Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Thoughtful
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I am from the U.S. and grew up in small-town Iowa. Over the past decade, I’ve lived in New York City, São Paulo, Seoul, Bangalore, and Houston, Texas. I am completing my medical doctorate at the Baylor College of Medicine and am a research fellow at Baylor Global Initiatives, focusing on technology used for enhancing global surgery and orthopedics. Prior to Baylor, I was a Vice President in Finance at Goldman Sachs specialising in financial risk analytics. My primary goal is to become both a technically skilled and innovative orthopedic surgeon, drawing from my expertise in technology, business, engineering, and social impact.
Oxford and I share a common vision in that we want to create, inspire, and lead in a global setting, being able to see and drive change. I am coming to Oxford to learn both from the course and my future classmates, open myself up to a wider set of influences, and combine healthcare, engineering, and finance by bridging innovation from initial vision to final impact.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
As I am interested in global impact, I have been reading from thought leaders in Social Entrepreneurship, namely Muhammed Yunus and Richard Branson, as well as connecting with Oxford alumni in healthcare. I will also join the Oxford Orthopedic research group, NDORMS, for the year focusing on biomechanics and clubfoot reconstruction.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I hope to attain a broader, more refined skill set to become a leader in healthcare, as well as developing meaningful relationships with the future leaders across the globe. I will develop tools for leadership to orchestrate team-based care throughout the healthcare practice as a thought leader and innovator.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
The best advice I have received was to never to stop learning and to ask yourself what you can do better. I firmly believe that if you are not learning from your mistakes, you are not developing as both a professional and as a human being, and missing unique opportunities to grow.
Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to taking advantage of all that Saïd Business School and more broadly the university has to offer. Oxford affords a tremendous amount of academic knowledge, and I feel immensely privileged to be able to join the programme and to study at Oxford.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Time management, achieving all that I want to achieve, and balancing interests in business, healthcare, and sport will be quite challenging as part of the programme. Finding a careful balance in between taking everything in, staying productive and healthy, and working on my future career path as a surgeon is a thrilling challenge.
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I chose Oxford for its expertise in responsible business and its leadership in social entrepreneurship, in addition to its opportunities in healthcare globally. I believe SBS has a unique approach by integrating responsible business directly into its programme across a range of remarkably talented and unique individuals. I hope to learn from the course, my future classmates and work practically on the positive change I can effect.
Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I plan to join the Oxford University Lacrosse team in sport this coming year, as well as collaborating closely with the Oxford University Global Surgery Group and NDORMS on global healthcare initiatives.
Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
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