Executive Development Program Alumni Profile: Kristinn Jackson, Assistant Director in Purchasing at PACCAR

Tell us a bit about who you are and where you are in your career journey.

Kristinn JacksonCurrently I am an Assistant Director in Purchasing. I have worked for PACCAR in roles of increasing responsibility within Purchasing the past 8 ½ years.

Why did you choose the Executive Development Program?

I chose the Executive Development Program to continue growth in my career at PACCAR and refresh my knowledge in various business topics in support of a master’s degree in Organizational Management I completed several years ago.

Describe your experience in the program overall.

The program provided an overview of business topics, thoroughly covered for business professionals managing a full-time job and other commitments. I appreciated the opportunity to cover so much ground in a short amount of time. There was a broad range of other business professionals from a variety of industries and companies. This group was open to sharing their experiences and perspectives and providing support to other classmates.

What strategies did you use to balance work, life, and study during your time in the Executive Development Program?

My employer was flexible in allowing me to leave early on Mondays to use some time for prep at the beginning of each class. In addition, I would set aside time on the weekends to review materials, complete readings, etc. It was not always easy, but I was able to keep up with the coursework as presented in the EDP.

Is there a faculty member who stands out in your mind as being exceptional?

Dr. Bettin provided a method of teaching and sharing leadership that fostered a spirit of teamwork among participants from the beginning of the course through to the closing at the end. His personal story provided a unique background to his teachings and his interaction with students was genuine.

What was your favorite experience during the program?

The Spring Residential was the most enjoyable experience for me as there was a sense of accomplishment, teamwork and camaraderie between all the classmates. Ending with another session on Leadership was a great send off.

EDP classroom

Kristinn and classmate use unconventional materials to visualize a business problem in EDP’s Creativity & Innovation module

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students about this program?

This program was valuable to me in helping to secure that next level within my organization. For someone looking to develop their career within their current company, this program provides a good amount of information across a wide spectrum of executive-level business topics. The course addresses the challenges and opportunities faced at higher levels in an organization.

Executive Development Program Highlights:

  • Program duration: Nine months, one evening per week + two off-site retreats
  • Program dates: September – May
  • Early applications due:  May 1
  • Final application deadline:  August 1

See the program curriculum, faculty, and more at the program website.