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She’s often asked why it is that she returned to graduate school for an MBA. After all, Jeanne Ryan had one master’s (occupational therapy from New York University) and she already was the Executive Director of VNA and Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass.
“Did you do it so you could get a raise? No,” Ryan explained, smiling. “Did you do it so that you could get a promotion? No.”But, did her MBA prepare her to take on a more comprehensive position within her role at the 100-year-old organization? Absolutely.
“I did it,” she added, “so that I could be a better leader.”
An MBA is an entry level degree for a serious leader, Ryan said. “Because at the end of the day, healthcare has to work financially, that it means it’s a business. I wanted to understand those business pieces of it. I wanted to sit at the hospital’s senior leadership table with my colleagues, most all of whom have MBAs. We each have the same credentials and can speak on that level. I didn’t want to feel like something was missing. I didn’t want to be at a disadvantage.”
“I didn’t get the degree to get me to the table,” she stated. “I got it to be stronger at the table.”
Her Bay Path MBA also prepared Ryan to be nimble within the changing marketplace of healthcare, much more than a degree specific to her industry. “I knew a master’s in healthcare administration would be reassuring to me, in speaking to others who have roles like mine,” she said, “but this is my second master’s degree. I didn’t want to be reassured. I wanted to be challenged.”
Since it had been some time since her last classroom experience, she laughed when describing her first foray into online education. “While I might have been computer savvy, my very first class for the program was online,” she remembered. “Dr. Lauren Way helped me on a Saturday morning through all the controls and the way to do this or that.”
Was such an online educational environment a challenge? Yes, she said. But not in the way you may imagine.
“The intimacy with which we got to know one another was unheard of for me,” she explained. “Because you’re willing to say things in a post that you might be less able to say in class. It clears away the introvert and extrovert sides of the spectrum. Everyone in an online class has the chance to be an extrovert.”
“Online classes are, in my estimation, harder than in person classes,” she continued. “You have to prove that you’re showing up and engaging. This is not freeform. This requires discipline.”
Her Bay Path degree is one of her proudest achievements, she said. And to that end, she cites the faculty for helping her get to that goal. In Ryan’s outside life, she coaches youth sports, and from her position at Cooley Dickinson, she’s been in leadership for a long time.
“I do hold people within my organizations accountable,” is how she described it. “But I don’t leave them alone while they’re getting to where they need to be. Doing this MBA at Bay Path, with these professors—they’re highly demanding of your skills, with high expectations.”
“But also high support,” she added. “And that’s what excellent education is all about.”