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Ryan Griffin, ’11, MBA
IT Project Manager, AT&T
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Meredith. The program was very hands-on and involved, which was much more appealing than sitting in larger classes with limited participation. I also knew that I wanted the smaller class size that Meredith offered. I enjoyed the close-knit community feel of the program—I knew pretty much everyone in my classes, and got to know some of the teachers well.
My favorite class was economics, because the course exposed me to decision-making processes at every level. The capstone class was the most challenging, as it encompassed all of my previous classes and combined everything we learned into a business simulation.
I wanted to provide myself with a strong strategic framework to ultimately have an effective and successful career in management. I'm a more effective decision maker since being in the program—I'm also more confident, and a better leader. The presentations, projects, research, and overall learning experience have made me a stronger project manager.”
Meredith Lawhon, ’07, MBA
Head of Global Human Resources, BioScience
“I decided to pursue my MBA to create a competitive advantage for myself. The market, no matter what area you are in, is incredibly challenging. I wanted to further my business learning, increase strategic view points and set myself apart from others in my field. My MBA allowed me to develop distinct analytical skills that help me to work through daily challenges, no matter what area of business they come from.
Obtaining your MBA shows you have interest in professional development, motivation and commitment to excellence. Personally, this opened doors for opportunities with both my previous employer and current employer, allowing for expanded roles and responsibilities, and, ultimately, promotional opportunities.
My MBA taught me to think strategically and understand a broader picture within the business, rather than focusing only on my functional area of Human Resources. As a result, I am able to increase both my sense of partnership with the business and my own decision making effectiveness.”