Alumni Success Story: Karen Maggio
Karen Maggio, Class of '84
Principal and Founder at POM Resource Group
In 2008 Maggio left a successful career in higher education administration to start her own consulting firm. Through founding POM Resource Group, Maggio was able to build a company based on the type of responsible business practices that she first began to develop in the Saint Mary's MBA program.
“After working in higher education administration for 24 years, I founded POM Resource Group to provide socially and environmentally responsible programs and design to the education community. We design campus sustainability and education programs, and consult on campus planning and sustainable design.”
As is often the case however, her career path was by no means laid out for her, and as Maggio admits, it was a bit unconventional. But, she credits her SMC MBA education for providing her with the skills necessary to succeed at whatever endeavors she desired to pursue.
“After completing my MBA at Saint Mary's, I was convinced that I had the skill and confidence to run my own company someday. My degree has proven timeless because it taught me to look for opportunities and to think differently,” she says. “My field did not yet exist when I graduated, but the skills gained at Saint Mary's provided me with the tools to recognize and incorporate new ideas into my work.”
Over the course of her career she’s held numerous senior level positions responsible for overseeing campus planning, capital projects, facilities, grounds, housing programs, public safety and emergency operations. Under her leadership, Mills College was awarded LEED platinum from the United States Green Building Council for the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building. During her tenure, Mills also received a prestigious Getty Grant for campus planning and launched an award-winning sustainability program.
“Eventually every business must consider their contributions globally, socially and environmentally to be successful in a new evolving economy. Saint Mary's stresses the importance of being an ethical and responsible leader,” she says.