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Rita Rodriguez-Davies

Program: Evening
Graduation: MBA 2018
Organization/Current title: Amneal, Specialty Sales Representative

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

A: I choose Jenkins for several reasons. A program with a study emphasis in my field (biosciences),flexibility of classes and platforms and affordability. I was able to continue working full time while earning my MBA.

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

A: I was able to apply what I was learning at work and that gave me more confidence to push forward and achieve my goals.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your time in the Jenkins MBA Program?

A: The McLauchlan Leadership Fellowship. I not only grew as a person during the fellowship but I had the opportunity to meet and interact with some talented and impressive people. Jenkins gave me the chance to access this leadership program not available at work.

Q: What are your lasting impressions of the Jenkins MBA program?

A: The Jenkins MBA was the best decision I ever made for my career and professional development.

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

A: As much as I hated it at the time, learning to work with a group on projects was a valuable lesson to learn. To be successful you must be able to work well with others.

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

A: I would suggest visiting one of the classes focused on your industry and seeing for yourself what material is being studied and what projects are being worked on. This will give you an idea how this may apply to your needs.

Q: What do you believe is your most interesting accomplishment since graduation?

A: I took a position with a small, specialty company selling complex products. This position requires extensive organization, clinical skills and drive. My MBA showed me I was more than capable of taking on this role and being successful at it.