Julia Hazen

From Mexico City to Minneapolis, Julia epitomizes the term ‘career switcher.’ She loves helping students turn their amazing life experiences into winning MBA applications.

Before earning her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute, Julia graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics and development studies. A do-gooder at heart, she spent 5 years working in international development across Latin America and Africa. From starting a social enterprise in Tanzania to working in microfinance in Nicaragua, her international experience showed her the unbelievable power of the private sector to transform the developing world. So, she brushed off her math skills and made the giant leap to pursue her joint MBA/MA at the Wharton School/Lauder Institute.

At Wharton, she led the Marketing Club, served as a Student Life Fellow, and organized a lot of karaoke parties. Following Wharton, she joined General Mills where she works in their brand management rotational program. She has worked on so many fun brands like Toaster Strudel to Betty Crocker to Chex Cereal to Totino’s Pizza Rolls. She presently manages strategic growth channels for the company’s meals and baking brands with a focus on unlocking growth in ecommerce.

When she’s not thinking of ways to sell more cookies on the internet, she enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and reading cheesy novels. She loves living in Minnesota (except in January and February) and can do a killer imitation of the Midwest accent, dontcha know.

As a non-traditional MBA student, Julia loves to learn about MBA candidate’s hopes and dreams and is passionate about helping people translate their experience into a compelling business school story.

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