What Do Our Graduates Say?

Leslie Lopez

I started my career in the hospitality field which was my first love before realizing my passion for helping others better themselves through learning and development. It was then that I decided to pursue my Master’s in Organizational Learning and Leadership. The completion of my master’s opened the door for me to enter the Human Resources field. The degree I earned from Barry University effectively opening the door for an easier transition. A feat much less likely to be obtained without a Graduate Degree.

As with any master’s Degree, the degree obtained gave me a specialized knowledge of the field and enhanced my expertise, giving me credibility to those already in the field. A master’s degree may not teach you everything you will ever need to know but it does equip you to learn continuously; develop high level researching, and professionalize your writing skills.

Paramount to the knowledge gained and the advancement opportunities conveyed through my degree is the network accessed by obtaining my degree through the local arm of Barry University. Making the choice to pursue my degree at the physical location put me in class with professionals within the field locally, who have proven to be a great resources for market research, professional development and employment opportunities.

Leslie Lopez M.S.
Human Resources Manager at Atlanits Bahamas


Oscar E. Arias, M.S.

When I enrolled in the program, I worked as a corporate trainer for Fortune 100 companies. I wanted a Master’s degree that would enhance my role as a learning professional in the workplace.
Every class and assignment in this program had a professional purpose backed by scientific research. I felt it was a perfect way to close the gap between where I was and where I wanted to be personally and professionally. As a practitioner in corporate learning, I had the desire to expand my knowledge base and skill sets. This is exactly what this program helped me with. It is a great fit for someone who is passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations succeed.

Oscar E. Arias, M.S.
Chief Learning Officer & Doctoral Candidate at University of Pennsylvania


Gabriella M. Tammero, M.S.

Shortly after making the decision to start a career within Human Resources, I enrolled in the Human Resource Development (MS) program at Barry University. I can say with absolute confidence that this is the best decision I have made, to date. The time spent in the program broadened my knowledge and skills in communication, talent management, and organizational design. Additionally, I had the fortune of building strong relationships with my peers, professors, and other talented members in the Organization Development (OD) industry. I currently contract my services as an OD specialist to Carnival Cruise Lines, and I have no doubt that I owe a large portion of my success to the program and its dedicated faculty members.

Gabriella M. Tammero, M.S.
Organizational Development Specialist Carnival Cruise Lines


April Pagan, M.S.

Since graduating from the Human Resource Development (MS) program at Barry University, opportunities have presented themselves, and doors have opened. I always believed I was a born leader, but the program has enhanced my leadership and communication skills in and outside of the workplace. Shortly after graduation, I relocated to Southeast Georgia, where I was offered a consultant role, with the Department of Defense. In just 8 months, I was promoted to a managerial position, overseeing 5 employees. The program has provided me with the foundation I needed in order to be the successful change agent that I am today. If it was not for the program, I do not know where I would be today.

April Pagan, M.S.
Department of Defense Contractor


James Ronaldson

After deciding to pursue a career in Human Resources, it became incredibly important to me to learn as much as I could about the best methods to utilize with adult learners. I've always wanted a profession that focused on the betterment of those around me. Therefore, cultivating the most effective teaching practices became vital to me. The better I learned the lessons taught at Barry, the more I'd be able to help those around me when I began my career. Barry University taught me those lessons and many other valuable skills in spades.

By nature, a career in Human Resources requires a vast array of skills and knowledge sets. I was initially very skeptical that any program would adequately prepare me for the diverse array of skills I'd have to use on a daily basis. However, I could not have been more wrong. The program emphasized a comprehensive look at the field, utilizing both theoretical lessons and situations. These lessons plans were firmly grounded in imparting practical knowledge that would best prepare us for our careers.

Additionally, the program provided exposure to a number of programs in the Miami area that would be ideally geared for our profession. Groups like Toastmasters and the Association for Talent Development not only additional learning opportunities, but also enabled our class to establish connections with professionals already in the field. This is just one example of the depth of education at Barry University provides!

James Ronaldson


Xavier Valdes

I always knew that I wanted to work with people in organizations, and more specifically I wanted to learn ways of motivating and training adult learners to be the best they can be within an organization and in life. Motivating and inspiring others is my passion, so this program fit well for me.

I chose Barry because I was looking for a small University feel that gave me the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with my professors, in return I knew this would help me grow, learn and further develop my career.

I feel very confident about what I'm doing thanks to the education I've received from my professors and advisor. I'm proud to say that the program has delivered and educated me beyond my expectations and I feel very confident about what I'm doing and where I want to go with this career.

I've actually had the opportunity to use what I've learned and start training new individuals in the organization that I'm working for now. It's been a great experience so far and a lot that I've learned I've been able to use at work.

Xavier Valdes


Byron Lee

The eighteen months that I spent in the program helped to enhance my understanding of the trainer’s role in an organization, why it is imperative to develop human capital, and the advantages of leveraging relationships. The program helps to highlight the need for trainers in organizations today and equips students with the tools necessary to become effective trainers. In applying theory and practice, I have had the opportunity to work with Starboard Cruise Services where I gained valuable insight on the role and effectiveness of training and development, and its impact on the success of the company.

Developing human capital is the underlining focus of this program where my classes were geared towards understanding how investing in employees' training and education contributes to a better return on investment for employers because the right people are trained for the right jobs. As far as leveraging relationships, this program provided me with a platform to meet and network with people that are already working in the field. The program allowed me to have a better understanding of the different functions of Human Resource Development and how it fits into the big picture of any organization. I used the opportunities provided to solicit advice and feedback about ways to improve myself. Overall, my journey was memorable; my classmates and professors were always supportive and ready and willing to accommodate me whenever necessary.

Byron Lee


Geralda Vastey

As someone who is interested in the inner workings of human relations, organizational performance, and training & development, the program provided me with the necessary tools to launch my career. The program has exceedingly surpassed my educational expectations, and it has broadened my horizon and my personal attitude in how organizational performance works and the concept of self-direction.

My practical experiences through the program helped me apply the various theories learned in class and most importantly, to make sense of my career plan - especially for someone who has never worked in the field of human resources. I worked with the Municipal of Biscayne Park Police Department in Florida and developed the employees' policy manuals, leave manuals, and updated the Department's hazardous and flood evacuation and procedure plan.

I also had the opportunity to work with the Broward County Aviation Department in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I co-designed and delivered customer service training to approximately 300 employees varying from security to operations and maintenance. This particular experience was far beyond what I anticipated when I began this program and has helped me in designing my future career path.

Geralda Vastey


Melesia Webster-Adderley, M.S.

This program was exceptional and definitely worth it. The courses within the program have challenged and shaped me to become more innovative and self-directed with my own learning. All of the professors are caring, and I truly enjoyed the small class sizes, which gave that one-to-one opportunity with the professor – you are not just a number in this program!

Melesia Webster-Adderley


Corina Velasquez, M.S.

My experience as a graduate student in this program was amazing, to say the least. I was continually challenged to be creative, dynamic, and innovating in each of my classes. The coursework specifically, was of particular interest to me as I prepared to enter the training and development world. I feel that all of the professors made an impact in my life as each delivered in a different style and expertise.

I have flourished this past year and a half as I have fine-tuned many of my social and interpersonal skills to align with the dynamics of this program. My graduate experience at Barry thus far has been extremely successful, and I am thankful to the faculty for putting together such an excellent program for working adult students like me.

Corina Velasquez