earning your MBA at HBS important to you?
I love my engineering background, but my
long-term goals of senior management and running my own company necessitated
that I learn how to make sound business decisions. While you can learn finance
or accounting basics anywhere, the true value of the HBS classroom experience
is in the lessons on general management (how to make complex personnel or
“gray-area” decisions). Additionally, I wanted to come to HBS to learn from my
classmate’s diverse experiences and perspectives. HBS students are great at
sharing their incredible professional and personal stories in a way that forces
you to challenge your preconceived beliefs. HBS cultivates an environment of
openness that truly allows for self-exploration and personal growth.
How has your
overall HBS experience shaped your goals & career path?
I never saw myself on the private equity side of
the energy industry, but the HBS experience and my interactions with fellow
classmates coming from that background have really shown me how private equity
firms have the unique ability to create tremendous value while also shaping the
future of the energy industry as a whole. Further, working in private equity
best prepares and positions me to start my own company if the right opportunity
What are you
most looking forward to in your career?
I have a passion for energy. I love to
create unique solutions that provide the necessary energy that is used to power
the world. I look forward to leveraging my HBS management education and
connections along with my background in engineering to identify and execute on
compelling opportunities in the energy space in a safe and responsible way.
How did HBS
prepare you for your internship and your long-term career?
Coming from an engineering background, HBS provided
me with the business/finance acumen that allowed me to contribute early on in
my summer internship. Additionally, my summer internship opportunity was in
part due to the incredibly powerful HBS network of alumni. Long-term, the HBS
case method style of education has prepared me to effectively take on
leadership and management positions. Learning processes for thinking through
the hardest business decisions will serve me well my entire career.