Christina Mainelli '11

MBA for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare; COO, Sleep Management Solutions, CareCentrix

What I really wanted to do was sit in a room with clinicians, with pharma execs, with healthcare execs, with lawyers, and understand their perspectives. That's exactly what the integrated curriculum at Yale SOM allowed me to do.

I hit a point—I'd call it a midcareer point—where I wanted to reassess how I could add value, how I could really contribute to making a difference in the healthcare industry. I felt like an MBA would be a great first step.

There were a few specific things I was trying to achieve in an MBA program. One was to fill out any content gaps that I had. Second was really just to round out my skills and experience. And the third was to build out my network through exposure to other constituents in the healthcare value chain. What I really wanted to do was sit in a room with clinicians, with pharma execs, with healthcare execs, with lawyers, and understand their perspectives.

That's exactly what the integrated curriculum at Yale SOM allowed me to do. It was very impactful for me to understand all the different facets of the problems in healthcare. I'm much more aware of the different constituents that are impacted by decisions that I make and strategies that my company takes.

I don't feel like I've really left the program. I'll be engaged with Yale for the rest of my life. I have access to the greater Yale alumni community. I stay in touch with professors. I'm on the phone with my former classmates regularly and I run business opportunities and strategies by them to get their feedback. Yale has really become part of my personal and professional life.

Interviewed on January 23, 2013.

Christina Mainelli
MBA for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare; COO, Sleep Management Solutions, CareCentrix