Honest advice led this nurse to pursue an Executive MBA + how it changed her career

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Angie Kurosaka
Angie Kurosaka didn’t let lack of credentials stand in her way. Photo via Angie Kurosaka

I don’t know too many people who haven’t been rethinking almost everything since the pandemic started. For Angie Kurosaka, like many others, that self-reflection led her to go back to school. Since the fall of 2020, this seasoned healthcare professional has been studying at the University of North Alabama (UNA) for her Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA). Keep reading to find out why she chose to do this now, and how you can, too.

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How to fit an MBA between tornadoes, an Alabama Power job and hiking the mountains

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Melissa Mayo has an EMBA from UNA
Melissa Mayo dressed for success. Photo via Phil Free

Most people try to avoid emergencies. Birmingham’s Melissa Mayo dives into them. She seeks adventure travel, mountain climbing and helping people during big storms. After years of working in storm response and GIS (geographic information systems), Mayo fulfilled a lifelong dream by earning an online Executive MBA (EMBA) from the University of North Alabama’s award-winning program. Keep reading to find out why Mayo chose this path and how she fit an MBA into her action-packed lifestyle.

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Shardra Scott, Alabama Power’s Systems Operation Manager, on why she’s pursuing an EMBA

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Shardra Scott, Alabama Power's System Operation Manager in the Birmingham Control Center
Shardra Scott, Alabama Power’s Systems Operation Manager inside the Birmingham control center. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Challenging job? Check! Good income? Check!  Big responsibility? Check! But, despite a highly successful career in the energy industry, Birmingham’s Shardra Scott always knew she wanted to earn an advanced degree. Taking the step to enroll in the Executive MBA program offered by Culverhouse College of Business at The University of Alabama took a lot of thought and courage.  Here’s what we learned from Shardra and why she did it.

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