Paulina Gastelum’s executive MBA prepared her for the chief executive role at the US commercial operations of AGQ Labs. She’s the third generation of her family to work in the agribusiness industry, building on the work ethic of her grandparents, who were migrant laborers.
Sean Russell, 32, will graduate from WSU Vancouver in December with a business administration degree. He returned to school after working in the maritime industry. “I had a bit of a history with WSU, so it feels like a redemption arc,” he says. “WSU was where I started as an 18-year-old and dropped out after one semester.”
To achieve her full potential at Boeing, Suellen Dos Santos Frank realized she needed a business background to complement her technical expertise. An Executive MBA gave her knowledge and confidence in her leadership skills.
Take four ambitious Executive MBA students. Add in a capstone project. What do you end up with? For Karli Barich, Tavis Scholz, Annie Carter, and Craig Windish, it was “BedWedge,” a self-inflating device that provides personal space for sleepers.
In a thoughtful letter penned to herself at the start of her online Executive MBA studies, Hazelmae Overturf made a point to cut herself some slack. Pursuing excellence comes naturally to Overturf, a senior manager of learning and development at BECU in Kent. But she also knew earning the degree while holding a management position would require giving herself some grace.