“What I learned is that I know more than I thought I knew. The program has just given me a new language to use to apply to the knowledge that I had. It's a life-changing experience.”
Why she enrolled in the program
As Trista gained more experience in information technology, her role began to evolve. Her talent in managing complex global projects meant she soon began having conversations “at a much higher level within the company.”
“I felt like I was missing some academic background to really increase my confidence and validate some of the intuition I had. I didn't have the operational, supply chain, or corporate finance knowledge that now I have, and I can apply because it is all connected.”
Trista considered an Executive MBA, but was hesitant about the time commitment the program would require.
“I had a friend who told me, ‘Well, you know, May 2017 is going to come whether you do the program or you don't. So you might as well do it and be able to say you did it.’”
Making lifelong connections
The connections Trista made through the Executive MBA program have become a close-knit community, always at the ready.
“I know that this is a network of people that I can rely on in the future for something, whether it be professional or personal.
“I was just so impressed by the caliber of the people that are in the administration that were helping to coordinate and provide all of the information as well as the people that were pursuing it and interested in it like me.
“What I learned is that I know more than I thought I knew. I certainly still needed the program, and it wasn't as if this was a slam dunk for me by any means. This has just given me a new language, a new glossary of terms, to use to apply to the knowledge that I had. It's a life-changing experience.
Senior Director, Transformation Management, Ball Corporation
Director, Americas Business Services Group, Ball Corporation
Senior Program Manager, Ball Corporation
Owner & Project Management Consultant, Project Management Operations, LLC
Sr. Project Manager, Electronic Data System (EDS)
Education: BS, Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems, University of Colorado, Boulder 1995
Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute, 2009
Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification, Ball Corporation, 2014