Krisztina Udvardi-Ford's EMBA Story
"In the year 2000, I moved to New Mexico directly from Budapest, Hungary with a Master's degree in Political Science. Since coming to the U.S., I have been dedicated to working for non-profits and decided early in my career here that I wanted to go beyond helping a single organization survive operational challenges to having an influence on the system itself. As I moved up the management ladder, it became quite apparent to me that I would need to know and better understand the business elements of a non-profit operation.
In October 2011, I graduated with an EMBA from the Anderson School and, truly, it has been the best investment I’ve made for my career. Six months after graduation, I moved to my current position and am now the CEO of a well-known and long-standing local non-profit serving abused and traumatized children.
Leading a non-profit organization is certainly as challenging as guiding any business in the world of profit management. In today’s business climate, it’s more important than ever for non-profit service agencies to be financially innovative to achieve solvency.
The EMBA degree I received from Anderson not only helped me to move up to this level of leadership, but helps me every day in fulfilling the mission of this non-profit and the promise it has made to the community that has supported it for 60 years.”
- Krisztina Udvardi-Ford, EMBA Class of 2011
Krisztina is currently the CEO of All Faiths, a nonprofit focused on strengthening communities by providing positive change, healing and hope to children, families and individuals.