Why did you choose an MBA?
I needed to acquire business fundamentals like organizational theory and economics. I also wanted to develop my leadership potential beyond mid-level seniority. I was reluctant to do an MBA as I associated it with cutthroat capitalism. Hult’s social conscience resonated with me.
How did Hult’s environment influence you?
Living and studying with people from all over the globe made a huge difference in the lives of all of us. We learned to see cross-culturally rather than just through an East/West lens. Now I’m part of a global community with friendships all over India, China, and Europe. I couldn’t have asked for a better training—even though I had no idea that I would go on to become my country’s Ambassador.
What was the number one takeaway for you?
Studying in Shanghai marked my life on many levels and it still opens doors for me even now. Learning about doing business in China from a Western perspective led to meaningful opportunities that would not have been possible at a traditional business school.
Any advice for future students?
Form yourself into a global citizen. Learn languages, travel, develop an understanding for other cultures. Coming from a non-traditional background, I’ve often felt like an outsider but I let it drive me rather than stifle me. Today, I’m the most confident I’ve ever been and all of my skills are being utilized. From one day to the next, I’ll speak three or four languages, be developing partnership agreements, or working to conceptualize what entrepreneurial diplomacy might mean for my country.
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