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Walden Magazine // Jan 01, 2015

How It Paid Off: From Corporate to Academic

Learn how an alumna switched careers from marketing to higher education.

Dr. Lee Ann Walker

Dr. Lee Ann Walker.

NAME: Dr. Lee Ann Walker ’12


TITLE BEFORE MY DEGREE: Senior Marketing Planner

TITLE AFTER MY DEGREE: Academic program manager for the MBA in Marketing program at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut

HOW I MADE THE SWITCH: For 15 years, I worked as a graphic designer, then as a marketing specialist and planner. During my first year as a DBA student, I spoke at a residency about my Scholars of Change video. A colleague approached me afterward about bringing my passion for social change to the school she worked for. When I graduated, I began working as an adjunct at five schools, including Post—all at the same time—before Post recruited me for this full-time position.

HOW WALDEN PREPARED ME: Walden armed me with many skills, especially the ability to conduct research. I have become the go-to person in my academic community when colleagues need information. My new position takes everything the DBA stands for and brings it to life.

HOW WALDEN SHAPED THE WAY I TEACH: I blend my own passion for sharing knowledge with what I learned from working with professors, like Dr. Denise Land. She made me feel like I was her only student and responded to emails quickly, whether it was 6 a.m. or 9 p.m. I do the same with my students. Getting them information quickly means they can continue their work with confidence.

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