Leadership and Smith: Through the Eyes of a New Smith PT MBA Student

Aisha HasanBy Aisha Hasan, first year PT MBA student in the DC Weekend program.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt’s words hold true in all aspects of my life, especially my professional and educational leadership experiences. I have been blessed with tremendous leadership opportunities where I conquered my fears and pursued my goals. Through the guidance of phenomenal mentors, and the immense support of family and friends, I have gained strength, courage, and confidence in my pursuit of public service. These qualities have bolstered my aptitude for public service leadership opportunities, including being the President of Young Government Leaders-Bethesda, and the founding President of the UMD Federal and Global Semester Alumni Association.

Recently, I was named a finalist for the Next Gen Public Service Award in the Exemplary Leadership category. There are an incredible amount of government leaders doing exceptional work, so I feel truly blessed and humbled to be a finalist for this award!

The Next Gen Public Service Awards are presented for superior public service and achievement, and the Exemplary Leadership Award recognizes a public service leader under 40 who has demonstrated benevolence, competence, integrity, dedication, and commitment to improve and inspire communities at the local, national, or international level. This individual embodies what the next generation can do in public service. The Next Gen Public Service Award in the Exemplary Leadership category will be presented at the 2014 Next Gen Awards Ceremony on July 23rd in Washington, DC. I am honored to be considered a leader and be a finalist for this prestigious award!

Leadership and learning go hand-in-hand, so I am really excited to begin the Robert H. Smith School of Business Part Time MBA program next month. I look forward to the commencement of my Part Time MBA studies for many reasons. I am especially excited to continue developing and improving my leadership skills through the numerous inside-and-outside of the classroom leadership opportunities that Smith provides students. The school wholeheartedly supports their students, so I know I will have a remarkable experience earning my MBA at Smith.

Smith cultivates extraordinary leaders, so I’m truly excited to begin my business education tenure at this prestigious business school. At Smith, I’ll continue to gain strength, courage, and confidence while conquering my fears and improving my Executive Presence!

Aisha Hasan is a policy professional at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Secretary where she specializes in policy development and implementation.  Aisha has also held a policy position at The White House Office of Management and Budget where she focused on federal procurement policy. She earned her B.S. degree Cum Laude in Community Health, concentrating in health policy, from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is thrilled to begin Smith’s PT MBA program in the Washington, DC Weekend Program in August 2014. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and friends.