Spearheaded and managing international development projects and social enterprise since graduating from my BA shaped and solidified my decision to dedicate my career to building technologies that promote sustainable development, and a stronger, fairer world.
My passion for transforming traditional businesses through innovation was ignited in my first project at _____. Serving as the company’s youngest ever financial analyst, I joined a strategy team tasked with injecting new life into the cocoa industry through the creation of new products. Leading the B2B sales for these first-of-a-kind cocoa products, I formed and nurtured new collaborations with leading cocoa suppliers, traders and clients including ______.
Shortly thereafter, I was tapped by my current employer to advise them on the development of novel solutions for sustainability projects, such as a solar-powered desalinization plant for the remote and water deprived island. I quickly understood that the analytical skills I used to open new relationships and revenue channels in the cocoa industry could also be used to improve lives across the world. Since then, I’ve dedicated every skill at my disposal to helping our company develop and implement high-impact sustainability projects in underdeveloped countries and underprivileged communities. I seek a Cornell Tech MBA to enhance my ability to provide technologies and solutions, from solar-powered fertigation systems to mobile education hubs, that can fundamentally transform communities, governments, and lives.
Post-MBA, I aim to return to my employer as a Business Development Manager, where I’ll expand our activities into new markets and sectors. As a Senior Financial Analyst and Business Development Associate, I’ve gathered tools for developing strategic partnerships, leading negotiations, and arriving to win-win deals. Gaining better command of technology and product development in Cornell Tech’s Design Studio will help me to effectively ideate, propose, and deliver solutions in new arenas. The MBA will also strengthen my management skills and assist me in leading and advancing the professional level of larger teams, skills that will be indispensable for success in my long-term goal of becoming CEO of my family business, Innovative Agro Industry, and shaping it into an industry leader for sustainable agriculture.
Having already gained experience in strategy and business operations optimization for the past five years, a one-year MBA that focuses on R&D and will help me master how to take product ideas from conception, through development, and to launch, is the perfect complement for my existing skills.
My international experiences – managing teams and projects and travelling in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, as well as living in Israel and Australia – has lent me the abilities to view life from multiple lenses, develop common ground easily, and adapt quickly to new circumstances. I believe adaptability is the single most important characteristic a leader should possess in today’s digital age, where change is the only constant. I look forward to increasing my agility in the PiTech Studio, where I’ll practice innovating against urgent environmental and social problems with the collaboration of peers from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds. I’ll also soak up hacks for pivoting and resilience from interacting with trailblazing founders in NYC’s multifaceted start-up environment.
Moreover, internalizing lessons from Cornell Tech’s Studio Culture and Code and methods from Johnson core course “Critical and Strategic Thinking” will enable me to navigate dilemmas like the one I faced my previous employer, where the local government demanded $15 million in equity from us to launch a project for the benefit of smallholder farmers, a request that stood to severely downgrade our profitability. I faced a difficult decision: incur some risk to participate in a project that that would greatly increase productivity and prosperity of local smallholder farms via extension services, training, and innovative agricultural methods, or walk away.
Backed by world-class STEM and business training and the aspiration to impact the real world, I’ll lead my company and my family business in creating technologies that spur social-economic growth and transform lives.