MBA with a Nonprofit Management concentration '09
Hometown: Lakeland, FL
Previous education: University of Alabama, bachelor’s in both management and Spanish ‘07
Work history: Program manager at Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay
I completed my MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management to strengthen my business background while gaining an understanding of the nonprofit sector. I chose the University of Tampa because the nonprofit courses are taught in cooperation with business professionals and nonprofit practitioners. Too often nonprofit organizations are created out of passion but do not have the foundation for sustainability. We should be fortunate that the University of Tampa, in partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, is committed to building strong leaders for the nonprofit community in the Tampa Bay area.
At the University of Tampa, the faculty truly does cares about its students. When I originally chose to attend UT, my concentration was in international business. After I completed my first year, I switched to nonprofit management. My advisor worked closely with me to ensure that I still graduated on-time.
As a newcomer into the nonprofit sector, I really benefited from the cohort style of the program. I was able learn from each of the students because there were such diverse backgrounds and years of experience in the classroom. Throughout the program we also visited nonprofit organizations, which really helped me to fully understand the material that we were learning.
As one of the first graduates from the University of Tampa to receive the MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management, I am hopeful that more people will realize the need to understand business concepts in the social sector.