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Allison Bonner

Name: Allison Bonner
Program: Professional Evening MBA – RTP Campus
Previous Education: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. Communications and Music
Allison Bonner currently works at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina on their Community Relations team. She loves her job because every morning she feels like she has a new chance to help impact and make a difference in her community. She is currently responsible for developing and executing employee volunteer programs and negotiating community sponsorships. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Communications and Music (concentration in opera), and still makes music a part of her life by practicing her piano and auditioning for community theatre in all her free time!

As cliché as it sounds, Allison hopes to use her MBA and her passion for bettering her community to make the world just a little bit better.

Q&A with Allison:

Q: Tell us something we might be surprised to find out. 
A: I have a degree in Opera, and have sung in the Bulgarian Opera House, Carnegie Hall, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Oh, and my ancestors were Irish horse thieves, so there’s that.

Q: What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far? 
A: It would have to be working with John Hutchings. I took his “Accelerate Your Career” course my first semester, and it was a great opportunity to reflect and assess my professional aspirations. Now, I’m thrilled to call him a friend and mentor – he’s coached me through two job opportunities, and provided great insight and advice throughout the process. If you haven’t met John yet (or taken his class), you’re missing out.

Q: If you had five minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: I’ve lived in and loved the south my whole life, so I’d teach people a few “southern-isms.” If someone is going through a hard time, you bring them a “covered dish.” If someone says “Bless your heart,” it’s not a compliment. If someone lets you change lanes in traffic, throw your hand up and wave. “Y’all” is the best contraction ever created. “Yonder” is an unspecified distance that’s probably a little farther than you think. Finally, my personal favorite southern sentiment, shared by Reese Witherspoon: “If it’s not moving, monogram it.”

Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: I was in a meeting early in my career, and I posed a question to the group hedging with, “This may be a stupid question, but…” I got a call that afternoon from my Vice President, and she said, “You don’t ever need to say that your question might be stupid. You’re an intelligent woman whose voice deserves to be heard, and you asked a great question. You’re better than that.” I was floored and profoundly thankful that she took the time and interest in me to share that advice. I’ve never used those words again.

Q: What’s your favorite song to cheer you up get you pumped up, or ready to face the day?
A: Anything by Queen Bey. #IWokeUpLikeThis

Q: What’s your dream job/career goal? How is the Jenkins MBA helping you get there?
A: I’d like to be a Chief Human Resources Officer or lead a Corporate Affairs team because I have a passion for people, communications, and corporate reputation/employment brand strategy. The Jenkins MBA will help me achieve these goals because, while it’s easy to focus on the aspects of business I have a particular affinity for, this degree will give me the ability to operate at an enterprise level providing a solid understanding of core business functions.