Program: Professional Evening
Current title/organization: Director Global Manufacturing Strategy & Operations, Lenovo
Q: Why did you choose the NC State Jenkins MBA program for your graduate education?
A: Value, Convenience and Reputation
Q: How did your experience in the program contribute to your professional achievements and successes?
A: My MBA has helped me move from a local operations role to a global strategic role.
Q: What did you enjoy most about your time in the Jenkins MBA program?
A: The networking.
Q: What are a few of the most impactful classes/lessons you learned during your time at NC State?
A: As an engineering undergrad with operations background I had limited exposure to marketing and corporate finance. These classes gave me the knowledge and perspective to influence different shareholders as I look to drive transformation in my current role.
Q: What are your lasting impressions of the Jenkins MBA program?
A: The program was a good fit for my needs, I will remain engaged to continue to network and look for lifelong learning opportunities.
Q: What advice would you give for prospective and current students who are interested in your industry/profession?
A: Networking is critical, find mentors to help guide you.
Q: What advice do you have for prospective Jenkins MBA students?
A: Prepare for a challenging but rewarding journey, get help from co-workers/spouse so you can be fully engaged during your time in school.
Q: Could you give a brief explanation of your current line of work, and what has led you to it?
A: I am currently leading an internal consulting team who drives our global manufacturing strategy and operations teams at Lenovo. What led me here was an IE co-op job that I got while in undergrad at IBM 20 years ago.
Q: What do you believe is your most interesting accomplishment since graduation?
A: My goals are to continue to grow my influence, responsibility and network to provide me with engaging and challenging opportunities as my career progresses.