Where are Our Graduates?

Nhan Le
MBA, 2019

MBA graduates in caps and gowns with smiles.
Nhan Le (on the right) celebrates graduation with his MBA friends.

“My name is Nhan Le. I was an MBA student at UIS from Fall 2017 to Summer 2019 and I was also a GPSI intern at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. My 2-year journey with both the MBA and GPSI programs was absolutely amazing because the MBA program reinforced my economic and business management knowledge accumulated from undergrad, and the GPSI internship provided me with real-life work experience in a professional working environment. In addition to the MBA degree, UIS also provided me with two certificates in applied finance and entrepreneurship which are definitely helpful for my future career. Throughout the coursework, I have earned a lot of experience in business by meeting real entrepreneurs in Springfield and Chicago, and learning from their successful business models. I also became a more knowledgeable stock investor by participating in the stock simulation program in finance classes.

“I highly recommend the MBA program and GPSI internship to current and future UIS students. Thanks to these two programs, I earned a full-time job at the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget as a budget analyst right after I graduated.”

Sherry Grable
MBA, 2017

Sherry Grable has been named a Forty Under 40 by the Springfield Business Journal.  In the July 2019 issue of the SBJ, forty leaders in Springfield and neighboring business communities are selected based on their contributions to the local business community.  This information about Sherry was published by the SBJ.

Age:  39
Occupation:  Controller and CPA at Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, Inc. (CMT)
Email:  sgrable@cmtengr.com
Education:  MBA, University of Illinois Springfield
Family: Husband Sean, parents Patty and (the late) Mike Stinson and siblings Christy Toland and Matt Stinson and their families
Affiliations/Community Activities:  Treasurer of the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair, treasurer of my hometown church, member of my local American Legion Women’s Auxiliary , member of the Sangamon-Menard Chapter of the Well Armed Woman
What’s your guiding principle in life?  “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” I don’t know for sure if Walt Disney really said that, but I believe it is true.  We often talk too much about what we need to do or how something needs to be done instead of just digging in and getting it done.
Why did you choose your current career? After several years of working in public accounting and assisting clients with their business needs, I decided it was time to move to the other side of the desk and be a part of the private sector. At CMT, I am able to use my experience from various industries and past situations to assist with the ever-changing-ways of the business world.
What’s your greatest hope for Springfield?  That it continues to grow and thrive while retaining the feel of a small community. I would like Springfield and the surrounding communities to once again become the face of Illinois and remind outlying areas that we have a voice.