The passion and energy Jamie Patterson brings to her career and community have been noticed.

Jamie Patterson

Jamie Patterson
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Patterson, who leads career services and the student experience for Clemson’s MBA program, has been named to Greenville Business Magazine’s 2016 Best & Brightest 35 and Under. She was one of 36 young professionals selected from more than 120 nominees. Candidates were judged on the impact they’ve made in the Greater Greenville area through professional achievement and volunteer engagement.

In her MBA program role, Jamie provides career development from the time a master’s candidate enters the program until they are employed. In her six years with the program, she’s helped contribute to the program’s 90 percent placement rate of graduates. She also teaches MBA classes in career management and business communications.

Given her position focuses on producing the next generation of business leaders, Jamie’s workdays are consumed by improving students’ interview and resume writing skills, developing their personal brand, and building relationships with potential employers and mentors, including alumni. “Everything I do is designed to set up students for success,” she said.

A native of Pittsburgh, she did her undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and received her MBA from Seton Hill University in Greenburg, Penn.

“The energy and commitment Jamie brings to Clemson’s MBA program carries over to the community,” said Greg Pickett, senior associate dean and director of MBA programs. “Clemson is fortunate to have Jamie on its team as are the Greenville organizations she supports in her pursuits outside the office.”

A mother of two daughters, Jamie gives of what free time she has to a number of non-profit organizations in the Greenville area. She is actively involved in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Pulse Young Professionals, an organization that focuses on social and leadership development, and she devotes time to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate.

She has recently become involved with the National Alzheimer’s Advocate Network, a cause that is very personal to her since her father was recently diagnosed.

“Giving back to the community was instilled in me at an early age,” Jamie said. “It was a part of how was I raised. My parents always helped out in the community while I was growing up. As an adult, I’ve tried to find organizations and causes that I was passionate about and where I could make a difference.”

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