What books are on your bedside table right now?
Ivey cases or text books currently. Prior to Ivey I was reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg — a great read for women enhancing their professional careers.
How do you manage stress (i.e. sports, exercise, meditation)?
Exercise! I love the gym — it is the place where I can relax and focus on me.
What is the most significant thing you’ve learned at Ivey?
When approximately one third or greater of your grade is based on contributing in class, it allows everyone in the class to learn about different industries. My peers have provided valuable contributions in class that have opened my eyes to industries such as nuclear power, airline, banking, information systems, construction, media, and many others. The diversity of my peers has allowed me to expand my expertise to strategies and tactics that are fundamentally not thought of in the healthcare industry. Ultimately, the diverse expertise of my peers is pushing me to think differently to take my career to the next level.
What’s been the most surprising aspect of the Executive MBA journey to date?
I knew when I chose Ivey to pursue my MBA that it was based on the case-method approach; however, the execution of the case-method learning by the amazing faculty is an experience unto itself. Every time I walk into a session, I walk out with that “aha moment” to apply that learning at PIVINA. One example of the rapid learning through the case method was when, after two months in the program, I was presenting at a conference and at the end of the session my colleague, the Managing Director at PIVINA, looked at me and said “your language is different.” So the most surprising aspect is that the case-method approach at Ivey is a remarkable learning experience that is brilliantly executed by high calibre faculty — to the point that you are applying it immediately to your business.