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Alumni Testimonials

We're proud to see our alumni go on to achieve great things.  Here they share their stories of personal growth and professional success

Tanya Blackmon

"My experience at the McColl School was truly transformational.  The faculty were focused on my development - both personally and professionally - and I feel equipped to meet any future challenge."

Tanya Blackmon (EMBA '00)
President, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center

Phillip Brant

"The McColl School was an excellent experience for me, and I continue to benefit from my engagement with the school. I was able to leverage my own work experience, learn from my mistakes, and gain additional knowledge from my classmates. The professors are top notch, and even after graduation, are willing to provide guidance because of the connections made in the program. "

Phillip Brant (PMBA '08)
Program Manager - Compensation, Humana Inc.

Jeff Brown

“As an alum and an employer, it’s clear to me that the McColl School emphasizes the development of strong business fundamentals, but also captures a unique emphasis on leadership and the importance of succeeding as a team.  We have seen some of our best performers graduate from both the PMBA and EMBA programs.”

Jeff Brown (EMBA ‘03)
President and CEO of Dealer Financial Services, Ally Financial

Susan Gary

"The Executive MBA was a watershed for my career.  Of course it broadened my business knowledge and expanded my network, but more significantly for me, it gave me the insight and confidence to find a new position that really fit my passions and goals. The emphasis on leadership through personal discovery and awareness is so much more powerful than you anticipate. I'm sure I wouldn't be in my new position if it hadn't been for my experiences in the EMBA."

Susan Gary (EMBA '12)
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Arts & Science Council

Knigi Glee

"I have been able to apply my studies at the McColl School to grow my business and stay competitive in the changing entrepreneurial world. I've learned various business practices that have allowed me to strategize effectively.  Due to the MBA program, I feel confident facing the challenges in developing my business."

Knigi Glee (PMBA '15)
Co-Founder, Owner and Tour Operator, People That Travel
ELC Fellow

Abdul Green

"The philosophy of Queens University truly embodies the traits of a successful educational institution. As an MBA candidate at the McColl School, the tenets of competence, character and commitment to community are exhibited every day by an extraordinary group of educators who are dedicated to developing the next generation of Charlotte's leaders. If you are looking for an academic community where you are a person and not a number, you'll find everything you need at Queens."

Abdul Green (PMBA student)
Learning and Development Specialist, NAVEX Global

Aaron Harper

"On the first day at my new job, I felt truly prepared for this position and was able to apply all the skills and knowledge I gained in the McColl School EMBA. I owe this new chapter in my career to the connections I made through the program."

Aaron Harper (EMBA '13)
Sr. Business Analyst, Duke Energy Corporation

Kim Henderson

"My experience at the McColl School was truly transformational. The faculty were focused on my development - both personally and professionally - and I feel equipped to meet any future challenge."

Kim Henderson (EMBA '12)
VP of Community Affairs and Executive Director, Charlotte Hornets Foundation, Charlotte Hornets

David Hinds

"The entire faculty and staff at the McColl School are dedicated to developing whole leaders, keenly self-aware and ready for any challenge. Choosing the McColl School has transformed my life personally and professionally. My passion for learning was quickly ignited and shared among my classmates. Today I enjoy a new career in my chosen field of study, working for a respected classmate and friend made at Queens."

David Hinds (MSOD '13)
Sr. Consultant – Org Design & Development, Time Warner Cable

Ashley Houseman

"I never expected to go back to graduate school but I am so thankful I did and that I chose Queens' MSOD program. It has opened doors for me professionally that have truly propelled my career. I have thoroughly enjoyed my professors, classmates, and overall experience."

Ashley Houseman (MSOD student)
Senior Director of Organization Development, Time Warner Cable

Clay Lewis

“As I weighed MBA options, the appealing attributes of the McColl School were the emphasis on leadership, the broad experiences of the faculty, and the connection I felt to alumni.  I enjoyed a strong sense of community during my time on campus, that my classmates and professors were committed to my personal development and success.  I made great friendships that have continued to strengthen long after graduation. 

I believe in the transformative experience of a McColl MBA and my continued commitment to the school is evidence of that.”

Clay Lewis (PMBA '09)
Operations Executive, Bank of America
Chair, McColl School Alumni Association

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“I fondly remember the collaborative learning experiences and how interacting with my classmates contributed to my personal and professional growth in the MSOD program.  From our challenging group projects to our coaching triads, I gained experience, knowledge, and confidence, and I apply it daily in my work.  I'm grateful for my McColl School experience and for having met many amazing people on my journey. ”

Amber Lineback (MSOD '11)
Manager of Organizational Effectiveness, Piedmont Natural Gas

Jennifer Lovett

"As a McColl School PMBA student, I broadened my perspective, increased my network and developed the character, self-awareness and 'toolbox' needed to excel both personally and professionally."

Jennifer Lovett (PMBA '08)
Consumer Deposit Pricing, Wells Fargo

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"The education and experience I received at the McColl School of Business is one of my proudest accomplishments. I will always be grateful for being a part of Queens University of Charlotte, which has given me the golden key to open up many exciting doors both personally and for my business."

Dawn Newsome (PMBA '07)
Owner, Moonlight Creative Group

Karen Sammons

"The EMBA program broadened my business skills, helping me augment my technology background with a richer understanding of the entire enterprise. Even today the program continues to be a resource in that I find myself applying classroom lessons to my day-to-day interactions. The participative approach to learning is really a benefit because it allows students to learn from one another's expertise as well as from the professors. I'm a stronger, more well-rounded and successful leader today because of it!"

Karen Sammons (EMBA '13)
Director, User Acceptance Testing, United Healthcare

Steve Sawyer

"When asked if I wish I had pursued my MBA earlier in life, my response is always 'no.'  I wouldn't have been equipped to leverage and apply what I was learning in class without a strong, hands-on business foundation.  What I appreciate most about the McColl School Executive MBA was that it helped me bring a new level of confidence and assertiveness to any business or financial discussion. Today I lead a new strategic sourcing vertical for CBRE.  Now I have the ability to ask the tough questions that enable me to participate in long-term business decisions."

Stephen Sawyer (EMBA '13)
Director of Strategic Sourcing, CB Richard Ellis

Michelle Shail

"The MSOD program was my foundation for re-entering the corporate world. I received a holistic experience through classroom instruction, applied learning and inspiring connections with students, faculty and the Charlotte community."

Michelle Shail (MSOD '11)
Talent Management Advisor, TIAA-CREF
VP of Strategy, OD on the Edge

R. Steadman Sugg

"No other MBA program in the region offers this level of engagement and quality of exposure to local business executives and community leaders; it's truly the key differentiator of the McColl School's Executive MBA. I've been able to leverage that network to grow my career. In fact, I've been offered two promotions in the two years since graduation that I credit to the relationships I developed during the EMBA."

R. Steadman Sugg (EMBA '12)
Supplier Relationship Executive, Duke Energy

Bill Walsh

"I've deepened my professional network and harnessed a number of leadership and coaching skills that I'm able to incorporate 'on the job.' I've recently leveraged these skills into a job change where I'll be able to develop critical relationships with senior executives around the globe and partner to establish a program to capture ROI metrics for international project investments."

Bill Walsh (MSOD student)
VP, Business Initiatives Manager, Wells Fargo

Shanté Williams, Ph.D.

“The McColl School EMBA challenged me to think beyond traditional business topics like operations management and accounting. I have become a better-rounded leader by engaging both the left and right sides of my brain. By fully embracing openness, collaboration, and the entrepreneurial spirit I have grown personally and professionally. I am now well equipped to help drive the future of healthcare and scientific discovery.”

Shanté Williams, Ph.D. (EMBA ’14)
Business Development Manager, Medicomp, Inc.

Reggie Willis

"The dynamic of leadership is woven through all the classes. Getting those foundational leadership skills has allowed me to really jump in my career and reach some levels I didn't think I'd be able to obtain at a young age."

Reggie Willis (EMBA '03)
Risk Management Director, Ally Financial

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"I was privileged to be a part of the first graduating class of the McColl School's MSOD program.  My experience was inspiring, motivating, and thought-provoking.  It challenged my intellectual curiosity and sparked a passion in a field that was both new and exciting to me.  My experience was so rewarding, both professionally and personally."

Casey Zaitz (MSOD '09)
Consultant – Sales Operations | Carrier Solutions, Windstream Communications

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