Mary Kate Pettine

Mary Kate Pettine

"I use the “big picture” thinking the EMBA program instilled in me to strategically maneuver through complex business issues with emotional intelligence. "

Mary Kate Pettine
Employee Relations Manager, Paychex
Rochester, NY
Executive MBA, Class of 2013

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Why did you choose the Executive MBA program?

I chose RIT’s program because of their reputation for a practical approach to learning. I knew by choosing RIT I would be able to hone my critical thinking skills in order to approach challenges at work.

How has your education helped your career?

Immensely. My career really took off after earning my EMBA - I received a promotion while at my former employer (Wegmans) and was also able to make the leap to Paychex into a role that I do not believe I would have received if it weren’t for my EMBA. The EMBA not only made my resume stand out in the initial application process, but it also allowed me to connect with others who have gone through similar executive programs. Now that I have been in my current role for a little over two years, I use the “big picture” thinking the EMBA program instilled in me to strategically maneuver through complex business issues with emotional intelligence. résumé

What has been your biggest takeaway from your experience?

To always dig deeper within yourself than you think you can. We are all so much tougher and resilient than we give ourselves credit for. If I am having a challenging day at work, I often think back to my time in the EMBA and know that if I could get through that, I can get through whatever is facing me presently.

What is your best piece of advice?

Be the best you and focus on your own journey throughout the program. Ensure that you get out of it what you need. Remember why you started.

If you had to do it all over again, would you?

I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Not only was I able to sharpen my business acumen by going through this program, I learned a lot about myself. Mainly, that you are capable of managing a significant amount of stress as long as you prioritize your time effectively. I also gained life-long friends with my cohort; they are people I am proud to refer to as peers not only from RIT but in the professional community, as well.

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