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Priyanka Dalvi, MBA'11

Priyanka Dalvi

Project Manager/Business Analyst, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc.

"The corporate residency helped me solidify my understanding of the course work at school and functioned as my laboratory to test my knowledge."

Q: What do you do in your current job? What are your responsibilities?

A: I supervise a portfolio of multiple IT projects and manage them through all the phases of software development life cycle. For new strategic and operational projects, I work as a Business Analyst to understand the business requirements and document them. This requires me to work closely with external vendors, third parties and cross functional internal teams.

Q: What skills did you build in the MBA program that you are applying at your current job?

A: Coming from an engineering/ technical background, I needed to understand and develop a managerial mindset. The MBA program taught me key skills for being a successful manager – time management and setting priorities, planning for different projects and tasks, setting milestones and metrics for success, communication and people skills.

Q: How has your MBA helped you at work?

A: The program is perfectly geared to expose students to the academic concepts as well as opportunities to apply it to real life problems via the corporate residency program. The corporate residency helped me solidify my understanding of the course work at school and functioned as my laboratory to test my knowledge. This well-rounded experience made me more confident at work. I was able to take on different challenges and successfully manage them to completion. This helped me gain credibility and trust in order to take on more complex projects.

Q: Why did you choose the D'Amore-McKim MBA?

A: The well reputed and highly recommended corporate residency program was the key factor for choosing the D'Amore-McKim MBA program. The program course work and structure also resonated with what I was looking for in an MBA program.

Q: What was the best thing about your corporate residency?

A: My corporate residency at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care introduced me to the work environment I was looking for—talented and motivated people, great projects to work on, and a place that offers good work-life balance. The best thing about my corporate residency was that it blossomed into a full-time job that I thoroughly enjoy.

Q: What can you do today that you couldn’t do before you started your MBA?

A: After the MBA program, I was better with managing my work by building schedules, planning ahead, and finishing the tasks per expectations. The program also taught me to be a creative thinker and to develop multiple solutions for a single problem. I am more confident professionally and feel comfortable communicating with a variety of people from different functional backgrounds.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

A: Technology-driven, fast-paced work environments stimulate me. In the next five years, I hope to steadily progress toward a middle-level management position in my current company. In ten years time, I see myself playing a key role in defining strategic roadmap for my company and leading efforts to achieve strategic goals.

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