Senior Business Development Specialist
BerryDunn – Assurance, Tax and Consulting
Why did you pursue an Online MBA degree?
I have a great respect for education and I feel like knowledge is power. There are a lot of issues that businesses face and I want to be able to have that language of business to foster change in organizations.
I also have a lot on my plate personally and professionally. I’m married and have two young kids, so doing a residential program just wasn’t feasible for me at this point in my life. But I also felt like at this point in my career, it was now or never. I didn’t want to wait longer or later in my career to go back to school because I want to get to the next level of managing people and be in a leadership role. An online program was attractive to me because I wasn’t limited geographically to schools I can drive to easily.
Why was William & Mary’s Online MBA the best fit for you?
I really liked the wicked problem. Based on my research of other programs, it seemed like that was a unique approach. I also liked that the professors and resources you have access to, including the Executive Partners, were the same as the residential program. You’re not getting a second-tier educational experience. Certainly, the school’s reputation and long-standing history were also selling points.
What is your wicked problem?
My wicked problem looks at dysfunctional leadership, and the widespread economic and cultural impact it has on a business. This is something that is personal to me to some degree, but it’s also something that I think is a huge problem in corporate America.