Dara Kalvort | Keiser University Alumni TestimonialWhy did you decide to pursue an education?
Receiving an MBA was on the proverbial bucket list for more than a decade because I knew I wanted to go back to school, but it took times to want it enough to make the commitment. After working as an advertising sales manager for ten years, I knew there was an entire other world out there and I wanted to learn…I was thirsty for more knowledge.

What was the most positive experience you had at Keiser University?
Honestly, there were so many positive experiences, that it is difficult to choose just one. I made some of the best friends I will ever have and learned about everything from technology to international relations. However, my most positive experience was receiving a paper back from Dr. Thompson and she suggested that I have it submitted to an educational journal for publication. I will never forget reading her note!

How do you believe your education prepared you for your current job?
With a concentration in Leadership Management, this degree helped me to become a better transformational leader and especially a better change manager.

How has your opinion of yourself changed since you started your current job?
Going back to school gave me an incredible confidence and made me feel that I can learn or accomplish whatever I desire.

In what other ways has, your life changed since you obtained your degree?
My final project was a branding, marketing, and business consulting company and I have now joined a new company that provides many of these services. It took five years to find this opportunity, but I am excited about what I will be doing and how I can use what I learned through business and my final MBA project to help my new company grow and expand.

What is the name of your current position in your career?
Director of Business Development.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I am just starting out, but the favorite thing about my previous job was my watching my sales team exceed goals, overcome fears, and think differently.

What’s the most exciting thing you do?
Meeting with new clients and learning about different industries.

What are your daily tasks?
Making connections and networking, helping clients grow their businesses, brainstorming creative ideas.

What do you tell friends and family about your career?
I explain that every day is different and I never get bored.

How would you describe your interactions with others on the job?
My interactions are positive and we laugh a lot, solve problems, and create solutions.

How do you feel when going to work each day?
Excited to see what the new day will bring.

Has your career given you more personal freedom than before you attended school?
In my new role, I will have a lot more personal freedom to schedule and plan my day, make decisions and innovate ideas.