What are you currently doing?
I’m a business analyst at Microsoft working for Xbox. Every day I’m tasked with weighing strategic decisions and business opportunities of a $20M portfolio of games. The future of gaming is taking shape with many firms implementing different strategies, from breaking the console cycle, Virtual/Augmented Reality, to the causal space all the way to competitive eSports. At Microsoft Studios we move forward building a large catalog of games, and I’ve had a tremendous opportunity to be a part of of their decision making process of all games old and new.
How did NHCM prepare you for your current role or life after graduation?
NHCM taught us discipline, gave us perspective, and empowered us to step up and take action. Whether a healthcare provider on the clinical floor or an advocate healthcare policy reform, we were taught to question the status quo, challenge bureaucracies and fight for reform. We were given the tools to learn, see hands on, and grow - from funding various Diagnosis Related Groups to the research behind new Affordable Care Act mandates, we were taught that common sense, reliable research, and organizational changes can provide the best outcomes for patients. This practice of being open to change is necessary for any clinical, corporate, or entrepreneurial experience.
What was your favorite aspect of the NHCM program?
In health care management, you had two identities: a full Nursing student with all clinical hours with your peers, and a full Wharton student studying for finance exams. You were split apart and running around being two different people - but people gave you absolute respect for pulling it off, and in the journey lifelong friends in the program. And in the end you realize you weren’t in two separate programs, you didn’t have dual identities - your job was to pull the best from both disciplines that very well needed both sides - to become the best you.
What were you involved in as a student at Penn?
I was national president of HOSA - Future Health Professionals, an organization of 200,000+ healthcare students across the Unites States. I was also part of the Bill Gates Millennium Scholars at Penn, and the Upenn Questbridge Scholars. In both organizations we focused on providing minorities in low-income households with equal opportunities for college-education, scholarships, mentorship, fundraising, and financial aid. I was selected to give a speech on my experiences at the Scholarship Celebration event here.
What do you think you’ll be doing five years from now?
My experience dealing with technological changes, brought on by the Affordable Care Act and my internships with online healthcare exchanges - has continued my love for tech innovation. In 5 years I’ll have a continued role in the innovation of tech - currently I am very curious to see how Virtual and Augmented reality plays out and the new markets they will create. How will new tech innovations affect not only the niche gaming industry but everyday life - and how will it change the landscape of healthcare as we find further uses for the tech? I’ll be facing these decisions, with the goal to make an impact on everyday life, business and healthcare.