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Flex MBA Career Statistics
The Flex MBA Program is made up of students currently employed in a variety of professional capacities who are pursuing their MBA to enhance their future opportunities and options in their growing careers. Alongside many other motivators, students in the Flex MBA Program are seeking to:
- Position themselves for advancement within their current organizations
- Prepare to seek new, challenging roles at top employers
- Gain strategic tools to start their own business or up the game for a business they’ve already launched
- Grow their professional network through relationships with peers, Tribe alumni, faculty, and Executive Partners
Meet Our Alumni
Flex MBA Class of 2016
Undergraduate University: Sweet Briar College
Major/Minor:Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
Current Employer: Mondelez International
Current Position: Associate Director of Integrated Lean Six Sigma & Capabilities
- Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?
- I was serious about my career and wanting to do more strategic projects. I was in a really technical role and I would shy away from bigger picture, strategic or financial projects because I didn’t speak that language yet. I wanted to have a little more of that business knowledge because I had never really taken a business class.
- How did the Flex MBA program help your career?
- What William & Mary did a really nice job with was providing electives so you can get a feel for what you like in business. I really enjoyed my Lean Six Sigma classes. I like making things more efficient and fixing broken systems. As I was finishing the program, I was able to move into a Lean Six Sigma role within my company. I went from working in one operation and understanding my impact on the organization within four walls to actually affecting strategy and approaching problems like the case studies we reviewed in class. It was really a jumping off point for my career.
- How do you plan to leverage your MBA in the future?
- I really love business because it’s like medicine; it’s a profession where you can work on technical problems, build and work in teams, and see tangible results almost immediately. I have a passion for supply chain and operations so I would love to use what I’ve learned and be a VP of Operations or a COO. That’s a long-term goal that I think would be exciting. Plus, as a woman professional, there’s just not a lot of us in roles like that and I would like to be a part of changing that.
Flex MBA Class of 2016
Undergraduate University: Norfolk State University
Major/Minor:Business Administration, Accounting
Current Employer: Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General
Current Position: Auditor
- What appealed to you about William & Mary?
- William & Mary is a very prestigious school. It’s a highly regarded university nationwide. When I heard about the Flex MBA program, it sounded like the perfect option for me because I could pursue a powerful degree at a great institution and I could do it while working full-time.
- How did the Flex MBA program affect how you approached your work, professionally?
- The Flex MBA program was applicable to every position I held at the shipyard, whether it was working in a blue-collar role as an electrician or in a white-collar role as a financial analyst. Information I learned in the courses – like statistics, accounting, and finance – all was applicable. Now, I can also look at things from a bigger picture and help make recommendations on how to plan out different jobs and execute our plans.
- How did you get your current role?
- I attended the Meet the Firms event that William & Mary hosts and I met with the Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General. I accepted their offer to work as an Auditor and I now mostly conduct healthcare performance audits that range from self-generated by the agency to congressional requests.
Flex MBA Class of 2016
Undergraduate University: Randolph-Macon College
Current Employer: BDO
Current Position: Business Development Director
- What appealed to you about William & Mary’s Flex MBA program?
- I didn’t want the experience of earning my MBA to be easy or to check a box. I also didn’t want to be a full-time student or to stop working. I wanted something to challenge me and I really wanted to learn. After attending an information session for the Flex MBA program at William & Mary, I knew immediately it was what I wanted to do.
- How was your experience in the Flex MBA program?
- I commuted from Richmond to the Hampton Roads satellite campus, and I was at a point in my life where I could commit to the time that required. What I appreciated the most about the program was that it was known that the students are working professionals. There was so much practical information I learned from the classes and from my classmates who came from every background possible. I learned things that I took straight to my professional life on a daily basis.
- How did the Flex MBA program change your career path?
- The program taught me a lot especially when I took non-technical classes like organizational behavior and management. It led me down a path that made me realize that while I loved public accounting, I needed to think more about it and figure out the aspects of it that I truly liked and if that could be translated into another role. After doing a bunch of research, I realized that based on what I was passionate about, I wanted to take on a business development role. I love learning about different companies, what they are doing, and how they are going to get there. I found a business development role with BDO and it’s been really fun and rewarding.
Flex MBA Class of 2017
Hometown:Newport News, VA
Undergraduate University: William & Mary
Current Employer: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Current Position: Vice President of Culinary Operations
- Why did you pursue an MBA?
- I learned about the William & Mary Flex MBA from one of the executives I worked with. I majored in English as an undergrad and I felt there was still a lot I could learn from a quantitative standpoint. I was looking for growth and opportunity, professionally, and I thought maybe an MBA could help me stand out.
- How did you balance working with going back to school?
- Working in hospitality at a theme park is not a nine-to-five job so I really had to create a schedule more than I ever had before. It was sometimes difficult because the program has a lot of group work and my groups tended to want to meet on the weekends. For me and my business, that is our busiest time. I had to be flexible and have that conversation with my boss that this was something I was committed to doing and I may need to step away for a couple of hours. It required a lot of organization but I had great professors and teammates who were able to work around that so it didn’t impact my job too much.
- How have you benefited from earning an MBA?
- While I was in the program, a director position came up with our sister company, Water Country USA, and I got that promotion. I know being in the Flex MBA program at William & Mary helped me to be able to get that promotion. I was neck and neck with people who were just as qualified but the difference being, I was working towards that degree and taking my own time to grow and develop. It gave me more confidence and I stood out as a candidate.
Flex MBA Class of 2017
Hometown:East Lyme, CT
Undergraduate University: United States Coast Guard Academy
Major/Minor:Political Science, Government and International Relations
Current Employer: Boeing
Current Position: Materials Management and Transportation Manager
- Why did you decide to return to school and earn an MBA?
- My job in the Coast Guard involved managing projects, leading people, and working in an operations environment. I knew that getting my MBA at the same time would help me not only do better at my job but be better at leading people.
- Why was William & Mary’s Flex MBA program the right fit for you?
- I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and I was working full-time in the Coast Guard. I saw the benefit of going to class in the evenings. William & Mary has a reputation and a prestige related to the type of education students receive that appealed to me. The school has a satellite campus in Newport News so the fact that they offered classes thirty minutes away was very convenient.
- What were some things you learned in the program that you’ve been able to use professionally?
- A lot of the work that I do at Boeing reflects what I learned at William & Mary. I use a lot of lean processes and project management processes that were represented in the case studies we looked at. Being able to have the knowledge of things that have worked and not worked for those organizations helps me, today, work a little bit better. Also, the program spends a lot of time looking at different leadership practices which helped me to hone my leadership skills and become a more effective leader. My goal for the future is to be a model for other graduate students that come from a diverse cultural background. I think it is important that William and Mary promotes these unique differences to strengthen cohort relationships, help peers learn from each other, and provide another value to their already renowned education standards.
- What advice can you give other active duty service members considering the Flex MBA program?
- You do not have to leave your job or wait until something, like your tour, to end to start school. William & Mary worked with me on many occasions to help me complete the classes if my job schedule conflicted. The Flex MBA program is for working professionals so they should take advantage of that.