Evening MBA transformers: Raquel Barrett

Raquel Barrett Once: medical device sales, Valeant Pharmaceuticals
Now: director of marketing, Gratafy

Tell us about your previous career: As a business development manager for a medical device company, I was primarily responsible for achieving annual sales targets through the identification, development and maintenance of strategic partnerships.

What are you currently doing in your role? I had the opportunity to join Gratafy when there were only six employees and help build the company from the ground up. As director of marketing, I am responsible for the company’s growth and marketing efforts as they relate to acquisition, expansion, engagement and retention.

How did the Evening MBA Program help you transition to your new role? The Evening MBA Program was key in my development as a manager and marketing professional. When I reflect on my time at Foster, I attribute much of my learning and success to the wonderful professors and my diverse and engaged classmates.

What advice do you have for part-time MBA students interested in making a career transition? Instead of chasing a specific career goal, understand how you actually want to feel in your life and in your career after you graduate. Use these desires to help guide what classes you take and clubs you join, and to inspire your time Foster.