Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Alex Quoyeser, Northwestern University (Kellogg)

“A fun loving guy who lives to make amazing friends and unforgettable memories.”

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Fun fact about yourself: Four of my best friends from college and I have started a business called Boat Racing LLC, where we invest in minority stakes in thoroughbred racehorses. One of our horses, Hot Rod Charlie, came 3rd at this year’s Kentucky Derby and is heading for the World Championship at the Breeders Cup!

Undergraduate and major school: Brown University – Business Economics

Most recent employer and job title: Lyft – Head of Operations, Bikes and Scooters in Los Angeles

Aside from your classmates and location, What was the key element of Northwestern Kellogg’s MBA program that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? This is the flexibility of the program, as there are so many courses I want to take and it is important for me to have the freedom to build my own academic experience. After Kellogg, I want to pursue a career in general management, in order to have the opportunity to take courses in the areas of organizational management, operations and strategy, while taking courses in diversity, equity and inclusion; Growth and scale-up; and Social Impact Pathways – is integral to me making the most of this college experience.

What class, club or activity are you most passionate about at Northwestern Kellogg? My most passionate activity at Northwestern Kellogg is the Board Fellows program. This is a unique opportunity to participate as a member of the board of directors of a non-profit organization and to have a deep and lasting impact in a community.

It’s valuable because I intend to sit on nonprofit boards in my post-Kellogg life so I can make an impact like I did at Lyft. In my previous job, part of my responsibilities included creating a micro-mobility (electric bike and scooter) program suitable for low-income people in Los Angeles. This was my introduction to the space of social impact and transport equity, which I hope to build on.

Which word best describes the Kellogg MBA students and alumni you have met so far and why? Generous. Everyone I have met from Kellogg is so generous with their time, energy and resources. They are great people who make someone want to be part of the Kellogg family.

What Makes Chicago a Great Place to Get an MBA? It has everything a person could expect in a city: culture, food, entertainment, and the friendly Midwestern people. Being able to go to Chicago whenever I want is great, but Evanston is a wonderful place in its own right. There are many social and cultural outings in the immediate vicinity which are wonderful recreational opportunities for MBA students at Kellogg.

Kellogg is known for its team culture. What quality do you bring as a teammate and why is it so important to be successful? Responsibility. Confidence is essential in a team environment. I hold myself to a high standard so my teammates can trust me to lead them. I will be the first to point out my own mistakes, so that people feel comfortable being open and transparent with their ideas and opinions.

Describe your greatest achievement in your career so far: Building Lyft’s Los Angeles Electric Bike and Scooter Program, from a 250 scooter operation in an 8 square mile service area to over 3,500 bicycle and scooter operations in a service area of ​​over 200 square miles and serving tens of thousands of clients including many low income clients whom we have been able to serve through our equity programs.

How has COVID-19 changed your perspective on your career and your life in general? You never know the internal battles that people go through every day. Be nice to people.

What drew you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after you graduate? After a few years of working at Lyft, I knew I wanted to work in management, but I recognized that I had a lot to learn. I know Kellogg will help me complete my toolbox, allow me to deepen the skills I really want to develop, and equip me to be a great inclusive leader. I am looking for opportunities in technology, manufacturing and logistics.

What other MBA programs have you applied to? Harvard, Wharton, Darden and McCombs

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission to Northwestern Kellogg’s MBA program? As you complete your application, think about how you will use your Kellogg MBA to solve a problem you have recognized in the world.


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