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“I had never been out of South Dakota. … The memory that comes back is driving out to Stanford with the U-Haul trailer, being in the fast lane in traffic and horns honking, people pointing and screaming at me. I asked myself, ‘What the hell did I get myself into?’ I mean, literally I didn’t even realize that there was a fast lane and a slow lane! Once I got on campus, it was very, very easy to adjust. … Stanford put an emphasis on prior work experience, and so I was able to learn from my classmates as well as the professors. The whole experience was, I’d say, crucial to any success I’ve had in my business career.”
Gary Pechota, MBA ’74, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is part owner of DT Track Consulting, a business involved in Indian health care. Pechota reflected on his career for Winds of Change, a magazine that focuses on education and career advancement for Native Americans.

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