Annie Ngo

PhD Leadership Studies

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

Become a faculty member of a traditional university. I love to teach because it allows me to continuously learn with others. I’m open to doing some consulting with corporations to maintain my practitioner side.   

When did you begin your program, and when do you anticipate completing it?

I start Fall 2012 and hope to graduate within 5 years. 

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

I attended USD as a business undergraduate, so when looking for doctoral programs looked at my alma mater. I also looked for programs within Southern California. 

What is your background? For example, where are you from, where else have you earned a degree, and where have you worked?

I have a supply chain and business administration background. I have been working in corporate for the past eight years:  six in defense at BAE Systems, one in higher education at UC San Diego and am currently at CareFusion, a medical device company. I received my MBA from Arizona State University. I also taught for Kaplan (SAT Prep) and business and leadership courses at University of Phoenix.

Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?

Since I have only been in the program one semester, I haven’t had a chance to do any internships, assistantships or teaching at SOLES, but I would really like to. I did get the opportunity to attend the International Leadership Association (ILA) conference which helped me get better understanding of what research is being done, meet some interesting scholars, and make new friends within SOLES. I took this as part of a course with Dr. Getz and would definitely recommend it to others. 

How has your SOLES education impacted your career and/or career goals?

It has further strengthened my resolve to become an educator.  I want to be able to help “dispense truth” and help others. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?

SOLES is a great school with great programs. It will change your life.