Tuesday, November 24, 2015

COBI’s newest alumni emerge from Executive MBA program

The newest alumni of the UT College of Business and Innovation celebrated their achievement on November 6 at the commencement program for cohort 19 of the Executive MBA program.

 “All of us in the College of Business and Innovation are extremely proud of the members of Cohort 19 for their very hard work and commitment to the program, and to their futures,” noted Dr. Rosalinda Dunlap, Director of the new Graduate Programs office in the College of Business and Innovation. “These `working professionals completed all of their course requirements through our accelerated 12-month program, which is built upon a unique on-campus and distance learning format. The students’ success speaks both to their determination and to the validity of our program structure.”

Other individuals serving the Executive MBA class in the new COBI Graduate Programs office are Darlene Howard, assistant director; Stacy Jenkins, advisor; and Carol Stamm, career placement coordinator.

Members of COBI Executive MBA cohort 19 are: Sy Albakri, Radiometer America; Cristina Alvarado,                 Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center,  The University of Toledo; Ally Anthony, ProMedica Toledo Hospital; Sabina Attavar, Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Hospital; Brandon Forga, Lear Corp.; Marcus L. Goodwin, The House of Emmanuel, Inc.; Matt Hammond, ProMedica; Anthony Hartford, ProMedica; Nicole Marie Woods Henley, Metrex Research; Heather Karns, The University of Toledo College of Law; Kathleen Krueger, ProMedica; Mark Kuhlman, Kuhlman Corp.;  Erin Reis, ProMedica; Marcus Rivard, DTE Energy;  Howard Robinson, M.D.; Thadius Wadsworth, ProMedica.

“I am extremely happy I chose The University of Toledo. As a physician and a mother of two young kids finishing my MBA gave me a huge sense of accomplishment,” Dr. Attavar said. “I would like to send a message out there to all my contemporary physicians that it certainly feels good to come out of your patient care zone and explore fields like business management, administration, technology, finance and negotiation. Armed with an MBA, Physicians can get into the administration side of hospitals as directors, vice presidents, presidents, etc. The potential is unlimited.”

 “The best experience for me was the UT faculty. They are all keepers. They are awesome!” Dr. Attavar said. “I have to admit I was skeptical initially as medical knowledge, biology, biochemistry, genetics, etc. was my main background. That changed completely.”

“Any time I emailed any faculty member I always got a response, plus additional advice and a note saying feel free to contact me if you need further assistance. I truly could not ask for more!”

“To my kids I want to set an example that you can do anything you put your mind into at any point in life,” Dr. Attavar said.

She also had one piece of advice for others considering UT COBI’s Executive MBA program: “Cut short your decision making process and go for it!”


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