Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership
Education: MAT-TESOL from University of Southern California
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Regional Director of Organizational Performance/Culture at Kaizen Human Capital
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m originally from Barbados, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, but have lived in Los Angeles for many years. I have a 10-year-old son who I homeschool, and I am the regional director of Kaizen Human Capital, a company which one of my classmates and I run.
What initially attracted you to the EdD OCL program?
With both a PhD and EdD, there’s an enormous amount of research and rigor, but I chose the EdD OCL program because I am able to apply all of the research and data to my own professional environment. This allows me to drive much-needed change in my organization, as well as the organizations for which I provide consultant services.
Why did you choose USC Rossier School of Education?
USC Rossier’s stellar reputation, unrivaled network, strong community and commitment to social responsibility all held equal sway in my decision to apply. USC is world-renowned and opens many doors in every sector of industry.
Why did you choose an online program?
I manage an almost impossible schedule, which does not allow me to be physically present in a classroom on specified days and times. With the online platform, as long as there is an internet connection, I can be in class anywhere in the world. Equally as important is the diversity of thought and experience online programs cultivate. Each week, I log in and take my classes with students who are as far away as the Middle East and Europe … It’s amazing!
What is your current position and what do you hope to achieve with an EdD?
I am a regional director of organizational performance/culture and hope to impact organizational change much more positively now that I have the tools I need. My business partner and I always say to each other, “I wanna change the world!”, and that’s exactly what I hope to do.
What surprised you the most about the online learning environment?
My perception was skewed, like most people, about how effective and credible an online program could be. Comparatively, online classes are just as, if not more, rigorous than the ones taken on campus. Another surprising development with the online learning environment was the community we’ve cultivated with faculty, administration and classmates across the world. It truly is a family.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Research! Reflect! Research! Then reflect again. Terminal degrees are earned through a lot of commitment, sacrifice and willpower. It is not for the faint of heart. However, if and when you do decide to take the plunge, own it and live it because for the next three years, you will sacrifice many things to reach this goal. I believe it’s worth it.