While at the GSB, I worked closely with members of the Alumni Women's Initiative Network to support the women on campus, creating lifelong friends and mentors. I am thankful for the time that the incredible alumni base invested in me from my admission, through my time in the program, and beyond and love "paying it back" through my time with current students.
A former student and mentee recently called me before undergoing open-heart surgery. He wanted me to know how much he respected and valued our relationship. I was teaching in Ghana at the time for SEED Africa and flew to London a week after he was discharged to make a surprise visit to his home. That is the kind of bond students form with faculty at the GSB — genuine, heartfelt, and lifelong.
Now more than ever, the world needs leadership. Leadership that is not bound to the ways of the past but, instead, resolved to create a better future. As a community, we at VFTT made it our mission to paint an inclusive portrait of leadership built upon values, missions, and purpose rather than race, gender, and sexuality. Sharing a moment on stage with Stephen Curry, a leader from my community, was my most rewarding experience at the GSB.