Bethany Miller found that her Global Executive MBA education helped her advance both inside and outside of the military.
Published on: 05-12-2011
For Bethany Miller, earning a Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) from Georgia
Tech proved crucial to her career both inside and outside of the military. “I love
learning and knew that getting an MBA would help me advance in my career,” says
Miller, who graduated from the 17-month GEMBA program in 2008.
She says the program prepared her for greater leadership. Since
graduation, she’s become global operations director for the Air Force Reserve
as well as vice president of fleet operations at Ride the Ducks, a tourism and
entertainment company. During her GEMBA studies, she served as a pilot for the
Air Force Reserve (flying the C-17) and Air Tran Airways (flying a full
GEMBA’s convenient format, involving Friday evening and Saturday classes
on select weekends, was helpful in juggling her busy schedule. She says she
chose Georgia Tech because of international reputation and student diversity.
The GEMBA option made sense because “what the military does is global in
nature,” she explains. “The international orientation of the program was very
important to me.”
She adds that GEMBA “introduced me to topics that I wasn’t aware were
impacting my career, and it taught me to think more critically. Once you have
your EMBA, it becomes a part of your life and how you think.” She now views her
company through a new lens, she says.
The Global Executive MBA and Executive MBA in
Management of Technology (EMBA-MOT) provide opportunities for military veterans
to transition their careers, taking their leadership skills and training into a
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