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Meet Kelly O'Rourke, MBA '16
Meet Kelly O'Rourke, MBA '16

My Background

I'm originally from Idaho, but call Portland home. Prior to starting my MBA, I worked primarily with nonprofits, most recently managing blood collection for the American Red Cross. I transitioned from nonprofit work to my MBA with an internship in Organizational Change Management at Columbia Sportswear.

My Experience at Portland State University

My experience as a Portland State MBA student has been enjoyable. I’m constantly impressed by the caliber of my classmates and the variety in their personal and professional backgrounds. Classes have been challenging, relevant and innovative – a reflection of the program’s professors. Most impressive has been the school’s connection with the business community in Portland. There is no shortage of opportunities to learn about career paths work toward your goals.

My Future Goals

I'm most interested in organizational design, culture and change. With my MBA, I hope to expand my understanding of for-profit business operations, so I can explore careers in Organizational Effectiveness, Learning & Development, or Change Management.

Kelly is a Graduate Business Programs Ambassador, a group of students and alumni dedicated to sharing what it is really like to be a masters student at Portland State. Click here to contact Kelly.