MIT Leaders for Global Operations Program enrolls first student from the Philippines

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 2, 2016 – The MIT Sloan School of Management recently announced that the first student from the Philippines, Dominique Rustia, matriculated into its prestigious Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program. In the MIT LGO program, Rustia will earn both an MBA from MIT Sloan and an SM from MIT’s School of Engineering.

"With her technical prowess, natural curiosity, and humility, we are fortunate to have Rustia in MIT’s LGO Program, and to be able to attract talent of her caliber from around the world. She takes every opportunity to further her knowledge, and her hands-on problem-solving approach makes her a natural fit for this program. As a future leader, she has the potential to make a considerable impact," says Thomas Roemer, executive director of the MIT LGO Program. 

“I came to MIT for its focus on action learning, which is reflected in the Institute’s mission of ‘mens et manus’ or ‘mind and hand.’ Students work on hands-on projects to solve real-world issues, applying what they learn in class,” says Rustia. “I also came here because of MIT’s entrepreneurial network, clubs, and labs that provide opportunities to learn from industry leaders and conduct cutting-edge research.”

Rustia is from Manila, Philippines, and previously worked for Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods Philippines) as part of its Graduate Trainee Program. In that role, she rotated through functions across the organization, such as sales, finance, customer service, production, and manufacturing business development. She most recently served as product change manager for chocolates in the Southeast Asia region for Mondelez Asia Pacific. Leading the introduction of new chocolate products, promotions, and productivity projects in eight countries, she supported exports to over 10 countries. In addition, Rustia cofounded a recruitment startup called InternMe.

“My goal is to build my own contract manufacturer and incubator, which will help small to medium size businesses and entrepreneurs design for scale and distribute their products to a more global market,” she says. “I searched for a program that would help me develop both the technical and business skillsets needed to achieve my goal. The LGO program’s dual-degree in engineering and business was a great fit."

At MIT Sloan, Rustia is co-chair of the LGO International Plant Trek and LGO Preview Day. She also is head of finance for MITxMAKE, a maker fair on campus, and vice president of the Design Club. She is enrolled in the SM Mechanical Engineering/Manufacturing track as well as MIT Sloan’s MBA program.

The MIT LGO delivers a unique, interdisciplinary Engineering-MBA dual degree program. The two-year curriculum features internships at partner companies and facilitates the development of  leadership skills for the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, geosciences, energy, high-tech, and global supply chain industries. The combination of advanced engineering and business knowledge makes LGO graduates among the most sought after in the job market. LGO alumni lead a variety of product development, global operations, and manufacturing development initiatives at leading companies and entrepreneurial ventures throughout the world.

The MIT Sloan School of Management is where smart, independent leaders come together to solve problems, create new organizations, and improve the world. Learn more at mitsloan.mit.edu.