Master’s in Business Analytics ’19
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Pre-Daniels Experience: I worked as a daily newspaper sports journalist for 10 years based in Minnesota and later Tennessee. I produced a variety of news stories, photography and video for print and digital platforms. I enjoyed covering hockey and some of my work received awards. I worked as a digital content producer at Club Industry and covered the American health club and fitness business prior to starting graduate school at Daniels.
Hobbies: I enjoy hiking and discovering new trails, especially in the state park system and inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Mountain biking is another way I explore the state’s backcountry. I also like golfing at the many quality courses around Denver and going to concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
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If you could tell your past-self one thing before you started grad school, what would it be?
Embrace the challenge and have fun. There will be times when academic work is difficult and solutions seem distant. Have a good attitude, patience and persistence, and that will always lead to success.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
You will no doubt grow academically under the instruction from the knowledgeable faculty. They are outgoing and are there to help you succeed. You will grow even more as a professional if you draw from the diverse experiences of your classmates and the alumni network.
What is your favorite thing about living in Denver?
I love the modern community and the frontier spirit here. So many outgoing and driven people from around the world make Denver special. Locals and transplants give this city and state an energy that pushes me to be at my best. Denver is a great city to find inspiration, learn from others and challenge yourself.
Why did you want to pursue a graduate business degree?
I wanted to be more effective using data for everyday decision making and in developing long-term strategies. For that reason, it was very important to find a business school where business analytics learning is applied to real-world situations. I also wanted a professional challenge to improve my data skills, grow my business statistics knowledge and understand more programming languages.
Why did you choose Daniels for your grad degree?
I wanted to grow my data analysis skill set to become more effective, valuable and competitive in the workplace. I wanted graduate-level classes designed to teach quantitative skills relevant to the business needs of today and tomorrow. The Business Analytics Graduate Business Certificate at DU offered exactly what I was looking for. The certificate experience inspired me to continue as a Master’s in Business Analytics candidate.
Is there a particular experience at Daniels that really stands out?
I competed in the Denver Broncos Datathon case competition on a team with three Master’s in Business Analytics students. It was a perfect opportunity to apply my background as a sports journalist and apply business analytics methodology from the classroom to a real-world application. Our team presented to a panel of judges at Mile High Stadium as finalists and finished in third place.
How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?
I believe one characteristic effective leaders share in today’s business world are exceptional communication skills. I also feel a good leader inspires others and is an attentive listener. At Daniels, I have been able to grow my communication skills through individual projects, group projects and in-class presentations.
How has Daniels prepared you to be market-ready?
I am market-ready because I can push data-driven decision making beyond descriptive analysis and into predictive solutions. I am prepared to handle the challenges of natural language processing and consumer sentiment analysis. I am interested in exploring these fields as a professional. The business analytics professors at Daniels teach a set of high-end quantitative and programming skills that are adaptable to any industry.