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Starting a New Journey
Jen Gibson, Eller MBA ’13

By Phillip Childress
Eller MBA ’14

One month into her second year in the Full-Time MBA program, Jen Gibson already knows where her education will take her, at least in the short term.

Jen Gibson

Jen Gibson, Eller MBA ’13, has secured a job with PetSmart after serving an internship at corporate headquarters in Phoenix this summer.

Gibson has accepted a marketing analytics position with PetSmart, where she interned this past summer. She chose to commit early in the process to PetSmart because she admires the company and feels it has committed to her, as well. “Many firms would likely not allow me to move into this position directly out of school without more experience, but my internship experience prepared me for my future duties,” she said. Gibson’s internship focused on research and consumer insight. She decided to pursue a job with PetSmart during her onsite visit to its Phoenix headquarters last year.

“PetSmart has a great relationship with Eller,” she said.  “I love the culture there, especially the fact that you can bring your pet to work on Fridays.”

Gibson earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing at Eller in 2006 and worked for a Tucson running company before going into operations management with Nike. After two years in a human resources role, she chose to pursue her MBA in order to switch careers and return to her passion for marketing. “I was drawn back to Eller because of my love for the College, the tight-knit community, and the fact that several of my former professors are also my graduate professors,” she said.

“I already knew what a strong marketing program Eller had,” she added. “I was excited for the opportunity to work more in-depth with professors like Jesper Nielsen and Hope Schau.”

Gibson maintains other duties beyond her schoolwork. She serves as director of community outreach for the MBA Student Association (MBASA), as well as a teaching assistant for the Business Communication program. Her duties with MBASA include arranging the welcome back dinner for first- and second-year MBA students at Hotel Congress. As Business Communication program director Diza Sauers’ teaching assistant, Gibson helps facilitate student case competitions and also serves as the first point of contact for panel judges and Eller alums active in the MBA program. Gibson cherishes the opportunity she has to connect with alumni, other MBA students, and undergraduate students.

“As a soon-to-be two-time alum of Eller, I want to know that the College will make every effort to keep in touch, no matter where I am,” she said. “I love this program and am excited to give back.”

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