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Cara Wick

Cara Wick

Degree

MBA 2006

Employment

Curent: Senior Advisor, Financial Services - SP Consulting
Past: Senior Consultant, One PacificCoast Bank; Financial Consultant, Wells Fargo; and Senior Financial Analyst, Intel Corporation


Cara Wick enjoys a challenge.

Cara entered Tippie’s Full-time MBA Program admittedly without a strong academic background in business; her undergraduate major was political science. But that didn’t stop her from immersing herself in the program quickly, and before long she was up to speed and gaining on her classmates.

“I went to school with very smart and dedicated people. To perform well in class, I had to step up my game and learn the basics quickly.”

Cara’s dedication to her studies paid off. Upon her graduation, she entered the workforce with confidence and landed a position in corporate finance at Intel Corporation, a Fortune 100 company. Within the first six months at Intel, she applied management science theories she learned and executed at Tippie and generated $2M in cost savings for the firm.

After her time at Intel, Cara became a senior credit underwriter for One PacificCoast Bank in Oakland. She jumped at the opportunity to become involved in an organization that supports a nonprofit foundation. While earning her MBA, Cara worked as a graduate assistant for the Iowa Nonprofit Center, an area she feels passionate about.

"My primary role is to provide financing for small businesses, from small working capital loans to large commercial property transactions. Since it is a small and growing bank, I wear many hats: from credit analyst to sales reporting manager to business development officer,” said Cara while she was at One PacificCoast Bank.

Today Cara is a Senior Credit Underwriter for OneCalifornia Bank in Oakland. She jumped at the opportunity to become involved in an organization that supports a nonprofit foundation. While earning her MBA, Cara worked as a graduate assistant for the Iowa Nonprofit Center and an area she feels passionate about.

“My primary role is to provide financing for small businesses, from small working capital loans to large commercial property transactions. Since it is a small and growing bank, I wear many hats: from credit analyst to sales reporting manager to business development officer.”

She says she most enjoyed working with Bay Area entrepreneurs, to help set the American dream into action.

“Since OPC was mission-focused, it feels good knowing that I am directly contributing to building a better community.”

Her MBA degree, coupled with her nonprofit experience and finance knowledge have led to offers for Cara to serve on directorship boards.

“All this within three years of graduation. Without a doubt, the Tippie MBA brought positive changes to my life and career.”

Passionate about financial history, Cara writes a weekly blog on the history of banking and politics in America at www.bankersnotes.com.

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