I don't want people to tell me when I've gone as far as I can in my career. I want
to be able to make that decision for myself. To do that, I knew I would need to gain
practical work experience and continue to learn, grow and adapt along the way. I found
that an MBA from UD would help me accomplish this.
With six Fortune 500 companies headquartered within a 5-mile radius of UD talented people come here from every corner of the world. As a student, I get to share a classroom and collaborate with many of the same people from these organizations.
The ultimate goal for receiving an MBA was to start my own business. Before even completing my degree, I've already designed and implemented a business model from work I've done in class. The program has been invaluable in providing structure to a business that sprouted from common interests and organic relationships.
As an entrepreneur it provides me expertise in managing a growing enterprise while taking care of my employees and clients in a sustainable way. As a professional the UD graduate business program provides instant credibility and helps me make the best possible decisions for my business thanks to the insights I've received.
Most of my classmates are in their mid-30s and have significant experience in a variety of different industries. Each professor at UD not only has an advanced degree but also has several years of work experience in the business world. This cumulative business knowledge creates a great dynamic in the classroom as colleagues relating their stories to the concepts we're all learning about.
For subjects I have less experience with I prefer to be in the classroom. Establishing a relationship with a professor can be invaluable if I need something explained a different way or if I am struggling with a concept. However, I with running a business in addition to my full time job the flexibility that online courses afford is invaluable to me being able to juggle the different roles of my life simultaneously.
My objective has always been to launch my own business after completing my MBA degree. In my first semester, during an online course, I indicated this when introducing myself to the class. The professor took note and because of mutual interests, without any strings attached, he offered to help me get my business off the ground. I'm already building the way towards my goals and applying what I'm learning along the way.
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