Gaurang Daftary, ’17 CEMBA, wanted to maximize his impact on the constantly changing healthcare landscape by supplementing his medical expertise with business acumen. His passion for creating a broader view to deliver healthcare to society earned Daftary a spot on Poets & Quants’ Best & Brightest Executive MBAs list, Class of 2017. 

Read on to learn more about Gaurang Daftary.


Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school?

I am most proud of leveraging my business knowledge and experience to change careers and assume a leadership role in the pharmacological industry.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career?

I am most proud of healing broken relationships amongst a diverse group of workers at my job at Mayo. I assembled them into a team to solve problems and elevate their potential. We were awarded the highest “Gold Quality Rank” for our work on improvement in patient care, error reduction, practice standardization, and redesign of the entire medical record to encompass patient (Consumer) needs and mirror our workflow (efficiency).

Who was your favorite MBA professor?

Aks Zaheer: He comprehensively put it all together and for the first time instilled in me the confidence that I could do it, I had arrived, and I was now ready to lead!

What was your favorite MBA Course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?

Negotiations: I learned how to prepare for these, anticipate the opposing side’s view, and focus on winning strategies rather than entrenched positions.

Why did you choose this executive MBA program?

I wanted to work with the best professors in a reputed school that would attract the brightest and most driven people to the class.


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