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Designed with working professionals in mind, our MSA also takes into account the growing trends in the workforce.
The modern workforce demands employees who are both nuanced, effective leaders and strategically adept at negotiations. This is a unique program uniting two pivotal fields….
When it comes down to it, all industries are a business.
By that logic, Jill Monson said recently, an MBA is the perfect opportunity for any employee to have a greater dialogue with their executive staff. “Everyone needs to wear many hats in a competitive marketplace,” she explained. “This degree offers what one of my professors called a ‘thinking hat.’”
Three years ago, she started her own business consulting firm, Inspired Marketing, where Monson has an intriguing title: Chief Inspiration Officer. “Because I have to be different,” she remarked with a laugh. Her clients comprise a broad spectrum of industries.
When she recounts the story of how she started her MBA, Monson turns back the clock to her junior year in high school. She skipped the next grade and immediately started taking classes at a community college. But while studies came naturally to her, her voice was more confident in another venue.
“My grandfather, Paul Monson, was a fixture on local radio for decades,” she said. “That’s all I’d ever wanted to do.” For years, that goal was a reality. Monson calls herself an on-air “jock” for the close to two decades she spent in a variety of roles in commercial radio across New England.
In her 30s, with a professional career that would eclipse the lifetime achievements of others in radio, what was next for Monson? “Since I do love to learn, I wanted to take my education to the next level.”
Starting her consulting business at the same time as the Bay Path MBA presented some challenges, namely the volume of work required for both. But the opportunities to learn from both spheres turned her degree into a learning laboratory.
“Every masters program I looked at was so mired in theory,” she explained. “That wasn’t where I excelled. I’m good at hands on creative thinking, out of the box techniques.”
“Admittedly, it was a bit crazy of me to undertake the degree. I don’t need an MBA. I own my own business. I don’t get any more recognition from my employer!” she added, pointing to herself.
But as a bold woman who has forged a career out of her passions, she felt it necessary to learn the educational component in order to teach her strategies to others. Monson also credits President Leary as a galvanizing influence in her decision to attend Bay Path. “She is a fearless leader, and I know the word bold is frequently used by the College, but she does define that term.”
“More women in business need to be bold,” she stated.
How does that include her? Monson has certainly racked up an impressive string of awards in recent years. This list includes: the coveted “40 Under 40” award from BusinessWest Magazine, of Springfield, Mass.; “Top 25 Women to Watch” by Western Mass. Women Magazine; and the 2013 “Hometown Hero,” named by the Springfield Falcons and TD Bank.
Monson said that she could summarize her experience in the MBA program in three words: exhilarating, community, and… uncomfortable? “This pushes you outside of what you think, see, consider,” she explained. “In my motivation station I have the word uncomfortable written down. Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone challenges the way you work,” and candidates who wish to be on the front lines of strategy need that nudge.
“This MBA is life changing,” Monson added. “But not just for your profession. It challenges you to your core. But what you get from that are the building blocks for your success, no matter what your field may be.”