Brian S. WoernerMBA+ MA in International Relations Davis, California
“Interacting with the broad spectrum of perspectives both inside Questrom and across the other schools within BU, and learning how I best fit and bring value to the whole – not just myself but the program,”
Brian Woerner knew exactly what he wanted in a graduate program. That’s why he chose Questrom. He was interested in building a better understanding of the crossroads of business and politics and wanted to earn an education that wouldn’t constrain his desire for flexibility. That’s why he chose Questrom’s MBA+ MA in International Relations.
After graduating from college, Woerner served as a Peace Corps volunteer and took a European self-guided tour. He then lived in West Africa working on agricultural and economic development projects in rural communities. This experience allowed him to develop skills in beekeeping, fermentation and project development.
Contrary to what you would think when you think about a graduate business program, most of the learning at Questrom, Woerner believes, takes place outside of the coursework and the classroom. For him, “the most important piece of this education is the opportunity to network within a highly regarded organization.”
He says, “Interacting with the broad spectrum of perspectives both inside Questrom and across the other schools within BU, and learning how I best fit and bring value to the whole – not just myself but the program,” is the most important part of his education.
Whenever he’s not focusing on the academic realm of his education, Woerner participates as a cohort representative on the Graduate Council and is a member of numerous intramural teams. His internship experience aligned with his agricultural interests, which included beekeeping.
His internship experience at Follow the Honey, Inc. was so valuable that Woerner still works there. Woerner, who’s also been studying Swahili, has since created a sister company which he launched this summer in Tanzania.
He says that Tanzania’s where he’s headed once he graduates with his Questrom degree. And he has big plans. He explains, “I plan to head back to build out our newly launched company.” He hopes his work will help marginalized beekeepers expand to local and even international markets. He’ll be leaving Questrom even more prepared to tackle that task.