Shannon Watson | MBA | Student
What is your classification? Second-year MBA student, graduating in May 2021
What is your MBA concentration? Supply Chain Management
What is your hometown? Houston, Texas
Why did you choose the Howard University School of Business? My decision to attend Howard University School of Business was strengthened by the knowledge that the school would provide me with the best possible business education to sharpen my operations and management skills while also connecting with other like-minded, ambitious, and highly motivated individuals. Furthermore, I was confident that I would connect with Howard's prominent and global alumni network. Knowing the significant financial commitment that an MBA can entail, the unparalleled merit-based scholarship I was generously awarded made Howard University and an MBA a viable option for me.
How has your experience with the School of Business shaped your career goals? I came to business school with three goals in mind: (1) to expand my knowledge of core business functions to solve complex, ambiguous, and unfamiliar management problems; (2) to connect with others to develop communication, emotional intelligence, and the ability to work in teams; and (3) to sharpen my knowledge in functional areas such as operations and project management to positively impact society and seed change in an operations role at a large corporation. For me, Howard has been a great place to explore, grow, and discover. At Howard, I have discovered my potential and honed my confidence through my daily coursework, weekly Leadership Development Series, and countless introspective exercises, as well as through Supply Chain's Leadership Development Executive Coaching Series. I am confident that I will leave Howard University a more inspiring and prepared leader than I ever imagined possible. After completing my MBA, I intend to use the practical tools I learned at Howard University in my new role as an Operations Manager at Amazon.
What is your favorite part of the program? Developing a solid friendship network! There is a lot of challenging work, but my cohort is like my second family – everyone supports and inspires each other to do and be our best. In addition, I am grateful for the time the MBA staff and professors invest in students and the care they place in teaching and ensuring success.
Is there a personal philosophy or "words to live by" that you like to impart to current students? I would recommend instilling in your mind the following philosophies: (1) learn and be curious, (2) insist on the highest standards, (3) think big, (4) dive deep, and (5) earn trust––all of which are part of Amazon's Leadership Principles––and finally, "value the learning process over the end result"––a quote from Carol Dweck's book Mindset.