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Margaret Dolan

Margaret Dolan

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2005

President, Knowledge Division at Local Shares Inc.

Back to Her Future

Dolan Returned to School to Advance Her Career

Margaret Dolan considered going straight to business school after earning her undergraduate degree in accounting. Instead, she opted to enter the work force immediately.

Margaret started her career as a CPA with Peat Marwick (now KPMG) before landing a position in the Tax Department with Ingram Industries, Inc. After a stint, as a full-time stay-at-home mother she returned to Ingram in a Community Relations role. And while she was pleased with her career success, the desire to continue her education never completely receded. So when an opportunity to join Vanderbilt's Executive MBA program presented itself, she seized it. "I saw it as the perfect way to expand the skills I had to offer Ingram while fulfilling my desire to earn an MBA," she says.

Margaret preferred the challenges of Vanderbilt's comprehensive 60 credit hour MBA over a part-time or less rigorous program. She also found Vanderbilt's distinctive study group concept—in which student teams work together throughout their time in the program—provided opportunities for leadership. "Each of us brought different competencies to the group, and it was an exercise in leadership to manage those talents to maximize the group's performance," she says.

More important, the lessons she learned at Owen were invaluable to her in her role at Ingram. She credits Owen with helping her hone the skills that she used daily in the company's philanthropy and her involvement with a myriad of important nonprofit organizations that serve Nashvillians across the city.

"It was all worth it," she says. Margaret continues to serve Owen as a member of the Alumni Board. She has also recently accepted a new position as Executive Vice President at Saint Thomas Health.