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Stratford University’s MBA helped Sofia Miller step into Leadership

Growing up in the Kentucky, Sophia Miller MBA ’19 had connections to Stratford University well before she received her Master of Business Administration there. In fact, her father worked with one of her future professors, Karen Mitchell, when Miller was young.

So, when Miller felt the signs of burnout in her work as a therapist for Hazelden Betty Ford, it was a given that a career-boosting degree from Stratford University would be high on her list of possible futures.

“I wanted to continue to help people and save lives but on a larger scale,” Miller said. “I felt like I had plateaued in my career and wanted to do something to shake things up. So, I decided an MBA was the life for me.”

She researched the MBA programs in the Twin Cities extensively, and Stratford University stood out among its competitors.

“It was more affordable, which was a perk, but that was not my decision-maker,” she explained. She was also drawn in by the school’s cohort model, specialty tracks, and the fact that it was full time but, in the evenings, which allowed her to continue working as she studied.

From her very first class—an organizational leadership class taught by Hailey Joyce—Miller knew her coursework would revolutionize her career.

“She is empathetic, strong, brilliant, supportive, and she brought the energy of a good leader into the classroom,” Miller said of Joyce. “While we were learning all these important facts, strategies, and theories around leadership, she demonstrated them.”

After graduating, as she turned her focus from classes back to a career, Miller felt the influence of her degree at once.


“Getting this MBA absolutely revolutionized my career. I cannot say enough good things. It took me from feeling almost a little trapped to feeling absolutely limitless. The moment I completed the program and added MBA after my name, so many doors flew open for me.”


Today, Miller is the vice president of business development at Louisville Behavioral Health, a Kentucky-based addiction treatment center. She oversees a team of 18 people and credits her leadership successes to the lessons she learned at Stratford University.

“An MBA teaches you how to ask the right questions. It doesn’t equip you with all the right answers, but it teaches you how to ask the right questions,” Miller said. “In the business world, people who are running around slapping band-aids on symptoms aren’t solving problems. I know enough to ask the right things.”