Why was earning your MBA at HBS important to you?
After a few years in Finance, I learned that career success and passion don’t always go hand in hand. I also felt that my experience base was very industry-specific. So more than just wanting to transition careers, I wanted to acquire a broader business knowledge both quickly and deeply to avoid a narrow career path. Attending HBS enabled me to do both in a way no other opportunity would have. It not only allowed me to explore different paths, but gave me the foundational knowledge to succeed wherever I went.
How did your overall HBS experience shape your goals & career path?
I left HBS aiming high and working hard – HBS sends you off both empowered and confident. In one of our final LEAD classes in RC that the professors shared alumni stories with us – a few of these, in particular, stood out because they talked about the sacrifices alumni had made to reach their goals. Years later, the lessons learned from those stories have made me more confident in creating my own career path: taking time off for my family, working part-time in different capacities, considering full-time work. I’ve had the ability to change my goals to suit my priorities – which right now are more family-centric than career-centric. My HBS experience gave me a broader set of career and life options than I would have had otherwise, and I feel confident in future opportunities as my priorities constantly evolve.
What have you most enjoyed about your career thus far?
The diversity of experiences I’ve had. I never would have anticipated that working in Marketing would also give me such rich experiences in Finance, Manufacturing, Research & Development, Operations, Sales, and (my favorite) Consumer Research. Nor did I anticipate that it would take me to Europe and Asia, and across the United States. And I definitely couldn’t have foreseen that it would give me the skills to transition to a B2B, start-up, tech company. And yet here I am.