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Kaitlin Thompson

Degree:

MBA

Location:

United States

Industry:

Consulting

Year:

2018-19

By Kaitlin Thompson

Get to know Kaitlin Thompson

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?

Best friend: Thoughtful
Manager: Hardworking

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.

I come to Oxford after four years working in government consulting in Washington, DC. Working at the intersection of the private and public sectors has strengthened my desire to use both sectors’ capabilities to collaboratively solve the world’s most important problems. My time spent living internationally as a child and young adult has helped me see the immense power in diverse communities and motivated me to pursue my MBA at Oxford in one of the most diverse MBA programs in the world.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

I have taken time off this summer to travel, spend time with family and friends, move across the pond, and rejuvenate. I know the upcoming year is going to be busy and full of many opportunities and this “time off” was important for me to reenergize and transition to this new chapter. I have also used this time to reflect on my goals and priorities for the year ahead and further defined my vision of what I hope to do after the MBA through sector and company research.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

I hope to be a well-equipped leader to make a difference in a company and in our world. To do this, I hope to gather skills in the traditional business elements (e.g., accounting, finance, marketing) and strengthen my emotional intelligence, stress management, and decision-making capabilities as well.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

The best advice I have received is to spend time before the MBA defining my priorities and goals. Because the year goes by fast and is full of many SBS and wider Oxford opportunities, it is important to clearly define your goals to help guide your year and chose which opportunities to commit to during the year.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to getting to know and learning from my classmates. I am amazed at the diversity and caliber of my cohort- 317 students from 62 nationalities and each with different personal and professional stories I can learn from.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

I expect the most challenging part of the upcoming year to be balancing the many opportunities in the MBA program and in the wider Oxford community, while staying healthy and happy. There is always something (or 10 things) you can be doing at any one time in Oxford. Making and being okay with the choices I make about spending my time will be challenging because I hate saying no. I look at this challenge as an opportunity as well because life is always full of many choices and you have to say no sometimes!

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

I hope to harness all I learn this year to help a large multinational company have a more positive impact on the world, while still serving its stakeholders and succeeding financially. I particularly see a great opportunity for impact through sustainable supply chain and corporate social responsible initiatives in the food and beverage industry. I believe social impact and profit can both be achieved and hope to contribute to more social responsibility in business.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?

I hope to be involved with the MBA women’s initiatives and the International Business OBN. I also have plans to give rowing a try through my college because why not!

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

#imakeupmyownhashtags. But, really, I love to throw my self-made hashtags into conversations.

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