MBA Student Spotlight: Getting to know Shannen McDonald

Dec 19 2017, 5:03 pm

Shannen McDonald, 31, grew up in North Delta, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources. A self-described extrovert, she has no problem making new connections, and is currently completing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Beedie School of Business.

We had a chance to sit down with McDonald and find out what inspired her to do her MBA at SFU and what she’s learned so far.


Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in the lower mainland and hold a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources. I am an extrovert and a people person so I often consider strangers to be friends I haven’t met yet. I love trying new restaurants and I’m a crazy cat lady at heart.

What attracted you to the MBA program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business?

I’m a lifelong learner and enjoy challenging myself. I knew an MBA would set me apart in the working world and I wanted to capitalize on that opportunity.

You had to go on an international trip as part of your MBA. What was the main takeaway from that trip?

Cultural traditions influence business practices in many forms the world over and there are an incredible number of opportunities in emerging markets.

What do you love best about your MBA experience at SFU?

The diversity. Our cohort is made up of people from all over the world with work experience ranging from finance to music.

What has been the best piece of advice you’ve received in this program so far?

Be curious. The best learning comes when we are humble yet discerning of the world around us.

What does success look like to you?

Success for me is attaining that internal feeling of peace. It’s where I’m doing the next right thing, making a difference for others and myself, and always learning new things.

What’s your favourite restaurant in Vancouver?

Sala Thai – it’s a must try.

Tell us your favourite part of Vancouver.

English Bay at sunset. Everything about it makes me a very proud Vancouverite.


Learn more about the MBA Program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business.

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