Tiffany Eggleston '12
Statistics was the first course Tiffany Eggleston took as an MBA student at the University of Redlands.
It was a jarring leap to quantitative analysis, having come into the program as a communications major who had spent eight years in sales and marketing for the Sallie Mae Student Loan Corporation.
She felt extremely intimidated. That’s when she knew she was in the right place.
“Challenges test your character and build your strength,” she said. “I was raised that if other people can do something, you can as well. I just needed to study more, and I did.”
Drive and determination have led to many successes for Eggleston, an African-American student chosen to attend The PhD Project in Chicago, an award-winning program to create diversity in management. She is also a member of the National Black MBA Association, and the National Association of Women MBAs. She is a children’s teacher and women’s mentor at her church, and volunteers her time at homeless shelters and in walks to benefit causes associated with breast cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.
Challenge was what got her started on her path. She enrolled in the MBA program at Redlands after being one of 4,000 people laid off by Sally Mae. “I knew four to five people who had gone through the program at Redlands. They had really good things to say,” Eggleston said. “Everything that you want from an MBA, you can only get from a university that it reputable. I chose Redlands.”
Eggleston’s MBA concentration in Global Business was enhanced when she took part in the School of Business’s study abroad program to China. “That opened a whole other opportunity and desire to travel internationally and do business abroad,” she said. “It was a life-changing experience.”
Eggleston works as a public relations consultant while earning her MBA. It’s a role she created for herself when a friend started up a nonprofit organization providing transitional homes for emancipated youth. “She needed someone to assist with doing some press releases,” Eggleston said. “It started out very simple and it simply grew from that.”
Eggleston feels a responsibility to help others.
“I want an enriched experience out of this degree,” she said. “It’s not just to have letters on my resume, it’s about being active, mentoring and making a difference.”