Milano alumna Monique Jefferson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP received The Network Journal’s 2012 “40 under 40” achievement award for her 20+ years as a human resources leader in the areas of financial services, pharmaceutical, insurance, and professional services. A graduate of Milano’s M.S. in Human Resources Management in 2002, Monique currently works for Hogan Lovells international law firm, where she is head of HR for Business Services across the Americas region and the global HR business partner for information technology. Prior to this role, Monique has also worked for New York Life Insurance Company, Merrill Lynch’s Global Markets & Investment Banking division, Bristol Myers Squibb, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young LLP. Reflecting on her time at Milano, Monique shares her experience at Milano and why she continues to stay involved.
Why did you choose Milano?
I chose Milano for four reasons: the faculty, the program/curriculum, the cost, and the location. It was very important for me to attend a university and learn from faculty where it was a good mix and balance of practitioners with business/industry experiences as well as educators. New York is my home and I love the city and since I went away for undergrad, I wanted to stay local for graduate school. I was working at the time, so I initially enrolled as a part-time student, so affordability was also an important factor in my decision. And lastly, I knew I wanted to major in HR management.
Tell us about one of the most significant accomplishments you achieved at Milano.
My most significant accomplish while at Milano was that my graduate thesis was selected as a finalist for the award at graduation. While I did not win, it was a great opportunity to present to the department chair and other senior faculty that were part of the committee making the decision.
Why do you love Milano?
I love Milano because of two key people, Carol Anderson and Mary Watson. Both of them had a major impact on my time at Milano. The support I received from both of them was invaluable and helped shape my career as an HR executive. I also appreciate the relationships I formed with students and alumni that are part of my professional network today.
How do you share or recommend Milano to others?
I always encourage people I meet who are interested in pursuing graduate studies to consider Milano, especially if they are interested in business, socially conscience, and have a desire to go to school in New York City where they have an opportunity to learn from diverse faculty and staff. I tell them Milano is the school to consider. They will also receive a lot of support in securing full time employment after graduation.