MBA@UNC attracts a diverse group of busy professionals from across the country. One quality they all share is their deep commitment to professional and personal development. Candice Brown is a prime example of this development-minded spirit and was chosen as the October cohort’s student commencement speaker. The MBA@UNC blog recently spoke with Brown about how the program has helped her grow professionally, where she completed some of her coursework (hint: it required a passport), and what she plans to do next.
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Legendary UNC-Chapel Hill basketball coach Dean Smith first coined the words “The Carolina Way” to reflect the spirit of the university. The Carolina Way means something slightly different to every Carolina student and alum, but underpinning every definition is a belief in excellence. This excellence drew me to Carolina as both an undergrad and graduate student, and it’s what attracts so many students from around the world.
I decided to pursue an MBA because my responsibilities and oversight in the IT project management arena escalated, as did the necessity for integrating other functions across the business. I sought the managerial competence to ensure our technology priorities met the far-reaching needs of the organization as a whole. While I felt highly confident within the confines of my IT world, I lacked the business knowledge to advocate effectively at a broader, visionary level.
I chose an MBA from UNC over an M.S. in real estate because of (1) the attraction to a top-tier business school that is known for its real estate concentration; and (2) the ability to be a part of an innovative program that will likely shape the way education is delivered in the future. The MBA@UNC program has proven an integral solution to modern education and these particular courses are applicable to my career. Let me give you a few specific examples to put this into perspective.
Business leaders need to be outstanding communicators, innovators, decision makers, change agents and critical thinkers. They must be able to handle ambiguity, to promote teamwork and collaboration, and to be the best coach and mentor they can be. It is a tall order. Improv can offer a safe, creative atmosphere for business leaders to develop these skills.