April Advisor Spotlight: Emily Yttri
Emily Yttri is this month’s spotlight. Emily, a Chicago native, has lived in Nashville
for 17 years. She came to TN to study at Vanderbilt University where she completed
her undergraduate degree in Human and Organizational Development and her graduate
degree in Organizational Leadership. Emily is currently working towards completing
her MS in Information Systems with a concentration in Business Analytics in our own
Jones College of Business.
Emily has been an advisor with the Jones College of Business at MTSU for 5 ½ years.
Her favorite part about working at MTSU is getting to know the students. Emily says,
“I admire all that our students are able to juggle, from academics to work to extracurriculars.
I enjoy helping them identify their goals as well as the steps they need to take to
Emily completed the Dale Carnegie Certification training and taught over 150 students
Jones College’s BUS 3000 course, Dale Carnegie Communications and Human Relations
Seminar. Her dedication to teaching the BUS 3000 curriculum was recognized in 2019
when she was awarded MTSU Outstanding Dale Carnegie Trainer for 2018-2019.
When asked what mantra she lives by Emily says that as a Dale Carnegie instructor,
it’s only fitting to quote him: “If you are not in the process of becoming the person
you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want
Dedication to Her Craft
Emily presented numerous times at NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising.
She presented throughout the US and abroad in Dublin, Ireland speaking on topics on
engaging students through relational advising and developing a first-year business
student seminar. She was instrumental in developing and executing events like Lunch
on Us, Pop In, Perk Up and Bounce Out. Along with a team of business advisors, she
co-created BUS 1000: Introduction to Jones College, an important course for business
students who need guidance in determining their field of study.
Advice for Students
Emily’s advice for students for first-year students is, “Be intentional about how
you choose to spend your time. This is the first real chance you have to dictate everything
about your schedule from your personal life to your academics. Make it count!” Her
advice for students in their last semester at MTSU is to savor this time and make
memories. She says, “Also, if you haven’t secured a job yet, make use of the great
career resources here at MTSU such as the Career Development Center, IGNITE events
and your faculty advisor.”