Why were you interested in getting a dual-degree, and what made you choose UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and Kenan-Flagler Business School?
After years of exploring career paths in healthcare – both medical and non-medical, I felt that being a hospital administrator was the right fit for me. Initially, I only applied to MHA programs and I chose Gillings because it was in the top bracket. When I was at Gillings, in the late 2000s, healthcare innovation was an emerging topic and piqued my interest. As an aspiring future healthcare leader, I decided to pursue the joint degree MHA/MBA to acquire strategy and operational tools that are used in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings.
What was the biggest challenge while getting your dual-degree? Biggest reward?
My biggest challenge was that I never felt like I fit in perfectly with either program. I had to chart my own path, especially with internships and careers. But both schools were so supportive even if the playbook hadn’t been developed yet. They let me explore and supported me whenever I had questions. The biggest reward is definitely having two outstanding master degrees from top-ranked programs. I have two educational tool-kits and networks to pull from as I navigate my career.
What made you choose a career path in healthcare?
I volunteered at a hospital as a candy striper when I was in high school. Being able to bring a smile to people’s faces during the worst days of their lives made me want to do more and give more.
What is the most important skill you have developed in your career?
Technical skills are critical early in your career. But being able to pivot from technical to leadership skills is essential. I would say influencing others is the most important skill within my leadership toolbox that has helped me the most.
What are the top two items on your bucket list?
Scuba diving and gorilla trek safari.