Courtney E.

Graduate Ambassador at Portland State University


Graduate Program

Graduate Program: Business Administration - Certificate in HR Analytics, MBA

Program Delivery:

Anticipated Graduation Date: 2022

My Background

Academic: I graduated PSU with my undergrad in Business Administration: Supply Chain Management in 2017 and started my part time MBA (with certificate in Human Resources Analytics) in Fall 2020. If you have questions about balancing work life, personal life, and school then I will try my best to pretend like I have it all figured out. I am also involved in quite a few extracurricular task forces and clubs so if you want to know more about student life outside of the classroom please let me know. Passion in Leadership: I have had bad experiences with managers and teams in the workplace, so I decided to go back to school to get some answers on how to be a better leader and team member. I am most passionate about giving underrepresented groups an opportunity to speak up about the challenges they face in the workplace and addressing them with change. Work Experience: I have worked entry level positions in retail, logistics and for government agencies. I had my first supervisory role working for a government agency and my direct reports were amazing. However, I dealt with racial discrimination from team members and my manager and when I spoke up and asked for change, I saw an unwillingness to change so I found another employer. If you are interested in workplace equity or have questions about what PSU is doing to make more equitable leaders, please contact me.

My Future Goals

I am hoping to get into workplace equity consulting, become a recruiter, or work within a human resources team that focuses on equity. I want to make lasting change for underrepresented communities. I would like to get my PhD in organizational behavior or psychology.

My Experience at Portland State University

I have only gone to Mt. Hood Community College and PSU so I do not know much about other universities. However, PSU is a fun place to learn. The MBA material is less based on lectures and more based on practicing and fine tuning the tools you may have learned in your undergrad, from work experience or from independent studying you have done. If you are not used to the business material there are tutors, teacher office hours you could attend and you could create study groups within your cohort.

My Advice for Exploring Graduate Business School

1) You are capable of completing the program. If you are someone that processes information slower because you need time to reflect I would suggest breaking the assignments down into bite size pieces. If your life is really hectic take a lighter credit load and go at your own pace. 2) Talk to current students and alumni to get a full picture of the program. I am more than willing to set up a zoom call and connect you to other current students and the few alumni that I know. If you have specific questions write them down before hand so the information is catered to you and your needs. 3) The MBA program is a great place to network and learn about your passions, strengths and places you could use improvement.

I'm passionate about...

Nature - Hiking Photography equity

I'm involved with...

Graduate Ambassador Women of Color Empowerment Multicultural Student Organization Women in Leadership
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