Stephanie Schultz is the health and wellness director for Festival Foods, leading the development and oversight of all nutrition, regulatory and food safety programming for the company. At the age of 27, she has already been named one of the “20 People You Should Know” by the Bay Business Journal in 2011, received the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce’s “Future 15” Award in 2013 and was the inaugural recipient of RDBA’s 2014 Retail Dietitian of the Year Award. Stephanie is also an alumna of Globe University and says continuing her education has contributed to her success.
Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., and was hired by Festival Foods upon graduation in 2009.
“After being with the company for two years, I realized I would really benefit from gaining some formal business education,” she says on why she decided to go back to school in January of 2012.
Knowing she had to attend classes online because of her unpredictable work schedule, Stephanie looked into Globe University. She found the Master of Science in Management program and felt that it was a great fit.
“The MSM program couldn’t have been more perfect in terms of management and leadership,” she says. “It was a great setup. The online program gave me so much flexibility.”
Not only was the program convenient for Stephanie, but it also allowed her to blend her career and education in a way that made sense. She was able to use her work setting to complete projects she was assigned for school.
“I was able to apply everything I was learning on a day-to-day basis at work,” she says. “It opened my eyes to the different facets of business, finance and management principles that I would never have thought about before.”
Stephanie says she didn’t know what she was getting into when beginning her education in the online program at Globe University, but that it was a good thing for both her personal and professional development.
“It pushed me,” she says. “I really had to work on my online communication skills.”
Despite what many people may think about online education, Stephanie says her instructors were always connected, open to talking with students and possibly even more accessible than traditional professors.
“They were all so selfless,” says Stephanie. “They gave me a different perspective and exposed me to different leadership styles.”
Stephanie graduated with her master’s degree in December of 2013, and says the broad spectrum of topics covered in the program better equipped her for her career.
“Someone said that when I first started out, I was a registered dietitian in the retail industry, and now I’m a businesswoman in retail who just happens to be a registered dietitian. I take that as a compliment,” she says. “I’m proud of how much I’ve grown from graduating with my undergraduate degree, and Globe was a huge part of that.”
Visit the Globe University Online master’s degree program page to learn more.