“Take the opportunity to explore different options here. Tuck is a great place to find your focus—you can do anything here.”
Tuck was the last school I visited and the last application due, but as soon as I saw it, I felt like, “I have to come here!” Even in my short visit, Tuck’s tight-knit community was so obvious: People know your first name and you can easily connect with professors and your fellow students. About eight of us did a pre-orientation backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail and we got to know each other right away. Some of them are still my best friends today!
Being involved with theBOX food truck has probably been the single most rewarding and challenging experience of my two years here. I've learned so much about management, leadership, and teamwork from the founders (T’14s Eric Winn D’04 and Mike Parshley) as well as my peers. I learned that I love helping to build the culture of a small company and crave the dynamic environment of a startup.
This year, a couple students started a program called “Tuck Talks,” which is like TED Talks but Tuck students and faculty give a 10 minute presentation on something they’re interested in. You see these people every day but it’s so inspiring to learn more about their stories. Two of my favorites were when Frances Thunder T’16 talked about working in the inner-city schools in Washington, D.C., and when Henry Karongo T’15 discussed his career goal of reforming corruption in Kenya.
The faculty here is so helpful. Professors Andy King and Curt Welling were the advisers on my independent study. Professor Welling gave me a useful framework to break down “sustainability” conversations and take it beyond my personal values and emotional reactions. Professor King taught me to be skeptical and to look at the right data before drawing conclusions. In fact, he spent six hours on a Sunday helping me analyze data for his course paper. The fact that he was so engaged in making it better made the project a more meaningful learning experience for me.
Take the opportunity to explore different options here. Tuck is a great place to find your focus—you can do anything here.
Johns Hopkins University, BA, 2008; Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), MA, 2009
Clean Currents, Silver Spring, Md.: marketing director, 2012-13; operations manager, 2010-12; solar operations associate, 2009-10
Sustainable Business; Tools for Improving Operations; Operations: Safety & Quality Independent Study; Leadership in the Global Economy; Strategic Leadership; Leadership Outside the Box; Retail Pricing Strategies and Tactics; Implementing Strategy; Managerial Accounting; Sustainability Independent Study; Field Study in Private Equity
Center for Business & Society fellow; Forté fellow; Outdoor Club, chair; Women in Business Club; Tuck Sustains; Net Impact; Energy Club; Consulting Club
Management team for theBOX food truck; First-Year Project: CourseTalk, market research for a new B2B product of a late-stage online education startup; independent study project for a large athletic apparel brand to assess sustainability approaches; Tuck Business Bridge TA, 2015
Global Insight Expedition (GIX) to South Africa; OnSite Global Consulting project in Shanghai, China for GE; Prior to Tuck, I completed a consulting project for the United Nations Foundation in Senegal to assess small and medium enterprise development focused on renewable energy technologies in Africa; Born in Russia and lived there until I was 5
Summer associate, A. T. Kearney, San Francisco, Calif.
A visit with Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of the nonprofit B Lab; I received excellent career advice from Carolyn McGuire T’83, Itamar Goldminz T’10, and Lindsay Wilner T’11; Professors Andy King and Curt Welling D’71, T’77 were the advisers on my sustainability independent study; Sally Jaeger helped when I had a housing crisis on the first day in Hanover.
Consultant, A. T. Kearney, San Francisco, Calif.
Tuck has given me the business foundation and support I needed to excel in the business world. I have a toolkit of my own as well as a powerful network and wide range of resources I can draw from to confidently take on any challenges. While I don't have it all figured out yet, I will find a way to use business as a force for social good.