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Haley Harbaugh

“I ended up loving the leadership development piece because I love watching people grow. And that class really kind of shifted that lens for me.”

School of Education

Mind, Brain & Teaching, EdD 2021

Senior Director, Growth Initiatives at CiviCO

Haley‘s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss what prompted Haley to pursue her doctorate in mind, brain, and teaching at Johns Hopkins after completing a master’s degree in instructional design, her reasons for transitioning from an established career in corporate healthcare learning and development to the nonprofit sector, and her advice on how to break into the learning and development space.

Learn More About Haley‘s Story

I moved to Colorado from Ohio when I was 25, during the great recession. I was working in the credit industry, doing collections on charge off accounts, and I realized I needed a change in my life. I was able to find a job in the healthcare industry, even though I had never worked in it before, and 2 weeks later, I made the leap to change my life, and I have never looked back. Moving to Colorado has given me the opportunity to expand my skillset, network, and career pathways.

When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I knew immediately that I wanted him to be with me at my graduation. Taking comprehensive exams and my defending my dissertation proposal while pregnant was challenging and I even was told that many people who have a child don’t finish their last semester. Well, I did and I graduated (even COVID couldn’t stop me)! I am the first of my family to graduate college and earn a doctorate, so it was extremely special to have my son, my mother, and my grandmother with me at the graduation.