Full-Time MBA Alumni Spotlight | LSU Flores MBA Program

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Full-Time MBA Alumni Spotlight

Erica Aucoin at Entergy

Erica Aucoin, Class of 2005

Project Manager · Entergy Corporation

How did the program prepare you for the future?

Having an engineering background, the LSU Flores MBA Program provided me with the diversity of knowledge needed to succeed in today's corporate environment. I learned how to apply my analytical point of view to a broader set of challenges and therefore added more value to my employer.

Did you have any "Eureka!" moments while in the program?

I don't recall any specific moments, but one of the most valuable things you learn in the program is how to function and thrive in a team environment. So much so that you develop lasting relationships with those teammates. I even married one.

Devin Harrison of top of Louisiana State Capitol building

Devin Harrison, Class of 2006

Assistant Director, Business Expansion and Retention Group · Louisiana Economic Development

How did the program prepare you for the future?

The LSU Flores MBA Program exposed me to people and ideas that I otherwise would not have experienced.

Did you have any "Eureka!" moments while in the program?

It's been a while since I've been in school, and I do not particularly remember any specific moments. However, what I do recall is the group work, and the camaraderie built by working in various teams. This experience proved invaluable when working in groups and dealing with many different personalities throughout my professional career.

Photo of Vivian Luo in landscape setting

Vivien Luo, Class of 2008

Divisional Strategic Planning Analyst · BlueCross Blueshield of Louisiana

How did the LSU Flores MBA Program prepare you for the future?

The program prepared me very well both academically and professionally. I not only gained technical knowledge regarding management, but also benefitted from the large professional network provided by the program. During each semester, the program offered numerous networking opportunities with various local and national companies. These opportunities helped enhance my interpersonal, social, and other critical soft skills. I actually obtained my job through the MBA alumni network.

Did you have any "Eureka!" or "lightbulb" moments while you were in the program?

I had many of these moments while studying in my internal auditing specialization. One of the most enlightening experiences was interning in the summer at Deloitte's Hong Kong office for 3 months.

Lance Glaser in front of  Performance Contractors sign

Lance Glaser, Class of 2010

Project Services, Field Accounting Manager · Performance Contractors, Inc.

How did the LSU Flores MBA Program prepare you for the future?

Through the hard work of dedicated faculty and staff, the LSU Flores MBA Program provided me not only with refined management leadership and technical skills, but also networking opportunities that reached beyond the borders of the United States. While attending the Flores MBA Program, I was able to take advantage of one of the study trips to Brazil, which helped me gain perspective of today's global economy and the importance of the worldwide emerging markets.

Did you have any "Eureka" or "lightbulb" moments while you were in the LSU Flores MBA Program?

There were many moments while I was in the LSU Flores MBA Program that challenged me to think from a different viewpoint. Whether it was during group sessions, lectures, POB seminars, or listening to one of the many speakers during DSS, the LSU Flores MBA Program exposed me to real world challenges that today's leaders face.



Gaines Garrett on kayak in LSU Lake

Gaines Garrett, Class of 2010

CEO · KC Kayaks

How did the program prepare you for the future?

The LSU Flores MBA Program gave me the technical skills and, in turn, the confidence to start my own company. Also, having the chance to hear other great entrepreneurs speak inspired me to follow my dreams.

Did you have any "Eureka!" moments while in the program?

My "aha" moment came during a presentation from one of our speakers in my entrepreneurship class. It wasn't until then that I realized that in order to achieve something great, you must be willing to take the risk. I learned that day that you must be willing to fail before success is even an option.