From senior advancement officer to senior engagement director

Sally Collins, EMBA 2012, enrolled in the Executive MBA Program to prepare herself for an executive director role in a non-profit organization. But midway through her two-year program, she realized that she needed a change. She left her job as an advancement officer for a non-profit organization and began networking full-time to find a position in the private sector where she could put her relationship-building skills – and her newly-acquired business savvy – to work. She describes her status as a student in the Foster School’s EMBA as a “golden ticket” that opened doors and gave her instant credibility when she reached out to people who could help her in her search. Even for this consummate networker, the transition took nine months. In the end, she landed a job with a great company doing work she loves.

For the experienced professionals who graduate from Foster’s Executive MBA Program, career challenges come in many shapes and sizes. Watch four EMBA alumni talk about facing these challenges. Each triumphed over adversity with new knowledge and skills, a new network of contacts and assistance from the EMBA program’s career coach.