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On participating in her MGSM Global Management course, “this is the coolest class because it brings you to real life and makes you go back to everything you've learned and apply it to corporate.”
Not unlike many other adult students, Rosie Thompson is far from the traditional college student. In addition to her role as a student, she is a mother of four, a grandmother, and one whose history has allowed Rosie to prove her strength as she has overcome a number of trying circumstances in her lifetime. All in all, Rosie still came out on top and earned her MBA from Morris Graduate School of Management with high marks.
Rosie’s lifelong interest has always been to contribute to the strengthening of families and her surrounding communities. When Rosie’s family moved to Chicago in 1973, she became one of the founding members of the Hospitality Charity Outreach Ministry. The Outreach Ministry was a program designed to feed and clothe Chicago’s homeless and you could say that this experience piqued Rosie’s interest and therefore lead her to Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer. At the time, Rosie was severely affected by financial difficulties that led her to live with her four children out of her car. It was while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity that things changed drastically for Rosie. Unemployed at the time, Rosie met a man through her volunteer work who offered to help her find a job. In 1989, Rosie built a brand new house in uptown Chicago, By 1992, she accepted an entry level position at Harris BMO Bank. She has since found the strength to go back to school, earn her Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from Robert Morris University, and currently serves as the Senior Portfolio Manager for BMO Harris Bank.
Rosie continues to volunteer within her community and for Robert Morris University in a variety of ways. She particularly enjoys serving as a guest speaker for the Adopt-a-Class Program in the Global Management Capstone course because “this is the coolest class because it brings you to real life and makes you go back to everything you've learned and apply it to corporate.” Rosie continues to apply everything she has learned from Robert Morris University to her most recent volunteer efforts as the Founder of Matters In The Heart, a sister organization of Hospitality Charity Outreach Ministry that she is no longer under. In her free time, Rosie teaches free “smart money” classes out of her home, churches, and community centers in which she inspires those in her community to gain financial independence and freedom of debt. “I use to be homeless living in my car with my children, I know what it is like to be in debt,” Rosie says. Through these classes she wishes to empower others to pull themselves out of similar situations, because she now knows what it possible. “I try to make a positive impact on the people I meet,” she says. When Rosie is not working or volunteering she can be found traveling, hosting dinner parties, baking cakes, and reading anything by Agatha Christie.