Diana, what would you say was the craziest or most unique experience you have had while vacationing?
While on safari at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, I spent three days within the game reserve with no barriers to separate campers from the wild. This included which included the “Big Five” – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Wild monkeys and hyenas hung around the safari tents looking to scavenge food. The smell of meats cooking over the braai’ -- Afrikaan for ‘barbeque’ set on top of charcoal and wood, attracted the hyenas almost instantly. One evening, after a finger-licking spatchcocked chicken, a hyena crawled up next to the braai, staring at me: was I a threat, or could it successfully snatch a caramel cake on the braai? I tried to shoo him off by making noise but the hyena locked eyes with me and then went for the cake. It won. As humans and urban dwellers, we tend to assume that nature bends to our will, but not this time.
Choosing to complete an Executive MBA is a big consideration. After reviewing the various masters’ programs available, why did you choose to enroll in the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
Obtaining an MBA has always been a part of my professional development goals. I was immediately captivated by the curriculum of the Telfer Executive MBA. What sets it apart from ordinary MBA programs is its emphasis on personal transformation, global experience and real-world business applications.
I look forward to the opportunity to work on consulting projects and share innovation, apply perspective and develop ideas that will translate into value-added results for real clients in an international setting. As well, the emphasis on building relationships during this journey with fellow Executive MBA candidates, professors and industry leaders from every walks of life will be a rewarding lifelong experience.
What do you admire in a leader or mentor? Do you have someone who you consider a strong leader or mentor within your life?
I believe that a great mentor is someone who shares with the mentee a similar set of core values and definition of success. A great mentor is willing to share his or her experience and has an unquenchable thirst for learning and growing. A high-level of trust and mutual respect must be shared by both mentor and mentee and that is conducive to open and candid dialogue.
I am fortunate to have found such a mentor in my long-time friend and varsity coach whose passion and persistence I try to emulate on a daily basis.