DeSales MBA – Making Lasting Connections

17 Jun 2011 by Tina Hicks, No Comments »

Our students are encouraged to use their time here in the MBA program to build connections with their fellow students.  These relationships can present an excellent opportunity to network on a deeper level; providing the chance to get to know people outside your industry or expertise.  You never know where these connections will lead.  That’s exactly what a few of our MBA students, Mary Joy Kaiser, Jessica Baker and Paul Rafalowski, found out when they happened to find themselves taking CR507 Executive Skills together.

On the first night of their 12 week Executive Skills class, the instructor suggested using the time in class to get to know the other students and network.  The format of the Executive Skills class gives each student the opportunity to present their experience and expertise.  This allows all of the students the unique chance to let their talents shine in front of their peers.  Mary Joy Kaiser has been the Executive Director for Via of the Lehigh Valley, Inc., a not-for profit human service agency, for the last year.  Her organization was looking for some specific talent, a production manager and sales training/marketing advisor.  Her networking in class lead her to Paul Rafalowski, who has an extensive sales and marketing background and Jessica Baker, who’s expertise lies in production management.  The link was made.  Paul Rafalowski came to work with Via of the Lehigh Valley part-time and developed an exceptional marketing program for them.  Jessica Baker came aboard as Via’s Thrift Production Manager, according to Mary Joy, “transforming our production operations with a very lean attitude.”

Each of these students left CR507 Executive Skills with something they didn’t come into class with – a lasting connection with other industry professionals who they may not have met otherwise.  Mary Joy’s words sum it up the best.  “I am more than grateful for my graduate student venture with DeSales University and the opportunity to meet these two colleagues.  Listening to my peers,  hearing their experiences, and understanding their dreams…. for twelve weeks ….was a simply awesome way to engage dedicated individuals and leaders to build a company that provides significant care to those most in need.”


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