Jordan LeBlanc, Professional Evening MBA

Westford, Massachusetts

“The emphasis placed on teamwork and collaboration between students and faculty matches my experience in my career, where I rely on teamwork and appreciate how vital it is to reaching set goals.”

This student’s MBA journey started in the classroom. Literally.

Jordan LeBlanc’s prime inspiration for choosing BU School of Management wasn’t the professors or the curriculum or the School’s reputation (although those definitely played a role). It was the design of the classrooms.

“When I attended an information session at the School of Management,” she recalls, “I was pleasantly surprised to see the classrooms designed with an inclusive setup and also the many collaborative workspaces throughout the building.”

As someone who works in Charitable Asset Management at State Street Global Advisors, Jordan helps colleges, universities, and national charitable organizations manage their planned giving programs. Which means it’s all about making connections with people. Hence her appreciation for the feng shui at BU. “The emphasis placed on teamwork and collaboration between students and faculty also matches my experience in my career and extra-curricular activities where I rely on teamwork and appreciate how vital it is to reaching set goals. It’s important for me to attend a school that has a program aligned with the professional reality I work in.”

Another feature about BU that Jordan appreciates is the practical approach the School has in teaching. It’s not just theory—there’s a real emphasis on helping students take what they’ve learned and apply it to real situations. Jordan recounts one example:

“In my Economics and Management Decisions class this past semester we conducted several in-class experiments utilizing our computers. These experiments simulated an actual market environment where some of the students were buyers and some were sellers. At different rounds in the experiment, different constraints were placed on buyers, sellers, or both. This type of learning really helped to reinforce what we had read in the text and listened to in the class lecture.”

Jordan feels that her degree is both a career asset and a life asset. “As I take my basic knowledge of investments, markets, theories, and concepts to the next level, I will be able to better understand the investment decisions that the portfolio managers make, and be able to translate that back to the client in a clear and concise way. I also believe that my degree will make me a more informed and well-rounded individual.”