Monalisa Olarte, 2014, United States

Why I chose Fletcher:  I chose Fletcher because I was looking to change my career and wanted to transition out of the private sector. I wanted to build on the business background that I already possessed, but at the same time focus on development economics. Fletcher offered a Masters of International Business (MIB) program, which tied together the fields I was passionate about, and could be completed in two years - as opposed to the MBA/MA dual degrees offered elsewhere, which require three years. The selectivity of the program, coupled with the reputation of Fletcher in international affairs community, assured me of my decision of choosing an MIB over a traditional MBA.

How I learned about Fletcher: I first learned about Fletcher at an MBA fair in New York City.  I visited their table, which was hosted by an admissions representative and a recent MIB graduate, briefly pausing after remembering the name "Fletcher" when researching international affairs graduate programs. My short hesitation before moving on to the next table resulted in an enlightening conversation with the Fletcher representatives, who were beyond helpful, and not to mention very friendly! I was surprised to discover that Fletcher offered a program focusing on business, as well as international affairs, which could be completed in two years. I left feeling like I had found exactly what I was looking for, and now that I am a current student, I am positive I made the right decision in ending my graduate school search that day.

Favorite magazine:
The Economist

Favorite movie:
Talladega Nights

Favorite cities:
Rio de Janeiro and Austin, TX

Most rewarding trip:
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:
I was very interested in the financial aid management for the Haiti earthquake relief funds, as well as the issues surrounding international economic development outside of disaster relief.

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Business Relations

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Futbol
  • International Business Club
  • International Development Club
  • Consulting Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BBA, Finance, The University of Texas at Austin

Experience before Fletcher

  • Sr. Analyst Field Business Planning, Team Lead, American Airlines - Dallas, TX USA


  • Spanish
  • English

Summer Internship

Converse, North Andover, MA
I prepared analysis and documentation for Converse's portion of the Nike Inc. quarterly earnings release for the subsidiary's first time being reported as a separate segment. I also worked on a project to recommend how Converse should revamp customization and personalization strategy going forward.