April 29, 2016

Students of Questrom: MPH-MBA Edition

Name: Sam Read, Master of Public Health (MPH), MBA ‘17


I was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Los Angeles, and went to high school in Bethesda, Maryland. I graduated with a BA in psychology from Bowdoin College in Maine, and then taught science to ESL students in Taiwan, before returning to the US to pursue a career in healthcare. I was a research coordinator at the UC San Francisco Cancer Center, and then a research associate at ICON (a contract research organization), monitoring operations at West Coast study sites for Phase III therapeutic oncology trials.

Why did you chose BU?

I was originally interested in just the MPH degree, but a professional mentor told me to consider dual MBA/MPH programs where I could build a solid business foundation, but also engage interests in health policy and epidemiology. BU immediately stood out, with top-10 nationally ranked Health Sector Management MBA and MPH programs. Going to school in Boston - a global biomedical hub - was also a big factor in my decision, and after I visited BU’s campus, I knew it was a place where I could challenge myself and succeed.

What are you involved in at BU? 

This year I was a representative on the Questrom Health Sector Management Club, a student-run organization that coordinated networking events, guest speakers, and off-campus company “treks”. The second year students on the club were great mentors and incredibly supportive. Next year I look forward to being the club’s Vice President and building on this year’s success. I’m also the Director of Media for the 2016 Questrom Health & Life Sciences Conference, an annual event in October that will host over 350 students and professionals from across all sectors of the US healthcare industry.

What do you love about Questrom? 

The academic community at Questrom is incredibly diverse, both culturally and professionally - from my classmates who are pursuing an MS in Information Systems or the Public/Non-Profit MBA, to the 76 countries that are represented by students in the program. Everybody here has a unique set of interests, but shares a common desire to be challenged and think critically. Our equally diverse faculty does an amazing job of challenging us to get out of our comfort zones are really learn from each other.

Favorite memory? 

During our first-semester Marketing class, my team was researching the social media strategies of nationwide breakfast chain restaurants. The team consensus indicated that “field research” would be required - with lots of pancakes, syrup, and coffee! We found a booth in a local diner and got straight to “work”.  

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April 13, 2016

Questrom iTrek

The Questrom iTrek is a student-led trek to Israel over spring break, focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. The group visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and a Bedouin encampment in the desert. During the trip, students learned about the history and political situation in the region through visits to the religious sites of Jerusalem, the Holocaust Museum, and the Peres Center for Peace. The trip also included visits to multi-national and Israeli companies to discuss what gives Israel its innovative edge.

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April 5, 2016

Health Sector Management Networking Night

On Monday April 4, 2015 the Health Sector Management Club (HSM) hosted a spring networking event for 1st and 2nd year MBA students, as well as MSMS students.  The event hosted 14 alumni and guests representing companies throughout the health sector.  A few highlights included Shire Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi Genzyme, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The students and professionals had a great time getting to know each other, and the event provided the students an opportunity to learn about different careers in the health sector.  There was a fantastic turnout, and everyone enjoyed the event.  

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March 28, 2016

PNP adventures at the Museum of Science

Last week, twenty students in the Public and Non-Profit Club visited the Museum of Science to explore how the museum managed corporate partnerships, build their brand with exhibits such as the the success of the recent Pixar display. They had the opportunity to meet with Senior Vice President, Advancement, the Executive Director, Advancement and additional members of the team responsible for special events, corporate partnerships, individual giving, and government grants.

The group was able to learn about fundraising and corporate partnerships in particular, are cultivated to provide different opportunities for scientific exploration at one of the most recognizable organizations in Boston.

"[My main takeaway was] Understanding how your supporters want to make a difference in the world is an opportunity to share how your organization helps them accomplish it - and of course, exploring the museum afterward!" - Travis Kilpatrick 

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March 25, 2016

BUGVC #Guatstromlife

Over Spring Break, 30 Questrom MBA candidates devoted their time to helping entrepreneurs in Guatemala expand their businesses.  The BU Global Venture Consulting (BUGVC) Club is a student-run organization that takes their spring break each year to devote our time business skills to helping grow businesses in the developing world.

The trip is completely organized by students, which is no small task!  This year, our trip started with a two days in Antigua, getting a flavor for the Guatemalan culture.  Five days were spent in Xela, Guatemala’s second largest city, where we did the bulk of our work.  BUGVC partners with Thriive, a global non-profit that seeks to build prosperity in vulnerable global communities.  Students worked in teams of three and four, attacking problems that ranged from operations improvement to marketing campaigns to expansion to new markets.  The businesses included bakeries, commercial print shops, artisan crafts and local schools.  After our presentations and recommendations to the clients, the trip ends with 2 days at Lake Atitlan for some a well-deserved rest and relaxation in a truly beautiful setting!

BUGVC gives MBA students a chance to put into practice the skills they’ve learned while making at true impact on a living, growing business.  The club, just finishing its fourth trip, continues to be one of the most popular and sought-after experiences.  Check out the BUGVC Facebook page or Thriive Guatemala’s Facebook page for more information and pictures from the trip!

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March 22, 2016

Innovative Workspaces Trek

On Friday, March 18, a group of 27 MBA candidates took a tour of innovative workspaces throughout Cambridge.  Led by the Leadership and Organizational Transformation Club, the group toured the Cambridge Innovation Center and Google’s Cambridge Campus.  The goal was the explore how non-traditional work spaces can influence and encourage a healthy working environment for employees.  

The behind-the-scenes look at Cambridge Innovation Center showed how and why so many startups choose to begin their operations there, in what is arguably the largest collection of start up companies in the world!  And Google gave some insight to the design and thinking behind their many amenities and interesting working environments, moving beyond just ‘fun’ into actually productive results.  All in all, the group learned quite a bit and now have a deeper understanding of the pros and cons of flexible and unique work spaces.

Photo Credit: Alyssa Moskowitz

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March 15, 2016

Students of Questrom: Part-Time MBA Edition

Name: Lauren Murphy, Part-time Evening MBA, MBA 2016

Background? I was born in Boston but raised about 50 miles outside in Worcester, MA. I earned my bachelor's degree from Boston University in International Relations. Before coming to Questrom, I worked at a small non-profit in Boston that's mission focused on social entrepreneurship development in the Middle East and North Africa. I personally oversaw outreach and operations for conference held on the ground in the region, which gave me the ability to travel to Morocco. Currently, I work in operations at the Boston University School of Medicine at the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, which is cutting edge research center that focuses on the effect of repetitive traumatic brain injury on athletes and veterans. 

Why did you chose BU? As a part-time student, I was looking for a program that gave part-time students the same opportunity and experiences as the full-time students. I knew getting your MBA was going to be a lot of work - especially while working a full-time job - so I was also looking for a supportive community both within the student body and the administration. I believe that I found all of that at BU. I don't feel that my education is watered down.  It is definitely a lot of work, but there is a strong community to support you as well. Part-time students are all embraced by the community and expected to participate in clubs and social events, which has only enhanced the overall experience.

What are you involved in at BU? I'm the VP of PEMBA relations for the Graduate Student Council and I'm the PEMBA Rep for the LOT Club. I also try to participate as much as possible in events that other clubs are hosting and other events that happen on campus! 

What do you love about Questrom? I love most the people - the student and professors are amazing!

Favorite memory? Any Thursday at Cornwalls and my cohorts Annual Ski Trip, which is a tradition that we will continue long after we have graduated.

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