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Neil McLellan

International MBA

"At SNHU, it's more than a degree, because it’s propelling me forward. A lot of people look at a degree as an end state — it's not. For me, it’s the path toward a final destination."

As a business development manager for Wind River Systems, my job is to consult with customers and educate them about the business value of the Internet of Things and what it brings to their companies. We’re currently developing technology for the Bolt Motorbike, an electric, Cloud-connected motorbike that connects with smartphones.

Earning an online International Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University has put me in the driver's seat. I'm leading conversations with senior executives and thought leaders from multibillion-dollar, multinational organizations, and it's arming me for those conversations and allowing me to influence decisions.

The IMBA curriculum was very applicable to my role at Wind River. Predominantly there's two areas I deal with: medical and Internet of Things. Both those areas were covered in my program — we explored the intricacies of what makes each country different in terms of IP and data retention and collections. I was able to apply what I learned in my courses to my day-to-day roles and responsibilities.

Taking courses at SNHU was so convenient. In my role, I travel all over the world, from Ottawa to Argentina, Romania to Santa Clara. I couldn’t always be in a physical classroom, so being able to access the online discussion boards and online textbooks using airplane Wi-Fi was a perfect fit for me. I actually took my linear algebra and statistics course from a little coffee shop in Cordoba, Argentina.

I also really appreciated the responsiveness of the professors and my academic advisor, Natalie. They check in with you. They see how things are going. They hold your hand when you need it. They answer emails within 24 hours and always pick up the phone.

At Southern New Hampshire University, it's more than a degree, because it’s propelling me forward. A lot of people look at a degree as an end state — it's not. For me, it’s that path toward a final destination.