Poised for Life Sciences Success
Scott Maloney MBA'09
Strategic Management and Finance Major
“The lessons I’ve learned here and the skills I have acquired will be in my toolkit for the rest of my life.”
When Scott Maloney pictures his post-MBA career, he sees himself driving business decisions—and he’s confident that his Kelley education will put him in the driver’s seat of a leading life sciences company.
Maloney’s business education is complemented by his a background in science. After receiving his undergraduate degree in genetics and cellular biology in 2002, he was a lab manager and senior research associate at Reeves Lab, a cancer research lab at the Washington State University School of Molecular Biosciences. At Reeves, Maloney’s focus on research and long-term goals left him thinking of ways to influence the lab’s resource allocation and high-level strategy. “I began to exhaust the possibilities of my position,” he says, “but I never felt ‘done’ learning and growing.”
To satisfy his desire to learn and grow, Maloney enrolled in Kelley’s MBA program with a double major in management and finance.
“Visiting Kelley and speaking with various management faculty members left no doubt in my mind that Kelley was a world-class business school that would take me where I wanted to go," says Maloney, who is originally from Redondo Beach, California. "They have packed the building full of some of the most talented and inspiring—not to mention renowned—faculty in the world.”
The “West Coast kid” traveled from Washington to Indiana, where, just a year into the program, he has earned a seat at the decision-making table: Maloney now routinely discusses trends with leaders in the life sciences industry through his involvement in the Academy PLUS Life Sciences Initiative and presents his ideas to executives from the Dean’s Advisory Council. “Now, instead of being nervous, I’m excited to share my ideas,” he says.
Kelley enables Maloney to focus on strategy (within the management major) and finance, the two aspects of business that interest him most. “Through a kind of internal consulting, my career gave me a love of all things strategy. But even the best strategic idea needs legs to stand on. Finance provides this underpinning.”
Maloney credits his real-world knowledge to Kelley faculty. “The faculty members are experts in their fields, they care about the students, and they bring the real world into their classes almost daily.”
He is particularly inspired by Professor Idie Kesner, chair of the management department. “Through her endless involvement and drive to help students become better thinkers, she has shaped the strategic spirit of countless MBAs,” he says. “She’s taught me to push harder in everything I do.”
Maloney plans to continue his work in the life sciences, and Kelley has expanded his opportunities for growth in the field. Kelley’s Office of Graduate Career Services helped him find a summer position at Pfizer. Through his involvement in the Academy PLUS Life Sciences Initiative, Maloney was introduced to professionals from the major players in the industry, such as Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Abbott, and Boston Scientific.
And now that Kelley has turned him into a “useful, resourceful, and sought-after business professional,” Maloney meets these major players with the self-assurance of a professional who’s ready to drive business decisions.
“The lessons I’ve learned here and the skills I have acquired will be in my toolkit for the rest of my life. Kelley has taught me two important things, among many: the skills I need to thrive in the top companies in the world—and the knowledge base on which to continue to expand my skills, even outside the classroom, for the rest of my life.”