When Ekaterina “Kate” Galichenko graduates from Pfeiffer in May, she will do so with a bachelor of science in business leadership and management, an MBA—and a great job.
Kate, who came to Pfeiffer University from Moscow, Russia, took advantage of Pfeiffer’s 3/2 program offered by the Division of Business, which makes it possible for a student to earn a B.S. and MBA in five years, and a number of extracurricular opportunities that provided valuable experience in thinking and presenting in a business environment. As a member and eventual president of Pfeiffer’s chapter of business honor society Phi Beta Lambda, she competed in state and national competitions related to statistical analysis and business decision making, earning first place in North Carolina in 2015. She also received the Eugene Pickler International Business Award.
Key to her Pfeiffer experience is a two-year internship with Charlotte Regional Partnership, a nonprofit, public-private economic development organization that leverages regional resources to market the expanding Charlotte region for long-term growth, job creation and investment opportunities. There Kate gained real-life experience conducting research and statistical analysis, and preparing case studies that detail performance, tax credits and incentives, and more for national and international corporations.
Last December, shortly before Kate started her final semester at Pfeiffer, she was offered a full-time position with the Charlotte Regional Partnership’s Economic Development team, which she accepted and begins June 1. As she considers pursuing a doctorate, her professional development will continue with economic development courses funded by her new employer.
“Kate has been a tremendous addition to our team; from day one she arrived prepared and eager to learn and contribute to strengthening the economy in Charlotte USA,” said Laura Foor, vice president of marketing and research, Charlotte Regional Partnership. She is a fast learner and approached each new challenge as an opportunity to grow and develop her skill set. It was an easy decision to offer Kate an opportunity to join us on a full-time basis.”
While at Pfeiffer, Kate’s talent and determination were evident beyond the classroom and business realm. As captain of the swim team, she set nine university records and secured several placements at conference finals. An athletic scholarship and international scholarship made coming to Pfeiffer a financial possibility.
“So many people helped me learn in the classroom and outside of it, and prepared me for my future career,” she said. “Pfeiffer has become part of my big American family.”