Meet the MBA class of 2023: Paroma Chakravarty, Georgia Tech (Scheller)
“Thoughtful, empowered, passionate about sustainability, community building and leading with empathy.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Fun fact about yourself: I’ve raised over 20 dogs and cats and believe me, I would have adopted them all if I had room in my DC apartment!
Undergraduate School and Major: Cornell University, Environmental Engineering
Most recent employer and job title: Associate Consultant, Paladino and Company
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 big university so far reinforced or upset those first impressions? Georgia Tech is known for its innovation and challenging the status quo. Programming through MBA student groups and case discussions in our classes reinforced that our cohort is not satisfied with “It is what it is”. We are ready to lead change and make things better.
What’s been your favorite part of Atlanta so far? What made it such a great place to get an MBA? Atlanta is an international city and offers food from all over the world. It was so much fun exploring cuisines I had never tried before.
Aside from your classmates and your location, What was the key element of the Scheller MBA program that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I was interested in Tech’s Supply Chain and Operations degree program because it offered me the opportunity to combine my passion for process planning with my professional engineering experience. I attended a supply chain conference before applying and it reinforced how amazing the faculty is and how relevant the topic is to our current business environment.
What class, club, or activity have you enjoyed the most so far at Georgia Tech Scheller? I so appreciate the unique programming that the Scheller Women in Business (WIB) club has planned. They held an exceptional seminar on negotiations and presented an interactive art installation on vulnerable storytelling which helped to strengthen the feeling of connection with our members.
Describe your biggest achievement in your career so far: I used to work as a green building consultant and help teams achieve their green building certification goals. Every time I received a message from a construction or design team that they had received certification and enjoyed working with me, I considered it a win!
Describe your greatest achievement as an MBA student so far: Winning my first case competition with three members of my full-time MBA class gave me the opportunity to collaborate with unique perspectives in a very high-pressure environment. I was also able to leverage my experience at Toastmasters and build on my love of public speaking.
What advice would you give to help potential candidates gain admission to the Scheller MBA program? When you apply, find something you really connect with in the program – a passionate point that brings you joy or interests you, then write about it in your application.