WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB AT HBS?

JANELLE: I am the Associate Director, Student and Academic Services (SAS) – I oversee the team that manages logistics for FIELD classes in Boston.

TASHA: I’m on the Communications team in GEO and work closely with students to make sure they are prepared to travel for FGI and Immersive Field Courses (IFCs)!

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A PROGRAM MANAGER BEFORE?

JANELLE: I have been a Program Manager before. I’ve travelled with students to Accra, Chongqing, and Istanbul.

TASHA: Yes, I have been a Program Manager in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Johannesburg, South Africa.

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

JANELLE: I love travelling as a Program Manager. The energy and intensity of the Immersion is exciting. Getting to know students and faculty gives context and purpose to the work we do at HBS.

TASHA: In GEO I see the behind the scenes work that goes into making FGI happen. After planning FGI it’s so fun to watch the course happen live alongside the students and faculty. 

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO LEARN IN YOUR FGI LOCATION?

JANELLE: I just look for the unexpected.

TASHA: Maybe I can brush up on my mediocre Spanish speaking skills.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT?

JANELLE: Great walking shoes.

TASHA: My running sneakers! Going on a run is one of my favorite ways to explore a new city.

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

JANELLE: This one is really tough. Can I list a couple of places? Accra for pushing me completely out of my comfort zone; London for the amazing theatre; and Vancouver because it’s just a coastal city.

TASHA: One of my favorite places to travel so far has been Chile. It has amazing wineries, beautiful mountains and incredible food – what’s not to like!?

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

JANELLE: (1) Curious, (2) Wide-eyed, and (3) Anxious (just a wee bit).

TASHA: (1) Open-minded, (2) Hungry and, (3) Organized.  

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

JANELLE: I would speak Spanish – it’s the second most spoken language in the world and I could get by in Italy due to the cognates.

TASHA: Probably Spanish, I always took classes growing up but have never been close to fluent.