Patrick Killeen, BAC '94

What is the best thing you learned from Walsh College? 
Time management and discipline, as courses were intense and I had to juggle coursework/outside work, etc. As those in public accounting know, exceptional time management skills are a necessity. 

Why would you encourage others to attend Walsh? 
The real-world curriculum lessens the adaption time period from school to work. I did not take advantage of an internship program (I highly encourage anyone attending Walsh College to do if possible). However, the practical courses taught by people who understand the business world helped me as I started my business career. The curriculum was challenging (tough, but fair) and led by instructors with real-world experience. 

What is the best business advice you have received?
Plan the work and work the plan. However, be quick to adapt to changes. The worst thing to do is nothing. Don’t analyze it to death. Assess inputs, make decisions, and move on.

What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
The pace of change, whether its regulatory, technology, generational, etc. are great challenges. However, they present great opportunities.

What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Find a mentor – someone who can offer you honest guidance in the peaks and valleys of your career. Seek counsel from others who have experience (either inside or outside of your organization) as there is no reason to be an “island.” Focus on development of people and do not forget where you came from.

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Gerri on April 12, 2017 at 01:16 pm

So proud of you!! Continue to go for your goals with guts and enthusiasm.

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