The Modern-Day Pioneer

Mar. 11, 2013 - by jsklekamp

The Modern Day Pioneer

By Kelsey Luffmann

What kind of person does it take to be a pioneer? That’s a question we asked three trailblazing professional and graduate alumni—a pathfinder, a self-starter, and an opportunist—who discovered their pioneering identities at MNU. 

For husband and father Greg Mosley (’12), the journey toward becoming a Pioneer began when he realized he was stuck in a dead-end job with no way to move up. Mosley took his first step as a pathfinder when he asked himself a simple question.

“‘Am I happy?’ The answer was no, there’s no other place to go,” said Mosley. “So now, how would I move forward?” 

Having been out of school for nine years, Mosley felt unsure of his ability to be a student again. But his growing family and growing need prompted him to seek a new path despite his doubts. 

Moving forward was also important to Kim Jones (MA ’12), a former news editor at Kansas City’s KMBC TV who discovered her true passion—nonprofit work—when she began working at a center for abused women. Jones felt called to be a servant leader in the nonprofit world, but she didn’t know where to begin.

“I always wanted to get back into nonprofit and help in that field, but I didn’t know enough about it,” said Jones. “I wanted to learn about all of the facets of opening and running an organization.” 

After years of searching for a program that would give her the knowledge she needed to make a difference, Jones was empowered to become a self-starter when she found MNU’s Master of Arts with an emphasis in nonprofit administration.

At the same time Jones was starting her master’s program, Pete Brumbaugh (’90, MBA ’04) was working as “a pioneer in a pioneering field.” As senior public relations specialist for Garmin International, Brumbaugh represented the company to international press and led product launches. But even with that success, Brumbaugh knew he needed to advance his career by earning an MBA. For that reason, Brumbaugh describes himself as an opportunist. 

“Every time that God has opened a door for me, I’ve stepped through it,” said Brumbaugh. “I call it ‘His opportunity.’  I’m just following His opportunity for my life. And I learned that while I was a student at MidAmerica.”

Though Mosley, Jones, and Brumbaugh each gained different skills and benefits from their varied programs, they have one thing in common. Since earning their degrees at MNU, all three have been empowered to flourish in new, pioneering careers—careers they would not have apart from their time at MNU. 

“MNU really prepares you to be a pioneer,” said Brumbaugh. “You don’t settle, and you don’t accept the status quo. You’re pursuing something better. You’re pursuing a better life—a life filled with purpose and passion.”

Greg Mosley now works as a financial advisor at Prudential, where he helps clients develop strategies for financial security. In that way, he acts a pathfinder for others. According to Mosley, earning his degree at MNU afforded him more than a career move—it enabled him to live out his pioneering spirit.

“It taught me how to be a better student, and it taught me how to be a better person, which makes me better in my career,” said Mosley. 

After years of uncertainty about how to lead in her chosen field, Kim Jones is living her passion by serving as a consultant for nonprofit organizations. She is now helping open an innovative nonprofit charter school that she hopes will revolutionize the surrounding community. Jones said the knowledge she gained at MNU has enabled her to empower others. 

“After my time at MNU, I became a pioneer and self-starter for not only myself, but for those I help,” said Jones. 

Pete Brumbaugh said the opportunities he gained by earning his degree at MNU have exceeded his expectations. After helping relief agency Heart to Heart International solve a strategic problem for a project within his MBA coursework, he became vice president there. Now, as director of sustainability at Global Brigades, Inc., Brumbaugh advocates development for underserved communities in Honduras, Panama, and Ghana by empowering thousands of U.S. college students to serve in those countries. 

“An MBA at MNU will take you places you never thought you’d go,” said Brumbaugh. “In my life, I’ve had an opportunity to make a global impact, and a lot of it is because I was able to have this incredible experience at MNU.”

As Mosley, Jones, and Brumbaugh look to what the future holds, they continue to take risks, blaze trails, and pursue excellence in their various callings. 

“MNU really prepares you to be a pioneer,” said Brumbaugh. “You don’t settle, and you don’t accept the status quo. You’re pursuing something better. You’re pursuing a better life—a life filled with purpose and passion.”

To watch Pete and Greg tell their stories, and to learn how you can be a Pioneer, visit www.mnu.edu/pioneer.

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