Name: Breanna Bouchard
Program: Professional Evening MBA student
Occupation: Fundraising Program Specialist, WakeMed Foundation
Previous Education: B.A., Communication Studies, University of North Texas
We interviewed Breanna as part of our Jenkins MBA Weekly Update, an electronic communication published for the Jenkins MBA student community. A member of the Jenkins MBA community is featured each week.
Q: Tell us something about you that we might be surprised to find out.
A: Most people who know me well would probably say there’s nothing about me that surprises them anymore … but for everyone else, maybe the fact that I do a spot-on Ray LaMontagne impression? There are very few people that can attest to this, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Q: What’s the most enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far?
A: I just took Dr. Henard’s 1-credit hour negotiation class and I thought it was brilliant. I can’t imagine getting more out of a two-day class than I did from this. Everyone should take it.
Q: If you could have any superpower you wanted, which one would it be?
A: I might get some flack for this, but I would say the power to have any power, whenever I want. Call it a cop-out, but I didn’t see any guidelines explicitly forbidding this. But just to keep the peace, I’ll go with the power to create puppies – whenever, wherever. Puppies change everything.
Q: If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: I’d probably teach you how to dougie… I’m just not sure what we’d do for the remaining 4.5 minutes.
Q: What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
A: So many strange jobs, I don’t really know where to start … I guess I’ll go with my undergrad job which involved picking up large sums of money (in the half-million range) from random construction sites across the state and depositing it at the bank. I’d show up in heels and attempt to trek through mud and dirt to get to the construction trailer so I could collect the money. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the safest thing to be doing. I don’t think I ever had an official title, but I never ran into trouble – so it all worked out.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: If something seems a little off with the sushi, don’t keep eating it.
Q: What’s your dream job / career goal? How is the MBA helping you get there?
A: I want to go to work every day knowing that I’m doing something to make a positive difference in the world. Getting my MBA is helping me look at this idea in unconventional ways and giving me the tools to approach social responsibility with more focus on fiscal stewardship and long-term viability.
Q: If you could meet a famous person (living or dead) for coffee or a beer, who would you want to meet? What would you want to ask them about?
A: Jerry Seinfeld. He’d pick me up in a rare, classic car and we’d grab a cup of coffee … not talking about anything in particular, just random musings on everyday life.