Tell us about your role at HBS.
There are two main aspects of my role at HBS — one is to assist MBA students with their job searches and career planning, and the other is to aid companies in their recruiting efforts. I focus on international careers and engage primarily with students interested in roles in Asia. I also serve as the office liaison for the investment banks that seek to hire HBS talent. I worked in U.S. immigration law for many years before joining HBS so I provide basic immigration guidance to our international students who are planning long-term careers in the United States.
Are there any trends you are seeing in Asia?
I recently returned from a visit to Hong Kong where finance has traditionally been the primary industry. While that is generally still the case, I am seeing a growing number of start-ups, often in the fin-tech space, as more of the local population is exploring entrepreneurship. I believe that this is because the city is at an interesting time. In the 1980s and 1990s, it served as a gateway to China for foreign companies. Today, these companies are moving their operations to Mainland China, with back offices only in Hong Kong, so the city is reinventing itself. There have also been recent efforts among the civic leaders to offer incentives to encourage new industries to grow, and that is one of the reasons we are seeing a growing number of entrepreneurs in a place that had traditionally not been a haven for entrepreneurs.
Tell us about the work that you do with the Summer Fellows program.
In addition to my student coaching and corporation relations work, I manage the HBS Summer Fellows Program. This is a unique fellowship program in which HBS provides financial assistance to students for summer internships so they can apply their classroom training to explore career opportunities in roles or regions where compensation is generally lower than the traditional MBA level. This program gives students the freedom to realize their unique career visions without being limited by the compensation levels of certain opportunities, regardless of industry or location. For the summer of 2016, more than 250 students qualified for funding.
Tell us a fun fact.
I am an amateur cellist with a passion for chamber music. I’ve played the cello for more than 40 years, and while I used to be an active free-lancer in orchestras around Boston, I now prefer the more intimate setting of playing chamber music with friends!