Currently: Graduate student in Health Systems Management at Rush University Medical Center.
Career Path: UC Berkeley, Business Administration > Huron Consulting Group (forensic accounting and litigation) > Foresight Design Intern > Huron Consulting Group (healthcare). When I could no longer solve clients’ complex problems, I returned to school.
Next Step: I am trying to remain a blank slate open to all opportunities. There are several “tracks” as I see it. I can go the route of hospital administration and start a fellowship with an academic medical center, or get back into consulting and either continue my previous work or do a different type of healthcare consulting. There could also be other alternatives that have not presented themselves yet. For now, I’m focused on being a student.
Personal Sustainability: There are many ways I incorporate sustainability into my personal life. I do a lot of cooking at home and try to buy local food when possible. While I am unable to compost I do a large amount of recycling. I take public transportation whenever possible including my commute to school, and I try to make my friends and family more aware by suggesting easy ways they can live a more sustainable life.
Currently Reading: On my wife’s recommendation, I started a new book this weekend, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”
Recommends: The obvious is incorporating sustainability into your personal life as much as possible. Then, look for opportunities to be more sustainable at work either through education or by implementing new policies or procedures. For example, before departing Huron, I helped champion a sustainability initiative within the firm. This was a big achievement for me because the impact was greater than one person’s.
Foresight Memories: I am most fond of the amount of intellectual property Peter and the others shared with me. I learned a great deal about how to make businesses more sustainable and this is something I will be forever thankful for.
Next Gen Advice: I would recommend getting out of your comfort zone and participating in projects that challenge and expose you to new topics. Be an open book and try not to force yourself down a certain trajectory. Life will throw you some curve balls and you need to be prepared to deal with them by maintaining flexibility and having an open mind.
Dream Project: While I am not certain where my next full-time job will be, I do know that I would like it to incorporate sustainability. For example, in my current role at Rush University Medical Center I am working on a project to assess how sustainable the food service operations are and what areas can be improved. If I could do a similar project in my full-time role I would feel satisfied that I was making an impact.