Meet Oxford Saïd’s MBA Class Of 2018

Conor Healy

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Passionate storyteller dedicated to fighting climate change and promoting sustainable development.

Hometown: Newark, NY – USA

Fun Fact About Yourself: I was named after the main character in Leon Uris’s novel Trinity.

Undergraduate School and Major:  The University of Chicago, B.A. in English Language and Literature

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:  All of these jobs were in Los Angeles, where I was living and working for seven years as I simultaneously pursued a career as a professional screenwriter:

Studio 8 (Film and TV studio) – Coordinator, Business Affairs

Storied Media Group (Film and TV literary management and production company) – Coordinator

Stiletto Entertainment (Music management company) – Assistant to President & CEO, then promoted to New Artist Manager

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: In 2015 I sold one of my screenplays to Relativity Studios. Although the project eventually died when Relativity later went bankrupt, it was the culmination of years of hard work and perseverance, and it validated all of those efforts. 

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? Talk to as many current students and recent alumni as you can from every school you are considering. Do this before you apply. Even if you don’t know any alumni personally, reach out to the school and they can put you in touch with people. It’s essential to have a first-hand perspective on a program before you apply. This will help you understand the program better and help you articulate why it’s the best fit for you on your application, or it may even help you realize you don’t want to apply to that school at all.

This advice applies to the entire application process, including the interview. Stay true to who you are and why YOU want to go to business school. Don’t try to shape your story into one you think the admissions committee will want to hear. If you don’t really want to go into I-banking or consulting, don’t pretend like you do. Always be honest and straightforward about your strengths, weaknesses, passions, and ambitions. Be yourself. Embrace your differences and let them shine through. If a school doesn’t respond to what you have to offer, that’s okay. It’s probably for the best because that school probably won’t be the best fit for you anyway.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? Saïd’s focus on social impact made it the perfect fit culturally and programmatically, based on my personal values and career aspirations.

My career ambitions to promote renewable energy and sustainable development perfectly align with Saïd’s mission to transform industries and society by solving world-scale problems.  Climate change is the most severe threat facing humanity. Thus, renewable energy and sustainable development won’t merely transform society; they will protect its very existence.

Furthermore, the emphasis on social impact permeates every aspect of Oxford Saïd, from the coursework to the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Making social impact a central tenet of the school creates a culture that attracts faculty and students who share those values, and those are the people with whom I wanted to learn and grow. The program truly offers the perfect environment in which I can lay the foundation for my future career.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Oxford Saïd’s MBA is a one-year program, so securing a job I’m proud to have, one in which my daily work helps quantifiably reduce carbon emissions on this planet, would be a real success.  However, because I’m making a radical career pivot, I know it won’t be easy and I might not get my dream job right off the bat. But that’s okay, because really, I feel like I’ve already succeeded.  I get to spend the next year at one of the most intellectually stimulating places on the planet, developing relationships with incredibly diverse and impressive classmates, self-reflecting, and honing my professional skills. I am going to relish this journey and not take it for granted.