Lifting as He Climbs
Terry Brimley’s (MBA ’20) career is as varied as his interests. From human resources and entrepreneurship to accounting and finance, Brimley thrives on applying his diverse skill set to a variety of roles and fields in the business world.
Brimley, whose previous jobs include compensation analyst at Harley-Davidson, accountant at his own tax services business, and even freelance tutor for college students, grew up in Milwaukee and received his undergraduate degree in finance and accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
A desire to develop a more strategic background—one that combines his many interests and positions him to make an impact on the community—brought him to the Wisconsin School of Business’ full-time MBA program.
As a student in the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, Brimley completed a summer internship at Northwestern Mutual where he served in an internal consulting capacity, helping the company’s 76 offices run at optimal capacity. With a variety of projects, the internship gave Brimley an invaluable chance to gain experience across many fields.
“I liked that the internship covered an array of different topics within business,” he says. “I had finance projects, an HR project, and a marketing project. The diversity in the work that I did allowed me to expand my skill sets.”
— Terry Brimley (MBA ’20)
Brimley received a full scholarship to WSB through The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a partnership of business schools and corporations that aims to enhance diversity in business education and corporate leadership by providing postgraduate opportunities for underrepresented minorities. He credits a lot of the opportunities he’s been given in the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program—like his internship—to the support he’s received.
“I’ve always lived by the motto, ‘You lift as you climb,’” he says. “As a Consortium student, not only do I see myself getting closer to my goals, I’m also able to help those behind me.”
Brimley serves as a liaison for the Consortium, speaking to prospective students about his experience at WSB, answering candidate questions, and preparing new Consortium students at orientation. He finds the process of mentoring and offering advice to be a meaningful way of living out his motto.
Looking forward, Brimley intends to draw on his varied experience and education to build a career that positions him to give back to the community.
“A lot of society’s problems are attributed to people not having enough money,” he says. “Hopefully the work I’m doing in the future—whether that be in internal consulting, general management, or entrepreneurship—will be helping to eliminate wealth inequalities in this country.
“My mission—whether it’s within corporate America or running a business—is just to help people out.”