Organizational Leadership

Giving Back: The Mary Anna Bradshaw Story

  BradshawMary Anna Bradshaw is motivated to improve young lives.

Using skills developed from an undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology and a master's degree in clinical psychology, Bradshaw spent 26 years as a therapist for emotionally troubled children. Realizing that she had always wanted to earn a doctorate with the goal of teaching full-time, she enrolled in the Organizational Leadership program at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Mary Anna appreciated IWU's "stepping stone" approach-starting with some basic theoretical classes, building a good foundation, and implementing research a little further down the road. She enjoyed being part of a cohort. "I'm self-directed, independent. In this program you work individually but get a sense of teamwork and collaboration. I liked the hybrid classes on campus and online, and formed relationships that continue." She also appreciated being able to complete her degree in about three years.

Bradshaw has gone on to facilitate internships and teach human services, group counseling, interviewing, and assessment crisis intervention at a community college. She feels that she had a better learning experience at IWU when compared to her previous educational experiences. "I enjoyed the camaraderie and had fun. In the not-too-formal, nurturing environment, you're not 'just a number.'" Being a Christian, Mary Anna felt a sense of warmth and belonging at IWU, and observed that even students who did not profess Christ were accepted and comfortable because "IWU cares about you as a person."

Mary Anna Bradshaw found a nurturing environment that enhanced her advanced degree studies. Find out more about how Indiana Wesleyan University's Organizational Leadership Program can offer you that same environment.

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