When Katie Eaton decided the time was right for her to move forward in her career and she was ready to learn more about management and enhance her leadership skills, she knew that she wanted to pursue her Master’s of Business Administration degree at Purdue University North Central.
Since she earned her bachelor’s degree at PNC, she “could not imagine returning anywhere else.” Eaton earned her MBA in May.
“I would like to continue to have a leadership role in my career as well as in the community,” she said. “At my current job with Center of Workforce Innovations, I am the Business Services Lead Recruiter. I supervise staff in WorkOne offices in Northwest Indiana while we aim to fulfill employers’ needs for a skilled workforce.”
Eaton is confident that she will continue to apply what she learned in the classroom on the job.
“Throughout the MBA program we had many group projects. We learned the importance of teamwork and collaboration. I have definitely been able to carry this over into how I supervise my staff and it helped me to create a team environment,” she explained. “My studies helped me to think more strategically when planning projects that include people and resources.”
Eaton and her husband, Jeff have three children, Isabelle, age 10, Nolan, 7 and Addison, 3.
Her family has been extremely supportive of her decision to return to school for my graduate degree.
“My children have been an inspiration, as returning to school shows them that they should continue to pursue education and new opportunities throughout their lives,” she noted.
Outside of the classroom, Eaton was sure to stay involved with her children’s school as much as possible and today she looks forward to pursuing additional volunteer activities as the opportunities arise.
She currently serves of the Board of Directors for the Purdue University North Central Alumni Association, is the PNC alumni representative on the Purdue Northwest Unification Committee and was a member of the MBA Student Leadership Team.
Reflecting on her time at PNC, Eaton thanked the MBA faculty, noting that “Each of the professors that I had throughout the MBA program taught me something unique and have inspired me in different ways.”
A particularly memorable experience was working on a consultancy team for McDonald’s of La Porte County. “Working with a local business, and with my classmates, has been a very rewarding experience,” she said.
“I would recommend PNC to anyone who is looking for a quality education with hands-on experience. PNC offers flexible classes and an engaging environment. PNC offers many supportive services to its students to help them succeed. If you are hesitant about starting, talk with someone. So many of the staff, faculty and students are willing to offer help. I say, ‘Go for it.’ ”
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