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Master of Science in Business

Meet Our Students

Steven AdriaansenSteven Adriaansen

Undergraduate degree: B.A. Marketing ’17
Hometown: Brandon, MB, Canada

Career Goal: Director of product development

Why BDI: I wanted more to gain more important skill sets in areas such as innovation and design thinking. But, at the same time, learn how to actually execute unsolvable business problems or everyday problems that seem to be impossible.”


Maham Ali

Maham Ali

Undergraduate degree: B.A. International Political Economy ’19 
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Career Goal: To empower individuals through policy, program development, and action.”

Why BDI: The Masters of Science in Business Design and Innovation (MBDI) will provide me with an experience that will prepare me to problem solve across sectors. Through the program, I will have the opportunity to enhance skills to ground my work. The MBDI program reflects a world that is ever-changing and requires multidisciplinary approaches that encourage students to think critically about the issues. 


Alayna Arrington

Alayna Arrington

Undergraduate degree: B.A. Sociology ’19
Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.

Career Goal: I plan to build my own social media brand and nonprofit organization centered around life coaching and mindful mental health practices. I also plan to become a licensed professional counselor to provide services within my organization.”

Why BDI: I am in this program because it is important for me to gain a fresh set of skills that help me become more educated in working with people. The program is designed to teach you how to think critically about business design and that is what I enjoy most about it.”


Dallas Clevenger

Dallas Clevenger

Why BDI: I chose this program because it allowed me to keep an open mind to my future endeavors while also developing as an individual. Students are given the proper tools and knowledge to evolve so they can thrive following this program. This was exactly what I needed in order to continue my development and best prepare myself for my future.




Katelyn Dejno

Katelyn Dejno

Undergraduate degree: B.S. Psychology ’15
Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.

Career Goal: To start my own business and work for myself.

Why BDI: I wanted something more than a typical MBA. I wanted to be challenged to step outside of my comfort zone and to become an innovative design thinker and leader.”


Eric Freeman

Eric Freeman

Undergraduate degree: B.A. Sports Science ’19
Hometown: Flossmoor, IL





Madeline Gronset

Madeline Gronset

Undergraduate degree: B.A. Communication and Digital Media ’17
Hometown: Trout Valley, Ill.

Career Goal: To work for an NGO and use my new skills in marketing and innovation to make a real difference for the environment.

Why BDI: When considering masters programs, I knew I didn’t want to be taught something and have to regurgitate the information like most MBA programs. In this program, we are learning how to adapt and promote change and innovation in the workplace. Change is constant and this program is giving us the skills to embrace change and be ready for every challenge.


Lydia Kiesewetter

Lydia Kiesewetter

Undergraduate degree: B.S. International Business, Communication and Marketing ’18
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Career Goal: Take my passion and advocacy for individuals and help companies build their story and market themselves. “

Why BDI: After completing my undergrad, I realized that I wanted to know more about what drives a company. When I found this program, it was refreshing to hear them talk about the importance of understanding leadership, the growth of emotional intelligence, and to truly understand how a company is built.”


Sarah Lyman

SJ Lyman

Undergraduate degree: B.A. Marketing and Spanish ’19
Hometown: Normal, Ill.

Career Goal: To work for a hospital healthcare system, specifically pediatrics, and eventually become a CMO, driving the business in innovative thinking and creative design for superior patient care.

Why BDI: After graduation, I knew that business and the world itself was changing at a much faster pace than myself, my peers, or my superiors could imagine. I knew that in order to enter the workforce with boots on the ground not only providing excellent work deliverables but to make a true impact on business, society, and the environment, I knew I needed to build my toolbox with skills of future thinking. Learning that the M-BDI program is designed for innovation, creativity, and disrupting the world as we know it was exactly what I needed in order to face and lead my peers through the ambiguity of our ever-changing world.


Lafayette McGary Jr

Lafayette McGary Jr

Undergraduate degree: B.A Business Marketing 19’
Hometown: Chicago,IL

Career Goal: “To start a creative solutions company company that will offer consulting and mentoring/ life coaching.”

Why BDI: “The Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation program will expand my knowledge and prepare me for the ever-changing world of business. While learning from a variety of thought leaders and gaining hands-on business experience, I enjoy the uniqueness of the program because it challenges me to approach business with a design thought process and create solutions for complex problems.


Jeffree Staples

Jeffree Staples

Undergraduate degree: B.A. Marketing ’19
Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.

Career Goal: Directorate of Operations 

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