Carol D. Anderson ('00 MBA)
Corporate Finance Strategis
Los Angeles, CA
Carol Anderson remembers dropping by the dean's office during her first week in Notre Dame's MBA program in 1998. She wanted to introduce herself and say hello to the newly appointed leader of the college, Carolyn Woo.
The dean invited her to sit down and asked about the new student's expectations and what she wanted from the program. Woo shared all the options the student could consider to customize the MBA experience to her interests.
"At that point I realized how much more [the program] could offer me," Anderson says. "That is something that was very meaningful and has stayed with me all the years since."
Anderson, who was born in Belize, was especially interested in international business and over the course of her MBA experience studied in Chile and interned in South Africa.
Following graduation she worked in management consulting, earned another master's (accountancy) from the University of Southern California (Dean Woo wrote her a recommendation), and continued her career in finance for Best Buy in Minneapolis. She later returned to her home city of Los Angeles as a finance manager for Starbucks. During 2010 she was traveling the world and delving into new opportunities that might require a move abroad.
Carol remains an active member of the Black Alumni of Notre Dame community, serving on its board of directors.
She says that along with a quality education and strong international component, she valued the environment of the MBA program.
"It's such a peaceful, spiritually focused, ethically inclined program. That was key for me. I'm a practicing Episcopalian who was raised in the Roman Catholic school system. I really appreciated that people [faculty, staff, administrators] approached me from a frank, honest, open place.
"That kind of access, support, and attention could only come from Notre Dame and a moderately sized program where faculty are still directly involved with each student."
She says Notre Dame is not for everybody, but for those who desire a community that provides a quality education, strong ethical component, extensive network and resources, and manageable cost of living, they need look no further.