“It was a perfect match.” Bham execs share their latest career move

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Orientation may have looked a bit different this year, but connecting with your classmates is one of the biggest benefits of this program. Photo via UA EMBA

These local professionals are making big moves in their careers. We caught up with the Birmingham execs from Alabama’s latest Executive MBA class to learn more about their decision to take their careers to the next level—and how they’re making it happen. Check it out!

Making Education Work for Working Professionals

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The average age of an EMBA student at UA is 38. Photo via UA EMBA

Whether you’re in the running for a big promotion at your current job or you’re looking for a career change, having your MBA sets you apart. This graduate degree can benefit people in all kinds of fields and roles.

However, if you’re a working professional, making time to continue your education can be challenging. The University of Alabama’s Executive MBA Program was created with that challenge in mind.

UA’s EMBA offers a unique, blended-instruction format in two locations: Tuscaloosa and Huntsville. Not only do you gain a quality education on your schedule—you also gain a degree from an institution with massive name recognition.

If you’re interested in leveling up your career, head over to their website to learn more about the EMBA program at Alabama.

Meet the Birmingham Execs

EMBA candidates come from all over to be a part of this program, and that includes our Magic City. These Birmingham professionals are just kicking off their time in UA’s EMBA program, and we learned why they decided to go for it.

Michael Emfinger

Senior Inside Opportunity Manager at Accenture

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What made you want to apply for the Alabama EMBA program?

“The UA EMBA program will enhance my ability to deliver value to clients navigating the complexities of a hybrid physical and digital world, and allow me to leverage a nationally acclaimed network of industry leaders and to help forge a better future for our community and our children.”

What are you most looking forward to during or after the program?

“We are welcoming our second child in February. I look forward to setting a good example of leadership for my children through dedication and service to others. I also look forward to spending more time with my family after graduation.”

Kelli Gant

Chief Administrative Officer at Warrior Met Coal, Inc.

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What made you want to apply for the Alabama EMBA program?

“It’s a rigorous nationally recognized program, which will further round out my business knowledge, but is also flexible enough to work with my busy professional and personal demands.”

What are you most looking forward to during or after the program?

“Getting to know my classmates and the international trip!”

Peyton Hartzell

General Manager at BHM International Airport

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What made you want to apply for the Alabama EMBA program?

“Getting an MBA will help me not only take the next step in my career path, but will also allow me to learn new skills and knowledge to help me excel in my current and future roles. 

However, I did not just want any MBA. When looking for a program, I wanted a top-notch nationally recognized program.  With the UA EMBA program ranking in the top 10 nationally in public universities, it was a perfect match!

What are you most looking forward to during or after the program?

“Learning from recognized professors and instructors, as well as building relationships and learning from my classmates.”

Mona Lisa Morris

Deputy Director at Birmingham Business Resource Center

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What made you want to apply for the Alabama EMBA program?

“The opportunity to study alongside other executives and professionals from a variety of industries.”

What are you most looking forward to during or after the program?

“Networking and creating connections, as well as opportunities for international travel to study businesses abroad.”

Lily Posey

Business Intelligence Developer at Altec

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What made you want to apply for the Alabama EMBA program?

“I wanted to pursue an MBA to round out my technical background with a solid foundation of business knowledge. I was specifically drawn to the University of Alabama’s EMBA program because it featured a cohort-style model that put an emphasis on connecting with your classmates.”

What are you most looking forward to during or after the program?

“I’m looking forward to getting to know my classmates and learning from their perspectives that come from a variety of different industries.”

Natasha Shumpert 

Social Services Coordinator at Jefferson County Department of Health

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What made you want to apply for the Alabama EMBA program?

“I want to strengthen my business knowledge and leadership skills to make a bigger impact in the workplace and community. The hybrid learning model offered by the esteemed EMBA program makes it possible for me to do that as a full-time wife, mother, and professional.

What are you most looking forward to during or after the program?

“I look forward to gaining insight and expertise from highly competent instructors, building lasting relationships with my cohort and networking with EMBA alumni.”

Chris Spann

Business Development Manager at Collins Aerospace

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What made you want to apply for the Alabama EMBA program?

“My personal goal of obtaining an MBA as well as the reputation of Alabama’s Executive program. I have a friend who is an alumnus and speaks very highly of all the courses he took

I hope the program gives me a better skill set to use in my job and puts me in a better position for advancement.”

What are you most looking forward to during or after the program?

“I’m most looking forward to learning more and gaining a better understanding of the leadership/management side of business. I’m also looking forward to the program’s international business trip and the opportunity for networking with my classmates.”

Want to Learn More?

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If your interest is piqued, we have great news. UA EMBA has info sessions coming up where you can (virtually) get a complete overview of the program, courses, admissions requirements and cost. 

There’s no commitment involved with attending an info session. You’ll also get to hear from some recent alumni and ask questions about their experience with the program.

Here are the deets on the upcoming sessions:

  • Friday, Dec. 18 | 11AM
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13 | 1PM
  • Thursday, Jan. 21 | 12PM

Sign up for an info session here, and be sure to tell them we sent you.

Looking to learn more about the EMBA program? Check them out on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to keep up with this dynamic group of professionals!

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Beth Cunningham
A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.
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