These first two weeks of the semester have been as exciting as they have been arduous.
As part of a group of MBA, MPP, and Bioscience Ph.Ds, I am developing a business and commercialization plan for some exciting technology that has been developed by professors and students at the University of Maryland. I can’t go into the details, but it’s an exciting biosciences project that allows me to leverage some experience from a past internship at Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).
We’ve got a great team, though, also consisting of a Bioscience Ph.D., an MBA, and an MBA/MPP.
I met my Tunisian counterparts for the first time on Saturday! We had a half hour training in cross-cultural communication and consulting. It was a great opportunity to not only get to know the Tunisian students, but also, to meet Uruguayan students who are participating in two other projects with the Smith School. The Tunisian students are very talented and experienced. I’m really looking forward to working with them.
Over the winter break, I started studying Arabic so that I’d be able to get around when I am in Tunisia. This will be a great project to combine all of the experiences I’ve had so far in Marketing, Supply Chain, and Strategy.
We had a full day Consulting Boot Camp led by a McKinsey partner. This Boot Camp brought together over 100 Smith, Tunisian, and Uruguayan MBAs participating in the Smith Consulting Practicums. I had heard much of this framework last year when preparing for my consulting engagement with Syngenta, but reviewing key tactics for eliciting client communication and sharing success (and horror) stories with each other about past experiences was a fun and valuable.