Student: Lori Johnson

Name: Lori Johnson
Expected Graduation Date: December 2013
Undergraduate Degree and Institution: Missouri State University, B.S. in Public Relations

Please tell us about your future plans once you receive your MBA from the Breech School of Business.
I currently am Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at TelComm Credit Union and have been for the past 7 years.  Upon completion of my MBA from Drury University I will be well positioned for future career opportunities at TelComm or elsewhere.  I have considered applying to teach as an adjunct professor at MSU or DU.  I have really enjoyed working with college students over the years via civic organizations.

How are your experiences in the MBA program at the Breech School of Business enhancing your professional career?
I have developed some great tools to help me work effectively in groups, address human resource issues (I conduct our staff training meetings in my job) as well as become familiar with creating a business plan.  Without my MBA experiences to date I likely would be more frustrated with the challenges which come up daily in my work life because I would not have as many “arrows in my quiver” to help me address the situation.  Attending graduate school as a working adult brings its own struggles, but frankly I think it has probably been more rewarding because the experience has forced me out of a mental rut which we all can fall into.   I   have enjoyed learning from my classmates about other ways of looking at our texts thru discussion. 

What specific courses have been your favorite, and why?
I am in my 4th MBA course right now and at this point I would say Designing Strategic Teams would be my favorite.  The class was valuable because it taught me the need we all have to over-inform one another in order to be properly understood and flesh out all the angles. This class showed me that I have a responsibility to draw information out from reticent  members of a group and how easy it really is to try and seek consensus for the sake of personal comfort with teammates, rather than because it is the best decision. 

Do you have any favorite memories of about the Breech MBA program?
So far I have had snapshots of funny exchanges with classmates and professors as my favorite memories, but I am sure over the next 12 months we will make more.

What advice would you offer to a new student beginning the MBA program at the Breech School of Business?

  • Be respectful of your instructors and your classmates.
  • Attend class regularly. You really do miss a lot when you are absent.
  • Ask the ‘stupid’ questions – they are not stupid.
  • Be proactive and take initiative in all areas of your education.
  • Stay organized.
  • Schedule and plan – for homework, group meetings, study time, personal life, and mental health breaks etc.  The 8 weeks classes are great because they are intense and over relatively quickly, but that demands coordination and planning to succeed.
  • Don’t procrastinate – just DO IT!
  • Remind your family and friends you still exist and miss them while you are “underground” in this program so they can celebrate with you when you “surface” again.
  • No one cares about your projects/stress/assignments other than you.  Suck it up.  You will not be cut slack by your boss or co-workers.  If it was easy, everyone would have an MBA.  Remember that.