American expat studying in South Africa
I spent 7+ years working in the healthcare industry, and while I enjoyed making a difference in my daily work, I felt there was something else out there for me. In early 2015, through Habitat for Humanity, I embarked on a journey that took me to an underprivileged village in rural Zambia, a 5-hour bus ride from the capital city of Lusaka along makeshift roads. Experiencing the change from life in the heart of Manhattan to having no electricity, running water, or beds in the Chipulukusu community was a shock to say the least, but it was exactly the type of life-changing event I was looking for. I resigned from my corporate job in 2016 and took on a role as an ambassador for GlobalGiving in Southern Africa, visiting over 50 nonprofits in five countries and hosting capacity building workshops in multiple cities. Along the way, I spent time at various technology hubs (co-working spaces, business incubators, etc.) and was blown away by the transformational power of these entities in Africa. I'll be spending the next few years studying this phenomenon further as a doctoral student at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science.
I hold an MBA from Villanova University and a BS in Business from Nazareth. I received a graduate certificate in International Development and Social Change through a program based in Rwanda by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. I am currently working on my doctoral thesis, entitled Social Entrepreneurs’ Conceptions of Incubator-based Learning.
In my professional experience, I’ve led a strategic analytics discussion at a global summit in Brussels, conducted insight-based workshops in London, Paris, and Frankfurt, and helped translate local market needs into broader global analytics strategy. My passions include strategic analytics, data storytelling, technology innovation, and social change.