The ability to negotiate is one of the most important skills for professionals to have in today’s business world. Lucky for Kathy Hughes Langfield, ’07, MBA, vice president for operations for Blueforest Studios, negotiating is one of her greatest strengths as a business executive.
It’s a skill that Kathy relies on every day as the person responsible for marketing, operations, and finance for a busy integrated video production firm that boasts clients such as Cree, Greenshield Organics, and the NCADA.
“My current position involves wrangling a dozen creative folks and getting them to understand doing things on budget and on time,” she said. “I negotiate contracts with vendors ranging from HVAC contractors to web designers and also attend to operations, which lately has included a totally new brand that required a new website, new space, new staff, and a massive kickoff party.”
Kathy credits the Meredith MBA program with helping her refine her negotiation skills.
“While at Meredith, I actually took a negotiation course, which helped with many of the fundamentals and allowed me to improve my skills greatly,” she said.
In addition to using her negotiation skills to create value for her current employer, Kathy has used them in “planning events for an international association with a profit.”
Kathy describes her experience in the MBA program as “fantastic” with courses taught by professors who are “world-class researchers and authors.”
“The Meredith MBA staff and faculty want the students to succeed,” she said. “I’ve reached out to Page Midyette, MBA program director, and Dr. Stephanie Hurt, associate professor of strategic and international management, on several occasions since I've graduated for help with a variety of business and education topics and they are always happy to share their knowledge.”
The continued support Kathy has received from faculty and staff and the school’s expanding reputation for success have been unexpected bonuses of earning her MBA from Meredith.
“The most surprising benefit is the ongoing connection with the program, the after- graduation educational and networking opportunities as well as seeing how the program and the school are winning more accolades every year.”graduate programs mba