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What do you do? What is your current position? Please share what company you work for and what your job responsibilities are.
I analyze different agencies and government-affiliated businesses, then partner with advanced communications product and solutions manufacturers to develop business solutions that help the agencies and affiliates operate more efficiently, securely, and competitively.
How has the JWMI curriculum helped you in your career? (Have you had any recent promotions?)
The JWMI curriculum filled some gaps for me that gave me a more consultative approach, making my analysis more sound and my strategies more effective. I’ve also been able to look at our internal processes in Verizon and help develop new ways of doing what we do as one of the teams within the company, ultimately providing better services for our customers.
Why were you looking to get an MBA?
I saw the MBA as a well-rounded approach to my professional development. I’d taken concentrated courses that developed me technically and tactically but thinking strategic was an opportunity of growth for me. I was looking for a way to continue to evolve my learnings and keep myself in a marketable position should I decide ever to change my job or company. Also, I want to inspire younger generations around me that life-long learning is an essential and constant self-investment with benefits.
Did you find the curriculum was immediately applicable, please explain?
One of the most significant advantages I’ve always seen with the JWMI curriculum is that I could learn something on Monday and apply it on Tuesday. The concepts and exercises are based on real business experiences and are frequently updated to remain relevant. The activity and feedback in Discussion Questions (DQs) and assignments come from professionals working in their fields and lend to a valuable dynamic of learning.
Looking back at what you thought about an online program when you first embarked, what was your overall impression now? Did it meet your expectations, via DQ boards, EOP videos, Jack calls, Faculty, etc.?
Initially, I was apprehensive about the program, especially after being out of “school” for so many years. Could I handle the workload? Would I be able to find the resources needed to succeed? My expectations were not just met but exceeded beyond what I could have envisioned. Every entity of the program, from professors to peers, insights from Jack to industry leaders and professionals made this program a unique and rewarding experience.
What’s been your most rewarding experience in the program?
My most significant experience is the personal and professional relationships I’ve developed with students and faculty during my tenure at JWMI. My overall perspective on business and life is much more positive.
How did you navigate job, family, and work? What strategies did you implement to get it done?
With a demanding career, unpredictable work schedule, and family with continually changing dynamics, my key strategy for accomplishing my goals and coursework at JWMI was to schedule time relentlessly and hold myself accountable to that schedule. I built my schedule around predictable due dates for each of the weekly milestones, such as the DQ, learning journal, and assignments. The calendar was my best friend, and I even found times when I could take an honest day off.
Please share any advice for new students embarking on the MBA journey
There is a remarkable journey ahead of you. This MBA will be unlike any other experience with learning you’ve had. Pace yourself, use your resources, believe in what you can accomplish, and plan to WIN. The Jack Welch MBA is worth the time, effort, and sacrifice.
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