Honest advice led this nurse to pursue an Executive MBA + how it changed her career

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Angie Kurosaka
Lack of credentials wasn’t going to stand in Angie Kurosaka’s way. Photo via Angie Kurosaka

I don’t know too many people who haven’t been rethinking almost everything since the pandemic started. For Angie Kurosaka, like many others, that self-reflection led her to go back to school. Since the fall of 2020, this seasoned healthcare professional has been studying at the University of North Alabama (UNA) for her Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Originally from Waterloo, Alabama, Angie Kurosaka is a registered nurse who got her nursing license via an associate degree in Alabama, then left for nine years. During that time, she met and married her husband. Back in 1999, they moved to Chelsea, in the Birmingham area, and have lived there since. Together, they have two adult children.

By age 15, Kurosaka knew she wanted to be a Director of Nursing. 18 years into her career, she was running a division with dialysis clinics in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana with 900 employees under her.

Then the company she was working for sold and a new, female boss said “Angie, you’re one of the smartest operators that I’ve ever worked with. You’re a nurse and you’re an operator. That’s a unique combination. But nobody will ever take you seriously because you don’t have the credentials behind your name.”

Find out why she chose to do this now, and how you can, too.

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