Programme: OneMBA Class of 2019
Nationality: Haudenosaunee (First Nations), Canadian
Job title: Managing director, Turtle Clan Management Consulting
Previous degrees: Bachelor of Education at Brock University, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at McMaster University
1. Why did you decide to do the Global Executive OneMBA?
“I wanted to know the theory of what I was applying in real work. My background is in education and psychology, and I’ve worked in business for 20 years. I’ve been a corporate educator, and am consulting in inclusion and diversity in Canada. Being from a diverse background helps bridge the gap between indigenous people in governments and business with corporate and other Canadians. Understanding how business works will enable me to be a more effective leader in any organisation. I also wanted an expanded global experience. Travelling to the Netherlands every six weeks gave me exposure to a new environment.”
2. How is the OneMBA experience affecting your work?
“I’ve done a lot of work with diversity and inclusion. I now understand how to change my way in order to bring across my message in a more global environment. Canada is a very diverse country, but when you expand to working with people in their own country in their own context, it adds an extra element on how you work in diverse organisations. For example, when working with Chinese classmates, they’re actually in China working in a Chinese context. To truly understand where people are coming from is real added value. In Canada we use a lot of indirect language and I assume people know what I’m talking about. But I've learned through this programme that I need to provide more context. I’m learning to use more direct language.”
3. How has the Personal Leadership Development Programme (PLD) affected you?
“I’ve often been on the driver’s seat of leadership development, so it’s interesting to be a part of asking myself these questions instead of asking others. Seeing what it truly is what I’m looking for, and the art of the possible. This European experience expands my mind on opportunities, and it’s endless. With the PLD programme, and my classmates’ help, I can map out what that looks like: the plan, big goals and vision for my potential career and my life. And how it interweaves with each other.”
4. Do you notice different cultural approaches to working within your global teams?
“Absolutely. The first course we took was about leading global organisations. We learned how people might approach work in general. You learn to understand where people’s value-add is and where opportunities could be. And we have the right kind of conversations to help each other on our journey. It’s a global learning experience and we all learn to be our best.”
5. What has been the best part of OneMBA for you so far?
“The diversity is the best part. But not just on a cultural level. We share what we’ve experienced, from successful global entrepreneurs to smaller, locally run business owners, and corporates. The diversity of these experiences adds tremendous value. I get a lot out of this because it’s so different than my own experience. There’s also diversity in thought. From leading global organisations to finance; when there’s a grey zone when managing, then it’s a challenge on how to approach it. When seeing how people – or I – think differently, I learn how I should hone those skills when needed.”
6. How do you hope the RSM OneMBA helps you to be a force for positive change?
“The RSM OneMBA is taking me global. My I WILL statement is: “I WILL bring Canada to RSM, and RSM to the world”. This translates to a global ability to be a force for positive change with my experience in diversity and inclusion. And I want to bring the change I’m already making locally – within myself, community and country – to the rest of the world.”
7. After the OneMBA, what does the future hold?
“The possibilities are endless. I’m hoping to connect to something that has a global impact. Great things are happening around the world. I want to bring local concepts to global environments and vice versa to create more prosperity and make the world a better place.”