Sameer Ladiwala

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Sameer Ladiwala, CQEMBA '15

Oct 7

Written by: Sameer Ladiwala
10/7/2013 4:37 PM  RssIcon

First, a little bit about me...

I was born in Jaipur, India. My parents moved to New Delhi when I was young, and consequently I was brought up and educated in the capital of India. I am a public accountant, and have been working with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP almost my entire career thus far. In addition to the United States, I have worked and lived in India, Singapore, and Malaysia, and have had the opportunity to travel to and work with clients in various countries in Asia. For the last eight years, I have served clients in the technology industry, assisting them with technical accounting, external reporting, compliance matters, initial public offerings, and more. We are currently based in San Jose, CA. At home, I am supported by my wife Venu – we have been married for over 11 years. Our daughter Shruti turned six this June and started first grade in August 2013! I enjoy traveling and photography and am a San Francisco 49ers and San Jose Sharks fan!

Day 1: June 29, 2013

“Sameer Ladiwala, Class of 2015, Cornell Queens Executive MBA” said an identification tag that lay staring at me amongst many others on a table. I gingerly stepped towards the table and was promptly welcomed by friendly faces. (Mr. Reid Hoffman, I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to you for helping me recognize one of the friendly faces, Sarah Upperman from the admissions team). Sarah instantly broke into a big toothy smile, extended her hand and said, “Welcome to Cornell."

I had arrived. After months of asking myself, "Is this the right time to pursue an MBA?" "Is it worth spending the money?" "Will I be able to manage my hectic work schedule with the added burden of an intensive program?" Nothing else made more sense. There was no other place I wanted to be.

I thought I had a little ivy growing on me already...

Day 4: July 2, 2013

Reality hits. Professor Jim Detert wants us to discuss the Keller case. I haven’t done a case study analysis in years. I skipped breakfast and headed straight to the classroom a good 30 minutes before the class was supposed to start. I had hoped to flip through the notes I've scribbled in the columns of the case print out in some peace and quiet. As I walked into the classroom, I realized Prof. Detert is already there, loading his slides up and preparing for his lecture. Other than the two of us, there is no other soul in the room. I was told by my biology teacher in middle school that the heart is a muscle, and as I stepped into the classroom and my eyes connected with Prof. Detert, that muscle in the middle of my chest got more exercise in that five seconds than it typically gets in a day. Jim introduced himself, pleasantries were exchanged, and then he asked me,  "Have you read the case?" I feign confidence and reply in the affirmative. He threw his hands up in an animated excited gesture and said, "Fantastic, we will have a great day together”.

For the next 28.5 minutes my brain was completely numb.  There were no sounds, no smells or anything physically substantive around me. Had I just set myself up to be called out by Prof. Jim Deter during the case discussion?   

Day 5: July 4, 2013

Professor John Moore stood up in front of the class on the first day of Financial Accounting and explained that he was an "old school" guy who wanted something "non-technological" to point to the projector screen while teaching. He had asked Joseph Babcock, Program Director, for help and Joseph obliged by buying Prof. Moore a Callaway Driver. It looked like it was graphite, but I didn't have it in me to ask! For the next three days in Ithaca, and for three days in Kingston, John used the driver to point at the projector screen with much aplomb.

I think I am beginning getting into swing of things ....

Categories: Student, CQEMBA

2 comment(s) so far...

Re: Musings from the Opening Residential Session

All the best, Sameer. Your musings sound curiously familiar :)

By Tammy Gar - Kay Wu on   10/18/2013 5:05 PM

Re: Musings from the Opening Residential Session

Thanks Tammy !

By Sameer Ladiwala on   10/19/2013 12:22 AM

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