Meet MBA Student, Jennifer Eno-Ballbach ‘16MBA

Jennifer Eno-Ballbach is using her MBA to redirect her career and focus on her passion for sustainability.

After 11 years at Trader Joe’s, managing some of the company’s highest volume stores, Jennifer Eno-Ballbach knew she wanted to change career paths. She wanted to build on her leadership experience and take on a sustainability role within a socially aware company. She knew getting her MBA was the next step necessary to advance her career.

Jen says she chose the Simmons MBA program because she immediately felt at home. She wanted a strong culture of community in her MBA program, similar to what she had with Trader Joe’s. The small size of the Simmons program has provided Jen with opportunities to develop close relationships with faculty and form collaborative connections with her peers.

This summer, Jen was selected as an Environment Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps Fellow, which is the premier fellowship program for corporate sustainability. She is the first Simmons student to participate in the program. Fellows are placed with host organizations, throughout the country, that are looking to focus on energy management as a way to reduce their carbon footprint. Jen is helping Citizen’s Bank develop a communication plan to engage internal colleagues and external stakeholders around environmental sustainability. 

Jen’s advice for prospective students looking at the Simmons MBA program, “It’s never too late to go back to school! I’m 38 years old and even though I have been out of school for longer than others, my work experience has helped tremendously, especially in the classroom. Learning and challenging yourself is great for your career and your soul!”