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Business by day, music by night

efore COVID-19, life had already changed notably for Anshi Mathur (MBA ’20), but she didn’t skip a beat.

In 2017, when she started the Online MBA program at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Mathur was being treated for leukemia, which had temporarily robbed the lifelong musician of her ability to sing. She graduated from the MBA program in better health and had been selected to sing the alma mater at her convocation ceremony, but unfortunately was unable to do so because of COVID-19.

Anshi Mathur (MBA ’20) in the recording studio. Inset: Sarup Mathur, Anshi’s mother and a professional singer.
Now a business data analyst during the weekdays and a teacher and student of voice on the weekends, Mathur is fully invested in two of her greatest passions. But getting to that point involved a long and winding road, starting with her decision to go to business school in the first place.

“The decision to pursue an MBA stemmed from my job position at my previous workplace,” she says. “Being the business development manager in a startup company opened my eyes to the intricacies involved in the world of business.

“Creating a culture where everyone feels empowered and valued has been very important to me throughout my professional and academic career. Therefore, I wanted to study business and learn more extensively how to successfully be a leader in the startup industry.”

Mixing business with music
Music — and singing, in particular — has been a part of Mathur’s life since she was very young.

She was inspired by her virtuoso mother, Sarup Mathur, who is a professional classical Indian singer and also a professor of special education in the division of educational leadership at ASU.

In addition to singing, Mathur also took piano and guitar lessons.

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Over the years, she’s sung several original and cover songs on YouTube, Instagram, and Spotify, and cites Whitney Houston, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Adele, and Bollywood’s Shreya Ghoshal as some of her inspirations.

“Music is a healing, powerful, and expressive force,” Mathur says.

She says she’s always dreamed of becoming involved in the music and entertainment industry, but found it very difficult to navigate.

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Marcie LePine
Associate Professor
of Management
Music and business are part of her magnum opus, though: Her goal in the next five to 10 years is to get a senior managerial position in the business sector, either in marketing or supply chain, and to open a music business.

“The reason behind aiming for two different pathways — senior management and music — is to open the line of multiple streams of pursuits, skill sets, and accomplishments,” Mathur says.

MBA fine-tunes business, soft skills
Mathur says her time in the MBA program has played a significant role in fine-tuning her for the next career stage.

In particular, two professors struck a chord with Mathur:

  • In her Organizational Behavior course, Marcie LePine did an excellent job tying the concepts of psychology — which is Mathur’s undergraduate degree — with business.
  • Antony Peloso’s Marketing Management and Product and Service Innovation course shaped Mathur’s approach in business and led her toward an area of emphasis in marketing.
Mathur says the MBA program gave her a medley of skills — from team building, leadership, and confidence to work ethic, time management, marketing, analytical, and creative. She also noted that “working with diverse peers with unbounded potential helped me tap further into mine.

“The program helped me develop an accurate view of my strengths and limitations,” she says. “My lens on professional success has been refined. I value this program for how it has helped me grow, cultivate skills, and have meaningful experiences.”

Because of the influence the MBA program had on her life, Mathur says graduating in spring 2020 was not the finale to her time at W. P. Carey.

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Antony Peloso
Clinical Assistant
Professor of Marketing
“I wish to share ideas with future generations of business students and continue education and professional learning opportunities,” she says. “I’d love to be an ambassador and assist new students along their journey. I’m in the Beta Gamma Sigma and would like to serve in critical leadership roles.”

Given that Mathur wasn’t able to sing the alma mater in 2020 due to the pandemic, she hopes to get that gig, too.

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