Hometown: Purcelville, VA
Why did you choose McCourt? I chose McCourt because I wanted an executive graduate program that I could do while still doing my job. It was important to me that it be an academically rigorous program with a course schedule that I could work my business travel around, as well. I am very interested in public policy, and I wanted to attend a university with a strong policy program that was committed to offering relevant, timely courses taught by experienced practitioners with real policy experience - McCourt fit the bill on all counts. The fact that my class is comprised of an equal number of international and American students is a bonus that makes classroom and online discussions intriguing and entertaining. The majority of my cohorts possess at least twenty years of work experience, which was also important to me, as my own career spans thirty years. I wanted to be surrounded by people with whom I had things in common and who, like me, possess ambitious career goals and aspirations and who have already achieved a lot professionally. I come away from every class feeling I’ve learned - not just from the class and the professor, but from my classmates whose collective experience is expansive and cosmopolitan.
What is the best part of your experience so far? By far the best part of the experience so far, has been meeting my cohorts. Though we have only just completed our first semester together, we have developed wonderful personal and professional connections and friendships, which makes our classes all the more rewarding and fun. Professionally, my relationships with my cohorts have been invaluable. For example, one of my cohorts is a political advisor in his country, and he recently facilitated a meeting for members of my staff with his Minister of Health. Another member of my cohort attended a global health policy forum I arranged on behalf of Operation Smile, my employer. He was accompanied by a head of state, who discussed our work in Ethiopia and helped us deepen our relationship with his government. I know the network my cohort and I are establishing will benefit all of us for years to come.
Undergraduate university: Chestnut Hill College
Hobbies / Interests: I am interested in the intersections of global nonprofit work and government. It’s why I’m pursuing a master’s in Policy Leadership. The EMPL program allows me to explore aspects of global development and the role our government plays in the process of creating sustainable development solutions around the world. Policy governs and shapes our ability not only to provide aid and assistance but to establish public-private partnerships that help solve some of the most vexing problems facing humanity.