WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB AT HBS? 

ALEX: My day job at HBS is working in Operations with the Campus Service team.  Our group overseas all the room requests and spaces on campus and all of the events that take place within those spaces.  We work with all groups on campus, whether it be students, faculty or staff and I work particular close with the Executive Education programs for room setups and any other support their teams might need to ensure their programs go off without any issues.

JANE: I am a member of the MBA Admissions Outreach Team. I work with RC and EC Admissions Ambassadors to host class visits, campus tours, information sessions, and a variety of activities for both prospective students and newly admitted students. I provide admissions counseling for prospective students. I also plan and support myriad outreach events throughout the year.  

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A PROGRAM MANAGER BEFORE?

ALEX: Yes, I was a Program Manager last year in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 

JANE: I am very fortunate to be able to say that this is my fourth time being a Program Manager. My first was in 2013 on an Immersive Field Course (IFC) to China. Subsequent trips have been Field Global Immersions to New Delhi, India in 2014 and Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015.

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

ALEX: While I interact with students in my day to day job, it really allows you to get to know the students and faculty better.  There are a lot of people that do not interact with students on a daily basis, so to have that opportunity really makes you feel a part of the HBS community. 

JANE: A favorite part of the work I do for Admissions is to collaborate with RC and EC students to attract and yield the most outstanding prospective students for the next MBA class. I love getting to know our MBA students and to hear of their plans and dreams. For me, the role of Program Manager is an extension of this work but in a very fun place!   

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO LEARN IN YOUR FGI LOCATION? 

ALEX: I hope to learn more about Africa as a continent. 

JANE: I have always wanted to go to Africa! I am looking forward to meeting the people, experiencing the color and beauty of Tanzania, and to learning all that I can during our time there.  

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT? 

ALEX: I cannot travel without my cellphone, especially when serving as a Program Manager.

JANE: Comfortable shoes.

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

ALEX: I went to Sydney, Australia in college as part of a study abroad program which was easily my favorite place.  Everything about Australia was awesome from the people to the night life to the scenery.

JANE: I worked internationally for Trans World Airlines for more than 15 years. In traveling the world, I have found something wonderful in each place I have visited.

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

ALEX: (1) Fun, (2) Interested, and (3) Adventurous.

JANE: (1) Curious, (2) Open, and (3) Engaged.

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

ALEX: I love Anna’s Taqueria and I am convinced that if you order in Spanish they give you more in your burrito so I would have to go with Spanish just for that reason! 

JANE: I think French is a beautiful language and I love the passion in Italian.