Employment Relations Director, Aramark
Hometown: Niles, Ohio
Undergraduate: Kent State University
Major: Bachelor’s degree in general studies and M.B.A, both from Kent
Megan Donaghey's first professional experience was at the happiest place on Earth. After a six-month college internship running a 3D movie at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., she returned for an eight-month stint in the college program office. The job had its perks, including roller coaster rides and dinner at Epcot's smorgasbord of international cuisines.
"It's like a pinch-me kind of thing," she says. "You can't believe you live there."
The experience laid the groundwork for a more than decade-long career at Aramark, an international company that manages food, janitorial, recreation and other services at locations such as stadiums and colleges. An evening student at McGeorge School of Law, Donaghey envisions a career in employment law.
The Ohio native earned a bachelor's degree in general studies and an M.B.A with a concentration in human resources at Kent State. She started working at Aramark as a human resources supervisor immediately after graduation. She now is the senior compliance manager for the company's domestic businesses, where she keeps tabs on changing federal and state employment laws and translates them into laymen's terms for the company's managers. She also oversees hiring. After losing two promotions because she lacked a law degree,
Donaghey decided to pursue a J.D. At McGeorge, she won a student government seat representing her class, a position she will keep during the 2014-2015 school year. Outside class, the stepmother to two teenage girls started a dog-sitting business in 2013.
"My house always has lots of fun, furry pets running around," she says. "It helps me keep my sanity."
The best part about McGeorge, she says, is the close-knit feeling among students. "McGeorge is competitive," she says, "but in a way that is positive and in a way that we can support each other and build each other up."
Megan is a member of the Wine Law Society and Alternative Dispute Resolution Club. She was also selected for the inaugural McGeorge Negotiations Competition team for its inaugural 2014-2014 year.