MBA'17, Healthcare Management Concentration
"The Global Projects course taught me that critical thinking, diligent research, and creating an environment where people are not afraid to share ideas are skills that can lead a team to success in any environment."
Q: Where did you do your Global Projects course and what consulting project did you work on?
A: I traveled to Berlin and Hamburg, Germany with Deloitte's Innovation group. My team was tasked with formulating a strategy that would enable Deloitte to capitalize on a market trend with the potential for exponential growth, specifically Additive Manufacturing.
Q: What's your most interesting memory from your Global Projects course?
A: Fortunately we happened to be in Berlin during the German Cup Final, which was held at the 1936 Berlin Olympic stadium. It was incredible to watch the city come alive around the match for the entire weekend to the point where you had to be hard-pressed to find someone not wearing the colors of Borussia Dortmund. A group of us watched the match at a restaurant in town, but to the city's dismay, Borussia Dortmund lost in penalty kicks to Bayern Munich.
Q: What skills did you build in the D'Amore-McKim Global Projects course?
A: The Global Projects course is an accelerated program and requires high-quality and professional work from a group of people who have never worked together. As a team leader, I learned how to motivate a team of unfamiliar people to meet tight deadlines while maintaining a quality product. I also developed an understanding of the delicate balance required to constantly adapt to a fluid project without veering off course.
Q: What impact did the Global Project course have on you?
A: The Global Projects course taught me that critical thinking, diligent research, and creating an environment where people are not afraid to share ideas are skills that can lead a team to success in any environment. At the onset of the project, not a single person on our team was familiar with the assigned topic, but through an iterative process consisting of research, problem solving, and idea generation we were able to produce a high-quality product in only a few short weeks.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how has the Global Projects course contributed to that vision?
A: In five years I see myself as a leader in the healthcare industry as either a consultant or manager at a healthcare provider. The Global Projects course was my first real-world step outside of my original industry (engineering consulting) and taught me that it is possible to achieve success in an unfamiliar industry as long as you take the time to learn about the environment and problems at hand.
Q: What would you say to a prospective student considering D'Amore-McKim for their business degree?
A: From the perspective of a career changer, D'Amore-McKim's MBA will provide you with exposure to a wealth of different perspectives from other students and through experiential learning opportunities. Never is it more important to understand how to work with people from various professional and educational backgrounds than when you are altering your career trajectory, both of which the D'Amore-McKim program exposes students to from day one.
Q: What additional insight do you have for the D'Amore-McKim community?
A: The D'Amore-McKim community is built upon a strong network of individuals who are always willing to offer advice and perspective when needed. The Global Projects course certainly underscores both the breadth and dedication of that network and undoubtedly strengthens its foundation of knowledge.
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