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Alumni Success

Jennifer Grigsby, MBA, 1999

What are you doing now?

I am the Chief Financial Officer of American Energy – Woodford, LLC and for American Energy Minerals Holdings, LLC.

Why did you choose to get your education from OCU?

I was interested in an MBA program that was structured for working professionals and I knew several colleagues and friends who had participated in OCU’s MBA program previously and were very pleased. I really liked the 10-week class format and appreciated having the flexibility to manage my class load in order to accelerate my completion of the program. I was able to complete the program in about 15 months, graduating in December 1999, which was perfect timing as my first son was born in April 2000!

I think my MBA from OCU allowed me to transition my thinking to a more global, holistic level to allow me to analyze complex issues in the business environment.

Do you feel like OCU prepared you well for your career? Does anything you learned specifically stick out to you?

Oklahoma City University prepared me tremendously well for the advancement of my career into additional roles of increasing responsibility. The challenging, but collaborative, learning environment prepared me for opportunities that would arise in the future, where I would be asked to lead a team of colleagues to analyze and recommend potential solutions to complex financial issues within our organization. As an accountant in prior roles, I was used to working individually and then presenting a final “answer or recommendation” to my superior in the organization. As my career developed, the requirements of my work broadened and required a more holistic assessment of situations with many potential outcomes. In many cases there were no “right” answers, but instead we put forth “educated and thoughtful recommendations”. I think my MBA from OCU allowed me to transition my thinking to a more global, holistic level to allow me to analyze complex issues in the business environment. Additionally, the inherent leadership development that occurs in an MBA program for working professionals was extremely helpful, as I have been asked throughout my career to manage and lead departments and groups for which I did not have the underlying expertise of the co-workers I managed.