MBA Alumni Ambassadors
Hear about the experiences of our PC MBA alumni. If you have questions that you would like to ask any of our MBA alumni ambassadors, feel free to send them a message on LinkedIn!
Edward Thompson ’06G
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Vice President in Treasury Sales for Palm Beach County (FL)
“My best memories were those involved in meeting the other students. Met a lot of great people who were starting their careers and were motivated to expand their knowledge base in certain topics. The PC MBA experience supported my career goals in that it allowed me to focus on the subjects that were important in my chosen industry. I was able to apply what I learned at PC to my current job. With such a diverse curriculum, I was able to delve into different subjects which helped determine what path I wanted my career to go down. I think the MBA was the best academic decision I have ever made. I was able to take classes at night in subjects that I was interested in. Since I was working for a company that offered tuition reimbursement, it really was an easy decision and I don’t see how anyone could pass up the opportunity.”
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Jill Levcowich ’16G
Schneider Electric, Process Improvement Associate – Customer Satisfaction & Quality (RI)
Favorite PC MBA Memory/Experience: “Undoubtedly, my favorite memory was my trip to Paris for Dr. Newth’s Global Management course! The experience left me with a surplus of knowledge regarding Parisian culture from both a business and social perspective. I did not study abroad during my undergraduate degree, so the trip was extremely meaningful. As a bonus, our class visited my company’s headquarters as one of the scheduled corporate visits. Overall, I had an amazing time with the French Friars!”
How did the PC MBA experience support your career goals? “I changed careers from a role in Finance to the field of Continuous Improvement towards the end of my MBA program. I felt as though I thrived in management courses, and I particularly enjoyed my Strategic Management Capstone with Dr. McIntyre. I had a great analytical foundation, but I wanted to move into a role that focused on strategy and change-leadership. I received an abundance of assistance on creating an eye-catching resume, succeeding in an interview, and tips on self-branding from Anne Lipsitz. Even after graduating, the PC MBA program continues to offer support with my career goals.”
What is the best advice you have for anyone considering their MBA? “Just go for it! Take the jump, and work hard at it. When I began the program, I was a recent undergraduate, with entry-level skills. My company offered tuition reimbursement, and the incentive accelerated the process for me. However, this program is flexible and affordable. I had a pretty demanding workload at the office, but the course times worked very well with my schedule. Throughout this journey, I have transformed into a leader, and I have PC to thank for that.”
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Richard N. Mona ’15G
Fidelity Investments, Education Consultant, Workplace Investing
“I was having trouble in my pre-requisite accounting class and kept missing my professors office hours, as we were both working professionals. One day I arrived on campus early and while walking through the hallway of Feinstein, I saw this very tall gentleman walking towards me. I introduced myself and he said “Hi, I am Pat Kelly, and I am an accounting professor here.” I thought to myself, WOW!-That’s ironic as it is my toughest class. I told him about my struggles and he said, “If you have time, I will help you right now.” I couldn’t believe it. We grabbed an abandoned classroom and helped me through my accounting struggles on the spot! We spent an hour together that day, and I will never forget his willingness to help. He also turned me on to the accounting tutors as well as the Career Education Center (where I met my friend Anne Lipsitz). At no other college would I find such a dedicated and willing team who are there to help.
The MBA experience made the difference in my career. I was in a very competitive interview process for my current role, and my experience and education gained through the Providence College MBA program differentiated me from the other candidates in the process. In addition, the support and preparation that the Career Education Center (at the time Anne Lipsitz) provided, readied me for the interview process. I had gone on several mock interview, re-evaluated my resume, improved my social media presence, as well as working on several intangible skills to increase my personal brand. The Providence College MBA Program had a direct correlation on my eighteen year career success at Fidelity.
The decision to get my MBA at PC was easy, as Fidelity has an extremely generous tuition reimbursement program. I had only wished that I had not waited so long in my career to go back to PC for my MBA. As I look back now with my experience, knowledge, and lifelong network I have obtained, it was one of the smartest choices I ever made!
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Henry Wilton Pynchon ’07 & ’09G
State Street Corporation, Leadership Development Program
Favorite PC MBA Memory/Experience: “My favorite teacher was Dr. Vivian Okere. His classes were salon style, informal discussions surrounding current business events, with less focus on hard data analysis. Over my career I have found being able to converse intelligently across a range of business topics is key to networking and enhancing your personal brand. I also have fond memories of Carol Hartley’s accounting courses – although I found them difficult, I enjoyed accounting and ultimately my first career position was with a financial reporting team.”
How did the PC MBA experience support your career goals? “Since I was an English major, obtaining my MBA from Providence College put me in the right mindset, and gave me the expanded toolset, needed to face the rigors of professional life. It fostered my intellectual curiosity for the business world especially capital markets and current economic and political events. It should also be noted that my first career position with State Street, the company I am still with today, was because I got my resume into the hands of Doug Horton, a 1999 Providence College graduate.”
What is the best advice you have for anyone considering their MBA? “I have two pieces of advice. First, I recommend working in the professional world for at least one year, or ideally several, before beginning your MBA studies. The concepts learned in classrooms are more easily understood and applied if you already have a foundation of knowledge to build upon. Second, carefully consider how you plan to use your degree upon graduation. Are you changing careers entirely, looking to upskill in order to change job functions, or looking for a salary increase? All are valid reasons, but it’s worth planning beforehand so when the diploma is in your hand, you already know where you are going next.”