Nicole Johnson has had an interesting journey here at Mizzou. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Engineering, Nicole enrolled in the Crosby MBA Program. “I chose the Crosby MBA Program because I knew they had a very strong, yet affordable program,” she says. After graduating in May 2011, Nicole took a job working in Technology consulting with Protiviti, an Internal Audit and Risk Consulting Firm in Kansas City.
While working with Protiviti, Nicole helped the organization start a new practice, social business consulting. “We help clients best engage with their stakeholders through social technologies while taking the proper steps to mitigate the risk associated with these technologies,” says Nicole. After transferring to Chicago, Nicole continued to work on the social business practice, but she also expanded her focus by joining another team. “I currently split my time between the SharePoint Solutions practice, where I help architect and improve user experiences on intranets/extranets/websites and the social business team.”
With a background in IT, Nicole came into the MBA Program with a unique skillset; however, she still gained important new skills within the Crosby MBA Program. In fact, she says “some of the most valuable skills I learned from the program were the intangible ones such as creating a good work ethic, learning how to work with teams and in group settings, thinking outside the box, and the value of getting involved both inside and outside the classroom. Today I use all of these skills on a daily basis.”
When asked what advice she would give to current Crosby MBA students, Nicole says, “Get involved. The MBA program is what you make it. Join different clubs, attend the social and philanthropic events. Meet and network with as many people as you can. Take advantage of the workshops, seminars, and business development experiences. All of these will help you become a more rounded person in your life and in your career while making the MBA program a more enjoyable experience.”
Through her role with Protiviti, Nicole has had had the opportunity to travel all across the country and see many organizations and industries. “I have learned the more opportunities you take to say yes, the more opportunities you have to be successful and get the unique opportunities. Luck is not handed to successful people. They work hard to be put in lucky situations.”