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    Monday, September 30, 2013

    Drexel Spotlight: Samantha Ortiz

    September 30, 2013

    In a roomful of MBA students looking hesitant and perhaps a bit out of place, Samantha Ortiz jumps up when the tango instructor asks for a volunteer. While Ortiz is charged with ensuring that all 44 MBA students benefit from a well-planned residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina, demonstrating the tango is not part of her job description. But Ortiz doesn’t hesitate.

    Following the impressive demonstration, the instructor says in his thick accent, “You’re a dan-cer!”

    At least she used to be.


    As a youngster, Ortiz, now LeBow’s assistant director of online programs, was destined for the stage. She performed in regional theater, appeared on commercials and TV soap operas and was Broadway-bound until she had a change of heart in college. 

    Deciding on a more stable career, Ortiz eventually made her way to Drexel, where she began a stint in LeBow’s Decision Sciences department. She reported to the late Tom Hindelang, the well-loved vice dean who was serving as the interim department head.

    “Dr. Hindelang and I worked in different buildings, but he made it a point to meet with me twice a week,” Ortiz says. “He never spoke about the work of the day but talked to me about my future. He encouraged me to go back to school. He was always so joyful and had a great attitude. I wanted to go to work every day with a smile on my face, just like he did. He was an inspiration.”

    With encouragement and a bit of delicate prodding from Hindelang, Ortiz embarked on her master’s in higher education at Drexel. Soon after, she learned of an opportunity working with graduate online programs at LeBow. 

    “The position was a way to put into practice what I was learning in school. The timing couldn’t have been better.”

    To read the full interview, please visit LeBow’s newsroom by clicking here

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