Reminiscing with Cohort 12 Alumnus, Joseph Iglecia-Scholl, on his perspectives of his impactful experience at Stetson University’s EMBA Program.
What was your career path before attending Stetson’s EMBA program?
Before attending the EMBA program, I was working my way up the ranks at Walt Disney World in food and beverage. I was a manager at one of the larger restaurants on property.
Did that change after graduation?
It changed during the program. I took a leap of faith that persuing my degree and having my MBA from Stetson University would put me ahead of the curve in a smaller and more competitive team.
How did your education enhance or change your current career path?
I find that my MBA helps give me confidence and credibility that I would not have otherwise.
What piece of advice would you give to students considering pursuing an EMBA?
Don’t be afraid. The program is designed for you to learn and to be successful.
How has your education at Stetson impacted your professional life?
My personal network has grown, I have more confidence taking on more difficult projects, and I always know that I have my cohort that I can still count on to help me when I need guidance.
What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school?
I learned that I am capable of much more than I would have thought I was. There were many times when I thought “I don’t think that I can do this!” But, step by step and bit by bit with the help of my friends, family, and cohort, every one of those times I came out on top.
What is your favorite memory of Stetson’s EMBA program?
Our international experience, hands down! I have countless memories that will last a lifetime of exploring Bangkok, Thailand with my friends.
Why did you choose our EMBA program over others in the Central Florida area?
No matter who you are or what you do, you work in an international economy and market. I liked the emphasis that Stetson put on international business studies.
What do you feel was your greatest accomplishment during your time in our EMBA program?
It is hard to pick just one. The program stretched me and challenged me from day one. I think that if I had to nail it down though, I would pick gaining a better understanding of myself as a person and as a leader. We spent so much time in class looking at ourselves layer by layer “in the mirror” that I feel like I really came to know myself more.
Do you still keep in touch with members from your cohort?
Of course! We have quarterly meet-ups that we all still try to attend, holiday parties, and still get excited whenever we see each other out and about.