Reilly Gallagher

Part-time Professional MBA ’16

HometownAspen, CO

Pre-Daniels Experience: Prior to Daniels, I had been working for five years since undergrad. After college graduation, I lived in New York City and worked in marketing and public relations. I then moved to Los Angeles and was with ICM Partners working in branded promotions and endorsements. Before moving to Denver to attend Daniels, I held a position for several years at 21st Century Fox as a Publicity Coordinator based in Los Angeles.

Current Job Title: Vice President, Marketing & Communications at Forte Aspen.

Hobbies:love spending time with my family and friends and my beagle puppy. I am a marathon runner and love playing tennis. I serve on the Daniels College of Business’ Alumni Advisory Board, along with the Shining Stars Foundation’s Board. I also love watching sports –primarily college football – notably, my undergraduate alma mater, the Fighting Irish!

If you could tell your past-self one thing before you started grad school, what would it be?

It would be that the experience “is what you make it.” From my perspective, grad school was unique because one of the primary measurements of success related to the effort you decided to put into the experience based on your personal goals for the program.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Enjoy it and “be present” during the experience – there are so many opportunities in grad school, and the engagement lasts past graduation. The people you meet along the way and the experiences you have will leave a lasting impression both personally and professionally.

What is your favorite thing about living in Denver?

As a Colorado native, I was excited to move back to Denver after almost a decade spent living out of state. As a city, Denver seems to be at such an exciting, peak point – it is exciting to be here and see all the growth. The restaurant scene in Denver is fun to experience – there are so many incredible new places in various neighborhoods. I also love to be outside and go to Wash Park! It’s very nice living close to my family!

Why did you want to pursue a graduate business degree?

First and foremost, I strongly believe that education is one of the most powerful “opportunities” available in life. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the chance to attend business school at Daniels, and I am passionate about advocating for the College and my program. Generally, I wanted to pursue a graduate business degree in order to learn from others, advance my business acumen and challenge myself in new ways.

Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree? 

As a Colorado native, I had always respected DU/Daniels and wanted to attend graduate school there if possible. I think Daniels, along with the larger University of Denver community, is in a unique position, due to its size and programming, to offer its students and alumni special opportunities for continuous engagement both while in attendance and also after graduation.

What surprised you the most about business school?

What surprised me most about business school were the bonds developed amongst our cohort. As an undergrad, I was in the College of Arts & Letters, so I didn’t experience as much group work. I think group projects were the best, and sometimes the most challenging, aspect of the Part-time Professional MBA (PMBA) program. As part of the PMBA, my fellow cohort members had very busy professional and personal lives, and it was amazing to see how people pushed themselves and succeeded. I feel very grateful to have had that experience, as it’s so useful in the “real” business world.

How did you manage work-life balance while taking classes?

It was certainly a challenge to manage work-life balance while taking classes. I think making friends in class alleviated the stress because we could help one another. For me, trying to be as organized as possible was very helpful, especially as part of the PMBA program.

How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?

During my time at Daniels, I evolved as a leader in ways I didn’t initially expect. At the start of our program, we did an Insights evaluation to discover key traits of our personalities. I learned a lot about myself during that process and also identified areas where I would like to push myself. By the end of the program, I had made positive strides in those areas. We learned extensively about emotional intelligence, and I think it was extremely beneficial in my emergence as a leader. I learned that values-based leadership represents an influence relationship. I have evolved as a leader in understanding that great results are achieved through people. I also learned that leadership is an evolving process that involves a shared future vision. My professional leadership goal is to continue to learn how to articulate my vision and to get outside of my comfort zone through the process.