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Bethany Miller found that her Global Executive MBA education helped her advance both inside and outside of the military.
Bethany Miller found that her Global Executive MBA education helped her advance both inside and outside of the military.

Profile: Global Executive MBA Helped Bethany Miller Advance in Air Force Reserve, Industry

For Bethany Miller, earning a Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) from Georgia Tech proved crucial to her career both inside and outside of the military. “I love learning and knew that getting an MBA would help me advance in my career,” says Miller, who graduated from the 17-month GEMBA program in 2008.

She says the program prepared her for greater leadership. Since graduation, she’s become global operations director for the Air Force Reserve as well as vice president of fleet operations at Ride the Ducks, a tourism and entertainment company. During her GEMBA studies, she served as a pilot for the Air Force Reserve (flying the C-17) and Air Tran Airways (flying a full schedule).

GEMBA’s convenient format, involving Friday evening and Saturday classes on select weekends, was helpful in juggling her busy schedule. She says she chose Georgia Tech because of international reputation and student diversity. The GEMBA option made sense because “what the military does is global in nature,” she explains. “The international orientation of the program was very important to me.”

She adds that GEMBA “introduced me to topics that I wasn’t aware were impacting my career, and it taught me to think more critically. Once you have your EMBA, it becomes a part of your life and how you think.” She now views her company through a new lens, she says.

The Global Executive MBA and Executive MBA in Management of Technology (EMBA-MOT) provide opportunities for military veterans to transition their careers, taking their leadership skills and training into a business setting.

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