University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin School of Business
MBA Graduation Year: 2022
Current Job: Web Merchandiser, Colony Brands, Inc.
I work in web merchandising and manage multiple sites. I analyze data to determine what products to feature on home pages, emails and overall site content, and categorize products based on attributes and user data. I oversee the product page presentation including photography and copy to ensure experience aligns with merchandising strategy, optimize internal search, and ensure the customer shopping experience is cohesive and aligns with merchandising strategy.
Pursuing my MBA will not only help me gain confidence and skills that I need to be successful, but will prove to myself that there truly isn’t anything that I can’t accomplish. I’ve always aspired to be a leader within my career, I’ve just never had the confidence to show others what I’m truly capable of.
I chose the part-time MBA program so I could still work a full-time job I love and maintain my family life. In the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program, I get a lot out of the face-to-face interaction and collaboration with peers in different industries, and most importantly, still maintain my most important role in life as a mom of three!
I motivated myself to begin my MBA now because when I put my mind to something, I have to do it right away or it becomes a figment of the past. I knew there was never going to be a “right” time, especially with young kids, but when I looked at myself, what I want to accomplish in my career, and where I was at currently in my career, it made sense to start now to get to where I want to be.
Understanding how my company is using agile project management encourages me to jump in and teach others the techniques I have learned to become more efficient in all of our responsibilities.
—Erin Harried (MBA ’22)
I love my classmates! It’s enlightening to have so many individuals with industry experience that is different than mine. I love learning about their experiences, education, and knowledge that I never would have gained with my career background. I’m learning a multitude of strategies and skills from the finance, banking, health, engineering, R&D, government, and project management fields that help me understand and see solutions to every-day problems in a different way.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and learned the most from Project Management with Professor Enno Siemsen. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this class or be able to implement much into my workplace, but I was 100% wrong. I gained more knowledge on agile project management (what is currently used by my employer), learned skills to implement efficiencies on project scheduling, and understanding resource constraints that I can take into my workplace and implement now. Understanding how my company is using agile project management encourages me to jump in and teach others the techniques I have learned to become more efficient in all of our responsibilities.
I am beginning to be seen as a leader, with peers wanting to get my input and ideas on projects or business strategies and valuing that input. I am currently gaining the leadership and communication skills that I need to become successful in my career. I am speaking up more in meetings and communicating my knowledge in certain areas than I felt able to do before I started my MBA.
Why join the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program? The reputation of the university and Wisconsin School of Business, the balance of being able to work full time and be in school, the skills you learn, and the lifelong relationships you establish. There is no better time than now. Go for it! You will absolutely have no regrets.