University of Pittsburgh

Katz Alumna Proves Value of PBAN Scholarship

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

As a student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, LaTriece Holland (MBA ’16) was actively involved in several student organizations, helped to orchestrate one of the largest case competitions in Pittsburgh, and was selected to the competitive Kenneth R. Woodcock Fellows Program.  Her participation in extracurricular activities as a full-time MBA student was largely due to the scholarship she received from the Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN). 

“The scholarship helped me financially while I was earning my MBA. I was also able to focus on my studies and get involved with the school and student organizations,” Holland says. 

PBAN is a network of Black alumni dedicated to supporting the prominence of the Katz MBA program, connecting current students with alumni, and supporting the school’s diversity efforts. Since 2010, the organization has offered recruitment assistance, mentorship, and placement assistance to Katz students. As a result, the Katz Graduate School of Business was recognized as No. 3 MBA program in the country with the most black students starting in 2014, according to a survey published by Bloomberg Businessweek

Prior to enrolling in Katz, Holland worked in the greater Washington D.C. area as a human capital management strategist at Booz Allen Hamilton, a global management and technology consulting and engineering services provider. She served as a project manager and led strategic performance initiatives.

“I chose to enroll in the Katz MBA program because I wanted to round out my skillset. Through my involvement in student organizations like the Graduate and Professional Student Government, National Association for Women MBAs (NAWMBA), Roberto Clemente MBA Association, National Black MBA Association, and the Student Executive Board, I was able to work with and learn from other Katz students with diverse backgrounds,” Holland says. 

Now a graduate of the Katz MBA program, Holland recently relocated to Washington D.C. and is pursuing high-level career opportunities.  She is studying for Project Management Professional certification and recently took a prep course through CertifiNOW, a nationally recognized program owned and operated by Floyd Trotman (MBA ’91), an active member of PBAN. 

Holland continues to benefit from being a member of the Katz community and the PBAN Network, especially from her contact with the organization’s founding member and first president Gloster Current, Jr. (MBA ’72).

“Throughout my career at Katz, I received tremendous support from my career management and advising teams, and now that I have relocated, Gloster has been instrumental in advancing my career search and has helped me to expand my professional network in the D.C. area.” 

“PBAN is such a great resource for the entire Katz community. It’s not just for minorities; I would encourage every student to get involved,” Holland says. 

Contact Tricina Cash (A&S ’89, EMBA ’09), PBAN president and board chairwoman, for information on joining PBAN or supporting the PBAN Scholarship Initiative. For the latest updates and activity information, follow PBAN on Facebook and Twitter