MBA for Professionals

Samantha Landau (MBA '08)

Employer: City of Fairview, Oregon

Before enrolling in Willamette’s MBA for Professionals program, Samantha Landau knew that she needed something else to advance her career. In 2005 she had a “trigger moment” and, supported by her previous employer, began to search for an MBA program.

“I was finding that despite my years of experience, other professionals were not taking my suggestions as seriously as they were those around me,” she said. “I had the knowledge but not the degree to back it up.”

Pursuing an MBA also prompted Landau to make another change in her life: a career change. “Through my classes…I quickly discovered that my ‘authentic leader’ within wanted something different,” she explains. “It was like coming awake from a long sleep.” She took a chance and sent out a handful of resumes. On her first interview, with the City of Independence, she got the job.

“My current employer believes that the more we as employees know about our jobs the better we are able to perform them,” Landau said. “In leadership, and in business, the knowledge and understanding of concepts that comes through the work of completing an MBA is expected and required.”

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“My current employer believes that the more we as employees know about our jobs the better we are able to perform them,” Landau said.