Bartuch (CMN ’10) has worked in a wide range of settings—from the squad room to the board
room—where interpreting data is an important part of decision-making.
was a Chicago police officer for 10 years and served as a policy advisor to
the department’s superintendent. She transitioned to the corporate world in 2011
as a communications, portfolio and
project management team leader for Motorola Solutions.
February she joined PriceWaterhouse
Coopers as director of corporate intelligence. She helps PwC’s clients make business decisions
by collecting and analyzing information from a variety of sources.
“For instance, we help companies assess
their third party vendors in order to prevent fraud, corruption and bribery on
a global basis,” she explains. “On a lighter note, we also vet NFL draftees for
various teams before they make their selections.”
Her new role requires a thorough
understanding of how to interpret complex business research and turn it into
solutions for her clients. To master
these skills, Bartuch, a DePaul alumna, returned to the university last September to enroll in a new,
innovative program – the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at the Kellstadt Graduate School of
Now a year into the three-year program,
Bartuch discusses in the Q&A below why the DBA is a good choice for
experienced, research-minded professionals seeking to advance to the C-suite.
What made you decide to pursue a Doctorate
in Business Administration at DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business?
I have an insatiable curiosity for knowledge
and consider myself a student for life! I chose DePaul’s program because of the
coursework, which has a heavy emphasis on statistics, research methods and data.
And also because I am able to complete my degree and work full-time (the cohort
meets one weekend per month).
How does the degree advance your career
The program is designed to bridge the gap
between business and academia. Almost instantly, I used what I learned in class
at work to solve business problems in a more scientific way, which is great for
my organization and great for my personal brand. The DBA has definitely opened
doors for me, including going to work for the top consulting firm in the world.
DePaul’s DBA faculty members have extensive
research and industry credentials. How does this benefit students?
The professors are A-MAZING! The program is
extremely rigorous and the faculty is focused on our mastery of the material,
not just on our passing the course. The courses are expertly designed and every
professor is extremely knowledgeable and engaging, which is important when you
are in class for nine hours. The faculty is also extremely helpful and available—they
want us to succeed. And they are subject-matter experts on any topic of
interest, from marketing to finance to statistics, to name a few.
What have you learned from working with the
other experienced professionals in your cohort?
This is the magic of the program—the people.
I learn something every time we get together. The most salient is that all
organizations struggle with similar issues that can be solved or mitigated by
going to the research, which most businesses don’t do. I also really enjoy
being among people much smarter than me that have the same desire to learn—it
makes me better.
How do you think
organizations will benefit from employing DBA graduates?
Organizations will benefit in
many ways. Data science/big data/analytics is probably the most talked about
topic in business today and this program provides a great foundation for DBA
graduates to practice or lead in that space. In addition,
any business problem that needs solving most likely has research
available that will help you solve it—from leadership, to how to compensate sales people, to diversity, etc.
What are the advantages of the monthly
I love the format. I am able to work long
hours and travel globally with this format. I also am able to manage my
coursework, which usually involves late night hours or weekends. It also forces
you to problem-solve on your own and maintain discipline, which will carry on
after the program.
What advice do you have for other professionals
considering a doctorate degree in business administration?
I have talked to a lot of potential candidates
and always tell them to just do it. There will never be an “ideal” time to
start. Before I knew it, the first year is almost over and I am able to talk
about multivariate statistics and social role theory like a boss. Best decision
I ever made.
Learn more about the Doctorate in Business Administration at DePaul.