The MAM has been the capstone to my MBA experience. I’ve been able to analyze my finance skills and translate how I can implement them in the social impact space.
I worked for Barclays Capital in the capital markets division for about five years and while there, I volunteered for two microfinance institutions. That experience changed my perspective, and I decided that I wanted to start a career with a greater focus on social impact.
I had an opportunity to go to IE Business School on a Fulbright scholarship. At IE, I studied alongside other students from 75 countries and my worldview expanded. For one term, I worked at a social enterprise startup in South Africa, which strengthened my conviction that I wanted to find innovative solutions that use business tools to improve societies.
The MAM has been the capstone to my MBA experience. It allowed me to focus even more on that social impact space: I’ve taken classes on social entrepreneurship and nonprofit accounting here at Yale SOM and I took a class called International Trade and Development at the Jackson Institute taught by a Yale World Fellow. It’s been a reflective process: I’ve been able to analyze my finance skills and translate how I can implement them in the social impact space.
The program has provided me access to top-caliber executives and leaders from organizations across the world. We’ve met with the CEO of Colgate Palmolive and the former CEO of Barclays. As part of the core MAM practicum, I worked on a consulting project with Fairtrasa’s CEO, Patrick Struebi, who is a former Yale World Fellow. Yale has put me directly across the table from Patrick, which has been an amazing experience. Those conversations have been invaluable in helping me think about where I want to go once I leave SOM.
Interviewed on February 2, 2015.