Kristie Spadine

The most important lessons from my MBA at the Madden School is the ability to find the balance between business and humanity in every decision I make. The two are not mutually exclusive and those Jesuit lessons have proven to be extremely important in my roles within Human Resources and Labor Relations.

During the summer between my first and second year of my MBA, I earned an internship with General Motors. During the Summer of 2015, I was an HR Business Partner for our Vehicle Sales Service and Marketing teams. At the conclusion of my internship, I was offered a full time job with GM in their rotational HR program (TRACK). Once I completed my MBA, I moved to Detroit, MI to start my career with GM full time. In my brief 2.5 years since I joined GM, I have worked in Talent Acquisition, Labor Relations and am now currently an HR Business Partner for Global Design.

The most important aspect of my MBA is the diversity of the classmates I had. Unlike traditional 4+1 and 3+2 programs, the Madden MBA program had classes made up of experienced professionals and new graduates. This diversity allowed me to bring a sense of confidence when transitioning into the workforce full time. Also, the flexibility of the MBA program allowed me to remain a full time student, while working full time.

The Madden MBA program allowed me to learn from a diverse portfolio of classes from industry experts. It’s been very beneficial when working as a professional that I learned from faculty that incorporated real world, practice experiences into our curriculum.

Earning my MBA has put me into roles and situations that provided flexibility and balance between my professional career and personal life.

Randy Bittel

I believe that just being enrolled in MBA classes had helped me land a new job. Having completed my MBA, I can attribute part of my recent promotion to Vice President at BNY Mellon|CSD Intelligent Data Solutions to my studies. Now that’s not to say that if you get an MBA from the Madden School you’ll be a VP, but the concepts and skills I learned as a student directly translated into my roles and responsibilities and played a large part in who I am as a manager.

What I had hoped to achieve during the program was to gain a new technical skill, as well as refresh my mind on some business topics that were difficult to apply as an undergrad. Having several years of experience before going back for my MBA, I wanted to apply my practical experiences to the concepts being taught at Madden. When you’re an undergrad student, it’s often difficult to relate to some of the topics. I also was able to gain a new skill, which was how to use Tableau to analyze data through visualizations.

My advice to freshman business majors, would be to have a dual major and try to gain as much technical and hands-on skills that you can on top of the core theories and concepts. Stay in tune with what’s trending in business and keep up with emerging technologies and software. Learn things on your own as well, outside of your coursework and try to apply it anyway you can.

Kierstyn Duggleby

This program highlighted the complexity of businesses, but more importantly, it gave me the opportunity to work with individuals from different backgrounds and industries of varying age. The program also didn’t focus solely on studying and memorizing out of a textbook- instead, classes spent time focusing on current events and issues that were relevant to the curriculum.

After completing this program I accepted an Associate Territory Sales Representative position with Grober Nutrition LLC out of Auburn, NY.

This program gives you the resources and support system needed to get ahead in the job market. I had one professor who would start each class promoting numerous job/career opportunities. The ‘community’ is rooting for your success during and after the program.

A territory sales rep position allows me to continue working for an industry that I am passionate about, all while strengthening relationships and working with people. During the job hunt, the MBA gave companies assurance through interviews and on a resume that I could easily adapt and learn their company.

The MBA is a great way to stand out among the rest.

Courtney Coryea

The Madden School of Business has taught me about truth and transparency and those things are important to reflect and analyze even when things are going extremely well.

While completing this program I landed a Marketing Communications Specialist position at the UVM Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, NY.

The MBA program has helped me become a well rounded individual. It taught me an array of skills that has allowed me to be a specialist in many aspects of marketing and business.

Currently in my career, I get to perform an array of marketing and strategic planning tasks and the MBA program has given me the foundation to be able to do this and do it well.

My MBA has impacted my personal life because it has allowed me to be a more understanding person. This program allows you to learn from other perspectives, experiences and backgrounds, thus enhancing my own perspective on life.

I could not have asked to be part of a better MBA program! Every single person I met, from my classmates to my professors, were so kind and always willing to help.