Meet the students of the HEC Montréal MBA


anne-shiraishiWhy an MBA? Why HEC Montréal?

My primary goal was to come live and work in the amazing city of Montréal. Being from California, I realized the best way to do this would be as an international student. I chose HEC Montréal for three main reasons: 1) the school’s strong reputation both in Montréal/Québec and abroad; 2) the opportunity to do the MBA in French; and 3) the shorter duration and affordability of the program. Also, HEC Montréal alumni are doing amazing things and truly establishing themselves as bilingual business leaders.

Tell us a bit about your career before the MBA.

Before moving to Montréal, I was working as a project manager for PwC in the U.S. where I helped the Corporate Responsibility and Public Relations teams with communications and employee engagement initiatives. Before that, I was employee #1 at a small but venture-backed software startup for sustainability reporting and analytics. I’ve also had some of the best internships, from global marketing at Samsung Electronics in Korea to the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia.

Describe your ideal job in 5 words.

Inspiring, impactful, global, with awesome people.

Game of Thrones or House of Cards ?

As a political science nerd, I used to be into House of Cards, but it got a bit weird on me. I am definitely a GoT fan girl.

In 20 years, what will be your official job title?

Retired! More realistically, Founder/CEO of my own venture. 🙂

iPhone or Android?

Loyal iPhone user since 2009!

Where was your most memorable trip?

I’ve been really lucky to have many awesome stamps and visas in my passport, but I think the six weeks I spent backpacking around Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia were pretty special. Unfortunately, it’s so rare in our professional lives to have that much time to really explore and enjoy a culture while being fully present in special moments.


Cats or dogs?

Not just dogs, but specifically my beautiful husky (and best friend) named Luna.