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Jeff Gordon

Program: Evening
Graduation: 2008
Current title/organization: Intelligent Automation Program and Governance Manager, Truist Financial Corporation

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Q: Why did you choose the NC State Jenkins MBA program for your graduate education?

A: I wanted a quality evening program; but one with live instruction.

Q: How did your experience in the program contribute to your professional achievements and successes?

A: The information I gained during the program is useful on a daily basis. From reviewing financials to discussing ways to market to internal/external stakeholders, the program pays dividends every day.

Q: What did you miss most now that you have graduated?

A: Not having a consistent sounding board. I still talk with many people from the program, but having the daily interaction was good.

Q: What are a few of the most impactful classes/lessons you learned during your time at NC State?

A: Bart Queen’s sessions on public speaking have been the most impactful.

Q: What advice do you have for prospective Jenkins MBA students?

A: Do the work. There are no shortcuts.

Q: What advice would you give for prospective and current students who are interested in your industry/profession?

A: My “profession” is constantly changing. The key is to be open to everything. Students can’t look ahead 3-5 years anymore and define their future path. They need to be open to what’s happening now.

Q: Could you give a brief explanation of your current line of work, and what has led you to it?

A: I’m the Intelligent Automation Program and Governance Manager at Truist. I am responsible for the successful operation of the IA team’s mission – to encourage the adoption and success of automation within this “new” $700B bank.