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Shawn Hylton

Program: Evening/Online
Graduation: MBA 2019
Organization/Current title: Parker Lord Corporation, Global HR Manager

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

A: The Jenkins MBA has a strong reputation, brand, flexible program, great location, and it was affordable.

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

A: The program strengthened my business acumen which allowed me to have better dialogue with business leaders across multiple functions.

Q: What did you enjoy most about your time in the Jenkins MBA program?

A: I enjoyed building relationships through team collaboration, networking and learning from competent professors.

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

A: Friendships that were made along the way.

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

A: Women in Leadership (Leigh Shamblin rocks!)- Dare to Lead inspired me to be bold and fearless!

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

A: The MBA program was an awesome adventure and the catalyst to motivate me to pursue senior leadership opportunities with forward thinking organizations. Stay tuned!

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

A: I work in Human Resources. It is important to know the business – Finance, Technology, Sales, Marketing – and be able to speak the lingo. The MBA program allows me to now be able to do this. This creates trust, respect and confidence.

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

A: I work in Human Resources as a Global HR Manager. My responsibilities include overseeing HR programs such as performance management, compensation, recognition and relocation across four regions and over 20 countries. I started in HR over 15 years ago as an HR Assistance and moved up the ranks by taking on more responsibility over time.

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

A: We integrated a log collection tool into our CRM. It might sound boring, but it was a true end to end challenge. The politics involved with attempting to determine business value, the technology involved with seamlessly integrating, and the understanding of sunk costs and situational management gained when it became clear it was best for our business to back it out was indeed interesting.

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

A: Putting what I learned into practice on a daily basis in my conversations with business leaders.

Q: What are your goals and plans for the future?

A: I am currently pursuing an executive leadership role for a global organization.