Meet Our Program Director, Laurie Walker
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As Kent State University’s Director of EMBA Programs, Laurie Walker strives to facilitate a learning environment that prepares business professionals to advance within their careers.
Walker didn’t begin her career in higher education. With a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, Walker worked in engineering and marketing roles for a number of companies, including British Petroleum, General Motors and Nestlé.
After working at Nestlé as a market researcher, Walker transitioned to Kent State in 2001 where she was to teach in the math department and serve as a consultant for the Executive MBA for Healthcare Professionals, which was to be launched that year.
“I realized I had a true passion for the [EMBA] program,” Walker said. “I enjoy the whole essence of helping someone develop from the point they are at to the point they want to be, both personally and professionally.”
She served as the program manager for the Executive MBA for Healthcare Professionals until taking over as the program director for the Executive MBA programs in 2011 after the previous director retired.
As the current program director for both the Executive MBA for Healthcare Professionals and the Executive MBA for Corporate Professionals, Walker works to create a unique learning experience that will help every student achieve his or her goals.
“Earning your EMBA expands your horizons on a professional end, but also in your personal life,” Walker said. “When I earned my MBA, it expanded my understanding of how the business world works and I found I had a more fulfilled life.”