Featured Alumni

Alumni Spotlight

Licheng Shen has on a suit and glasses. He is sitting in front of a window with blinds. His legs are crossed and he is gazing directly at the camera.Licheng Shen, Class of 2018

Majors: Business, Economics, Anthropology; Minor: International and Global Studies

Current job title & company: Financial Analyst; Silvan Group

Q: What brought you to the Brandeis Business Program?
A: I took the Bus 6a Financial Accounting with Professor Angell as a cross-listed economics course and found it to be interesting. I decided to take another course in the business department, which was Bus10a with Professor Bayone, and realized that business is something that I am interested. Therefore, I applied for the undergraduate business program and have business as one of my majors.

Q: What was your favorite Brandeis business class and/or professor?
A: Bus10 Business Fundamentals with Professor Edward Bayone. He always had tricks to make students engage with the class. He gave me a real life insight into business and encouraged me to explore further in the real estate industry.

Q: How did the Brandeis Business Program help prepare you for your current job?
A: I currently work for a real estate hedge fund, and it is important to have knowledge of different areas on top of real estate. The curriculum of Brandeis Business Program allowed me to have a good understanding of many subjects such as accounting, private equity, marketing, etc., which prepared me well for my current job.

Q: Where was your favorite study spot on campus?
A: Mandel 2nd Floor

Q: What energizes you about your career?
A: The opportunity to invest in different projects and see them succeed is something motivates me.

Q: Do you believe in a "5-year plan"? Why or why not?
A: Yes, I believe in a “5-year plan”. I think it’s important to develop a timeline, including some milestones so I can manage my career with goals that I want to achieve.

Q: How do you pick yourself up after making a mistake at work?
A: I always start with assessing the mistake and figuring out the consequences of it. Then, I try to find a way to fix the mistake or at least mitigate the damage. After the mistake is taken care of, I ask myself how this can be prevented in the future. I usually do not feel bad as mistakes can happen in any profession. However, it is important to make sure that the same mistake does not happen again.

Q: What is the best career advice you've heard?
A: “Never sell a bad house. Your reputation is worth more than anything in business”

Q: What is the career highlight that you are most proud of?
A: Received a return offer 2 weeks after my internship started.

Q: What advice would you give to current Business Program students?
A: Learn a computer language.

Previously Featured Alumni

Ohad Elhelo ’16, IBS MA’17 has been selected for Forbes Magazine's annual "30 Under 30" list, which recognizes business visionaries who are younger than 30 years old.

Elhelo is the founder and executive director of Our Generation Speaks, a business incubator based at Brandeis that brings together Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs. The 30 Under 30 list includes 20 categories, each including a list 30 rising stars of business. Elhelo, 27, is named in the Social Entrepreneurs category.

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Jake Greenberg ’18 was so sure he wanted to come to Brandeis that he applied early admission. He was less sure about exactly where he wanted to concentrate his studies.

That uncertainty was one of the reasons Brandeis was the right fit for him.

"I liked that Brandeis encouraged opportunities to take classes from different disciplines and even to double major," Greenberg said.

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Felix Liu Ku ’15, MA’16, is no stranger to adapting to new cultures. An economics and business major during his time at Brandeis, he lived in Spain, Honduras, Taiwan and Paraguay before coming to Brandeis. He was used to transitions, new languages and new settings — but was it easy to do that and adjust to college life?

"At Brandeis, you don't have to be afraid of being an outsider," he says. "Everyone here is friendly. It was easy for me to find my group of people and my place on campus."

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When Heather Spector '17 toured prospective colleges, there was a little test she liked to run.

As she walked by people around a campus, she smiled at them to see if they would smile back.

Brandeis passed with high marks.

"They smiled here, so I deemed it friendly," she said. "And I was right. I've never met more nice people in one place."

Four years later, Spector, a double major in business and computer science, left Brandeis ready to take on the corporate world armed with a passion for social responsibility.

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