“I didn’t realize the number of top quality people who have gone through the UW MBA program or the successful and well-connected people I was able to meet through the program,” says Korby Bracken, Global Health Safety Environmental Director for Anadarko and University of Wyoming MBA Program graduate. “That was a big benefit.”
Bracken first discovered the University of Wyoming MBA Program when Anadarko hosted on-campus MBA students as part of its Experiential Learning emphasis. Due to the business meetings Korby was attending with Anadarko, he needed to boost his business skills: project decisions, acquisitions, leadership, etc. When he met Steve Farkas, Assistant Dean for the University of Wyoming MBA Program, he learned that he would be able to supplement on-the-job learning with MBA coursework.
Korby chose the University of Wyoming’s two-year Online MBA Program, which worked with his busy schedule as a full-time employee, husband and father of two children, and coach. He found that networking with his fellow MBA students was a key component to his success in the program, hosting a weekly online study session with fellow students to talk about homework and share real-life work experiences from all over the country.
When asked if he regrets not earning his MBA directly after his undergraduate rather than waiting until after he started a family and gained career experience, Bracken matter-of-factly stated that “it would have been a different experience doing the on campus MBA right after graduating”–that he would have put his focus 100% on the program without the daily life of a working professional or family man.
“Teaching an old dog new tricks is pretty tough,” he joked, “When I was working on my MBA, I found myself doing my homework alongside my kids doing their homework.”
However, he says that participating in the UWMBA program as a business person helped him to know what he needed to get out of the program to benefit his career. For example, professors at the University of Wyoming would record and send lectures to online MBA students when they needed more knowledge of a certain career-related subject, like human resources. He describes the MBA Program as extremely detailed, hitting a lot of topics that he utilizes through his daily tasks and objectives.
“The UWMBA program really goes above and beyond the call of duty. They are very accommodating of opportunities to make the program evolve and continue to improve,” says Bracken, “They want to make sure the students are getting the benefit of the investment that they’ve made and the trust they’ve put into the program to contribute to their future career success.”
Since completion of the program in May of 2018, Korby earned a promotion to his current position with Anadarko, where he will oversee a team of 40 employees from around the world and will be involved with Gulf of Mexico, Algeria, and Mozambique deep water projects. He felt it was important to “give back” to the program by coming back on campus to speak to MBA candidates, so he has also presented seminars for Dr. Mark Peterson, has presented seminars on Oil & Gas, and was also welcomed back to speak at the MBA program’s Executive Speaker Series since graduation where he spoke about what it's like to be an Oil & Gas Executive.
Finally, when asked for advice for future potential students, Korby had just a few words of wisdom to share:
“Go for it!”