at the root of all those industries
is the need to have a basic understanding of business and business
she says. do think we
are not doing an adequate job of
advocating and helping women, in
particular, understand the value
of business education regardless of
the career path that they choose,
and therefore companies often
times lose significant talent as a
Shivaune Field is one of those
nontraditional MBA candidates
who has no plans to sett le on Wall
there. Field, a native of Melbourne,
Australia, spent four years report-
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ing, producing and sometimes
appearing on camera from Los Angeles bureau. Her
assignments often skewed toward
the fi nancial sector; interviewed titans such as Elon Musk
and George Lucas and produced
interviews with Jeff rey Katzenberg
and Bob Iger.
wanted a greater understanding of how to do a deep dive into
the balance sheets of these she says.
So Field left Bloomberg and
enrolled at Pepperdine University
Graziadio School of Business and
Management in Malibu, California.
As she prepares to graduate next
month, Field is fi nding herself at a
career crossroads: slide back into
her previous reporting role with a
deeper understanding of her subjects, or consider a media executive
path. open to both.
MBA was fantastic because
it put me through accounting,
fi nance, economics and she
says, is going to be a wonderful addition to my reporting
skills when I go back into the also used her B-school
time to get involved in her new
community, making sure to speak
up in every class.
had heard going into business
school that not only were there
not enough women, but [that] they
were not putt ing their hands up in
class; they were not actively Field says. So, her hand
goes up in class. She speaks up.
And she jumped in at Pepperdine
to lead the MBA Women organization on campus, then became
a regional leader of the National
Association of Women MBAs.
made a choice as I entered
business school that I was going to
contribute to every class and I was
going to take a leadership she
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that kind of female MBA lead-
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