Before grad school, I worked in pharmaceutical research and segued to sales and marketing. I knew I wanted to stay in sales, but needed a stronger marketing and managerial foundation.
Every school has a different value proposition, but I didn’t find a lot of them that considered management to be the core issue. I decided I wanted a well-rounded education. Kellogg offered the best combination, including the hard skills I wanted.
I’ve learned about the science of collaboration and getting the right people together. The teams our professors create are so much better than working alone. You learn about balancing personalities, experience levels and strengths. Balance is truly what gets you results. Everyone’s voice is heard.
I’ve been exposed to so many industries and professions. Finance became my favorite course, and I will pursue that. It’s a very different focus for me, but I’ve been given the opportunity to explore all of my talents. I know what it takes to ask the right questions, and I have the confidence and technical skills to lead effectively.
I’m looking into emerging markets, too. I may return to Africa someday, but I’m learning now to build global partnerships. I’ll leave here knowing what management means in other countries and how to effectively manage and motivate those cultures.