Class Year: 2014
Position and Employer: Aerospace Supply Chain Operations Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Bobbi Wendorff credits the moving around she did growing up and the study abroad trips she took as an undergraduate for making travel her true passion. “I love seeing new places and experiencing new cultures. I take every opportunity I get to visit someplace new.”
With an engineering undergraduate degree, and now as a deputy project manager for Lockheed Martin, she was offered the opportunity to go on a three-month international assignment while pursuing a part-time MBA at Drexel LeBow. She didn’t miss a beat before accepting it; earning her MBA online meant she didn’t have to put her studies on hold while she was there.
Wendorff is a go-getter who isn’t satisfied with just doing a good job at work – she’s committed to going above and beyond. “I choose the Drexel LeBow Online MBA for its reputation within my corporation and beyond. It’s giving me extra tools that I bring back to work that help me to stand out from my peers and gain better trust from my company. It’s already opening doors for new projects. I’m confident it will help me to grow my role to a management position.”
Further down the line, Wendorff’s goals include starting her own company, and she knows her MBA will help her succeed with that, too. She says the broad range of backgrounds of the members of her cohort have really broadened her understanding of business and of the world.
“If someone was worried an online MBA program might be impersonal, I would disagree,” she said.
For example, she says working with people remotely is a great real-world experience in itself – one that has a strong parallel to how she operates within her job. “On a day-to-day basis, my work involves people on opposite sides of the country and opposite sides of the world. When you’re in a cohort and doing a group project, you actually become really close with some of your classmates even though you might be separated by hundreds or thousands of miles.”
She’s formed some really great bonds through the program. “In my undergraduate years, every class had somebody different. But my cohort also formed great relationships. I now have a great built-in network!”