Usha Vas is a member of Marist's online MBA Class of 2013 with a concentration in healthcare administration. Shee lives in the New York City area and is employed as a Senior Consultant for Nordic Consulting Partners, Inc.
Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions:
For the last twelve years, I have been in the healthcare space. From 1998-2004 I worked in the Finance and New Media industry as an application developer/programmer, and prior to 1998 as a Systems engineer.
What are your career goals?
To have an impact in healthcare management/transformation
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist?
ORMC (Orange Regional Medical Center) had developed a pilot program for an MBA with a healthcare concentration and I have always wanted to get my MBA and being in healthcare, this was a perfect opportunity.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development:
The research associated with the Capstone project with Dr. Rothenberg and the Strategic planning course with Dr. Zahradnik were both very eye-opening for me and how healthcare is so inaccessible to so many.
How has your course work enhanced your career?
Being in the healthcare analytics field, I feel that the coursework has made me realize the importance of analytics to transform healthcare.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist?
Definitely develop relationships with professors as they are more than just your teachers, they are also very active in the field and can help with your professional development.
Discuss your experience with Marist’s online learning environment:
I struggled with the environment in the beginning, but as the first semester progressed, I realized it was a great way for adult students to pursue advanced degrees.
What do you believe are some of the most important issues in the field of leadership development? What are the important leadership skills that MBA candidates need to develop to create an impact in their organizations?
Leadership is not a science and understanding that each organization’s culture is different is critical. Being adaptable to changing business landscapes is important.
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Business Administration
Academic School: Management