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Mo McKenna

Mo McKenna

Strada Education Network & InsideTrack

"I used to think that your passion and your job had to be 100% aligned. I now see that pursuing my passion as a hobby can be a lot more enjoyable."

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Mo's work combines: Non-Profit Organizations, Education, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Director of Partnership Solutions

I help our affiliates collaborate.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Sparta Senior High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Sustainable Agriculture / Environmental Science

    Warren Wilson College

  • Graduate Degree

    Rural Sociology / Latin American Studies

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Director of Partnership Solutions:

Bachelor's Degree: Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

Bachelor's Degree: Business/Commerce, General

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    Didn't go straight through in college - I dropped out after 2 years and traveled and worked before coming back to finish.

  • 2.

    I wasn't sure what I wanted to study in college and accrued all sorts of credits that weren't applicable to my degree. It was fun, but expensive.

  • 3.

    I pursued my education in agriculture, but realistically if I wanted to farm, I shouldn't have accrued student loan debt.

  • 4.

    For a decade, I worked a lot of multiple jobs at a time - typically short-term, seasonal, and temp jobs. It has made me a very resilient employee, but it wasn't great for my retirement.

  • 5.

    I fell into the field of education 10 years ago and have been able to advance as a result of a lot of investment in my professional development from that company.

  • 6.

    I used to think that your passion and your job had to be 100% aligned. I now see that pursuing my passion as a hobby can be a lot more enjoyable.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    Why do you want to go away to college? What's the value of it?

  • How I responded:

    I come from a very economically depressed and rural area of Wisconsin. Several of my family members didn't support me in leaving my community to pursue college. When I was in college getting a liberal arts education, they didn't understand what I was studying or what the value of it was. I actually left college after my first two years largely as a result of this discouragement. When I returned, I changed majors to a more career-focused track that my family could understand - agriculture.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My father had a gambling addiction growing up, so it was always feast or famine. Not having a model for healthy financial decision-making led me to make some poor financial decisions when I was a young adult in college. I've worked hard to come back.