By Amanda Blumeyer
We recently got to chat with Andrea about her experience at DePaul, check out her wonderful insights!
When did you graduate from Kellstadt and what was your degree concentration?
In August, 2018 - just a few months ago! I have a dual concentration MBA in Marketing Strategy & Planning and Leadership & Change Management.
Why did you decide to go to grad school and why did you choose DePaul?
I chose DePaul because their business network is impressive and the commitment to viewing business as more than just the bottom line was important to me. Learning that there are multiple stakeholders, not just shareholders, for whom businesses need to optimize value, resonated with me.
What lessons did you take away from your time at Kellstadt that you use in your current role as Director, Marketing & Member Experience at CFSI?
Wow - so many! Coming from a marketing background, learning to talk the talk of my other colleagues, across finance, operations, research, was such an eye-opener. I didn't realize how little I knew before my MBA. Courses in the management department have helped me identify my weaknesses as a manager and gave me concrete tools to improve those skills.
What marketing class at DePaul was most valuable to you and why?
This is tough! Can I say it was a tie between two courses? One was tactical and the other strategic and I think they were both so valuable to me:
· MKT 540 (Developing Sustainable Business Models) with Iqbal Zafar
· MKT 536 (Pricing Strategy) with Tim Smith
Both are not to be missed. You'll work hard, but you'll learn more than you could imagine.
Is there a marketing class you wish you’d taken during your time at DePaul but didn’t? Which one and why?
No - I mean, I'd love to take them all! But was happy to explore outside of marketing, where I've spent my career and already have a solid foundation.
Do you have any recommendations for current students on how to get the most out of their experience at DePaul?
Get involved! I was on the board of Graduate Women in Business and made awesome friendships. I'd say, use all the resources Kellstadt offers you, which includes reaching out to professors, utilizing the career center, and take advantage of your free access to publications in the A-Z library.
How do you go about networking? What recommendations do you have for current students who are looking to grow their network?
Very few people love to network. I'd suggest joining a student organization. It will make you be committed to attending your group's events, and puts you in a "host" role that makes it much more natural to approach people and get to know them than if you were just attending. But you just have to have confidence that you can bring something of value to the conversation and then go do it!
What are your career goals or where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
I love strategy and building teams. In the next 5 years I'd like to expand on my experience to play a bigger role in growing a business. I'd like to learn as much as I can as I strive toward a C-suite position; the social value the company is bringing to this world is very important to me - I want to help a company grow that is also creating a positive difference.