Leslie Lewis knew she could advance her career with a Master of Science in Management of Technology (MS-MOT) degree from Georgia Tech College of Management. But she was still surprised by the swiftness of her ascent.
"Upon completion of the program, I was promoted immediately," says Lewis, MS -MOT 2005, who rose from project leader to contract/task manager for Business Computer Applications (BCA). "I think the degree gave upper management more confidence that I could get the job done."
Lewis, who'd worked as a technology consultant since graduating from Clark Atlanta University with a bachelor's degree in computer science in 1996, decided the MS-MOT program was right for her because its technology focus aligned with her career path.
Designed to prepare leaders to excel in the rapidly changing world of high-tech business, the Master of Science in Management of Technology program attracts both technical and business professionals who are ready to transition into upper management and strategic leadership roles. The program's foundation consists of a business core like that found in MBA programs. But students also learn how to leverage technology for sustained competitive advantage, manage innovation, and hone their entrepreneurial skills during weekend classes of the 19-month program.
Lewis remembers how beneficial it was to be able to immediately put her learning to work for her company. "There were numerous opportunities to exercise what I'd learned in class and from working sessions with classmates," she says. "I was using it while it was still fresh in my mind."
A native of Chicago, Lewis consulted for Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Anderson and later ran her own staffing company before joining BCA nearly five years ago. She says her master's education has enabled her to distinguish herself as a leader at BCA. "I am able to take the ideas and thoughts of our executive management and process them with a fresh perspective," says Lewis, who supervises 40 staff members working on BCA's contract with Northrop Gruman supporting the Centers for Disease Control.
Her enhanced ability to forecast technologies and areas of business opportunity has also proven helpful to BCA. "This master's program has given me the ability to see beyond current trends, and it gives my company a new-found advantage when competing for more business, growing current contracts, and even retaining current employees," she says.