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Life After B-School: 5 Very Different Wharton Grads

Posted in Test Prep on May 6, 2011 by

Our Life After Business School series chronicles the careers of b-school grads from a variety of schools. In this post, check out what five Wharton grads did with their hard-earned MBAs.

The Movie Director:

Eric de Guia (Kidlat Tahimak), MBA
de Guia, more commonly known as Kidlat Tahimak is a movie director, writer and actor who grew up and attended university in the Philippines before earning his MBA at Wharton. After business school, he worked as a researcher at the Organization for Economic Cooperation in Paris, which seeks to “help governments foster prosperity and fight poverty,” before going on to write, direct, and act in films. Two of his most well-known films Perfumed Nightmare (1977) and Turumba (1981), both of which are considered semi-autobiographical and draw on his experiences growing up in Baguio City, Philippines, a resort community with several U.S. Military bases.

The Radio Executive:

Alfred C. Liggins III, MBA ‘95
Liggins has served as the CEO of Radio One Inc., one of the largest radio networks in the country, since 1997; prior to that, he was a President, Treasurer and Director of the company. Radio One was started by his mother, the well-known entrepreneur Cathy Hughes, who currently serves as Chairman. The company’s stations target black listeners in urban areas. Liggins also guided the company into cable television with the creation of TV One, a TV station whose programming targets African-American audiences.

The Baseball Team CEO:

Robert Castellini, MBA ‘67

Castellini served as the president of the Castellini Co., a fruit and vegetable wholesaler, until 1992. In 2005, he led a group that purchased a majority share of the Cincinatti Reds. Castellini, who has called himself a lifelong Reds fan, was named CEO of the franchise in 2006. The Reds had been struggling as a team for quite a while, but within five years of Castellini taking over, they made it to the playoffs. Castellini had been involved in baseball before: he owned a minority share of the Reds previously (he sold it in 1984) and was a partner in the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles at different points in time.

The Museum Director:

Joseph Thompson, MBA ‘87
Thompson is a good example of a b-school graduate who applied his newfound skills to a nontraditional field: in his case, art. In 1987, Thompson was named the founding director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; the museum, the largest center for the contemporary arts in the US, opened in 1999. Thompson continues to serve as director for MASS MoCA. The museum has been an economic boon for western Massachusetts, adding over 800 jobs and $23 million per year in economic impact.

The Trailblazer:

Connie K. Duckworth, MBA ‘79
Duckworth served as a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs & Co; she was the first woman to be named a sales and trading partner. She serves and has served on numerous boards, including Wharton’s Board of Oversees and the Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois, where she was the first female Chairman of the Board. Drawing on her experiences, she also wrote a book titled The Old Girls Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World.