Profiles: Alpha Lewis
Adjunct Faculty at Skyline College, Instructor of Warehouse Academy at Goodwill Industires of SF, San Mateo and Marin County, Owner at iQWA Associates,
Starting His Own Company
How did you decide on the Professional MBA program at GGU?
The considerations that influenced my decision were location, age of participants, racial/cultural diversity, cost, class schedule, and size. I didn't want to be isolated at a far-off campus or to be intimidated by the student body. The school has a professional feel and the cohorts offered a professional attitude.
What is your current professional situation?
I am the community-based programs and workforce development coordinator for Brothers on the Rise, a local nonprofit that empowers male youth through leadership and workforce development to achieve individual success, develop healthy relationships, and contribute to a more just and equitable society. Since graduating, I have piloted two programs with this organization. Each have received great praise, and starting in the fall we will be growing to two more locations.
Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?
I needed a broad understanding of the various skill sets involved in managing a project or company, such as operations, to further my professional advancement.
Please describe how your life changed after getting your degree from GGU.
While in the program, I created a production and management company called iQWA productions (www.iqwaproductions.com). Our signature project is an arts presenters organization called One Big Nation (www.onebignation.com). The goal of the project is to improve the business acumen of our members in order to assure higher quality of products and services, in order to advance the world music and independent film makers' communities. I have dreamed of doing this for years, but was intimidated by the scope of the challenge. The PMBA program taught me that with hard work and direction I can accomplish anything I really wanted.
They say business school is all about the networking, and the classes are secondary. Did you get enough networking from this program?
The cohort experience was extraordinary -- I think I learned more from my colleagues than I could have ever done in an individually-focused curriculum. We were all at significant crossroads in our lives and to share the experience taught me valuable problem solving and coping skills. The bond formed during the cohort is sure to last a while. I feel confident in saying that I can call on my classmates for assistance, whether that is with job leads or problem solving.