Q:What's your most interesting memory from your time at Northeastern?

A:The relationships that were built throughout the cohort. Each and every student was unique with varying backgrounds, professions, and education. I've built relationships to last a lifetime and made powerful professional connections.

Q:What is your current profession and what led you there?

A:I am currently a Commercialization Manager (Project Manager) for Ocean Spray Cranberries. My background is in aerospace and defense, and I was looking for a change in my career. The appeal of a less stressful role with different types of new challenges are what led me to Ocean Spray. The people, innovation, and opportunities are what keep me happy there.

Q:How did D'Amore-McKim prepare you for this career in the global business world?

A:The MS in Innovation program has helped me to think outside the box and learn to turn a new, unique idea into a reality. I'm able to apply my learnings to innovative projects within Ocean Spray. Most important to me, is that I am able to ask more targeted questions to lead my company to the best possible outcome.

Q:Did you participate in IDEA, the student-led venture accelerator?

A:I did not participate while I was in the cohort. However, post-graduation, my Capstone project team is still together and has become part of IDEA to see how far we can go with our class project.

Q:What would you say to a prospective student considering D'Amore-McKim for their business degree?

A:The D'Amore-McKim business school is incredible. The caliber of faculty and students are well worth the investment. Northeastern provides a unique learning experience and integrates “real-world” with academia in the best way possible. Business students have the opportunity to be very hands-on and acquire practical knowledge that can be applied to any aspect of their careers and/or future endeavors. I would highly recommend the Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business—I am a two-time graduate!