Alumni Profile: Winter Skelton

Name: Winter Skelton
MBA Graduation Year: 2010
Current Profession: Nonprofit/development

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:
I started with the Community Foundations of the Ozarks in June 2005, immediately after undergraduate graduation, as the Communications Coordinator. I am still with the CFO but have served as the Coordinator of Foundation Relations and Director of Donor Services, and now as the Development Operations Officer.

How did your experiences in the Breech School of Business MBA prepare you for or enhance your professional career?
My experience with the MBA helps me be better-rounded for the nonprofit sector.  To run an effective nonprofit, it must be treated like a business with good financial health and management of its people and programs.  The MBA curriculum has certainly changed (for the better) the way I approach some professional situations.  

Were there any specific courses  that were especially useful to you?
Having a non-business background going into the program, all the technical knowledge, though difficult at the time, was really useful. Also the HR Management class was and is beneficial.

Do you have any favorite memories of your time in the Breech MBA program?
I have lots of great memories! Getting to know the people in the program is very fun and helps broaden your learning based on their experiences. One can never really forget Dr. Rohlf! And the class that Dr. Petty's wife made cinnamon rolls for us is a pretty good perk. The China trip is hard to describe, but certainly extremely memorable.

What advice would you offer to a new student beginning the Breech School of Business MBA program?
Take a deep breath. It seems very overwhelming in the beginning, particularly if you are working full time as I was. But if you take it day by day, class by class, you will get through it. And then you will look back and wonder where the time went. It was completely worth the two years of time, energy and effort.