Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Tenacious
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I studied International Health in college and have worked in healthcare since I graduated. I started my career by helping to implement and operationalize an innovative model of primary care across several clinics serving low-income communities in the Boston Area. For the past year I’ve been working in the tech industry and developing my programming skills.
I’m from the US but have been hopping on planes to fly somewhere new pretty much since I could walk. I was trying to decide between getting an MBA and spending the next year (or more) abroad, when I realized it might be possible to do both! I really agreed with SBS’s values and mission and felt like it would be a great fit for my goals and background.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
By the time I graduated college, I knew I was very passionate about healthcare, but I wasn’t sure where I could contribute most and how I wanted to shape my career. As I volunteered at conferences, read up on the industry and met many people in the space, I realized that I was really interested in the business and innovation side of healthcare and an MBA would help me create impact in a meaningful way. Before the MBA, I got on-the-ground operational experience, took programming classes, developed my domain expertise and focused on skills I wouldn’t get through business school. This way, I could bring together these experiences with an MBA and hit the ground running after I graduated.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I want understand how to build and grow sustainable business models out of innovative ideas. Aside from gaining a core set of technical skills, I’m excited to get exposed to new ideas and perspectives and build a strong network of people wanting to make an impact.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
The best advice I received was to get an MBA when I knew why I needed it and when it felt like a natural next step. I took some time after first considering the MBA to really be sure I knew what I wanted out of business school. When it clicked, I knew exactly why I wanted to go and everything fell into place nicely.
Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?
Living somewhere new, being back in the school environment in the company of smart, motivated peers, getting to explore Oxford’s rich culture, traveling around England and Europe and having more skills to make an impact.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Distilling down what I want out of the next year, because there is so much happening around Oxford and no real wrong answers.
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I want to move more broadly into the social impact space to work alongside social entrepreneurs to grow and invest in their ideas. I believe that a deep understanding of business principles only strengthens innovation ideas in healthcare and beyond.
Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
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