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Sheila Burkett

Sheila Burkett Partner
Spry Digital
B.S.B.A. with an emphasis in MIS, 1989

Sheila is co-owner of Tuxedo Park Management with her husband, Steven. She is responsible for all business operations, including web development and marketing.

Prior to starting her own business, Sheila was a partner at Edward Jones with over twenty years of experience in their Information Systems division. Her experience is primarily in software maintenance, design and development but also includes project management, strategic planning, IS general controls and infrastructure management.

Sheila has her bachelors degree from UMSL with an emphasis in MIS. She also received an EMBA from Washington University in 1999. She is currently on the Craft Alliance board, St. Louis SCCA Club Racing committee, the St. Louis Panhellenic Alumnae Association and an active member of the Delta Zeta Alumnae.

We sat down with Sheila and asked her some questions.
  • Why did you decide to come to UMSL?
           I grew up in a small town (Elsberry, MO) and going to UMSL was a big deal. It was also still close to home.
  • Why did you pursue a career in information systems?
           I began working at Edward Jones as a technical and software support person the same week I started college. My management encouraged me to take IS courses.
  • What college classes did you find most useful to your career?
           COBOL, Systems Analysis and Systems Design
  • If you were in college today, what courses would you take?
           Java, Telecommunications and Security
  • How did you continue your education after your first degree?
           Edward Jones offered to send me through Washington Universities EMBA program.
  • How did you find your first job?
           I worked part-time at Edward Jones while attending college. That led to a full-time position during my senior year.
  • In what non-academic activities did you participate in college that you would recommend to others (and why)?
           I joined Delta Zeta sorority my first semester. I continue to be an active Delta Zeta alumnae and feel it provided many leadership opportunities I otherwise wouldn't have pursued.
  • How would you change your career if you had it to do all over again?
           At this point, I wouldn't have changed my career.
  • What advice would you give to someone just starting in the field?
           Develop a love for learning and continue to grow. Never feel that there is anything beneath you and always be willing to do the work of people you lead.
  • Look into your crystal ball. What do you see changing in the IS field in the future?
           More IS professionals will be non-technical and more leaders, analyst and designers.
  • If you would like to ask Sheila a question, you can email her at saburkett at yahoo.com.

     


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