"Don't think of it as work. The whole point is to just enjoy yourself," Otter says to Boon in Animal House after hitting a few golf balls. I couldn't have said it better. I strive to find enjoyment in everything I do daily. Certainly, I will miss a few desired rounds of golf. However, I won’t lose any skill from attending class or participating during my internship with the Kelley School of Indianapolis
As a nontraditional senior at IUPUI, I’ve come to self-awareness during my academic journey. As of winter break, I will have earned a degree from the school of general studies. I couldn’t be more excited for what some may call a lack of direction. I much prefer to view this degree as a never-ending hallway with doors just waiting to hear my knock. I am so eager to explore this professional hallway.
A strange path to completion of this degree has allowed for me to experience more than most of my peers that I have found to be a great advantage. Previous involvement in the professional world has helped me gain a better understanding of what to take from this final semester. I hold an associate’s degree in biotechnology, and I am also a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Indiana.
This blog will be an avenue of expression from my odd collection of experiences. I look forward to sharing what I have learned and continue to learn in the final leg of this particular journey.
Valerie Grubb is the Principal of Val Grubb & Associates Ltd. which she founded after holding a succession of leadership roles within major corporations. She is an innovative and visionary operations leader with an exceptional ability to zero in on the systems, processes, and people issues that can hamper a company’s growth. Val regularly consults for mid-range companies wishing to expand and larger companies seeking efficiencies in back-office operations. Her expertise and vibrant style are also in constant demand for executive coaching and corporate training classes. She has taught senior leaders and high potential employees throughout the US, Asia, Europe, South America and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
Prior to founding Val Grubb & Associates, Ltd., Valerie served as the vice president of strategic operations at NBC Universal, where she spearheaded quality initiatives in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Valerie played a seminal role in the 1999 formation of Oxygen Media, where she served as vice president of operations. She led the transition efforts for the operations departments following the sale of Oxygen to NBCU in November 2007. Valerie graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) and obtained her MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She remains highly involved with the Kelley School as an active member of the Dean’s Advisory Council.