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Spotlight: MSOL Student Kristina Thomas

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To learn more about Union’s Master in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) degree, we asked current student Kristina Thomas about her experience in the program.

Kristina Thomas

Current Student | Organizational Leadership

To learn more about Union’s Master in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) degree, we asked current student Kristina Thomas about her experience in the program. Kristina Thomas is an executive for Macy’s Inc. with extensive experience in relationship building, analyzing, planning, developing, implementing and measuring corporate-wide internal and external growth initiatives designed to align corporate goals with stakeholder interests, resulting in long-term stability and growth. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management. Awards include the 2007 Leaders for the Future Award, 2009 YMCA Black Achiever, and 2011 Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40 Award Recipient. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Incorporated.

How has your experience at Union been as a student?

“Challenging. I have found the program to be challenging and exhilarating. Every day, I am growing professionally and personally.”

How is the MSOL program helping you to achieve your goals?

“Professionally, my approach is more strategic and systemic. Meetings with my team are more purposeful and interactive. I also hold leadership positions in nonprofits. Before the MSOL program, it was too easy to get off point. Now I lead from a structured viewpoint and engage to accomplish goals. “

What is the best part of the MSOL program?

“The real world experience my cohort offers is invaluable. The discussion forums and comments make one vulnerable but strong enough to implement suggestions.”

Why did you choose Union for your studies?

“Union chose me. This is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I know the skills I am learning will propel me professionally.”

Learn more about Union’s MSOL degree program

Spotlight: BS Leadership Grad Stephanie Carroll

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Breastfeeding Coordinator and Peer Supervisor, Gallia County Health Department-WIC Program and 2015 BS Leadership Grad

Stephanie Carroll, BS, IBCLC, CLC, CLS

I originally started in Union’s Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting program to earn my IBCLC certification (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), one of my main goals when choosing Union. I obtained the credential before graduating from the Lactation Consulting program, but I wanted a wider variety of knowledge, so I changed my major to Leadership to finish out my bachelor’s program. Boy, am I glad that I did! I loved the Lactation program dearly, but I was also excited about what I could achieve in the Leadership program. 

The Leadership major at Union really helped me develop into a great leader – someone with knowledge, but also drive and compassion. Many people believe that leading is simply managing, but it is so much more than that. Successful leaders encourage others to work together toward a common cause. I believe Union Institute & University professors are motivating and creating many new leaders who will positively affect our society. 

The program was unique because my classmates were from different backgrounds and careers. I learned so much from them. We were posed various situations and asked how we, as leaders, would react to them.

I just returned from a breastfeeding conference where I gave a presentation to 275 women. It was an honor to be a speaker there, something I never thought would happen. This program has already changed my life in many ways. I couldn’t have asked for a more caring, attentive experience as I had with my advisors and professors. I feel honored to be a part of Union’s alumni family.