WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB AT HBS?

COLETTE: I am Baker Library’s Director of Finance and Enterprise Services – which means I oversee the library’s finances, staffing, communications, operations, and technology that relates to administrative or relationship management.

WALFRED: I am the Assistant Director of Finance and Operations and my job responsibilities include: Operational and Capital budget preparation and tracking, Oversee Accounts payable, Accounts receivable, Financial reporting of major construction projects, oversee well-functioning of services offered on campus, Payroll, Contracts preparation for major vendors, etc.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A PROGRAM MANAGER BEFORE?

COLETTE: No, first time! But I have worked with students in the MBA Program when I oversaw Course Services many years ago.

WALFRED: Yes, I have been so lucky to be able to serve as a Program Manager in Chennai, India; Chongqing, China; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Manila, Philippines. All amazing experiences!

WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT TRAVELING WITH MBA STUDENTS AND FACULTY?

COLETTE: To re-connect with student and faculty objectives and what/how they are now learning, and to see how what they do relates to what Baker currently offers and could offer in the future. 

WALFRED: The most exciting part is being there to support our MBA students and Faculty in this important project. I get to see how our students strive to finish the product and provide their Global Partner companies with fantastic ideas and solutions.  One of the most exciting experiences was when I was able to go and do field work with one of my groups at a bus station in India and see how the buses operate and witness how our students provided them with alternatives on how to sell the tickets and improve services.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO LEARN IN YOUR FGI LOCATION?

COLETTE: I would like to learn more about the culture – the city of Accra, the history of Ghana and slavery on the “Gold Coast”, and the companies with which the students are involved.

WALFRED: Everywhere I go I learn something new about our students and faculty. These experiences are priceless to my professional and personal growth.  I also love to travel to different parts of the globe and learn about their traditions and culture.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT?

COLETTE: Earplugs!

WALFRED: I can’t travel without my cellphone. Now-a-days it is a crucial tool, especially when abroad.

WHERE HAS BEEN YOUR MOST FAVORITE PLACE TO TRAVEL AND WHY?

COLETTE: Greece was amazing because of its unfathomable ancient history; the people, the sky, the sea, the weather. I grew up in Europe and still found it so very different and wonderful.

WALFRED: My favorite place to travel is Antigua, Guatemala where I can find peace and good food while sightseeing and walking through historic streets which are a living reminder of the colonial era.  Walking in Antigua is such a relaxing time for me.  For me it is a place where I can meet awesome people, experience good food, and take part of traditions and culture.

IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A TRAVELER, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

COLETTE: (1) Enthusiastic, (2) Adventurous, and (3) Grumpy-when-tired (at least that's what my kids tell me).

WALFRED: (1) Explorer, (2) Open minded, and (3) Responsible.

IF YOU COULD SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE, WHICH WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

COLETTE: I would like to speak Spanish fluently because so many speak it in the U.S. and it would not be too hard since I speak French (and I am lazy). J

WALFRED: I would like to learn Chinese because I find it fascinating and very challenging.  Currently I speak English, Spanish and French.