Misty Bruns

Dayton, Ohio
Human Resource Consultant

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I am a lifelong learner and believe there is always more to do and give in life. My family is my priority, and I have built my career around them. For the last 20 years, I have served in multiple human resources roles with global organizations as well as volunteer board memberships. I have been blessed with some great mentors and make it a priority to give back to my community and those individuals I have met along the way.

Why did you decide to pursue your master’s?
My experience and previous degrees are in human resource management, and I love the field. However, the field is evolving to more of a business partnership, and for me to be the best business partner, I felt that earning an MBA would be the right path for me to add value. I am also interested in teaching at the college level, and this degree shows my commitment to education and learning.

What made you choose the University of Dayton’s MBA program?
After reviewing several programs, Dayton’s program checked every box that was a priority for me. The university has a strong reputation, and this MBA program is no different — I have been 100% satisfied with my decision.

What has been your experience collaborating with classmates in an online environment?
The students that I have met in the program are here to learn and advance, so I have found that the collaboration has been great. It is nice to check in each term and see familiar faces! I have learned new technology through learning online and know this will help me in my professional career.

What advice do you have for others considering this degree?
Write down why you want your MBA, the priorities most important to you, and your long-term goals. An MBA is a versatile degree, so no matter your career goals I believe you will see this degree can get you there. The diversity of my peers’ goals has been amazing to me — I’ve met students who want to lead large organizations, analysts, those that aren’t sure what they want, private sector professionals, individuals who work at nonprofits and educators. This proves to me how versatile the program is!

What was it like meeting and connecting with your classmates in person at your first immersion?
It was wonderful! I have made some great connections through my classes and being able to spend time with those folks in person only deepened the relationships I had formed. I talk with students I met at the immersion that I have yet to take a class with and value the opportunity to attend the immersion on campus.

Is there anything else you’d like to say about the MBA@Dayton program or your experience?
When talking with friends and colleagues about the program, they often ask if the online aspect allows for real connections and networking and the answer is absolutely! As with anything you do in life, the more you put into it, the more you will gain. I have gained some wonderful connections and friends through Dayton’s online MBA program!