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 as a registered dietitian 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 keep up.”

As she began her career in nutrition, 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. I thrive in the big picture—and that requires a solid foundation 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 skills I needed to 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 valuable real-world experience during the program would be critical to maximizing her experience.

“Another amazing benefit of the program was the relationships I was able to develop with so many Kelley faculty,” she said. Johanna says she received regular and honest feedback and support 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 develop as a professional.

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