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Alumni Testimonials

McColl alumni share testimonials of new opportunities and promotions that were a direct result of earning their degree from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. 

Jerry Allen

“The MSEC education has provided me with the foundation and tools to strengthen my HR career, enabling the delivery of enhanced value to stakeholders and customers, and launch an executive coaching and consulting practice specializing in career, leadership and business coaching.”

Jerry Allen (MSEC '13)
HR Business Partner, Novozymes NA, Inc.

Madelon Capozziello

“The MSEC program has pushed me out of my comfort zone. You will be a different person on the other side of this program. It’s not always been easy, but the best things I’ve done in my life have never been the easy ones.”

Madelon Capozziello (MSEC '13)
Executive Coach and Consultant, LeadAdvantage

Alex Chinn

“I enrolled in the MSEC program because I wanted to propel my career. I am trying to round out my professional toolbox. With a background in finance, this is a great complement. It has helped me connect with people. I’m very much looking at the world from a different perspective. It’s not just about the numbers.”

Alex Chinn (MSEC student)

Susan Gary

Susan firmly believes that her EMBA from Queens helped differentiate her from the competition for her new role as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Charlotte's Arts & Science Council. She is excited about being involved with the cultural sector and making a lasting, positive difference on another part of our community.

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

Aaron Harper

 "On the first day at my new job, I was to able use all of the skills, abilities and knowledge that I gained in the EMBA program.   I truly felt prepared for this position as a direct result of the education I have received from my professors, instructors and fellow students.” Aaron identified this opportunity after networking with a Leadership Forum speaker.  In this new role, he works on a wide variety of projects including military microgrids, renewable energy systems and energy efficiency programs.

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

Catie Harrison

Catie collaborates with HR and senior leaders worldwide to identify and implement customized leadership and professional development solutions. She also serves as an internal coach and is a key partner in designing the internal coaching strategy for Wells Fargo.

Catie Harrison (MSEC '13)
Talent Development Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo

Channing Heffney

“Transformational Change was a powerful course. I really got to know myself on a different level.”

Channing Heffney (PMBA student)
Sr. Business Program Manager for Releases, Microsoft

David Hinds

“The entire faculty and staff at the McColl School is 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

Kristine Hodsdon

Kristine launched her dental consulting firm upon entering the MSEC program. Yet, while completing her Capstone, she was pursued by a leading practice management research and consulting company, Pride Institute. Upon graduation, she decided to join the Pride institute. “The opportunity to be part of Dr. Pride’s legacy –coaching and consulting dental professionals- would not have been possible without my MSEC degree." 

Kristine Hodsdon (MSEC '13)
Executive Coach, Pride Institute

Jane Horner

“The MSEC program was part of my plan to transition into a second career. To complement my experience as project management professional, I wanted to expand skills needed to support the heart of my passion, helping others to unleash their own potential by capitalizing on their individual and collective strengths.  The cohort structure and the professors provided me with the perfect incubator for pursuing my goal, and I am thankful for the experience.”   Jane has successfully launched her own coaching practice and is currently engaged with organizations across North America, helping them to develop leaders and teams to maximize their own potential for success.

Jane Horner (MSEC '13) 
President and Owner, Clarity Through Coaching, LLC

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)
Sr Director of Organization Development, Time Warner Cable

Cay’me Jones

“The things we are learning, I connect to on a personal level. It’s opened up a new world for me.  I love the message of Queens – being progressive, cutting-edge, and involving the community. You get the contrast of the intimate campus feel with making a global impact.”

Cay'me Jones (MSEC student)
Community Engagement Manager, Benevolent
Professional Life Coach, Jones Coaching & Consulting

Jennifer Lovett

“As a McColl School PMBA student, I broadened my perspective, increased my networks and developed the character, self-awareness and ‘toolbox’ needed to excel both personally and professionally.

Jennifer Lovett (MBA ’08)
Consumer Deposit Pricing, Wells Fargo

Karen Sammons

“The EMBA program helped broaden my business skills and combine them with my technology background.  The program continues to be resourceful in that I can recall classroom lessons and discussions that are practical and applicable for day-to-day interactions.  The Queens University, McColl School of Business has an outstanding program that enables students the freedom to learn from each other by promoting a participative learning approach in the classroom that focuses on applicable business domain knowledge.”

Karen Sammons (MBA '13)
SVP Senior Test Manager, Bank of America

Jennifer Pollino

“As a student in Queens’ MSEC program, I am learning from my classmates as well from my professors. The cohort experience generates new connections, diverse learning and the opportunity for rich, personal development.” Jennifer previously served as Executive VP of Human Resources and Communications at Goodrich Corporation before opening her own consulting practice, where she applies her extensive leadership experience, business acumen and passion for developing people to bring out the best in business leaders.

Jennifer Pollino (current MSEC student)
Executive Coach and Consultant, JMPollino, LLC
Board Member, SHRM and Crane Co.

Steve Sawyer

“A career change has brought on a new growth opportunity to lead a new strategic sourcing and healthcare facilities management services division, where I will apply newly gained EMBA skill sets. I am a strong believer in the Queens University, McColl Business School and faculty!”

Steve Sawyer (MBA '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

Steadman Sugg

"After receiving my Queens MBA, I was given the opportunity to move internally at Duke Energy from a Project Manager position to a new role where I will be working with suppliers across the enterprise to maximize mutual benefits, value, performance and continuous improvement."

Steadman Sugg (MBA '12)
Supplier Relationship Management 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 have recently leveraged these skills into a recent 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

Ken Zrowka

“The MSEC program is robust, challenging and more importantly, providing me with the skills I can immediately apply to enhance my effectiveness both professionally and personally. I gained perspective and insight into myself along with coaching techniques that will help me enact immediate high impact, measurable and sustainable change for my clients, my company, and myself.” 

Ken Zrowka (MSEC student)
Director of International Human Resources, Lowe's Companies, Inc.

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