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Megan Greathouse, MBA

In the MBA program, I gained business knowledge and practiced how to apply it in real-world scenarios. I learned how to dig into data, pull out actionable insights, and tell Nestlé Purina’s story in company projects and presentations.

Greathouse is from a military family. Her father was in the Marine Corps and completed two tours in Okinawa. Greathouse attended the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School and graduated in the top 15 percent of The Basic School at Camp Barrett in Quantico, Virginia. She landed an occupational specialty in public affairs, “which connected to what I had studied in undergraduate school.”

Her responsibilities included media relations for one of the largest Marine Corps air shows, “a huge event that invites civilians into the military world and gives them a peek behind the curtain.” She also handled crisis communication. In 2011, Greathouse deployed to Afghanistan, where she worked with US and international media and coordinated embeds.

How WashU supports veterans on campus

A member of the Olin Veterans Association reached out to Greathouse almost immediately after she expressed interest in WashU. “His purpose was to recruit more veterans and to make sure we were successful after we began the program.

“He also asked me later, ‘Why are you attending the program part time?’ He convinced me to take the plunge on the full-time program, especially since all my tuition would be covered. I was a little frightened to step away from work, but it definitely was the right decision.”

Greathouse says the OVA sponsored meet and greets on campus with professionals from local companies. The OVA also continued the “great military tradition” of Dining Out. “It’s a great legacy,” she says. “There’s a guest of honor. We ‘fine’ officers for humorous past actions, and we drink from the grog.”

What impressed her most about the curriculum

“First, I was impressed by the program’s practical experiences and applications. To me, they were the most meaningful parts of the curriculum.

“Second, I was impressed by the curriculum’s focus on group work. Teams of individuals from different backgrounds worked together on business problems and solutions.”

On her biggest takeaway from the MBA program

“In the MBA program, I gained business knowledge and practiced how to apply it in real-world scenarios. I learned how to dig into data, pull out actionable insights, and tell Nestlé Purina’s story in company projects and presentations.”

How the Weston Career Center helped her job search

Internship interviews weren’t part of Greathouse’s military experience. Career Consultant Anne Peterson talked her through the interviewing process. “She helped me craft responses to behavioral questions so I could share the best examples from my personal experiences,” Greathouse says. “She also helped me focus on the most important things on my resume.”

Professional-development courses and exercises enabled Greathouse “to determine that yes, marketing is the way I want to go.”

Megan Greathouse, MBA 2014

Career

Assistant Brand Manager, Nestlé Purina North America, St. Louis

Pre-MBA: Public Affairs Officer, US Marine Corps

Background

Education: BA, communication, Saint Louis University

Hometown: St. Louis

Experiential learning

Practicum, Delcampe Auctions, Brussels

Study abroad, Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany

Olin Activities

Vice President of Communications, Olin Veterans Association

Olin Marketing Association