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George Spencer

George Spencer, ’17

MBA (Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management)

George Spencer already had a very successful career as an on-air reporter working in NBC 10’s award-winning investigators unit, which focuses on thorough, data-driven reporting, as well as a master’s degree from Columbia.

However, George felt something was still missing. He’d had his eye on an MBA since he was an undergraduate student at Princeton University, and he recently earned one at Drexel LeBow.

“For me, an MBA is about seeing the world in a new way; seeing it with a new pair of glasses. I wanted to better understand the leadership and innovation that are transforming our economy and our lives.”

He admits that economics wasn’t his best subject as an undergraduate. But now, “I can honestly say that my two economics courses at Drexel — Essentials of Economics and Managerial Economics — have changed my worldview. Economics provides a framework for understanding so many of society’s interactions. It is a way of understanding the world.”

His approach to tackling LeBow’s part-time MBA program while maintaining his busy career without getting overwhelmed was to think about his studies one assignment at a time, one class at a time, and committing to making his courses a priority. “The great part is that everyone else in my cohort was in the same boat — we became expert jugglers. I deeply believe that the experience of balancing LeBow’s course load while working full-time is a lesson in and of itself; it shows you just how much you can truly handle.”

George chose Drexel LeBow for its academic strength and for the way the program fit into his professional life. “Drexel has an authenticity that matches its hometown,” he says. “It’s not an ivory tower — it’s a place to develop valuable insights that make a deep impact in the real world.”