MBA alumna uses technology, networking skills to climb the ladder

Brandy McNeil
Brandy McNeil ’11. Photo by Michael Paras Photography.

NAME: Brandy McNeil ’11

DEGREE: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

CURRENT PROGRAM: Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

JOB TITLE BEFORE MY DEGREE: Learning and Development Training Manager, New York Public Library

JOB TITLE AFTER MY DEGREE: Associate Director of Technology Education and Training, New York Public Library

PUTTING SKILLS TO WORK: I pursued my MBA to make a difference in the community, so I was excited to start working at the New York Public Library (NYPL) soon after receiving my degree. My coursework taught me the value of business networking and building relationships, so I made sure to practice those concepts in my role. NYPL was in the process of upgrading to Google platforms, so I used my knowledge and skills to help ease the transition. I believe that’s what initially got upper management to think about me for a promotion. They sought me out. I didn’t apply for the job, and it wasn’t on my radar at the time. But I was so flattered that multiple people had been discussing this opportunity on my behalf. I think they noticed my big-picture thinking and my ambition, and that’s what sealed the deal.

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PURSUING A DREAM: I remember visiting my older sister when I was young while she was working in her office at the World Trade Center, and I thought: “I want to be like her. What can I do to get there?” As I got older, I knew a bachelor’s degree alone wouldn’t get me where I wanted to be. My MBA has truly helped me achieve my dreams. Now, I’m pursuing my DBA with Walden, which I think will have an even bigger impact on my career. I’ve gotten to this point, and now I can’t wait to get to the next level.
— As told to Kyra Molinaro

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