Meet Eller MBA Students and Alumni
Marlene E. Phail
Eller Evening MBA Program'09 (Scottsdale)
- Biochemistry, with minors in Psychology and Kinesiology, Arizona State University
What made you decide to come back to school?
My undergraduate degrees focused on science-related materials. After spending time in the field, I realized that without a strong professional business background the possibilities to move and expand were limited. The decision to return to school was attributable to my desire to integrate analytical skills with business expertise.
Why did you choose the Eller Evening MBA?
When comparing the class schedules of other MBA programs, I noticed that Eller stood out with the diverse amount of learning concentrations. The courses not only touch on the necessities, but offer classes like negotiations, investments, and leadership. There are always building blocks to an essential MBA program, but Eller takes education to a higher level than the rest.
What is your favorite thing about Eller?
The schedule is very demanding, but having class only one night a week helps a great deal. Class work, a full-time job, and a family can all be balanced with the right amount of organizational skills. Also, extra help is always available from the bonds created between other MBA students and faculty. The opportunity to spend dinner time in conversation with faculty and fellow MBA classmates is a great bonus to the program, as well. The networking opportunities are endless, and there's a great support system.
What positions have you held in the past? With what companies?
I have been a research associate at Arizona State University as well as Ribomed Biotechnologies, Inc. I've also been a business banker with Wells Fargo Bank.
What has been your most rewarding career experience?
After I received my BS in Biochemistry, I acquired a position with a biotech company located in downtown Phoenix. The company obtained contracts through the U.S. military and government to work on various projects to protect our citizens and soldiers. The experience offered a great amount of professional freedom and opened doors to opportunities that could not be accomplished in the same limited timeframe at any other company. My time in the biotech field had its greatest professional building block moments through grant-writing, negotiation skills, sales proficiency, and public speaking.
In terms of career, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself as a chief operations officer of a biotech firm.