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Meet our Students and Grads

KAREN TERRY

Professional life: Human emergence coach, adjunct faculty at WGU

Personal fact: Married; mother of two; award-winning writer and television producer; former board president of Evanston Public Library and The Talking Farm.

Lives in: Chicago, IL

WGU Academic Status: Completed master’s in 2011; completed doctorate in 2016.

Impact of WGU on career: Redirected her career from media and communications into life coaching, based on her studies at WGU.

“One of the things that brought me to Wright was wanting to find work that gave me a sense of purpose. Thanks to WGU and the Wright foundation I have found meaning in my career. I want people to understand that you can keep learning and developing for as long as you intend it.”

 

GERTRUDE LYONS

Professional life: Human emergence coach, adjunct faculty at WGU

Personal fact: Married; mother of two; has a master’s in psychology from Antioch University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting.

Lives in: Chicago, IL

WGU Academic Status When We Caught Up With Her: Completed master’s in 2012; doctoral student anticipating completion in 2017.

Impact of WGU on career: Gertrude’s coaching practice has increased significantly since starting WGU.

“I now feel more established and credible as a coach and I bring more to the table because I’m living what I’m learning in my own life as well."

 

JOHN DAVIDOFF

Professional life: Strategy and marketing consultant to non-profits, philanthropic organizations, municipal organizations, and business.

Personal fact: Married, father of two.

Lives in: Evanston, IL

WGU Academic Status When We Caught Up With Him: In second year of master’s program; starting doctoral program in 2017

Impact of WGU on career: Clients tell John that they feel better heard and understood by his firm than any other consulting company they’ve worked with, and that his team goes to a depth with them that other companies do not.

“Before starting at WGU, I had avoided school and taking tests for years. But Wright’s Performative Model has been teaching me how much I love learning and how skilled I actually am.”

 

JENNIFER MASI

Professional life: Currently runs a $2 million branding and marketing firm with her husband and brother-in-law. Board member of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners)

Personal fact: Award-winning graphic artist, full-time mother of two teens.

Lives in: Chicago, IL

WGU Academic Status When We Caught Up With Her: In first year of master’s program.

Impact of WGU on career: Worked by herself for years before discovering her passion to build businesses that bring out the best in people. Joined the family business where she’s using what she’s learned about social-emotional intelligence at WGU to create a company culture focused on developing employees.

 “I’ve realized that people are the most important thing in business. My ultimate concern is making sure everyone around me is thriving, from my employees to my children at home. Everything I’m learning at Wright helps make that happen.” 

 

MONICA STACO

Professional life: Director of Research for a consulting firm

Personal fact: Native of Haiti; award-winning diversity advocate; former board member of Woman Made Gallery.

Lives in: Chicago, IL

WGU Academic Status When We Caught Up With Her: In second year of master’s program; anticipates starting the doctoral program in 2017.

Impact of WGU on career: Since joining WGU, Monica has gotten two different jobs that marked progressions in her career. She was recently recruited to be a senior manager at a consulting firm where her main role is to empower her managers and the executive team. She is using her work in graduate school to increase the efficiency of the team and get innovative ideas to serve clients best.

 “The exciting part of WGU is not only the academics but also the experiential learning. I get to apply all of my school work into my day-to-day life.” 

 

JOY POSKOZIM

Professional life: Dentist

Personal fact: World traveler

Lives in: Chicago, IL

WGU Academic Status: Completed the Certificate in Transformational Leadership and Coaching in 2016.

Impact of WGU on career: Since starting grad school, Joy’s employee turnover rate has decreased, the number of home-bound dental patients she sees has increased exponentially, and there is a month-long waiting list for her next available appointment.

 “I am thriving because the education at WGU taught me not just to learn with my mind but to lead with my heart.” 

 

AMELIA PERKINS

Professional life: Life and Career Coach; Program Coordinator for Wright Foundation

Personal fact: Has a master’s degree in Theology from Harvard University; established career in the international interfaith movement before coming to Wright.

Lives in: Chicago, IL.

WGU Academic Status When We Caught Up With Her: In second year of master’s program.

Impact of WGU on career: Her career as a coach has expanded greatly since starting WGU, and she is now the program director for Wright’s flagship Year of Transformation program.

“I am being uniquely equipped by WGU for life and for making a contribution. In the process, I am both creating a life I love and having a bigger impact while helping others to do the same.” 

 





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MEET OUR STUDENTS AND GRADS

“I am thriving because the education at WGU taught me not just to learn with my mind but to lead with my heart.” read Joy's story here 

“I am being uniquely equipped by WGU for life and for making a contribution. In the process, I am both creating a life I love and having a bigger impact while helping others to do the same.” read Amelia's story here