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Marion Chamberlain
Marion Chamberlain '01 EMBA
Senior Underwriter and Member Relations Manager, Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency

Understanding the Value of Education

Marion Chamberlain ’01 EMBA concedes that earning a college degree, let alone an Executive MBA, wasn’t her original plan. “Frankly, I wasn’t interested in going to college when I was young,” she says.

As a single mother, her priority was providing for her son. To make ends meet, she secured a job as a secretary with a stock brokerage firm. Networking helped her land a new position in John Hancock’s Stratford office, where she studied the ins and outs of the insurance business during her five years with the company.

She went on to work for the Stratford insurance brokerage firm Burger & Burger, where she managed the sales and marketing efforts and conducted research and analysis to support insurance sales.

Chamberlain remembers Martin Burger, the head of the firm, encouraging her to pursue a college degree. “Martin was a real mentor,” says Chamberlain, who had accumulated more than 10 years in the insurance industry. “I had learned a lot about insurance on the job, but he knew I also needed an education to advance in the business.”

She decided to enroll at Albertus Magnus College, where she earned her BS in business and economics in 1999. She then enrolled in UNH’s Executive MBA program. “I came to UNH because of the reputation of the program,” she says. “The coursework was terrific. The professors really challenged us and made us think. I enjoyed all of it.”

By the time she finished her EMBA in 2001, she was working for the NIA Group, in Milford, where she was a sales executive conducting comprehensive analyses of policies up for renewal. That experience led to her current position as a senior underwriter and member relations manager at the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, which provides risk management and financing for Connecticut municipalities.

“My EMBA really helped,” she says. “Not only did I get a really good education, but it gave me a lot of confidence and strong credentials that helped me advance in my career.”

Posted Winter 2012