Eamon MillerProfessional Evening Social Impact MBA South Boston, MA
A Boston native (born and raised in Southie), Eamon Miller has always felt attached to the community of Boston. He was a former dean of students at a school in Dorchester for five years. There, he’d formed meaningful connections with students, teachers, and staff from all walks of life, all with diverse perspectives.
Then, Eamon made a career shift. “I was very interested in government and politics at the same time,” he shares. “So I wanted to go work for the city, continuing that public service role.”
Now, he works for the City of Boston Emergency Operations Management department—the division responsible for coordinating emergency management, emergency preparedness, and homeland security planning for the city of Boston.
That desire to give back led him to BU, Questrom, and to the Social Impact PEMBA. “I want to continue to give back,” he says. “Someday I hope to have my own nonprofit, to run it, to manage it. And, in the spirit of Questrom, to create value for the world. Earning an MBA will give me an opportunity to gain the skills and the knowledge necessary for that.”
Being from Boston, BU was already inherently familiar to Eamon—in fact, it was the only place he applied. “I wanted to be in the heart of the city where I’m from.” He went on to find more things about Questrom that he loved, especially the Social Impact program.
“I had a couple of colleagues in the city who had gone through the PEMBA program, and it piqued my interest. I had heard good things, and then I saw the name change from Public Non-Profit to Social Impact, and I saw how BU had been a pioneer in coining that phrase.” From there, Eamon was hooked.
Another perk for Eamon was the faculty. “I respect all of their expertise, and they’re really dedicated to their students. I went to a very small high school with small classes, so to have sixteen of us in a room with a professor was very attractive to me.”
Eamon’s favorite classes have been ones in organizational behavior. “I’m fascinated by what makes organizations tick,” he says. “My OB classes have made me much more understanding of people that I work with.”
“I think every class you take is applicable, no matter what,” he says. “I manage a very large grant for the city of Boston, but I came from an education background, so I was never a numbers guy. The finance courses here and accounting classes have definitely hit home.” But it doesn’t just go one way, he says. “Some of the skills I’ve learned from the City of Boston have made me better in my classes as well.”