“I have a more wholistic lens on my academic experience and how it relates to the work I do everyday”.
Andrew Bonomo, MBA(L) Candidate (Class of 2022)
Andrew Bonomo began his MBA journey in 2019 with a focus on Leadership. Andrew has built a career in Financial Services but not in a conventional arm of the industry, as he oversees the Concierge and Food Services across North America. Andrew supports research and critical thinking to foster innovation and drive change at work.
CEGE Connection reached out to Andrew in a virtual interview to discuss his MBA program experiences and how his learnings are impacting the workplace.
As I reflect on my experiences at DAL, the continued education has been a rewarding experience. I first started in 2019 not knowing what to expect of graduate level studies. Being able to work and study (and do it well) was important to me. Recently, I started a new role overseeing the Concierge and Food Services across North America for a large bank in Canada. This business line provides some amenities to colleagues across our different corporate locations and also a Credit Card Lounge open to the public.
My engagement at school and work have quickly developed into a passion of constantly trying to find ways to bring learnings from school into the workplace. The critical thinking and diverse perspective help me develop recommendations and drive innovation at work. As I am nearing the end of the program, I have a more wholistic lens on my academic experience and how it relates to the work I do everyday.
Two semesters ago, I finished Finance, a course that was challenging and rewarding. I remember the many nights I spent studying and working on assignments as I prepared for exams. This semester I took Sustainable Leadership which provided an opportunity to use the more creative side of my mind. I was inspired by this course which focused on research-based arguments that either affirm or oppose statements regarding leadership. It was from our first live class dialogue that got me thinking about the future of leadership and how we can start preparing today.
Since that first class, I continue to find myself thinking about what’s to come next. I am motivated to do research to understand how technology and other societal nuances inform decisions and preferences that will affect newer generations coming into the world. Taking this one step further, it would be interesting to see what research shows about what these newer generations will require from organizations where they both work and spend their consumer dollars.
This directly ties to the work that I do as we look at making the right investments when building new spaces to attract and retain top talent of today and future generations. The future of work and leadership is changing as we see the landscape around us shifting. It is an exciting time to be doing research so we can influence changes and leave a legacy behind.