Meet Our Students

Business@American attracts ambitious students from across the U.S. Although they come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, they all share the drive to continue learning and moving their careers forward.

Hear directly from our Kogod School of Business alumni about their online experiences, interests, and career goals and paths.

Alumni Q&As

Gabrielle Williams

Gabrielle is currently employed as a technical sourcer for Facebook, where she is responsible for finding and hiring strong senior consumer-facing product managers. She chose AU because of the wide reach of networking opportunities and the benefit of connecting with students working at major companies around the world. Gabrielle’s favorite course in the program was Managing Digital Organizations.

“Being an online MBA student, the immersions were my favorite part. I enjoyed getting to know my peers in person and working with them to develop awesome ideas. I enjoyed all the site visits from companies such as Accenture, BDO, and Tesla.”

Read more about Gabrielle.

Ian Hamilton

Ian is currently the co-founder and CEO of TruTriage. He chose AU because of its reputation, region, connections to the area, and the flexibility of online classes. During the program, Ian was the winner of AU’s Center of Innovation (ACUI) award.

“Not only have I made some great peer connections that will help me in the future, I have gained some excellent mentors that I can turn to whenever I need. I have also met some great alumni that have helped my entrepreneurial journey.”

Read more about Ian.

Taylor Mason

Taylor is a logistics management specialist for the Department of Defense, where she is responsible for analysis and coordination of the organization’s supply chain. She chose AU because of its diversity, ranking, and the ability to tailor an MBA program to her goals. Taylor’s favorite classes were the immersions in San Francisco and Chicago.

“My relationship with the program’s faculty was amazing. They provided feedback on assignments, learning journals, and other reflective activities. I especially enjoyed working with small groups of students because it gave us the opportunity to reflect on our current and past experience.”

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John Gayton

John is a services data analyst at Agilent Technologies. He chose AU’s online MBA program because of its multidisciplinary business and data curriculum. He was initially nervous about the online student experience, but he took advantage of the flexibility while in the program.

“I was looking for a program that gave me the ability to better understand businesses and business issues combined with the skills required for data analysis. That combination is ultimately what helped me successfully land my current job.”

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Andre Smotherman

Andre is employed as an assortment analyst at Giant Food. He chose AU because of the curriculum’s blend of business, analytics, and information technology. Going forward, Andre plans to leverage his managerial experience with his analytics degree.

“The immersion practicum is a great opportunity to network with your fellow analytics students, the professors, and even the MBA students. There have been plenty of networking events that were made available to me by American University.”

Read more about Andre.

What Our Alumni Are Saying

“With its strong reputation, online learning for professionals, and its close proximity to where I live, American University gave me the chance to continue working at my job.”
— Shana Sivia, Class of 2017

See how an MBA education fit into Shana’s plans.

“Going through the courses, my love for finance re-emerged … I’ve started making the transition in my company from the analytics department into the finance and accounting department.”
— Bianca Romo, Class of 2018

See how Bianca is enhancing her network and career.

“I liked the fact that, even though it’s online, you still have that interaction in the virtual classroom, being able to see and interact with your professor. I feel like I still get that personable approach.”
— Jaime Robinson, Class of 2018

See how Jaime is expanding her skill set after graduating.

“At first, I was apprehensive that working full time and being in graduate school part time would be incredibly challenging, but the Business@American online platform made it very possible to acclimate to that life adjustment.”
— Alyssa Steinmann, Class of 2018

See how Alyssa is advancing her career goals.