Evening MBA Program leads dietitian on journey to achieving career dreams

Johanna Rohler, MBA’19, had just graduated with a degree in nutrition science and was working in the industry when she decided to pursue an MBA.

“I’ve always had big dreams; bigger than I am. I came to a point where I knew that if I was going to live any of my dreams, I needed to be well-equipped with the tools to succeed,” she said. “I could see that I didn’t have the skills I needed to bring all of my ideas to life and that I’d need more training to be able to keep up with myself.”

As she began her career in nutrition labelling and regulatory compliance, it became clear to Johanna that an MBA was the key to her next professional step. Her mentors encouraged her to pursue the degree and Johanna herself noticed the job postings that caught her eye increasingly required an MBA. She felt an MBA would match her interests with the jobs she wanted, and she thought the Kelley School of Business Evening MBA Program was the place to achieve it.

“My passion is to equip and empower others, and lead toward positive impact. My ability to thrive in the big picture requires a solid foundation if I’m going to succeed,” she said. “I knew I could count on Kelley to open doors and also open my eyes to what I needed to know and develop.”

Johanna chose the program based on its reputation, value and evening hours that allowed her to continue working and implementing the lessons she was learning in the classroom in real time. Plus, as one of the youngest members of her MBA cohort, Johanna knew that gaining real-world experience and application while completing the program would be critical to maximizing her experience.

“One of my weaknesses was my lack of experience from being so early in my career. I knew being able to draw upon the incredible experience and resources of Kelley faculty would be a game changer for me,” she said. “Having such accessible Kelley faculty was a huge benefit of the program for me.”

Johanna says she received regular and honest support and feedback from several Kelley professors. They not only made advanced business concepts clearly understandable, but she says they also helped her identify her strengths and weaknesses while challenging her to achieve more and helping her to develop professionally.

My Kelley professors have seen things in me that I didn’t see in myself, and they know how to help me develop those traits. They have always been willing to go the extra mile.