Alumni: Stephen Eisele

Name: Stephen Eisele
MBA Graduation Year: 2011
Current Profession: Program Manager, Political Parity

We’d love to share more about your professional success with our current and future students – please describe your career path to this point as well as your current profession:
From the time I was talked into competing in extemporaneous speaking in high school, I’ve had an interest in current events, politics, and the ability of individuals to impact public policy. As an undergraduate pursuing my degree in political science, I began to volunteer for political campaigns, from state representative to the presidential level. Graduating in 2008, I was able to gain a position with the Obama campaign organizing young people to vote, including Drury students.

Little did I know that less than a year later, I would return to Drury University as both a student and member of the staff. With a Breech MBA I was able to focus on both entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.

The same day I graduated from Breech with degree in hand, I accepted a position in Ohio as a regional communications director. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Boston to join a growing team at a family foundation where I manage our research and communications, including the launch of three reports and a comprehensive research inventory aimed at creating a more representative democracy.

How did your experiences in the Breech School of Business MBA prepare you for or enhance your professional career?
Knowing that I wanted to pursue a career in politics before and after the MBA, I came to the program hoping to establish a background in how to build an organization and understand the decision-making process. I came away with so much more.

In my current position, I oversee Parity’s ambitious research agenda. I manage our budget, interact and engage with consultants, and translate complex reports into simplified information designed for broad use. My coursework at Drury prepared me to master these tasks.

Were there any specific courses that were especially useful to you?
It’d be impossible to spotlight any single course without mentioning each and every one of them. Although I may not remember each equation from finance, or each software program mentioned in the technology course, I remember the relationship I developed with each professor.

Drury’s small size and commitment to a quality education provide you the opportunity to work one-on-one with your professors. Even now, I still email or call them up to ask a question or seek advice on a project.

Do you have any favorite memories of your time in the Breech MBA program?
Of course the China trip was an unforgettable experience that I reference often, but I also enjoyed the practical experience of Dr. Holmes’ marketing class. In addition to the regular course work, we broke off into teams and consulted with a small business within the Springfield community.

We went to their office, listened to their concerns and ideas, and then wrote a full marketing plan for their use. We encouraged them to build upon their new branding, open up their doors during Springfield’s ArtWalk to solicit new clients, and not lose their connection with the printing business from which they spun off.

Several months later, they reached out and informed us that they had incorporated many of our ideas and that business was thriving. To apply what we learned in the classroom to benefit a business in our community was highly rewarding.

What advice would you offer to a new student beginning the Breech School of Business MBA program?
Lean in. Fully. You’ll get what you put into the program, with interest. The team-based nature of the program will greatly enhance your learning. Students come to Breech from a variety of backgrounds and with myriad experiences. Listen and learn from them. And share your knowledge, too. You won’t regret it!