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Diana Kolar

Degree:

MBA

Location:

United States

Industry:

Investment Banking

Year:

2018-19

By Diana Kolar

Get to know Diana Kolar

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?

Best friend: Adventurous
Manager: Culture Carrier

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.

I am a finance professional with 6+ years in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan in New York, specializing in Debt Capital Markets. I am a strong supporter of women in finance, and led the Junior Women in Banking group at JPM and most recently served on the Operating Committee of the firm’s Vice President Women’s Network.

I graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Finance, Spanish and Justice & Peace Studies. I wrote my Justice & Peace Studies undergraduate thesis on the importance of responsible business education with a focus on community-based learning, and chose the Oxford MBA program for its experiential pedagogy and focus on social justice. I spent a semester studying in Barcelona, Spain and cannot wait to be abroad once more and to establish an international network of driven, ambitious and socially conscious future world leaders.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

I have spent the last two months travelling, spending time with family and wedding planning 😊 I also took Harvard Business School’s HBX Core courses in Business Analytics, Economics for Managers and Statistics and completed the Wall Street Prep modules. I have been doing a lot of introspection on what I want out of the MBA and what I want to do afterwards, and have spoken to industry professionals and alumni to help round out these goals.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

I hope to learn just as much (if not more) from my classmates as from the demanding academic program. I would ideally pivot into a role in impact investing and emerge from the MBA with the skills and network to do so.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

Take a deep breath and enjoy the experience! It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend time learning and bettering yourself and immersing yourself into an entirely new community.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?

I have heard great things about the GOTO project, and am also looking forward to being involved with some co-curricular clubs in Finance and Social Impact. I also can’t wait to socialise with and learn from the graduates in the Queen’s MCR and take advantage of the diverse intellectual community that is Oxford.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

Finding time to sleep! Between the coursework, labs and all of the clubs from the business school and the broader university, I am sure I will barely have enough time in the day to squeeze everything in.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

This is a unique opportunity to try new things and fail and learn, all in an environment that is positive and disruptive. I hope to use the MBA as an opportunity to shake up the status quo and use the Said community as an incubator for innovation.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?

I hope to join some sort of singing group (either with my college or with the MBA Tournament!), a Women’s Leadership group, and a club focused on impact investing. I also love rowing classes in NYC and am keen to try rowing for Queen’s.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

#OxfordMBA – I can’t wait to use it to post MBA adventures and also to see what my amazing classmates are up to!

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