Curtis Odom, Firecontrolman Second Class, United States Navy, Executive Professor of Management

“I think the biggest thing that I would say to my fellow veterans is the fact of your transition is going to be uniquely your own. There is no one way or right way to transition from navy blue to corporate gray, as the title of the book we used back in the day.”

“So what I would say is walking out of or off of active duty, think about the things that you love most about your time in uniform. Think about if you can do those things every day without the uniform, what would they be? And I would say search for those five or three or however many things that you love most — search for those things in what would be your next opportunity. Worry less about the job title or the role or the level and think about what’s going to get you fired up to get out of bed every day that you feel like you are completing not THE mission, but now YOUR mission.”

“Any military officer will tell you that to an equal or greater degree than the mission, the most important thing is always the health, welfare, and wellbeing of those under one’s charge. Put simply, it’s all about the troops. When I transitioned to higher education over ten years ago, I started thinking of my students as my troops, putting them first and treating them at all times with the highest degree of care and respect.”

“The Marine Corps afforded me a unique opportunity to serve my neighbors and my nation, and I did so proudly for almost my entire young adult life. During this time, I gained some very valuable leadership and life skills that I apply and pay forward every day in the classroom. My experiences and perspectives enhance the way I engage with students, enabling me to connect with them in ways that meaningfully advance their personal and professional development, ever mindful of their potential as effective and authentic global leaders. Like the brave men and women with whom I served, there are few things I would not do for any student – past or present. And while my mission as a faculty member here at D’Amore-McKim has changed considerably from when I was wearing the uniform, my unwavering commitment to my troops has not.”

William A. Lovely III

William A. Lovely III, Captain, United States Marine Corps, Associate Teaching Professor International Business and Strategy Group

John McGuinness, E’19, MBA’21, Airborne Infantryman, United States Army

“[Getting a degree from D’Amore-McKim is] a great way to take that experience that you get in the military, especially that leadership experience, and find how to translate that into the civilian world in a way that you can take and really go far with. I definitely did not make those connections and learn how to leverage those experiences until I came here to D’Amore-McKim.”

“I was motivated to pursue an MBA at D’Amore-McKim to translate the operational and leadership experience I gained in the military into the corporate world and to become a more well-rounded professional. Northeastern has been a wonderful experience and I have made several meaningful connections. For veterans considering the Part-Time MBA, they offer a strong veterans network and resources that have set me up for success, and for that, I am very grateful.”

Emmanuel Dunlap, Part-Time MBA Student, Coast Guard Logistics Officer

Ross Whelton, Full-Time MS in Finance/MBA Student, First Class Petty Officer Electronics Technician, United States Navy

“The more I looked into Northeastern’s advantages, the more I realized how supportive the university is of military veterans. I don’t think I could have logically gone from construction to the Navy and then straight into corporate finance without the MS in Finance/MBA program—this degree made that transition possible.”

If you are a veteran in the D’Amore-McKim community and would like to share your story please let us know at dmsbnews@northeastern.edu or share using #damoremckim.
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