Leon Stevens graduated from Eastern’s MBA program in 2008. He is currently a registered principal at Global View Capital Advisors. He has been married for 22 years and is a father of five. I recently spoke with Leon about his experience in the MBA program and what it has done for him.
Why did you choose Eastern for your MBA?
Before I pursued my MBA I was an engineer. I loved my job but wanted to grow. After looking at a number of different schools, Eastern just felt right. I met with the director the day that classes started; he pulled some strings and got me into class that night. Everyone was very accommodating and I felt that I would be taken care of.
How has your MBA helped you become successful and/or advance professionally?
My MBA gave me new ways to approach problems and helped me be a lot more forward thinking when it comes to the market and how to meet it head on. That has been the one thing that has helped me build a business from scratch in a completely different career field than when I started.
I enjoyed being an engineer but my MBA has changed my thinking so much. I found a passion for finance and investing while in the program. I wanted to help people endure the recession of 2008, so I became fully licensed as a financial advisor and started my own firm.
What do you think you would be doing if you didn’t get your MBA?
I would probably still be an engineer at my previous company, though I think I would be pretty frustrated. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my work, but I felt stagnated and needed to grow. I also wanted to give back to my community. I have been able to help many people with their finances and several non-profit organizations write grants. My MBA has helped me help my community; I am grateful for that.
What did you enjoy most during your time in the MBA program?
I forged great relationships at Eastern and have many fond memories of spending time with my fellow students and the professors. I love the experiences and connections I made with people. It was a great time to learn and grow.
What advice would you give to current MBA students to help them be successful?
Dedicate your time to the things you value; what you find most important. Forget television and those things that do not matter in life. Challenge yourself. If you are not growing, you are dying. You need new challenges and new horizons.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees have played a part in the business world for a long time, but over the past few decades their importance has skyrocketed. AACSB-accredited MBA programs have emerged as the standard, and online MBA programs are becoming increasingly popular as the web-based format matures. Now, most business professionals consider an MBA to be an essential prerequisite for attaining high-level management and executive positions.
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