Christopher Peters, PEMBA’13

North Reading, Massachusetts

“For me, the ability to take courses in managing change, leading teams, and negotiations will make me a much stronger leader.”

Naval officer charts new course

As a lieutenant in the Navy, Chris was eager to expand his leadership skills. “I chose an MBA because I wanted to learn how businesses organize, function, and communicate. I’ve been learning a great deal in the Program that will benefit me back in the fleet, such as increased financial and management savvy.”

He was one of the first students to pursue the leadership and organizational transformation concentration. He and a group of classmates even established the Leadership and Organizational Transformation Club to facilitate student networking, host guest speakers, and further their learning in the field.

“Every aspect of business, from marketing to finance, requires leaders who know how to work with a team to get things done. For me, the ability to take courses in managing change, leading teams, and negotiations will make me a much stronger leader. The courses I’m taking have also opened my eyes to the wealth of academic material in the area of leadership that I’ll reference and rely on for years to come.

“I’ve been impressed by the great professors and the caliber of young professionals with whom I take classes. Travelling to China and South Korea for an International Field Seminar was a great experience that both socially and educationally added a lot of value to my MBA. I also like the flexibility to take courses that work with my schedule, including intensive courses taught over five days. Overall, my experience exceeds what I expected out of a part-time MBA program.”

Chris has served as a surface warfare officer for the past six years, including deployments to the Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, and Western Pacific. He plans to return to a ship for at least four more years of service, where, he says, “I hope to capitalize on the leadership and teamwork focus of the PEMBA Program.”