Over my last twelve years with the Kelley School of Business, I have had the honor to affect change and grow professionally within this dynamic organization. When I joined Kelley in 2004, I was a young Student Affairs professional who had never taken a business course. Dean Roger Schmenner and Executive Director Jane Lambert were looking for an Academic Advisor to invest in the student experience and help develop a sense of culture among Kelley Indianapolis Undergraduate students. Their trust in my abilities helped mold my first Kelley Moment. Over the next two years, I worked alongside committed faculty and caring staff from whom I learned the importance of service to students. While my time with the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis team was brief, their impact on my career remains.
In 2006, Joelle Andrew-Mohr and the rest of the Kelley Direct team hired me with little online learning experience but a heart for service and a willingness to learn. I learned Kelley Direct Online MBA and MS programs would become my professional family. Kelley Direct was developing quickly and we had to be nimble, innovative, and resilient to never lose sight of the impact we could have on students across the world. In the last 10 years, Kelley Direct evolved from the only top 20 Online MBA and MS program offered to high achieving working professionals to the number 1 ranked program! The transformation of this influential program came out of countless strategy meetings, mission statements, retreats and the hearts of devoted faculty and staff. I can remember key moments over the last 10 years where Kelley Direct’s innovative mindset created a lasting change on the program including but not limited to:
- Moving Kelley Direct from Kelley-Indianapolis to Kelley-Bloomington.
- Developing Kelley Connect Weeks to include Live Cases and a hospitality room.
- Launching Networking/Recruiting events around the country.
- Implementing an Experience Kelley Weekend for prospective students to visit campus.
- Establishing a strong student community through the Student Leadership Association.
- Designing key in person experiences for Online Students, such as AGILE and Immersion course.
- Constructing PROPEL to ensure every Kelley Direct student engages with both their Academic Advisor as well as their Graduate Career Services Coach.
- Producing memorable graduation ceremonies for students and their families.
With each new development came challenges and momentum for success. Countless hours, emails and laughter from the Kelley Direct team formed the incredible online MBA and MS program we offer our students today. It is with sincere mixed emotions I say goodbye to the Kelley School of Business and my professional family at Kelley Direct. Beginning in October, I will begin a new adventure at Butler University as their Director of Innovation and Academic Program Development.
Whether I was refilling water bottles in the hospitality room or hosting you at Nick’s English Hut, or traveling with you to Johannesburg, South Africa, students and alumni leave me full of meaningful moments. Thank you does not seem to express my gratitude for the opportunity to be a small part of your experiences. While none of my degrees were earned at the Kelley School of Business, I will always consider myself a Kelley.
I would be remiss if I did not thank those who had a positive impact on my career. Of course there are too many to list but I do want to specifically say thank you to the Deans and faculty chairs for Kelley Direct for their tireless leadership. I also want to thank my mentor, Terrill Cosgray, for his encouragement, sincere leadership and investment in my development. Finally, I want to thank the incredible staff and faculty of Kelley Direct whose hard work often goes unnoticed but is the cornerstone of our success. Your humble service will continue to make Kelley Direct a premiere program.
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