By working toward my MBA I know I am setting an example for my entire family - my children, my relatives and even friends. I'm showing them the importance of higher education and proving that anyone, regardless of age or circumstances, can do it. Career-wise, my degree has greatly improved my business acumen. I know that I'm a stronger leader and have opened several career opportunities because of it.
For years I put off going back to school because I felt I never had the time. I always wanted to but kept finding reasons why it wasn't the right time. Eventually, I realized that the perfect time would never come, I had to make a commitment to work towards achieving my master's degree. I had to make it a priority and I had to make it happen.
The culture of the UD campus is very different than any other campus in the Dallas area. UD has esteemed faculty and an accredited business school but is also able to maintain small class sizes. They understand the importance of a personalized learning experience for each of its students.
I recently had an issue at work where my integrity and character were being tested. I was dreading the situation and was hesitant to take action because my career progression could have been affected as a result. Since UD professors are so approachable and generous with their time, I felt comfortable opening up to Dr. Rosemary Maellaro about it. She listened and discussed the dilemma with me. She became an informal mentor at a time when I really needed advice. Her mentoring undoubtedly helped me maintain my morals and amazingly, her suggested actions helped open a door which led to the position I'm in now.
Here at UD, there is no reason not to get your graduate degree. Whatever your current situation may be, the college of business works with you to give you the best chance to succeed. I chose to pursue my MBA at UD because the program allows me to achieve my goals without sacrificing the responsibilities I have to both my family and my career.
The Spring 2019 Women in Business Leadership Panel and Networking Event featured Dallas/Fort Worth's top female leaders and executives. Leaders in their fields joined University of Dallas students, faculty and alumni for lunch and discussion. They shared insights and tips for living both halves of their lives: the work/life integration.+ Read More
On Feb. 25 and 26, seven UD students traveled to Austin with Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Michael Probus, BA '12 MBA '15, to advocate for continuing and/or increasing Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) money.+ Read More
Mike Kiegerl's youngest daughter, Christine, would have graduated from UD in the Class of 1994, but just before her graduation, she was struck by an impaired truck driver and died instantly. Kiegerl and his wife, Peggy, established the Christine S. Kiegerl Memorial Scholarship in their girl's memory in 1997.+ Read More