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Personal Attention, Caring Staff Result in Alex Leader Choosing LVC MBA Program

Alex Leader will pursue her MBA degree at Lebanon Valley College

Inspired by her mother’s pursuit of additional education, Alex Leader knew off the bat that she wanted to enroll in an MBA program. 

“Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a mother with her MBA,” said Leader, who earned her bachelor’s degree at Kutztown University. “I was able to witness first-hand how the extra education gave her career opportunities and success that wouldn’t have been possible without the degree.”

The question remained where she would pursue the degree as she struggled to find the perfect place that fit her aspirations as a student. Having two parents who are LVC alumni, Leader kept LVC at the top of her MBA search.

Leader originally contacted LVC through the Breen Center for Graduate Success, where she was seeking advice for open jobs on or around campus for the Fall 2020 semester. From there, Leader connected with Dr. Kimberlee Josephson, associate dean of the Breen Center and assistant professor of business administration, who set up a Zoom meeting to further discuss how the center could help.

“During that call is when I remember thinking to myself ‘I want to go here’,” reflected Leader. “The excitement Dr. Josephson portrayed during the call made me feel cared for as she listened to my career goals and interests.”

After speaking with Josephson, Leader talked with Megan McCabe, career coach at the Breen Center. During their discussions, Leader discovered McCabe held the same position Leader was applying for at another school, allowing for her to personally connect with someone in the field.

All the while Leader was in contact with Josephson and McCabe, Leader was also communicating with Christine Martin, assistant director of the MBA Program, about the logistics of the program and registration. With Martin’s assistance, Leader confidently committed to LVC’s MBA Program

“I chose LVC’s MBA Program for two reasons: the employees at the Breen Center, and how the semesters were laid out,” said Leader. “The employees were always extremely caring and helpful, and the eight-week semesters allow me to accomplish the program in a year by going full time.”

As Leader works toward completing the program, her career goals remain open to several interests. From opening her own business to working as the head of a human resource department, Leader wants to keep her future open to whatever opportunity may cross her path.  

“I believe the networks and skills I will build through pursuing my MBA will be life-changing. I envision them opening up opportunities I would have never had before.”


-- Parker Gallagher, Marketing & Communications Student Assistant