1. Why, at this time in your career, are you seeking an MBA degree? What do you hope to gain from an MBA program and degree? I embarked on a journey tow ard an MBA over eleven years ago, when I earned an undergraduate degree in B usiness Administration-Finance at the University of Kentucky. My decision to follow this path, however, has its roots in my pre-teen days of selling any thing from fresh vegetables to newspapers to Christmas cards. I cultivated t his inclination in college, where I chose to pursue a career in information technology. The field beckoned to me with the promise of tremendous opportun ities for personal and intellectual growth--and was far more glamorous than flinging newspapers from the passenger seat of my father’ s car! Moreo ver, its practical applications in the corporate world provided me with a ch ance to make a positive contribution to society; my actions could have a dra matic impact on business processes and productivity. Looking through the "sc rapbook" of my life affords me both amusement and wonder. I envision myself at my first interview--nervous, excited, and wearing a truly horrible suit!
Next comes an image of my first undergraduate position, in which boundless e nthusiasm compensated for a lack of experience. Over the following two years
, I evolved into a “ tough as nails” team leader, dedicated to m y work and driven by perfectionism. I strove to provide excellent client ser vice, but lacked the humor and friendliness that create a pleasant team envi ronment. The years, however, have been both educational and formative. When
I look in the mirror today, I marvel at the changes. I see before me a recog nized and respected leader in the area of large, complex, process-improvemen t information-technology implementations within my firm. Quite a mouthful
230; and quite an accomplishment. When I envision the