For Karen Callanan, “taking care of business” means taking care of others with the help of her advanced Business degrees from Northcentral University
Karen R. Callanan lives in Grand Junction, Colorado in an area of “high desert” lands, west of the Rockies, which is appropriate as this enthusiastic, goal-driven professional has her sights set high on making a difference in private and public sector organizations. Callanan recently graduated from Northcentral University’s School of Business and Technology Management with a Master of Business Administration degree in Public Administration. Karen is also a member of the Delta Mu Honor Society with a 3.89 GPA.
“Northcentral has been a wonderful experience for me,” relates Callanan. “I think you can always gain experience, working for a company or being in business for yourself, but’s there’s something magical in increasing your knowledge base through the power of education, and I look forward to using what I’ve learned to help a business or organization pull forward.”
Now, instead of taking a break and resting on her laurels, Callanan has re-enrolled at NCU and she’ll begin her DBA program in Organizational Leadership very soon.
“As a proper Colorado woman, I believe in getting right back in the saddle,” laughs Callanan.
A true Renaissance woman, Callanan actually has a background in science, molecular and cellular biology, and she has worked as a chemist, but it was a stint working with the American Red Cross that actually made the biggest impact on her life.
“Working for the Red Cross really inspired me,” notes Callanan. “I really felt that if I acquired the necessary business skills, I could make an impact in a non-profit organization and help lead them forward. It’s not about the money for me; it’s really about making a difference in the world through humanitarian efforts – and giving a portion of myself to an important cause.”
With her goals firmly in mind, Callanan discovered NCU and it has become the school where she can acquire the business skills she needs to succeed.
“As an adult student, online program offerings are the only way to go, and I really appreciate the easy navigation of NCU’s student portal,” explains Callanan. “I have really loved my faculty mentors and Northcentral continues to evolve, just getting better and better all the time.”
Karen believes that time management is crucial if you want to be successful at NCU, and she credits her self-discipline for much of her achievements.
“Even taking a walk on the beach is about time management,” muses Callanan. “It’s about making quality choices and I recommend following directions and taking the feedback from your faculty mentor very seriously. You’re going to make mistakes, and that’s okay – it’s how you learn and grow as a student and as a person.”
Callanan also uses a little motivation trick in her studies she calls “knocking down blocks.”
“I celebrate my victories – every time I finish a class it’s like ‘knocking down a block.’ So, sometimes, I just reward myself with a fun meal like a burger and fries, and for big milestones, it might be buying myself an iPod. The lesson I’d like to impart is to be good to yourself and these treats and rewards are a great motivational tool when you’re facing serious challenges.”
Callanan looks forward to making a difference in the world by helping others, and it’s obvious that she’s just getting started:
“Let’s catch up again in a few years when I have my DBA from Northcentral!”