“As soon as I learned about the Capella Business Leader Award, I was inspired to become one of them. This award validates you on a different level. I have many more chapters of my life to go, so look for me, I’ll be out there making you proud.”  Michelle Price-Johnson, 2016 Capella Business Leader Award winner

“These winners represent the DNA of Capella University, and what we strive to be every day. Every time I meet learners like them, I am so proud of leading our mission for open access to adult students, giving them the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.” Barbara Butts Williams, Capella University Executive Dean, External Relations and Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, Business

In November 2016, Capella University announced the recipients of its 2nd annual Capella Business Leader Award, in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal. The award is bestowed on students enrolled in one of the university’s online business programs who demonstrate ambition, academic excellence, and a comprehensive understanding of today’s business environment.

The three winners are:

  • Olusegun Awoyemi, BS in Business, Finance Specialization
  • Sasha Green, MBA , Entrepreneurship Specialization
  • Michelle Price-Johnson, PhD in Business Management

The winners visited New York City, where they toured The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, participated in a leadership development session led by Dow Jones Talent Development, and enjoyed a dinner cruise around Manhattan.


Besides the value of visiting America’s financial center, the recognition itself struck an important chord with each of the winners. Awoyemi, who works as an operations manager for US Bank, noted the importance of the award to him: “So much has changed in the second half of my life. This will increase my intellectual capacity and integrity and allow me to be a better representative of Capella University.”

For Green, the co-founder of HealthCHEC Technologies, Inc., the award validates a journey that she began with some trepidation. “I was going through a tough time in my life when I began the degree, but Capella came in and gave me drive—something to look forward to,” Green shares. “I used to be afraid of business, afraid of the business world, and didn’t feel totally capable of being a business leader. So when I received this award, it was not only a sign that I’d convinced myself that I could be a business leader, I’d convinced others.”

Price-Johnson is a leadership consultant and coach at Leading in Life who sees the award as the icing on an even bigger cake. “I was always an undercover academic,” she says. “I had wanted to go back to school, but I had given up the idea of getting my PhD because I couldn’t see how I could stop my work life. Capella saw me through it.”

Capella’s collaboration with The Wall Street Journal began in early 2015 with the common goals of expanding students’ knowledge of business, strategy, leadership, finance, and economics. Business students and faculty have full access to content at WSJ.com, plus access to Wall Street Journal workshops and webinars at no additional cost.


Learn more about Capella’s online business programs.

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