“I can stand toe-to-toe with any of my peers—or leaders for that matter—and present, feeling comfortable with what I’m saying. My MBA has opened doors in the sense that I was able to get into a Fortune 50 company, continue to work my career path upwards, and know my potential at this point is unlimited."
Working in public relations, Kara Kosowski came to the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management in search of a quantitative business background to supplement her qualitative experience.
Through Broad’s MBA program she gained this while developing a team mentality and growing her potential, effectively enabling her to make a complete career switch from public relations professional to Director of Strategic Sourcing at WellPoint.
Working in procurement supply chain within the health insurance industry, a major component of Kosowski’s responsibilities is purchasing services, including public relations vendors. Her strategic sourcing career draws heavily from both her quantitative business experience and more qualitative liberal arts background, happily merging her pre- and post-MBA expertise. To strengthen her portfolio and develop business expertise, Broad’s Career Services Center encouraged Kosowski to get involved in a number of activities on campus. Following their advice, she worked with the MSU Extension as her graduate assistantship and was a part of Spartan Consulting, MSU’s consulting firm run by MBA students.
“Spartan Consulting was fundamental [in giving me experience in the business world],” Kosowski proclaims. “It was something where I was working with an actual business, listening to their needs, and trying to work with a team to find a solution for that. It was real-world experience then being applied with what I was learning and made for a good resume builder.”
Along with business experience from her various campus involvements, Kosowski has found Broad’s emphasis on teams invaluable. She explains, “The team dynamic at Broad has helped me instrumentally throughout my career. Now in the workplace, I can actually identify people who are similar to teammates that I had and know how to work and more effectively communicate with them, which is telling about what the program taught me.”
Kosowski believes that the collaborative, hardworking spirit shared by her peers is evident when they’re joined by non-Broad MBAs. She knows everyone has the potential to be collaborative, but has observed reluctance from others. Kosowski notes, “You can tell the difference. We are used to a team environment. I want to work on a team; I want to participate in that team—and that’s what makes our MBA stand out. Broad MBAs are willing to just roll up their sleeves and jump in.”
Although Kosowski and her classmates at Broad worked hard side-by-side, they experienced a nice balance between hard work and socialization. Offering a number of events and organizations, Broad encouraged socialization and networking, which she found just as important as learning in the classroom. To this day, Kosowski keeps in touch with her fellow alums. Thinking of how easily she connected with her peers, she remarks, “They’re lifelong friends. I couldn’t have said that coming out of any other program.”
The impact of Kosowski’s time at Broad has been substantial. She confidently states, “I can stand toe-to-toe with any of my peers—or leaders for that matter—and present, feeling comfortable with what I’m saying. My MBA has opened doors in the sense that I was able to get into a Fortune 50 company, continue to work my career path upwards, and know my potential at this point is unlimited.”