Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I am a sixth-generation Denver native and have a BA and JD from the University of Denver. Having spent my entire career in the philanthropic sector, I started a philanthropic consulting firm in 2006, specializing in charitable incorporation/formation and early-stage development.
What made you decide to choose Denver’s MBA program?
I had been considering an MBA program for several years. However, I was not confident in my ability to complete a full-time program while working and was unimpressed with other schools’ part-time curriculum or schedule. As a two-time DU alum, once Daniels started an online program and I spoke with the admissions team, I was sold.
How has what you’ve learned in the program impacted the work you are currently doing? How will it prepare you to be a leader in your industry?
I’m fortunate work in a city and space that is constantly evolving and growing. Additional education, paired with deeper connections and an expanding network, will serve me immediately and consistently as I endeavor to make an impact on the social sector in my hometown.
What has your experience collaborating with classmates in an online environment been like?
I’m constantly impressed with the breadth and diversity of my classmates’ experiences. Many of them are current managers, and I’ve learned substantially about their successes and struggles working with their employees. Their unique and varied perspectives add depth to the curriculum, which has the potential to be less useful without context. Even though we’re online, the software makes it easy to feel connected and closer to my classmates, as though we were in the same classroom.
How will this degree move you closer to your long-term career goals?
I want to run a philanthropic law firm one day, and while I’m interested in the actual legal work, running the firm and being a leader is more attractive. The pairing of my law degree with an MBA will distinguish me from my legal peers, such that I will have a better chance of serving in this role.
What was your favorite part about the immersion experience?
I enjoyed the dinner on Friday and my social time with my classmates most, as we truly connected as peers, friends and professional allies in a very short time. We share ambitions, sacrifices and values, and now we share an alma mater (in progress, I guess).