Park Fellow Alumni Profiles

Karen Dietrich, MBA '12Kira Dietrich, MBA '12

In addition to learning about leadership and service through these two years in the Park Program, I have also learned a tremendous amount about myself. From the one-on-one’s with Clint to receiving honest feedback from the other fellows, I have been able to identify and embrace my strengths while also recognizing my opportunities. The trusting environment created by the program helped to foster this personal growth and development which is invaluable. As I begin my career I will remember various tenets of the Park Program, including reflection and service.

Pre-MBA Employer:

Ameriprise Financial (Financial Advisor)

Park Project:

Kira worked with the A+ afterschool group at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School to teach fourth and fifth grade students basic financial literacy. This effort was in conjunction with the Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) run through Alternatives Federal Credit Union. The program runs for ten weeks and involves not only teaching the students about saving, spending and sharing, but also involves completing an entrepreneurial project in order to earn money. The current group is working towards becoming CPR certified and creating flyers and business cards to become “Mother’s Helpers”. Additionally, the group is holding a bake sale at Alternatives for which the students have created the budget, set prices, and allocated necessary resources. All students involved in this program have opened savings accounts at Alternatives and put a portion of the money earned into their accounts.

Post-MBA Employer:

Putnam Investments (Fixed Income Analyst)