Meet Kate Roselle '19
Hamline's MBA helped this alum step into leadership
Growing up in the Twin Cities, Kate Roselle MBA '19 had connections to Hamline University well before she received her Master of Business Administration here. In fact, her father worked with one of her future professors, Peggy Andrews, when Roselle was young.
So when Roselle felt the signs of burnout in her work as a therapist for Hazelden Betty Ford, it was a given that a career-boosting degree from Hamline would be high on her list of possible futures.
"I wanted to continue to help people and save lives but on a larger scale," Roselle said. "I felt like I had plateaued in my career and wanted to do something to shake things up. So I decided an MBA was the life for me."
She researched the Twin Cities' MBA programs extensively, and Hamline stood out among its competitors.
"It was more affordable, which was a perk, but that was not my decision maker," she explained: She was also drawn in by the school's cohort model, specialty tracks, and the fact that it was full time but in the evenings, which allowed her to continue working as she studied.
From her very first class—an organizational leadership class taught by Hailey Joyce—Roselle knew her coursework would revolutionize her career.
"She is empathetic, strong, brilliant, supportive, and she brought the energy of a good leader into the classroom," Roselle said of Joyce. "While we were learning all these important facts, strategies, and theories around leadership, she demonstrated them."
After graduating, as she turned her focus from classes back to career, Roselle felt the influence of her degree at once.
Getting this MBA absolutely revolutionized my career. I cannot say enough good things. It took me from feeling almost a little trapped to feeling absolutely limitless. The moment I completed the program and added MBA after my name, so many doors flew open for me."
Today, Roselle is the vice president of business development at Niznik Behavioral Health, a Miami-based addiction treatment center. She oversees a team of 16 people and credits her leadership successes to the lessons she learned at Hamline.
"An MBA teaches you how to ask the right questions. It doesn't equip you with all the right answers, but it teaches you how to ask the right questions," Roselle said. "In the business world, people who are running around slapping bandaids on symptoms aren't solving problems. I know enough to ask the right things."
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