Initially posted by Poets & Quants, on June 11, 2022
Poets & Quants’ 5th annual Best & Brightest Online MBA feature celebrates 51 MBA graduates from 2022.
This year’s cohort was selected based on students’ who showed “strong academic performance, critical and consistent contributions, striking personal narratives, and innate potential. The list features 26 women and 25 men who range in age from 25 to 57 and work at many of the most prestigious names in business. The variety of backgrounds and industries of the Online MBA students featured is vast and includes JWMI alumnus Jack Boyd.
Fiera Capital, Analyst, Global Fixed Income
Undergraduate School and Degree: John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. The Wharton School, Advanced Financial Program (Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management)
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career?
Being able to join the Global Fixed Income team at Fiera Capital and working alongside Nicolas Vaugeois, Alexandre Cousineau, and Charles Lefebvre is a proud achievement. Their collegiality and mentorship have been nothing short of extraordinary. Portfolio Management can be an individual game, but we’ve all come together and are stronger together.
Why did you choose this school’s online MBA program?
The Jack Welch Management Institute (JWMI) program embodied all the characteristics one could ask for, including an ability to expand your knowledge set for one’s professional endeavors.
What was your favorite part of being in an online MBA program?
JWMI’s faculty and staff were collaborative, transparent, and provided real-world education and skills that I believe are hard to find within the education sector.
What was the most surprising thing about an online learning environment?
I was surprised by the ability to meet, connect, and form friendships with students worldwide. Understanding one’s point of view through the lens of a different geographical backdrop is a differentiated experience at JWMI and one that serves you well in the real world.
How did your online experience compare with your in-the-classroom experience as an undergraduate student?
At first, it took getting used to. Once again, allow me to reiterate that the faculty at JWMI went above and beyond to accommodate the students’ needs and drive their successes. I could not be more fulfilled with the experience I had with the Jack Welch MBA program.
What is your best piece of advice to an applicant for thriving in an online MBA program?
At times, it is a must to prioritize what one wants most out of life and to reflect upon one’s self to say that the hard work I am putting in now is building my future path. There were moments when I had to sacrifice my social calendar and prioritize work for the MBA program. Moreover, I found that the quote from Nelson Mandela touched upon me to foster a sense of purpose and drive throughout my MBA journey:
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
What would you change about an online MBA Program?
I would not adjust a single aspect within the program’s framework.
How has your online education helped you in your current job?
My communication skills are greatly enhanced. Communicating one’s idea or thesis is necessary to get one’s views appropriately expressed. I have developed a foundational communication strategy that allows me to build on additional views and arguments that serve my clients and colleagues.
What is your ultimate long-term professional goal?
I strive to continue to excel within the financial sector. An example would be grasping the different arrays to measure risks and the emphasis put on individual responsibility and the creative process. The current strategy the Global Fixed Income team at Fiera Capital manages is not only thematic, rigorous, and robust, but it is also driven by programmatic channels. Developing a more congruent framework to deliver a more unique value proposition will set us apart from our competitors. By showcasing this differentiating feature and robust framework, I have a strong reason to believe that it paves the right path for my future professional career.