“I am a technology advocate, known extrovert, and have the passion to work towards a health equitable future.”
Hometown: Othello, WA
Fun Fact About Yourself: I know how to keep bees.
Undergraduate School and Major: Eastern Washington University, Business Management
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: D-tree International, Quality Improvement Specialist
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the school’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? W. P. Carey is ranked number 1 in innovation mixed well with my own career goals of going into biotech. The small program was attractive to me because I knew I would get the mentorship I was looking for, time with professors, and skills I need to continue in this field.
Arizona State is renowned for its innovation. How have you seen innovation in the philosophy, curriculum, or researches at W. P. Carey? Everyone in the program collaborates so well with one another. This constant collaboration develops a process whereby getting the best possible solution to a problem comes as second nature. I see the courses being offered as top tier and relevant in today’s business world.
What club or activity excites you most at this school? I am most looking forward to joining W.P. Carey’s LGBT-MBA club, StandOut. As a queer person, I understand the importance of sharing how navigating the workplace is different at times. I look forward to getting to share this perspective with staff, fellow students, and faculty.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Completing my 2-year Peace Corps service. The resilience required to complete something like that is difficult to describe but is something I am very proud of.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? After working in non-profits and international development for the last several years, my passion to work in health equity has remained my driving force. I have worked within many health systems globally and know that strengthening a health system takes strong leadership and lots of time and resources. I am pursuing my MBA to gain the knowledge and skills that will allow me to continue to work in strengthening these health systems and, more specifically, doing this through biotechnology.
What other MBA programs did you apply to? Fuqua School of Business
What was the most challenging question you were asked during the admissions process? What is your 5-year career goal?
What was your defining moment and how did it prepare you for business school? I was working with a team of doctors, software engineers, the Ministry of Health, and the CDC in Zambia to develop a mobile application to support healthcare workers treat Pediatric HIV. The algorithm for the mobile application was developed for nearly a year and provided decision support necessary to treat children and mothers living with and at risk of HIV. It was through this work that I saw the impact that digital solutions and technology can have in providing patients with the necessary services to achieve better health outcomes. This prepared me for business school by knowing my own story. I understand what my motivation is and my goal is to continue this type of work.
What is the most important attribute that you are seeking in an MBA employer? That my own values align with the company and that I am allowed to be openly queer in the workplace.
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