“I have been recently having conversations about leading bigger teams, so this MBA is very helpful. The future is wide open, and I have a ton of room to grow.”
Executive MBA Online, Class of 2019
Senior Manager, Retail Pharmacy Innovation & Engineering, CVS Health
Leadership has been part of Grace Rowan’s professional plan since she was in her teens.
She’s put that plan into action through a tireless work ethic and a passion for helping others improve their health. A Doctor of Pharmacy by trade, she’s added a second credential to her resume: Executive MBA.
Rowan already had an impressive amount of management experience when she enrolled at Washington State University. What she was looking for, however, was the academic training to better position her for career advancement while fulfilling an item on her personal bucket list.
“I wanted to round out my skills and knowledge and pair a formal education with the business skills I was gaining at corporate,” she explained.
She was always intrigued by the business side of retail pharmacy, but as she moved up from pharmacist to pharmacy manager to field leader—which involved a great deal of travel—she simply didn’t have the time to pursue a business degree.
Things changed after she received a promotion to corporate pharmacy advisor in 2017 and began working at the CVS Health headquarters in Rhode Island. Her new role enabled her to gain closer insights into the numbers, processes, and initiatives behind the business.
Her schedule also became more predictable, making it the perfect opportunity to invest in an education that would enable her to positively impact both her team and the larger organization.
“I really felt that this was the time. I was going to find the balance to not only get this degree for myself but actually make it meaningful for our enterprise,” she explained.