Before she earned a Canisius MBA in 2001, she had never taken a business class. The program gave her real-world experience and a new perspective. After graduation, she started her own consulting business. With her knowledge of human resources, she helped small businesses write templates for performance materials. With her education in strategic management, she helped them craft mission statements and set deliberate goals. In everything she’s done since, Catherine Howard has been able to work with the perspective of the business in mind.
And she’s worked for a variety of businesses – her own, corporate and not-for-profit organizations. She’s been a manager at Bristol-Myers Squib and Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited. She’s worked in quality assurance for Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, was a senior quality engineer at Avery Dennison and today, is a quality systems engineer for Greatbatch Medical.
Still, she finds time for her community. Howard has served as board president for Children’s Growth Foundation, which is affiliated with Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. There, she leaned on her education to understand financial statements and balance sheets and to work through issues with the executive director. At her church, she sits on the finance committee, advising and managing their money through a difficult period.
Howard gained skills in the MBA program that helped her grow in ways she didn’t anticipate. Multiple new career paths opened to her. She built a valuable network. She found meaningful ways to contribute to the causes that, to her, matter most.