting to emulate what you believe should be, but it is important to remember that you are offering something unique, and genuine interests.

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