Vice President of Strategy for Equicare Health
The main education I got at Tuck was how to learn more holistically, how to continue to fill those gaps to be a more wholesome executive and entrepreneur.
Before you know what she is, you first need to know what Betsabeh Hermann T’13 is not: She is not an astronaut. Or at least, not yet anyway.
Hermann was born in Tehran, the capital city of Iran, the daughter of a movie producer who traveled the world for his work. When she was 16, her family moved to Canada where they settled in Vancouver, British Columbia. Hermann, who had always excelled at science and math, attended the University of Victoria, where she studied physics, biochemistry, and mathematics and dreamed of one day becoming an astronaut.
She went on to earn a master’s degree in biomechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, where she also worked with a biotech startup called Boreal Genomics that applies biophysics to invent new technologies in forensics and oncology.
After grad school, she worked for three and a half years doing business development for Mitacs, a Canadian nonprofit that facilitates multidisciplinary projects across industries, academia, and government. But something was missing. “I needed to balance the science and engineering with something that would help me understand strategy from the business side,” Hermann says. So, she decided to apply to business school. Visiting Tuck, she says, was love at first sight.
She dove into life as a Tuckie, soaking up courses on negotiating and strategy. “Tuck exposed me to a whole new world,” she remembers. “I was so accustomed to creating a formula to solve problems and there were basics I had missed out on. The main education I got at Tuck was how to learn more holistically, how to continue to fill those gaps to be a more wholesome executive and entrepreneur.” she says. She now describes her community at Tuck as “a tight-knit group that offered a unique balance between inclusion and distinctiveness.”
After graduating in 2013, Hermann joined Cerner Corporation, a leading health care and information technology company out of Kansas City, Missouri. “I had been exposed to life sciences, but I’d never been on the health-care delivery or IT side of things, so it rounded out my experience,” she says. When she and her husband had a daughter, they felt the pull to return to Canada to be closer to family.
Hermann and her family moved back to Vancouver in 2015, when she got a job as the vice president of strategy for health care software company Equicare Health, which specializes in oncology care coordination. Working for cancer patients and with oncology care teams is personal to her: She lost her grandmother to cancer and others close to her have been through cancer treatment.
“At the end of the day, I go home and know that I’ve done something useful for someone,” Hermann says. “It’s not just the thrill of bringing a deal together, it’s not just companies doing well financially, but there’s a person in need, a patient, who gets impacted directly. That makes me feel that my work matters.”
Her Tuck family and connections have been a critical part of her career progression, she says, and thanks to that, she wants to pay it forward: She hosts first-year projects at Tuck annually, she’s spearheaded the foundation of a Western Canada Tuck and Dartmouth alumni group, and she’s launched a Tuck Club of Canada across the country.
On what’s next for her, Hermann and a fellow Tuckie (a T’11 she first met at Admitted Student Weekend) have recently embarked on a new partnership focusing on impact-driven ventures.
As for that career as an astronaut? It’s potentially still in the works. She recently applied to become a Canadian astronaut, an elite program that draws around 4,000 applicants for roughly two spots every four or five years. She made it through a few rounds. “That’s another thing Tuck taught me—how to prepare for new careers,” she says. “And how to evaluate and learn from the lessons of these new experiences.”
Driven by Wanderlust: Peter Sisson T’94
For serial entrepreneur Peter Sisson T’94, life has been one big adventure.Read More
The Humble Leader
In 2015, Tuck alumna Aisha Barry decided to change the course of her career to help other people who felt immobilized by the health care system and a disease diagnosis.Read More
At Wayfair, Tuck alumna Laura Scott completely transformed the company’s operations. Now she’s dipping her toes into the startup world with Takeoff Tech.Read More
Work Hard, Dream Big
From Buffalo to the boardroom, Yancey Spruill T’97 has found the formula for success.Read More
How to Keep Your Company Data Secure
What Alison Connolly T’11 finds fascinating, most corporate leaders find terrifying. The director of strategic partnerships at DarkOwl is an expert on the darknet.Read More
With Everly, Juliet Horton T’14 is changing how couples plan their weddingRead More
Marketing a Disruptive Brand
Twitch is a live streaming platform with a growing global brand and two Tuck alumni, Kate Jhaveri T’03 and Michael Aragon T’01, are leading marketing and innovation.Read More
Susan Hunt Stevens
In 2006 Susan Hunt Stevens T'98 started a blog as a "a guide to going green without going berserk." Years later the idea evolved into WeSpire, a platform that uses technology and social media to promote sustainable living.Read More
Sprague Brodie T’14 works in the heart of Silicon Valley at the sprawling Mountain View, California, campus of tech giant Google.Read More
In pioneering new health-care models emphasizing preventive care, John Sory T’93 overcame skepticism in the most direct way possible: He guaranteed better results.Read More
At Boston-based nonprofit Health Leads, Lea Tompsett T’06 is working with health care providers and social service agencies to ensure patients have access to basic necessities: food, transportation, housing.Read More
Duncan Reece T’08 was seven years into a career in finance when he realized he wanted to have a greater impact on the world around him. He found that connection in the health-care industry.Read More
James “Jim” Lindstrom
Jim Lindstrom T’01 has a career of both investment and senior operational roles—a unique perspective to lead a multinational corporation in today’s dynamic environment.Read More
Amrit Ray T’02 is working to improve compassionate access to investigational medicines and medicines for children—callings that combine his professional strengths with his personal convictions.Read More
One size does not fit all—that’s the philosophy of Torlisa Jeffrey T'12 , a senior product manager for Williams Sonoma.Read More
As director of global connectivity for Facebook, Chris Weasler T'97 is helping to bring online the 60 percent of the earth's population currently without internet access.Read More
Gibson “Gib” Biddle
NerdWallet's Gib Biddle T'91 came to Tuck as a marketer, but then realized he was more of a builder.Read More
Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill T’01 is helping the digital productivity and note-keeping company do more by focusing on what it does best.Read More
As head of strategy and product development for Beats Electronics, Elisabeth Hartley T'05 is on the cusp of creating what the future of music could look like.Read More
Not many people in ball bearing sales finish their careers in venture capital. For Mike Carusi T’93, now one of the most successful health care investors in Silicon Valley, that unlikely journey started with two eye-opening years at Tuck.Read More
People call Eric Spiegel T'87 the most natural leader they’ve ever met. Now CEO of Siemens USA, a global electronics and engineering powerhouse, he gets to lead on the issues that matter most. To his company and the country.Read More
Investor. Philanthropist. Entrepreneur. Roger McNamee T’82 is all of these and more in a career that has taken him to the top of the tech world.Read More