What books are on your bedside table right now?
On my bedside table are Nothing to Envy; Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick and The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu. I enjoy discovering cultures and reading about the lives of people living around the world.
How do you manage stress (i.e. sports, exercise, meditation)?
I manage stress by constantly prioritizing the tasks at hand and accepting my limits; an achievable daily to-do list accomplishes just that.
Taking long walks with my dog, eating well, and spending quality time with family and friends are my best tools to overcome stress.
What is the most significant thing you’ve learned at Ivey?
The most significant thing I’ve learned at Ivey is that the path to achieving results is equally important to achieving them. Ivey’s case-based learning methodology teaches me just that — the process is not focused on the answers to a question or how to prepare for an exam, but rather, how to look at business challenges from a holistic standpoint and consider all the factors at play before making a recommendation. Moreover, the wide range of professional and educational backgrounds as well as the years of professional experience the students enrolled bring to the discussion make learning at Ivey all the more enriching.
What’s been the most surprising aspect of the Executive MBA journey to date?
The most surprising aspect of the Executive MBA journey, in my opinion, is how every step of the process, every reading, every class discussion and the sequence in which these activities occur is a carefully weighed and purposely made decision by the faculty. Topics that at first may have seemed unrelated are revealed to be intertwined, and the result is a gained ability to see the big picture. The recurrence and continuity of themes, the reciprocity of exchanges, the logical learning sequence, the commitment to pursue social engagement and responsibility, professors acting as facilitators and students as professors are some of many aspects that make studying at Ivey a unique life experience.