When Josh Walter began the JD/MBA program in 2004, he wasn't entirely sure what he wanted to do with his life. "There were so many options for me to consider," Josh recalls. "I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go."
All of that quickly changed when he was accepted into The Executive Committee (TEC), a unique mentoring program at the Graziadio School of Business and Management led by Presidential/Key Executive MBA (P/KE) alumnus Gary Brinderson. Working with 12 hand-picked students for an entire year, Gary challenges their personal and professional growth and exposes them to top CEOs who share stories of success and failure. "I didn't exactly know what I was getting into," Josh admits. "I thought it would be a great way to get exposure to CEOs, but it was so much more than that."
Gary began the mentorship program by focusing on Josh's personal life. "He made it a point that in order to have success in business, I first must be comfortable with everything in my personal life. Accordingly, he equipped me with many tools, from dealing with family relationships to my general outlook on life."
Josh says he now has a clear course for his career. "Gary has given me incredible direction. I have a very specific business model we've worked on in the last few months—it has been an incredible journey."
Because of the impact Gary has had on his life, Josh hopes to one day serve as a mentor himself. "I want to achieve financial independence so I can go out and help people," Josh says. "Giving of your money is easy. Giving your time—that's a lot harder, and often a much better way to serve."