Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

I am attending Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business to learn from insightful, forward-thinking business experts and to further develop my leadership style with a focus on values-based leadership. Since I began my environmental health and safety career in the manufacturing industry, I have witnessed too many management decisions based solely on cost, return on investment, and how a potential action would impact quarterly earnings without any consideration as to whether or not it was truly the right thing to do. It is important for me to join an MBA program that includes responsible values in the decision making process, and I want to learn from other students and professors who share this mindset. I believe that the values-based business knowledge and networking prospects I will gain through Quinlan’s MBA program will help guide me towards a more personally rewarding and challenging position with more opportunities to grow professionally.
I lack a formal academic background in business, as no business-related classes were required for my undergraduate degree in Environmental Health (graduated summa cum laude in 2010 with a 3.96 / 4.0 GPA). I have recently completed the 2017 Forté Foundation Women’s MBA Launch Program to assist in the preparation of my business school applications and future studies. I am excited to complete Quinlan’s MBA program, which I believe will provide more opportunities for advancement in my career by adding a broader, values-based business education to my professional background. To move upward in my career and to fulfill my personal goal of attaining a VP-level position in the environmental health and safety field, a solid background in general business administration, including expertise in Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Analytics, and Accounting is expected. At present, my formal academic history lacks this critical coursework.

Amanda from Illinois
Loyola University Chicago - Quinlan School of Business