Hi!! My name is Ashley O'Brien and I go by many titles: student, executive advisor, manager, dance teacher, wife, and most importantly, mom! After graduating with a dance degree from Hope College, I danced professionally for several years in Chicago, created my own high school dance company, worked in retail management, and then decided to take a turn into my current company. I work at Gartner as an Advisor to help HR Leaders build their talent strategies, make progress on employee experience initiatives, and mature performance management processes. With all my different paths, I always had a goal to earn an MBA, knowing that it would open future career opportunities. Ross' Online MBA program was a perfect fit with the high-caliber faculty, flexibility, leadership development, and action-based learning. It provided me the opportunity to pursue my MBA without sacrificing my career priorities or my important role as a new mom. While still early in my Ross experience, I've already applied my learnings in my job, experienced new opportunities at work, and made really great friends! I’m happy to connect and help answer any and all questions! Especially anyone looking to balance this with young kids, a growing family, or from a non-traditional background! GO BLUE!