Katherine Rainbolt

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I am originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but I have moved around a lot over the years. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma. I currently live in the Highlands neighborhood northwest of Downtown Denver. I work in marketing as the program manager for Colorado Ski Country USA—the not-for-profit trade association that represents 24 ski resorts across Colorado. As such, my role involves marketing, sales, community outreach and strategic partnership expansion; new program design and development and management of youth; and discount and high-end programs within the sports and entertainment industry.

Why did you decide to pursue your master’s?

While I recognize how valuable my background and professional experiences are, I also have weaknesses. I lack a traditional background in business—the courses, the credentials and the language of business that an MBA provides. I have experience in marketing, business development, sales and program management. An MBA will round out my knowledge base and give me the boost I need to continue to grow and progress in my career. .

What made you decide to choose Denver’s MBA program?

I work and live and enjoy life in Denver, so I wanted to continue to deepen my relationship with the Denver community and connect to the professional network the University of Denver Daniels College of Business provides. The MBA@Denver program is also highly respected on a national and international scale, so I knew I would receive an outstanding education from dedicated professors, while also learning from accomplish peers.

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?

The simplest answer here is that it has changed my perspective. I can metacognitively observe that I am looking at challenges from new angles, considering new stakeholders, potential outcomes, new markets, new ideas in my thinking—and I’m just generally more aware of the ethical basis upon which I am making decisions.

How will this degree move you closer to your long-term career goals?

I am a woman in the corporate world, specifically the sports and entertainment industry, and I want to continue to move forward into progressively more responsible leadership and executive positions at the highest levels of the sports world—be it a major mountain or the NHL, NBA, NFL or MLB. To do that, I need the strong, traditional, business foundation that an MBA provides.

What advice do you have for others considering this degree?

Get started! I postponed beginning this degree for two years out of fear that I would not be able to make it work within my already hectic life. I have found that although it is challenging, the format of the MBA@Denver program really does allow for full-time professionals to also be dedicated students. It is providing me with opportunities to move forward with my professional goals, instead of postponing them.

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