Jodi Austin '15

MA Leadership Studies

About Me

I was born in Newburgh, New York and I earned my Bachelors in Science in Social Science from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to my time at the University of San Diego, I served in the United States Navy.

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

I chose to enroll because of my ability to take courses that interested me vice preselected courses offered by other programs.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

LEAD 550/600 has impacted me the most during my time here are SOLES. The work challenged me to remain in the present moment and explore group dynamics in a way I had never encountered.

What do you hope to do with your degree and/or credential, and why?

With this degree, I hope to further my work as a transformation agent for individuals and companies.

Are there specific SOLES faculty, staff or administrators you feel have contributed significantly to your success? How have they helped?

I have been impacted greatly by Dr. Zachary Green, who has been instrumental in inviting me to explore how to better use my talents in achieving my academic and professional goals. Dr. René Molenkamp has also been extremely instrumental to me during my time at the University of San Diego. Through working with Dr. Molenkamp, I learned how to explore life using multiple lenses; which is needed as a leadership practitioner.