Project Manager, Stanley Black & Decker
Professional’s MBA ’13
The knowledge and skills that I acquired in Loyola’s MBA program continue to be valuable to me, not only in my career, but in all aspects of life. My initial reason for enrolling in the program was simply to gain a better understanding of basic business elements and concepts. But throughout my studies, I was amazed at how many lessons were immediately applicable to my job as well as in my day-to-day interactions. I’ve noticed improvements in both my work and personal life by learning how to be self-reflective and a more effective communicator. Enduring the Loyola curriculum was challenging at times, but overall the value that I gained turned out to be much more than I expected. The Loyola MBA is not simply a higher level of business education – it’s a means to living your dreams and becoming a better person.
Vice President, Finance, University of Maryland Medical Center
Professional’s MBA, ‘00
I chose the Loyola MBA program because I felt the need to supplement my undergraduate education, which was largely based on gaining technical expertise, with a broader business knowledge that was adaptable to being part of the workforce. I specifically chose Loyola because of the program's reputation both within and outside of Baltimore. The program has helped me immensely in terms of being a leader. A good leader isn't just someone who has a sound understanding of the technical aspects of what they manage. A good leader understands the broader business implications of their decisions and inspires people to work towards achieving goals. I feel that the MBA program positioned me well to be an effective leader through both the classroom instruction and social interaction. My investment in Loyola has proven to be well worth the money. Investing in the MBA program is also about investing time. The program at Loyola is well structured to provide those already in the workforce with the flexibility to earn their degree. Completing my MBA at Loyola is one of the best career decisions I have ever made.
Materials Manager—Flavor Manufacturing Center, McCormick & Co., Inc.
Professional’s MBA, ‘16
Loyola has an excellent reputation in Maryland and the surrounding region and as a McCormick employee there are amazing network advantages to being a Loyola MBA candidate. There is a large network of hiring managers within the organization who have earned a degree from Loyola. Those hiring managers will see a Loyola MBA listed amongst my credentials and know they can place a high value on my education.
Also worth mentioning are the great insights that I have gained from a diverse classroom. I have had access to multi-cultural, multi-national classrooms filled with business professionals from all industries and educational backgrounds.
The last great benefit of the Loyola MBA is a talented and professional staff. Most of my professors are actively engaged in an industry with direct application to the subject matter they are teaching. Having a professor who not only understands the theory but also the tacit information that can only be obtained through years of real experience has been invaluable to me.
David Christian Keffer
Vice President of Marketing, Stanley Black and Decker
M.B.A. Fellows ‘02
Having spent my undergraduate years at Loyola, I knew the foundation of Jesuit education was something that interested me in my graduate studies. As a full time working professional the Executive MBA Fellows program suited my needs perfectly by having class on Saturday’s. It provided a team environment that emulated the working environment and I was paired with teammates that had different backgrounds than me – it was a fantastic learning experience. In addition, the accelerated coursework provided a needed timeline to help me drive to completion of the program, without the planned timeline I may dragged out the timeline to complete the degree.
One thing the program taught me was even more effective time management and how to prioritize. You think that you can’t take on any more than you are doing today, but you learn that you can if it is important enough to you. So, are there late nights and a lot of work to complete the degree? Yes. But, are you going to get to learn from your classmates and coursework about how to think differently and act like a leader? Absolutely. If leading an organization is your goal, then you have to learn these skills while carrying a heavy load at work. Financially, you have to prepare like anything else and prioritize what is important to you. I looked at my budget at the time and certainly carved out the necessary funds to make it happen but it is like anything else you do to prioritize what is important in life and this was important to me.
The opportunity to learn how to take risks in an environment that is less stressful than the workplace allowed me to develop skills that helped make me a better and more effective leader. I will never forget the finance coursework and the strategic lessons learned from the professors that put us in real world situations where there is competition, ethical decision making and capital constraints. The opportunity to learn from your teammates and build a top notch network was also a huge bonus. Bottom line—the Executive MBA helped prepare me how to think like an executive and provided a classroom where risk-taking is encouraged.
Director of Marketing (Digital Products), Stanley Black & Decker
Sellinger Graduate Alumni Board
I chose Loyola because I knew it was a program rooted in the ideals of a Jesuit education with a track record of proven success. My Loyola degree helped me gain a new perspective on different organizations – large and small, for-profit and non-profit and different industries.
My best tip for those seeking a graduate program is managing your expectations from the start of your new time-balance and treat it as a marathon, not a sprint.
Assistant Director of Digital Strategies, UMBC
After going through the business school application process I found myself torn between two Baltimore area schools. What set Loyola apart was that I truly felt like they wanted me there. When I was accepted, I didn't just get an email, I received a phone call congratulating me. Everyone from the advisors to financial aid was so accommodating to me prior to applying through the day I graduated.
Having my MBA gives me the confidence to have a seat at the table. Because of Loyola, I know my way around a balance sheet, a value stream map, a data set, and I even got a chance to improve my Spanish. As my career accelerates, I feel comfortable knowing that Loyola equipped me with the skills I need to tackle tough problems, ask the right questions, and see the world differently.
Carlyle A. Schrouter
Branch Chief of Accounting, U.S. Department of Treasury
M.B.A. Fellows, ‘12
My journey began in late August of 2009. It was the beginning of my first MBA Fellows class and I was filled with anxiety. How would I match up against some of the smartest minds in the tristate area? And while quitting the program was simply never an option, I was quite concerned with knowing if I could hold my own.
Then came our first team exercise – an ad hoc scenario administered by the faculty during Residency week using a set of PVC pipes. Immediately it all seemed to make perfect sense – replace the “I” with “WE”. Yes, we are in fact, stronger together.
Pope Francis said it best: Transformational leaders are Jesuit educated – and we are always challenged to strive for academic excellence; our magis.
And while I could have chosen a myriad of schools to complete my MBA, Loyola chose me to be an instrument of change – both internal and external. This journey has transformed me to be a better leader, a better parent, a better husband, a better neighbor and a better friend. Essentially, it is not the three letters (M.B.A) that you can add to your name that enables your success after graduation, rather it is the experience (the peak and valleys throughout the program) that cultivated my perspective in leading.
Vice President, Marketing and Communications Manager, M&T Bank
M.B.A. Fellows, ’14
I’m lifelong learner and intellectually curious person; so going back to earn my MBA was always as part of my “20 Mile March.” This Jim Collins concept has guided me through my career because it’s not a sprint, but instead a marathon that takes thoughtful planning and reflection to in order to maximize your career. This MBA journey wasn’t a free lunch as I borrowed through student loan programs and utilized employer tuition reimbursement program. Balancing a full-time job, family, and school required excellent time management and prioritization skills. The Loyola Executive Fellows Program commitment was 2 ½ years that involved doing something either for work or school six days a week—all very doable. It’s about commitment, focus, and support.
We all are risks to our employers (in varying degrees) meaning that employers look for a combination for experience, education, and skills for job placement, advancement, and promotions. The MBA has helped further to de-risk me as an employee because now I have more education to complement my 25 years of financial services experience that provides a sense of calm to employers that signals that I don’t require any training. As a result, I can step in and begin helping them with their immediate challenges.
The MBA provides more theories and concepts to solve both strategic and tactical business problems. Practice makes perfect through many business case studies and a 15-week consulting engagement. One of the many lessons I learned in business school is that you aren’t going to use everything immediately, however, you should make it a practice of establishing an electronic file cabinet of materials that you can reference when different business situations warrant. For example, I wasn’t a people manager in grad school; however, once you are placed in a leadership role, then you will need to draw upon various leadership materials and tools from faculty like Dr. Tony Mento.
Finally, as I reflect on my Loyola MBA selection, it came down to five distinct characteristics: fit; flexibility; faculty; fellows; and, field studies.
Fit: This perhaps the biggest attribute to get right. There a lot of really good business schools, however, I wanted one that matched my keen interests in finance, ethics, and marketing. Loyola’s Jesuit learning approach of cura personalis—the education of the whole person—I found of value and wanted a different learning experience versus my undergraduate school.
Flexibility: As a working career professional, flexibility is important consideration in terms of striking the right balance between family, work, and school. Loyola’s Fellows program was perfect for my hectic life schedule that enabled me to balance working as mid-career professional, while advancing my knowledge.
Faculty: One of the key strengths of any MBA program are the professors. Loyola exposed me to some terrific professors like Dr. Mark Johnson, Dr. Jason Parcover, and Dr. Tony Mento, who challenged me to think differently about business world problems, case studies, etc.
Fellows: I really learn from being around diverse people. One of the key program benefits was the rotating fellows program that enabled me to access classmates from various industries that exposed me to new and innovate ways of looking at business issues.
Field Studies: It’s great to learn in the classroom, but application really great me excited. The Fellows program offered two travel opportunities: 1) Domestic field study to New York that included visits to KPMG and NYSE and 2) International field study to Chile and Argentina that was comprised of 20 company visits, two countries, and in 10 days!!