Robin Usery Rose ’14, MBA, is a courageous single mom who persevered through and overcame domestic violence. Rose and her three daughters were all victimized, and one of the daughter’s reached out to NLU to share the story of how Rose survived and, through her experience at NLU, eventually thrived.
The abuse happened in the early 2000s, but it was several years before the family made it through. “It took us a while to clear the domestic violence out of our lives, but with the courage of my mom, we did it,” Rose’s daughter related.
Rose and her children were able to escape from a pattern of frightening experiences thanks to help and support from parents. She survived, but the legal fees and trauma left Rose financially and emotionally drained.
It was a vision of life beyond survival that brought Rose to National Louis.
After comparing MBA programs across Chicago, it was the MBA at NLU that grabbed Rose’s attention. NLU’s values really struck a chord. After enrolling, she found classes were challenging and relevant, with the added bonus of flexible online options.
Rose put her new skills to work after graduation, receiving four promotions in the span of two years.
Through it all, Rose remains single-minded. “Her family keeps her motivated. She is working to help support her three daughters and two parents,” Rose’s daughter explained. “I have never seen someone as hardworking as she is.”