Name: Latia Ivey
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Major/Minor: Organizational Leadership M.S. (SCPS)
Future Plans: To advance to a leadership role at the energy supplier Con Edison, where she currently works as an analyst. In the more distant future, Latia would also like to open her own restaurant or bakery.
How did you become interested in choosing organizational leadership?
I’ve been working at Con Edison for seven years and started out as a meter reader, which is a union position. Since then, I’ve always admired the plethora of positions available in management. I decided that I needed to expand my education and search for an opportunity in management.
Why did you choose Manhattan College?
While networking within Con Edison, I’ve met several management personnel that graduated from Manhattan College. Many of those individuals referred me to the Organizational Leadership program within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
What made you want to continue your education?
To expand my employment opportunities. During these times, education is required to land a steady job in the market. Receiving an education was also a long-term goal for me. I am following in the footsteps of my mother, who is first in the family to go to college.
What are some of your memorable experiences at Manhattan College?
Study Abroad-Cuba 2019! A wonderful opportunity where I was able to experience leadership culturally. My experience was so memorable that I still remember the professors and other people we met while visiting. My photo album from this trip is by far my favorite to look through.
The Capstone classes were an experience that I underestimated quite a bit. My cohort worked night and day to provide useful recommendations to our client and in the end, witnessing his gratitude was rewarding. I have a brand new respect for consultant work.
What advice would you offer to incoming freshmen?
Take advantage of the programs, extracurricular activities and opportunities on campus.