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Breanna McCormley

Program: Professional Evening MBA
Graduation: December 2016
Current title/organization:  Director of Development, Chordoma Foundation
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Q: What’s the most enlightening experience you had in the MBA program? 
A: I just took Dr. Henard’s 1-credit hour negotiation class and I thought it was brilliant. I can’t imagine getting more out of a two-day class than I did from this. Everyone should take it.

Q: If you could have any superpower you wanted, which one would it be?
A: I might get some flack for this, but I would say the power to have any power, whenever I want. Call it a cop-out, but I didn’t see any guidelines explicitly forbidding this. But just to keep the peace, I’ll go with the power to create puppies – whenever, wherever. Puppies change everything.

Q: If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach? 
A: I’d probably teach you how to dougie… I’m just not sure what we’d do for the remaining 4.5 minutes.

Q: What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
A: So many strange jobs, I don’t really know where to start … I guess I’ll go with my undergrad job which involved picking up large sums of money (in the half-million range) from random construction sites across the state and depositing it at the bank. I’d show up in heels and attempt to trek through mud and dirt to get to the construction trailer so I could collect the money. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the safest thing to be doing. I don’t think I ever had an official title, but I never ran into trouble – so it all worked out.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: If something seems a little off with the sushi, don’t keep eating it.

Q: What’s your dream job / career goal?  How is the MBA helping you get there?
A: I want to go to work every day knowing that I’m doing something to make a positive difference in the world. Getting my MBA has helped me look at this idea in unconventional ways and has given me the tools to approach social responsibility with more focus on fiscal stewardship and long-term viability.

Q: If you could meet a famous person (living or dead) for coffee or a beer, who would you want to meet? What would you want to ask them about?
A: Jerry Seinfeld. He’d pick me up in a rare, classic car and we’d grab a cup of coffee … not talking about anything in particular, just random musings on everyday life.