‘The World Needs Honest Business Professionals’

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zhengThe Carey student body has grown quickly while also becoming more international. Many students say they were drawn to Carey by its dedication to teaching “business with humanity in mind.” Even before graduation, they show themselves to be smart, competitive, and capable of bringing positive change to society through the practice of business.

Yao Zheng has chosen to study at Carey twice, but for very different reasons.

Two years ago, Zheng (left) transferred from North Seattle College to complete his bachelor’s degree in business. Originally from Xinxiang in China’s Henan Province, he had moved to Seattle on his own to enter North Seattle College’s high school completion program. He chose Carey as his next step largely for the Johns Hopkins name, he says: “It stands for a high-reputation school and a successful professional education.”

He was also drawn to the description of Carey as a place “where business is taught with humanity in mind.” “Humanity is what business needs,” Zheng says. “The world needs integrity, and honest business professionals.”

After earning his bachelor’s last spring, he chose Carey again – this time to earn a master’s degree in enterprise risk management, which he expects to complete in August 2017. The decision was easy because he knew exactly what he was getting from his Carey professors – whom he considers his mentors – and wanted more of it. “You can get knowledge from any good business school,” he says. “What Carey gives me is more of a mindset.”

“Business really shouldn’t be a tool that makes yourself a better living. It should be a tool that makes the whole world live better.”

— Yao Zheng

Zheng is among a growing wave of students coming to Carey from China, where since 2010 the number of enrollees annually has grown from 81 to 1,124. (See graph on opposite page.)

Having watched his father build his own company in China from the ground up, Zheng had always wanted to be an entrepreneur. What that used to mean for him, he says, was earning money and creating a good life for himself and his family. Today, he says his mindset has shifted to larger horizons, reinforced especially by a business ethics class with senior lecturer Thomas Crain. Zheng now holds that business exists not for individuals to make money, but to provide better goods and services to help people live longer, happier, and better lives.

“Business really shouldn’t be a tool that makes yourself a better living. It should be a tool that makes the whole world live better,” Zheng says.

During his time at Carey, in addition to his coursework, Zheng has honed his leadership skills through a series of roles as a student leader. Currently the president of the Student Government Association, he has also served as vice president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and vice president of the Advanced Career Pathway Club.

The roles have taught him how to manage a team and revealed to him his leadership style. “I like shared leadership because people get more engaged and feel personally responsible for the organization,” he says.

When he completes his degree next summer, Zheng plans to shore up his education with a master’s in real estate to support the work he has already begun on a startup and some other investments. And where will he earn his next degree? Zheng says he will choose Carey for a third time. — R.W.

Spanning The Globe

In fall 2016, Carey students represented about 70 nations from all the continents except Antarctica. The top five in order are:


Hiring Rates

Employment/hiring rate for graduates of the full-time Global MBA program, by three months after commencement:


Commerce and Recommence

The growth in the number of students (and, as a consequence, the number of graduates) necessitated adding a second graduation ceremony to the Carey calendar. In addition to the annual May commencement, a summer ceremony was introduced in August 2014 when nearly 420 students received their degrees. In May of that year, a then-record 730 Carey students graduated.

Team Spirit

For three consecutive years, from 2013 through 2015, JOHNS HOPKINS STUDENT TEAMS (WHICH INCLUDED CAREY STUDENTS), won the $10,000 first prize in Wake Forest University’s annual Healthcare Strategy Conference and Case Competition. Rival teams in the national event have come from universities such as Duke, MIT, Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Cornell, Boston, Rutgers, Maryland, and Ohio State.

In 2014, students in Carey’s Master of Science in Real Estate and Infrastructure program won a $10,000 first prize in the annual NAIOP Maryland/D.C. Capital Challenge.

Carey MS in Real Estate candidates have been on teams in 2015 and 2016 that won first and second prizes at the International Real Estate Challenge, a live case-study competition held annually in Berlin.

Carey students won the $6,000 first prize at the annual Biopharmaceutical Case Competition held in 2015 at the Rutgers Business School in New Jersey, beating out teams from Yale, Georgetown, and Rutgers. One of the Carey students won an individual prize for best presenter at the conference.

No Time Like The Present

These five didn’t wait for their degrees to make an impact. While still a student…


pastakia Mehr Pastakia (MBA ’16) founded Pratum Greenroofs, a “green roof” company whose clients have included major public and privately-owned buildings in the Mid-Atlantic region.

zerrabiBahar Zarrabi (MBA ’14), senior administrative coordinator for a School of Medicine department head, helped develop a business education symposium for medical residents at the medical school.

barrSadie Barr (MBA/Master of Public Health ’15) presented her analysis of the latest U.S. guidelines for school meals at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

kateKatie McCall-Kiley took a temporary leave from her studies in the MBA/MA in Design Leadership program in 2015 so she could serve as a Presidential Innovation Fellow in Washington, D.C.

masonMonika Mason (MBA ’16) worked on the nonprofit she founded in Washington, D.C., the Pauperism Project, which helps provide food, clothing, shelter, and counseling to homeless people in the nation’s capital.

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