Hometown: Portland, OR
Undergraduate Degree (s): B.S., Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management/Management & Leadership, Human Resources Management (double major), Portland State University
Position: Senior Tooling Analyst, Daimler
Why the Willamette MBA for Professionals program? The university is internationally accredited, has a competitive national ranking, and provides diverse work in an actual classroom. I’ve taken advantage of the program’s Career Management resources, as well as community networking events.
What makes Willamette's MBA different? The level of investment I see from the professors and staff. They’re really committed to making sure everyone understands the material. Overall, throughout my educational background, the professors at Willamette are a step above when it comes to face-to-face interactions.
How have you benefited from your MBA? It provides me with an extended knowledge of situations and gives me the confidence to go with the ideas that I come up with. It gives me the ability to talk about my ideas in a more business-intelligent way. It doesn’t necessarily put you in the room, but it makes your voice louder. It provides a different landscape of your abilities.
Why earn your MBA with a cohort? With the cohort model, you get a second family, and can focus strictly on the course material with the confidence that others have your same mindset.
What has been the most meaningful experience of your MBA? I’ve learned so much, not just from the material but also from my classmates. It’s amazing how a group of students and faculty can come together over a common goal and become very successful in that endeavor. With each class, you can see that growth.
What would you say to a professional considering pursuing their MBA? Jump in with two feet.