Thinking MBA? 9 Successful Black Women Discuss the Impact of the Degree on Their Career

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Funlayo Alabi – CEO of Shea Radiance, MBA from Regent University in Virginia Beach, 1992

Madame Noire: What impact has your MBA had on your career?

Funlayo Alabi: My MBA has a great impact on what I do today. In addition to learning business principles, the school I attended provided something extra. It gave me a sense of purpose that I had a responsibility to make the world a better place.

MN: What made you want to pursue an advanced degree?

FA: I decided to pursue an advanced degree shortly after I received my [undergraduate] degree in International Business from Howard University. I always dreamed of running my own business and I knew I wanted it to be international in scope. I wanted to understand what it meant to have a biblical framework and mindset from which to operate a business. Regent University offered that unique perspective.

MA: Given today’s economic climate, would you recommend this path to other African-American women?

FA: I would recommend this path with a slight twist. Instead of going for an advanced degree right out of college like I did, I strongly recommend getting practical work experience in the field you desire before going for an advanced degree. I feel that having real world experience in you desired field makes the program more meaningful. I would recommend that you select a school with a strong program in your area of interest. Finally and most importantly, while in the program, network like crazy. The alumni network will be especially valuable during these hard economic times, because who you know definitely opens doors.

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