Jennifer and Chris Roks have some pretty remarkable things in common (in addition to being married to each other). They’re both Air Force Academy graduates and they’ll soon be a two-FEMBA family. Chris graduated in 2012 and Jennifer, who holds a master’s degree from USC, has now enrolled at Anderson.
Dylan Stafford, assistant dean and director of admissions for the UCLA Anderson Fully Employed MBA program, recently blogged about Chris and Jennifer after he caught up with them to see how their lives and careers have progressed since 2012.
Chris is senior product and strategy leader at Amazon, a job he told Stafford he got through an on-campus recruiting opportunity. He says he went through that process while involved with his Global Access Program (GAP) project, one of the most demanding phases of his b-school career — made more so because of certain choices he and Jennifer were making at the time. “As most FEMBA [alumni] know, GAP is easily the busiest part of the program. I guess I didn’t think I’d be busy enough, though, because Jenny and I had our first baby, Madison, right in the middle of it.”
Jennifer, who was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, while Chris was pursuing his degree, is a project manager at Cordoba Corporation. She wrote Stafford to express her enthusiasm about getting started at Anderson: “Chris graduated FEMBA in 2012, and after seeing him go through that transformation and witnessing the impact it has made on his life, I had to get a piece of the action as well and started with the 2017 cohort this fall. I’m pumped about all of the awesome people in my cohort and the caliber of the professors.”
Professionals in the armed forces consistently develop into UCLA Anderson’s most successful MBA students, and Anderson welcomes veterans and active-duty military personnel to apply.
Read Dylan Stafford’s post to learn more about the Roks, their service and their FEMBA experiences.