Hey there, hi there and a longtime hello there. It's been a while since the last blog, a good few months I suppose. Not like I had anything going on at the time, except for that whole graduating Emory, work, volunteering and o ya, that wedding:) So, since I have a little free time now, thought I would reconnect with all the good people out there! I suppose I should probably go in chronological order and give you the read
ers digest plus some pictures and videos for your viewing pleasure.
This past August, I took my final exam (and passed thankfully), to graduate from Emory University with my Masters in Business Administration. In all, 54,312 miles to and from Emory, 648 hours in class, an amazing education across 2 continents and unforgettable friends - the Emory MBA is finally done! Funny news though, after a few months sitting on the couch, I decided to go after the next best thing ... my doctorate. Just this week I got the call that I was accepted into Creighton University's Interdisciplinary Education Doctorate in Leadership (they need an acronym) as I begin my journey to become a university professor. I start in January, and in just three short years, I will have my doctorate and be ready to operate … ok, maybe teach!The Duck has been crazy good as well in my new role managing our Process Innovation and Control team.Our team is absolutely amazing and because of the hard work, we’ve continued to prove our value and grow our team. This afforded me a great opportunity to hire a few more people, a process I hadn’t gotten to go through in a few years, so it was funJ We have our 3rd Annual Chili/Bake Off coming up as well as our 3rd Annual Canned Food Drive combined with our team service activity at the local shelter, a team full of servant leaders indeed! Additionally, Aflac afforded me a great opportunity to go through Emergenetics (www.emergenetics.com)certification training this past Spring. It’s a great team tool that identifies your true thought and behavioral preferences creating the most comprehensive self assessment tool I’ve taken part of.After certification, I was able to be a trainer for a week and led a training class for over 100 analysts at Aflac which was an amazing experience indeed! I hope to use these skills as I progress throughout the career to consult organizations and provide them tools to help build successful teams.