Monday Mentor Minutes-David Wishinsky
Spartan David Wishinsky shares how his background in politics has influenced his decision to work towards an MBA from the University of Colorado.
David says he has always been fascinated by what makes people make decisions. That is one thing that led him into electoral politics where he worked as a fundraiser raising about $10M in support of making people decide to support his candidates by successfully “selling their ideas.”Seeing that the private sector was effecting change more rapidly and in exciting ways, he decided to go to the University of Colorado in Boulder to pursue an MBA. Here, his fascination with decision making hasn’t abated and he is focusing his studies on marketing, essentially making consumers choose your product instead of another. On campaigns, he was always tasked with unmovable election dates and financial reporting deadlines. He was also always facing highly constrained resources leading him to become an efficiency expert and an aggressive initiator in new, faster and cheaper strategies. He hopes to bring this back to the business world, by motivating consumers to choose the products or services he works to support, creating efficiencies to reduce bureaucratic delays and also save money.
Having had many mentors throughout his academic and professional life, David highlights how important those were to his current success, and how students-particularly undergraduates-should take advantage of their status as students to reach out to any professional(s) within fields they are interested in because most are excited about the opportunity and are willing to sit down and discuss their career.
In his spare time – which is becoming a limited commodity, he says- he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two cats, watching Michigan State football and hiking. He has never lost a game of Monopoly, earned the first press pass ever for a blogger from the Oakland A’s, enjoys a good hefenweizen and if available would pursue a Ph.D. in bullpen usage studies.