Dr. Toyosi Aiyelabola
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: A mum, a medical doctor, a businesswoman and an aspiring leader
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Fun Fact About Yourself: I pride myself on becoming a self-taught chef. I love cooking and learning about food from different cultures.
Undergraduate School and Major: College of Medicine, University of Lagos. Nigeria. Medicine and Surgery
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Lagos State Ministry of Health, (Medical officer) Johnson and Johnson,( National Sales & Marketing Manager, Medical Devices), 3M Nigeria, (Sales Manager, Health Care Business)
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: It would be being a mum while pursuing a career in sales and marketing and achieving solid results at work while giving my son all the time and energy needed.
Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? You should definitely understand why a business school is important at the point you decide to apply and be sure why you are deciding on a particular school. Once you are clear on these two points, telling your story is easy. You should have fun writing your essays, which I think is one of the most important aspects of the application as it gives visibility into who you are in ways the other parts of the application don’t. Give yourself time to reflect before putting down your story.
What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? Once the location was decided, choosing Rotman was easy. Rotman is the number one business school in Canada! In my research, it was not just this top ranking. It is also truly global with almost 40 countries represented in a class. After interacting with alumni and visiting the school with the pink wide stairway, I was home!
Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? My dream job will be one where I am working in strategy with a company where I can add value by leveraging my experience working as an integral member of different teams both in clinical medicine and also in the health care business industry.
What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I will like them to describe me as a friend and not just a classmate who shared this amazing MBA experience with them.