M.B.A. Graduates Mean Business
Melvin Montalvo’s M.B.A. helped him land a job with an international cybersecurity firm. Cynthia Sanchez gained the confidence to ask for – and get – a promotion. Marjorie Stenger is poised to advance at a large financial services firm.
In August 2017 the three were among the first group of graduates from the Berkeley College M.B.A. in Management program that launched in 2015. All received their undergraduate degrees from Berkeley as well, and completed the M.B.A. while working full-time and juggling the demands of family life.
Ms. Stenger, for instance, has three small children. “It was rigorous,” she said of the M.B.A. coursework. “But we came out of it with a lot of tools in operations management and we learned to look at things from a global perspective.”
The resident of Wayne, NJ, is a regional internal wholesaler at AXA Equitable and provides support to 500 advisors in the mid-Atlantic region. The M.B.A. program equipped her with key time-management and analytical skills, and she believes her new credential will help her move to a marketing job at the company where she has worked for more than five years. “The M.B.A. gives me an advantage. It sets me apart from the other candidates,” she said.
Cynthia Sanchez of North Arlington, NJ, began working in the accounting department of Colonna Brothers, Inc. in 2014. After receiving her M.B.A. she contacted her boss at the food distribution company in North Bergen about becoming an account manager. A month later she was promoted. She is now a supervisor who works closely with Colonna’s Chief Financial Officer. “The M.B.A. helped me a lot. The number one thing was learning how to handle situations and approach them in a professional manner,” she said.
Ms. Sanchez credits Professors Michael McAteer, D.B.A., and Maya Reddi, Ph.D., for readying her for the demands of the business world. Ms. Sanchez was one of 19 M.B.A. students who traveled to India with Dr. Reddi in the spring for a Global Immersion Experience.
Mr. Montalvo also went on the trip and continues to travel abroad for work. He recently returned from the London headquarters of his new employer, Clearswift. Mr. Montalvo will handle sales and education as the cybersecurity firm expands in the United States.
Mr. Montalvo, who lives in Stirling, NJ, said what he learned about the latest business applications and globalization positioned him well for his new role. He has worked in sales and information technology for several years, and said the M.B.A. program prepared him with critical-thinking skills, citing the capstone project that involved a two-year simulation of all that is involved in launching a company.
This is Mr. Montalvo’s third stint at Berkeley: he completed an Associate’s degree in 1991, a Bachelor’s in 2003, and now the M.B.A. Through it all, he said Berkeley provided the focus and flexibility needed for an adult learner with a busy day job and family. “Berkeley has been able to give me a good path to a good career,” he said.