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Upcoming Alumni Association Events
Event Date Event Title
Sunday, August 30, 2015 Eighth Annual Big Ten "Bowl Game" in Sacramento
Thursday, September 3, 2015 Gopher Football Game Watch in North Texas
Thursday, September 3, 2015 Gopher Football Kickoff Watch in Atlanta
Thursday, September 3, 2015 MN vs. TCU Football Watch Party in Phoenix
Thursday, September 10, 2015 School of Public Health Film Series: The Waiting Room
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Gophers at Colorado State Football and Tailgate
Thursday, September 17, 2015 Behind the Scenes at WCCO-TV
Saturday, September 19, 2015 U of M Alumni Day of Service
Monday, September 21, 2015 Party on the Plaza
Thursday, September 24, 2015 Advancing Men In Nursing 2015 Annual Conference

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A Champion’s New Strategy

April 16, 2015

Harsh Mankad.

Harsh Mankad came to the U of M from Mumbai to study economics and play tennis. As an undergraduate student, he won the NCAA Division I Indoor Singles Championships and was ranked No. 1 in the country in tennis. At the end of his junior year, he turned pro and spent the next eight years competing against the top players in the world, including Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Lleyton Hewitt. 

Soon after his tennis career ended, Mankad developed a curiosity to learn a new field and open up a wider set of opportunities. Having achieved international renown by assessing the playing field, analyzing his competition, and developing quick strategies, he pictured himself working in business.

So Mankad completed his bachelor’s degree in economics at the U of M, and was accepted into the full-time MBA Program in 2012. Since then he’s been exploring all aspects of business, from marketing to strategy.

“When you’re starting something new, like me, you’re still learning a lot about marketing, finance, operations—all the areas of business,” he says. “It took time for me to understand the opportunities and find where my interests were.”

Mankad landed on finance as his preferred field and has accepted a job at RBC Wealth Management, where he’ll work in the fixed income strategies group after graduation this summer.

Learn more about Mankad’s journey from tennis pro to business professional