College: Baruch College, Bachelor of Business Administration
Major/Minor: Finance / French, International Business, Honors in New York City Studies
Summer Internship: Merrill Lynch
Interests: Traveling, reading, social entrepreneurship, service, cooking, international business
When I tell others that my one-week experience at SVMP changed my life, I often get incredulous faces. In the summer of 2008, I had the opportunity and the honor to participate in SVMP. It was a transformational experience and one of the highlights of my undergraduate years.
In just one week, I learned valuable lessons in leadership, passion, social responsibility, failure and relationships from both my professors and my peers. Learning through the case study method was new for me. Never before in my undergraduate coursework had I learned this way. Fourteen case studies allowed me to challenge my analytical skills and make complex business decisions under pressure. Some of our professors even wrote the cases we studied! Who better than the case authors themselves to answer our questions?
One of the most important lessons in leadership that I took away was in active listening and participation. In the classroom, we were not allowed to raise our hands until the person speaking was done. We had to listen before making our own judgments. Participation is not only in what you say but also in how you listen, and leaders have a great responsibility in listening to those around them.
I left HBS with long lasting friendships and a renewed sense of self and purpose. That is why I am actively involved with the SVMP Alumni Association. It gives me a chance to continuously build upon my SVMP relationships and contribute to the success of a program that gave me so much.