WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB AT HBS?

MICHAEL: I’m the Program Coordinator for FIELD. In this role, I work with a small team to manage the complex logistics involved in delivering the FIELD curriculum (FIELD Foundations in the fall and FIELD Global Immersion in the spring) to the RC class. This includes managing content on Canvas, working with the faculty teaching group, responding to student inquiries, collaborating with the GEO team, and running class exercises and simulations.

TAMI: I’m a Coordinator on the Operations team in GEO, which means I help manage the fine details and logistics of FGI and Immersive Field Courses (IFCs).

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A PROGRAM MANAGER BEFORE?

MICHAEL: This is my first time as a Program Manager and I’m excited at the prospect of taking on a new challenge and working with MBA students in a new and dynamic setting.

TAMI: As this is my first year working at HBS, this will also be my first time serving as a Program Manager.  But considering my team does all the trainings for both the IFC and FGI Program Managers, and the fact that Michael works on the FIELD team, we think you’ll be in great hands. We may both be new in this role, but we know the details of FGI quite well! 

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

MICHAEL: I’ve worked closely with MBA students and faculty for a number of years and never cease to be amazed by the creativity, curiosity, and resourcefulness of the community. I’m very excited to see how students work with their Global Partners and how their projects develop over the course of the spring semester.

TAMI: This was truly the reason that brought me to HBS. I was thrilled to see that staff from all different departments were offered the opportunity to travel with the students and really see the value in how enriching a global experience can be.  I can’t wait to see how the FIELD method can give students a deeper understanding of how others work, live, and communicate.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO LEARN IN YOUR FGI LOCATION?

MICHAEL: I’ve always been fascinated by history, so I hope to see as much as I can of the history and culture while in Peru. I’ve also heard tremendous things about the food and the nightlife and I hope to get a taste of both!

TAMI: Not only do I hope to learn more about the history of Peru and Lima, specifically, but I’m also excited to be able to spend time with the RC students and learn more about them and the projects they’ll be working on. 

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT?

MICHAEL: Maps. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m not gifted at making my way around a city without clear directions.

TAMI: Glasses and/or contacts. It’s one of those things you can’t really buy easily if you forget to pack either of them.

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

MICHAEL: I was recently in Barcelona for a week and I fell in love with the city: whether going to an early morning Catalan mass in a gothic cathedral, taking in a game with a massive crowd at Camp Nou, or walking through the maze-like streets of the Barri Gòtic late at night. I felt at home immediately and hope to return often.

TAMI: When I lived in Korea for a year, I did a week-long, solo bike trip around Jeju Island (known as the Hawaii of Korea, but much smaller). I wasn’t sure how I would enjoy a trip by myself with very few plans in place, but it ended up being an exciting and rejuvenating experience that put a bunch of my travel skills to the test!

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

MICHAEL: (1) Patient, (2) Solo, and (3) Hungry.

I like to travel without an agenda so that I can experience a new place without feeling rushed, most often travel alone, and always bring a healthy appetite for the local cuisine.

TAMI:

(1)   Eager! – I generally have a feeling like there’s never enough time to see/do everything that I’d like, so I’m usually running from place to place to get the most out of any trip I take.

(2)   Planned – While I also enjoy being a spontaneous traveler, I’ve always had a knack for being able to plan ahead and map things out, especially if I’m traveling alone.  I enjoy the fine details of figuring out how to get from one place to the next and researching the must-see or must-eats in a new city. 

(3)   Appreciative – I realize traveling isn’t something that everyone has the opportunity to do, and while I do lack patience sometimes, I try my best to at least take the time to appreciate the experience.

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

MICHAEL: I speak some Spanish but have fallen out of practice since college. I’ll be grateful for the opportunity to get back up to speed – I hope! – While in Lima.

TAMI: I’m always trying to improve my Spanish, as many of my closest friends are native Spanish speakers. It would also be beneficial for work, as a handful of our programs are in Spanish-speaking countries. Even though all of our partners in South America speak English, it would still be really helpful to be able to communicate with them in their own language.