Full-time MBA Graduates Inspire New Referral Opportunity

November 7, 2013

Colleen Cauley and Dayna Morton

Good things happen when Isenberg MBA graduates recommend the School's Full-Time MBA program to colleagues and friends. In 2010, Dayna Morton '10 MBA, a full-time MBA student nearing graduation, urged her friend, Colleen Cauley '12 MBA, to join the program. Morton and Cauley had first met when both were logistics officers in the U.S. Marine Corps. "I was having a fantastic experience at Isenberg and was sure that Coleen, who was between jobs and ready for new challenges, would also find Isenberg energizing," recalls Morton.


"The Isenberg MBA greatly expanded my business skill-set. It also allowed me to explore my focus in operations management," notes Morton, who since graduation has been an operations manager with MicroSupport Group Inc., a small IT Infrastructure and Services firm in Beverly. "My professors at Isenberg were outstanding," Morton continues. "Every one of them was deeply committed to making business concepts understandable and useful."


Morton honed her newly acquired skills in hands-on Isenberg projects. A practicum with fellow MBA students assessed the feasibility of establishing a farmers market in Springfield. Research with several students and operations management professor Alan Robinson helped a coffee importer and distributor to improve a business model that combined scalability, sustainability, and respect for local growers.


Morton, who joined Isenberg nine months after an eight-year career with the Marines, first learned about the Full-time MBA program from her father, Bruce Billingham '81 MBA. Billingham is himself an enthusiastic Isenberg MBA graduate and president of MicroSupport Group, Morton's current employer. Given their positive experiences at Isenberg, Morton viewed the School's Full-time MBA program as a sure bet for her friend, Colleen Cauley.


"I had previously visited Dayna in Amherst and had a favorable impression of Isenberg," recalls Cauley. "But when I came to Amherst for an MBA open house on Dayna's urging and she introduced me to faculty, students, and the curriculum-that sealed the deal."


For Cauley, an Isenberg MBA proved just the right complement to her military experience in logistics and her post-military resume, which included three years as an administrative specialist with the U.S. Census and project management positions with the Bose Corporation and Quality Stone Veneer, a supplier of stone building products. 


An outstanding student at Isenberg, Cauley leveraged the program to secure a summer internship at the Westborough headquarters of BJ's Wholesale Club, learning its computerized inventory-distribution information system. After graduation, she joined BJ's full time, where she is currently a supply chain project leader, working with a major vendor to reduce waste and increase efficiency. "I owe a lot to Isenberg and of course to Dayna for introducing me to a program that has been both career- and life-changing," she emphasizes.


Isenberg Full-Time MBA Graduates: Do you have a friend or colleague who might excel in our Full-time MBA program? Please let us know. We will waive your referred candidate's $75 application fee. Contact Full-time MBA director Katherine Piedra to refer a candidate or for further information.



Katherine Piedra

Phone: (413) 577-3170