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Ursula Staneff-Gotham

Executive MBA, Class of 2010

Senior Director of Child Care Services
Carlson Metrocenter YMCA

YMCA 200 As Senior Director of Child Care Services for the YMCA, Ursula Staneff-Gotham appreciates the value of time management. She oversees several key community programs, including Universal Pre-K, Early Head Start, and licensed child care programs – plus manages a two-million dollar budget for strategic planning, fundraising, facilities management, and other functions.

Ursula has worked at the YMCA since she was 16. “I’ve held all types of jobs, from summer camp counselor to spinning instructor, youth sports instructor, lifeguard, and child care director,” she notes. “It’s only natural that I’d make my business career there.”

The Executive MBA program at Simon allowed Ursula to continue working while earning her degree. Committing to two years of intensive study required planning. “The Simon EMBA staff was very understanding of the needs of working professionals, and that made all the difference in my success,” she adds. This included providing a laptop, textbooks, ID cards, meals and so much more.

Ursula uses skills she learned in Professor Bauer’s Finance course and Professor Hessler’s Entrepreneurship courses daily at her job at the YMCA. She also made fast friends with the teammates she partnered with as she studied.

Ursula is using the critical skills she mastered in the EMBA program in her day-to-day job. She also volunteers as a certified faculty trainer at the YMCA Faculty Academy and acts as communication conduit among national trainers and YMCA organizations across the Northeast.

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“The Simon EMBA staff was very understanding of the needs of working professionals, and that made all the difference in my success,” she adds. This included providing a laptop, textbooks, ID cards, meals and so much more.

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