Student Spotlight: Tierra Johnson

Tell us about yourself.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Supply Chain Management, Economics, and International Business from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. During my undergraduate experience, I had the opportunity to hold meaningful supply chain internships at Union Pacific Railroad Company and Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company. Ongoing, I seized the opportunity to study abroad in the summers following Freshman and Sophomore year. I spent two months immersing myself in the Spanish language in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, Granada, Spain and an additional two months engaged in rigorous business courses at the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic. The global experience combined with the strong educational framework provided in my undergraduate experience, inspired my desire to further continue my education with a focus on integrating sustainability across businesses’ supply chains. I selected Duquesne University’s MBA Sustainable Business Practices program primarily due to its distinct hands-on consulting projects that integrate the triple bottom line and top-ranked faculty with similar interest in supply chain sustainability.  

What are you looking forward to in the program?
I look forward to the MBA-SBP program because I believe it will consistently challenge my perspective on various business topics and will help me further develop strategies that add tangible sources of value when integrating sustainability across the supply chain management function. In addition, I am thrilled to be assisting in the development of the Master Syllabus of the “Sustainable Supply Chain” course at Duquesne University in my current role as a graduate assistant. Lastly, I am excited to present the research findings from the consulting project in Washington D.C. to our client and target audience at the conclusion of the semester.

What is the most interesting place you have visited?
Before the start of the MBA-SBP program, I had recently returned from a month-long, island-hopping adventure of Thailand and Vietnam. Ko Lanta, Thailand is the most intriguing place I encountered during my excursion of Southeast Asia. I found Ko Lanta to be the most alluring because it offers the full package for those travelers that enjoy escaping the tourist traps. The island consists of astounding accommodations, impeccable scenery, and vast local culture. One of the simple pleasures that this place has is its calmness. One of my favorite traveling memories is exploring the quiet outskirts of the island on a motor scooter. I was able to traverse through Ko Lanta, occasionally refilling my motor scooter with gasoline sold by small family-owned businesses in glass bottles on the side of the road. I love that I was given an opportunity to engage in day-to-day life on the island while being able to converse with the welcoming locals.