Meghan Dailey, PEMBA’13

Boston, Massachusetts

“Professor Salinger, with his impressive experience as an economist for the Federal Trade Commission, is an excellent example of the world-class faculty at SMG.”

Leader in training

“As I researched schools, BU’s PEMBA Program and its fantastic reviews kept showing up in my search results. At the time, I was working with two SMG alumni who couldn’t say enough about how the program prepared them to make strategic decisions. That, coupled with its established, global alumni network made me feel like the program was a sound investment for my future.”

Meghan says she’s always been very interested in learning about human decisions and motivations. “In addition to the essential ‘hard skills’ of business, BU offers a variety of amazing organizational behavior classes that really hone in on the ‘soft skills’ and the art of leading and managing individuals. My leadership skills and professional self-awareness have increased significantly as a result of these classes and they’ve inspired me to be a better person.”

She cites her Economics course with Michael Salinger as a favorite. “It’s a tough course with complex concepts, but the enthusiasm with which he taught made it fun. Professor Salinger, with his impressive experience as an economist for the Federal Trade Commission, is an excellent example of the world-class faculty at SMG. I now find myself explaining things in terms of supply and demand often, much to the chagrin of my friends.”

The PEMBA cohort option was a plus for Meghan. “Working full-time during a part-time degree program is a daunting proposition, but moving through the first-year classes with the same group of students provided a ready-made support network within which we all shared experiences and challenges. Together, we learned how to balance the rigors of work and school. Not only has the cohort provided me with a solid professional network, we’ve also formed some deep friendships.”

Meghan participated in the pilot year of the BU on Board Program, which places MBA students as nonvoting members on nonprofit boards of directors. “My placement was with the AIDS Action Committee. The organization acquired two smaller nonprofits during my time with them, allowing me to see how acquisition works in a nonprofit setting, both financially and personnel-wise. It was fascinating to witness.”