What books are on your bedside table right now?
At the moment, it is mostly textbooks. In my free time, I like to read financial articles and thought leadership papers related to investments or retirement.
How do you manage stress (i.e. sports, exercise, meditation)?
When I feel stressed, I like to exercise. I swim, play badminton, and also run on the elliptical from time to time. Exercise helps me to think more clearly and gives me a chance to approach the issues from another angle since I am not constantly thinking about the workload and the source of the stress.
What is the most significant thing you’ve learned at Ivey?
In addition to a good solid network of friends and classmates whom I have gotten to know and build a good relationship with, the concepts and teachings are very useful. The best part is that I can start to apply some of the learnings in my day to day work right from the beginning. I start to ask different questions not only within my areas of expertise but also in areas that are relevant to other aspects of my business. Most importantly, I’ve realized that I am curious about other roles within my business and I don’t feel like I am restricted only to what I have experienced so far in my career.
What’s been the most surprising aspect of the Executive MBA journey to date?
The most surprising aspect of this program is the number of people that you will meet with different backgrounds. As you work together on projects and cases, you will realize that everyone’s contributions and ideas are different. You will appreciate the wide range of opinions because it will make your learning more unique and more impactful. It’s not every day that I get to speak to someone from the healthcare industry or someone with an engineering background about their experiences on how to handle human resource issues, how they understand investments, and how their industry works. This new knowledge and the networking opportunities have been very useful.