Dominic Dragisich

Harvard Business School trains leaders to be generalists—to succeed in many different fields, in many different types of roles.

In the case of Dominic Dragisich, HBS class of 2009, that broad-based approach suited him perfectly. Dominic’s broad-based experience spans from his co-founding a major non-profit focused on animal welfare, to the next day co-founding a valet parking service, all while working in the “traditional” management consulting space. Let’s put it this way: Dom Dragisich never has any “downtime.”

Dom is currently the Global Director of FP&A for Nextel, a Fortune 500 telecommunication company. Prior to his telecom work, he served as a Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations Group, where he advised several of the top banks, telecommunications companies, and consumer product companies throughout the country. Dom also remains extremely passionate about the business of sports and has done field work with the likes of Nike and the National Basketball Association. Dom graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with degrees in Finance and Accounting and obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School. To this day, he remains active in both the business of sports and the non-profit world, focusing on animal welfare.

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Tell us something that would surprise us to learn about you.

I married my best friend; I finally gained the courage (thanks to my MBA) to ask her out on a “date” after more than 10 years of friendship.

What is your Achilles Heel? Your biggest weakness?

Adopting homeless animals – we had more than 20 living in our house at one time, and it gets expensive!

Why did you go for an MBA?

I went for a few reasons - 1) Was sponsored by my consulting firm through their graduate school assistance program, so made the decision easy but more importantly 2) Went to get a better sense of how to be a great entrepreneur and general manager; given that I was "traditional" in some sense, wanted to better understand what it took to be a great entrepreneur and scale/sustain a business. In short, b-school taught me to take chances, think outside of the box, and exhibit confidence.. so in short, yes, it helped me be a better entrepreneur.