I love treading the unknown; many of my best lessons and character honing processes have happened in the white space. The more abstract and creative it is, the better. That is what drew me, a medical doctor, to apply to IE Business School and to challenge myself by taking the International MBA and Master in Business Analytics and Big Data dual program.
On the one hand, my journey at IE has been a tougher kind of unknown. When I started in January 2016, I was ecstatic about the upcoming IE experience. I quickly realized that adjusting was going to take more effort than I had anticipated. Working with the level of diversity in personalities and cultures represented at IE was particularly stretching and required a lot flexibility. I soon learnt to make my priorities dynamic in the fast evolving IE environment and to ask for feedback – which was initially uncomfortable. I felt like a fish out of water and this time I did not like it much. When I started my second program, two people in my family who had been key pillars in my life passed away, setting in motion one of the most tumultuous and character defining months I have ever had. At that point, my journey seemed so daunting, with the end no longer in sight.
On the other hand, I have grown in so many ways. One of my early decisions was to immerse myself in the chaos created by the crazy schedule, time constraint and events that were out of my control. I wanted to regain my love for the unknown. That goal has been tried and tested anew at IE. I have grown in resilience, learnt many new and cool skills, met amazing people and made new friends. I have taken up challenging opportunities within and outside IE that have motivated me to keep my curiosity alive and provided a platform to grow my ability to lead and work with different people. I am still learning to embrace the diversity and thrive in it.
I choose to trust the process. I choose to keep stepping up despite the curve balls that come along the way; to show up consistently, even on days I do not think I have any more fight left in me; to actively participate in this community and to be present. I am okay with feeling like a fish out of water
The main nugget I take from my IE experience is that people come first. I love connecting with people, really getting to hear what they have to share. I have mostly enjoyed learning from my colleagues and the staff at IE. I admire the ones who are brave to ask and learn about my continent, Africa and my country, Kenya. They challenge the common narrative about both and widen their views to include the wealth of mind and spirit that we contribute to the world. The personal and work stories they have shared and my experiences in interacting with them have significantly recast my perspective on the world around me.
My IE blueprint is to “Step Up”. To that effect, I have the pleasure of currently leading a phenomenal team that runs the IE Big Data Club (we invite you to join the community through Campus Life). In addition, it was a great learning experience for me to work on a start-up idea with an amazing team and to pitch it at IE Venture Day in November 2016.
Moving forward, I will throw my hat in the ring, even when I may be afraid to do so. I will take up challenges that interest me despite the risk of failure. I will prepare, show up and participate in different opportunities that present themselves and even those that I have to create along the way. I will keep stepping up.
Bio: Dedicated, high-performing and enthusiastic professional with 8 years’ experience spanning across business development, digital innovation and public – private policy development in emerging markets. International MBA and Master in Big Data candidate with proven leadership of cross-functional teams. Merging interests in healthcare, business strategy, entrepreneurship, mentorship and analytics to redefine customer experience.