Amel Hussain Alawami, MPA ’18

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Name: Amel Hussain Alawami

 Where are you from? Saudi Arabia

Where do you currently live (neighborhood/town)?  Needham, MA

 Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what is your degree in?  I finished medical school from King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia

Are you studying full time or part time?  Part-time MPA
Do you have work experience? If so, where/what:  I am a practicing Pediatrician ( graduated from Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric residency program) I am now a fellow at Tufts medical center in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

What is your ultimate career goal? To go back to Saudi and establish quality services to children with disabilities.

What has been your favorite part of your graduate experience at Suffolk so far? The accelerated speed of knowledge acquisition (especially that I am learning things outside my medical scope), meeting great students with rich experiences and knowledge

What advice would you give to incoming SBS grad students? Enjoy learning, it is a gift that we get more excited when we unwrap each layer of the gift wrap.

Share a fun fact about yourself: I love gardening, I built multiple raised beds and ate vegetables and fruits all last summer. ( which is something that I would not be able to do back in Saudi)

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Jeff Weinstock, MBA/Health ’17

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Name:  Jeff Weinstock

Where are you from?  Iowa City, Iowa

Where do you currently live (neighborhood/town)?  Jamaica Plain

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what is your degree in? BBA in Finance, Operations Management, and Investment, 2010. I am graduating from the MBA/Health program in 2 weeks.

Are you studying full time or part time?  I work full time and am a full-time student.

Do you have work experience? If so, where/what:  I have 6 years of experience in healthcare operations and administration. My experience ranges from entry-level on the front lines, to a current role as Administrator for BWH Comprehensive Orthopedic & Spine Centers.

Why did you choose to get your MBA?  Suffolk offers the MBA/Health program which is perfect for me.  I have been able to build on my background education and interest in the study of business with a Masters tailored to the healthcare sector, where I work – all while gaining real work experience during the day in one of the best cities for health care in the world.  The opportunity to apply classroom lessons learned at work in almost real time is one of the greatest assets toward personal and professional growth one can realize.

What is your ultimate career goal?  2 things:  To be an expert in my field, and to always do fulfilling work.

What has been your favorite part of your graduate experience at Suffolk so far?  The opportunity to get to know people from all over the country and the world who are here to better themselves and to build lasting careers.  While the classroom lessons have tremendous value, the relationships are the most lasting and memorable aspect of studying here.

What advice would you give to incoming SBS grad students? Prioritize experience over money when you get started.  If you find what you love and become great at what you do, you will be valuable to employers in the long term. There is no class you can take to gain experience and to find happiness.

Share a fun fact about yourself: I once drove from Toledo, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan using only my knees.

 

Yolanda Burrell, MBA ’18

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Name:  Yolanda Santos Burrell

Where are you from? Cape Verde

Where do you currently live (neighborhood/town)? Quincy

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what is your degree in? University of Massachusetts Boston, Biochemistry

Are you studying full time or part time? part-time

Do you have work experience? If so, where/what: Yes, I’ve been working in healthcare for the past 15 years.  I currently work as a practice operations manager at Codman Square Community Health Center in Dorchester for the past four years.

Why did you choose to get your MBA?  I have been on the clinical side of healthcare for over 15 years and became very intrigued by the business operations of health care.

What is your ultimate career goal?  To become a CEO of a community health center or hospital to ensure that all patients have access to quality healthcare.

What has been your favorite part of your graduate experience at Suffolk so far? The professor’s at Suffolk are so helpful and resourceful.  I really like that Suffolk offers free courses in Excel, and presentation skills through the edge workshops.   I also really enjoy working with actual clients in several of my core courses to solve real business problems.

I love Suffolk!!

What advice would you give to incoming SBS grad students?  Stay connected, stay involved. Make sure to utilize all that Suffolk has to offer and build strong relationships with professors and classmates.  You will be amazed at the great connections you will make here at Suffolk.

Share a fun fact about yourself: I ride a motorcycle and love ballroom dancing

Alex Kelly, MBA ’18

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Name: Alex Kelly

Where are you from? Revere, MA

Where do you currently live (neighborhood/town)? I actually bought the house I grew up in. I’m now the fourth generation to live in own it, which is something I am extremely proud of.

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what is your degree in Suffolk University – BA in Communications. Major: Public Relations. Minor: American Studies (this is what you get when you take almost all of your electives with Professor Allison)

Are you studying full time or part time? Part-time

Do you have work experience? If so, where/what: I am the Digital Marketing Manager at Nutter, McClennen & Fish, one of Boston’s top law firms. I also am a part-time Sales Professional at Tiffany & Co. in Copley Place.

Why did you choose to get your MBA? I chose to get my MBA because I wanted my resume to stand out from other candidates. Having an advanced degree can never hurt you (especially in this town), so I thought it was both a good commitment of my time and a superior investment of my money. I chose Suffolk because of my amazing undergraduate experience here. We also have a diverse, international student base that can only make you more globally business-minded.

What is your ultimate career goal? I’d like to be CMO someday. Right now, I’m acquiring the skills I need to get there and enjoying the journey on the way to that goal. Grad school will be a major milestone completed on the way there. Another career goal of mine is to teach. Imparting wisdom on others can only make you better at what you know. Digital Marketing and Sales are two subjects that are near and dear to me, so of course, I’d like to teach them to others one day.

What has been your favorite part of your graduate experience at Suffolk so far? I’d have to say traveling to China for MBA740 was the most life-changing experience I’ve had so far in my professional development. Not only do you get immersed into Eastern culture, but you get to get an insider’s look at how business is done in a different culture. The most invaluable part was that I came back from China with 15 new friends for life.

What advice would you give to incoming SBS grad students? The two best pieces of advice came from Dean Behnam at an information session before I even applied to the program:

  1. Differentiate your MBA – I chose a concentration in Supply Chain Management and got my PMP certification because it differentiates me as a marketer. I understand and respect the operational side of the business and that can be key when building relationships across departments and business lines.
  2. Build your network – The degree is great, but the network is gold, which is why I’m usually the first to suggest going out for cocktails after class.

Share a fun fact about yourself: I was the Photo Editor and the Arts & Entertainment Editor of The Suffolk Journal when I was an undergrad at Suffolk.

 

Maya Calabrese, MBA ’18

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Name: Maya Calabrese

Where are you from? Belfast, Maine.

Where do you currently live (neighborhood/town)? Stoneham, MA.

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what is your degree in? From the University of Southern Maine, a B/S in Exercise Physiology (not at all business related, I realize this).

Are you studying full time or part time? Part-time.

Do you have work experience? If so, where/what: Yes, I’ve been working in the Financial Services industry for the past 9+ years. I’ve been working for Eaton Vance Management for the past 3+ years in a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery role.

Why did you choose to get your MBA? Despite my work experience, I had the feeling that something was missing. I came from a background in science and hadn’t taken one business course, so I had some holes to fill.

What is your ultimate career goal? To be a successful working mother, wife, and individual. I had a daughter about a half of my way through the program and it changed my perspective on…everything. It made me a more confident leader and I see myself in a management role, focused on the communications of an organization and my employees.

What has been your favorite part of your graduate experience at Suffolk so far? The California Travel Seminar. It was a tough 8 days but worth every minute of the real-life experience. Jodi and Russell worked incredibly hard to make sure we, as students, got as much as we could from each meeting, presentation, and interaction.

What advice would you give to incoming SBS grad students? Pace yourself. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Take the time to get to know your classmates, enjoy the subjects that you are working on, and use your experiences in your everyday life.

Share a fun fact about yourself: I grew up in rural Maine, in a small house on 2 acres of land. When I say small, I mean we lived in one of the first “tiny houses” before they became popular. My parents didn’t have running water or electricity until I was 2 years old (by choice, mind you) and I spent a majority of my childhood outside, climbing trees, building forts and swimming in every lake I could find. I hope that my daughter gets to experience even a fraction of this sort of childhood!

Isabela Daudt, MBA ’19

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Name: Isabela Daudt

Where are you originally from? Porto Alegre, Brazil

Where are you currently living (neighborhood/town)? Mission Hill

Where did you complete your undergrad degree and what is your degree in?American International College (AIC), Marketing and International Business

Are you studying full-time or part-time? Full-time

Do you have work experience? If so, where/what have you done prior to starting your graduate degree? I have completed two internships: International Online Marketing Internship at Bibi Calcados during summer 2016 in Brazil, and Marketing Internship at Rosedale Farms and Vineyards (Simsbury, CT) during spring 2017.

Why did you choose to pursue the degree you are currently pursuing? To expand my business knowledge, skills and connections to become more competitive when applying for full-time marketing positions here in the United States.

What is your ultimate career goal? I would love to achieve a leadership position and/or have my own company in the Marketing Research/Consumer Behavior field.

What has been your favorite part of your graduate experience so far? An awesome event with great food involved is always a good idea for me! Lunch with a Leader and the International Night were deliciously fun times to share with my friends and great opportunities to meet new people. I will definitely add them to my annual calendar.

What advice would you give to incoming SBS grad students? Take advantage of the many workshops and networking events provided by Suffolk and the school’s organizations – they will give you the competitive edge you need to be more successful inside and outside the classroom.

Share a fun fact about yourself: I’ve been playing tennis since I was 4 years old and I was able to come study in the United States five years ago under an athletic scholarship for it.

Danielle Heath, MBA ’19

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Name: Danielle Heath

Where are you originally from? Albany, NY

Where are you currently living (neighborhood/town)? South Boston

Where did you complete your undergrad degree and what is your degree in?University of Rhode Island, Public Relations

Are you studying full-time or part-time? Full-time

Do you have work experience? If so, where/what have you done prior to starting your graduate degree? Before choosing to go back to school full time, I worked at a public relations firm in Boston.

Why did you choose to pursue the degree you are currently pursuing? Since my undergrad degree was not in business, I really wanted to learn more about how to run a business.

What is your ultimate career goal? I would like to have my own social media marketing firm geared toward restaurants and food-related products.

What has been your favorite part of your graduate experience so far? Attending events such as Lunch with a Leader, GSA and SUGBA socials, and International Night to get a chance to talk with classmates outside of the classroom.

What advice would you give to incoming SBS grad students? Get to know your classmates and form study groups. I wouldn’t have been successful in any classes so far without studying and sharing ideas with friends/classmates.

Share a fun fact about yourself: I have a Boston-based food Instagram account (@BostonBehavior).