UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Ryan Yorkery

Ryan Yorkery

Class:

Evening MBA Class of 2011

Title:

Program Manager

Company:

Fidelity Investments - Cary, NC

"I really liked UNC’s curriculum. I was specifically drawn to the plethora of elective courses they offer. And the faculty was amazing."

Why did you pursue an MBA?

“I wanted to be considered for management positions. But my professional experience was limited to the pension consulting and administrative industries, where I had been an individual contributor. I needed to expand my horizontal skill set in order to broaden my options. An MBA made sense.”

Why UNC?

“I really liked UNC’s curriculum. I was specifically drawn to the plethora of elective courses they offer. And the faculty was amazing.”

Overcoming Obstacles

“Going into the program I had a one-year-old daughter, a working spouse, and a job that required well beyond the average 40 hours. I knew I’d have to scale back on my work hours, and my manager agreed to support me. My wife was part of the process too. She even had to sign the invitation for me to attend school! Then, one week into the program I was diagnosed with Leukemia. My doctor advised me to continue with my studies. He prescribed a ‘miracle’ drug and told me that if I respond to it, my chances are good. Fortunately, I responded well.

Life’s challenges keep coming. There’s no pause button. So, before you start an MBA program, it’s important to make sure you understand the commitment, and communicate with your partner and your boss to ensure that they will support you for the long haul. Now my cancer is in remission, I have two healthy girls (my second daughter was born just before graduation), and I’ve earned my MBA! At times it was tough, but I’m really glad I persevered.”

Career Impact

  • Management Opportunities: “I was promoted twice while in the program. Recently they moved me into a position that they needed to backfill, and they were very comfortable with me filling it despite not having much experience in that role. A large part of that was because of a Project Management elective I took, which allowed me to answer questions about the position that I would not have been able to answer before. My Evening MBA was definitely a great investment!”

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