Julie Lamoureux '10 '12
Julie A. Lamoureux was a casualty of corporate downsizing in the early 2000s. After 16 years of dedicated service, her position as HR manager was eliminated in California. “It was explained to me that due, in part, to a lack of formal education, I would not be eligible to apply for relocation to the centralized facility (in North Carolina),” Lamoureux said.
Today, she is a staff analyst with the County of San Bernardino’s Workforce Development Department, pursuing her Master of Arts in Management degree from the University of Redlands, where she earned her BS in Business in 2010.
From devastation to determination, the rocky road to success has taught her more than business savvy.
“I’ve learned that it is never too late to grow as a person and develop new knowledge,” she said. “The experience has broadened my abilities to communicate, which has provided me with the confidence to seek out career advancement.”
Since receiving her degree from Redlands, Lamoureux has been qualified to apply for more opportunities. She has accepted two promotions in less than two years.
“I have developed a ‘go-for-it’ attitude that enables me to continue to grow towards my career goals,” she said.
Her education has also made her move valuable and effective in the workplace. “I am able now to appreciate when other people have a different view and I seek out other people’s input more,” she said.
Lamoureux said returning to school in the later years of her life was tough, but made easier through the support of her loving family, and friends and faculty at Redlands.
“The University of Redlands is so prestigious,” she said. “In my heart, I wouldn’t feel any better graduating from Harvard. It’s a fantastic school and I feel honored to be a part of it.”