This week we are focusing on Elizabeth Colonna ’17, who has served on the Women’s Week Committee for CWiB and will be a PA for the incoming MBA class of 2018. Below Elizabeth discusses her CBS experience so far and what she’s looking forward to next!
Why did you decide to pursue an MBA? And why CBS specifically?
I decided to pursue my MBA for two main reasons: to broaden my general management knowledge base and to transition from healthcare consulting to the industry side of healthcare. I chose CBS for many reasons, including its location and its Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management (HPM) program.
What has been your most memorable CBS moment so far?
CBS Matters. My cluster’s CBS Matters is my favorite event of each week – it provides a unique opportunity to listen to and learn from my clustermates.
What has been your favorite class or professor at CBS thus far?
Strategy and Competition in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology. It has been such a great experience to take this class, which is taught by Cliff Cramer (the founder of CBS’ HPM program) and Bob Essner.
What woman (CBS or not) do you most admire?
Maya Angelou. She made an impression on me when I was very young, as my mom frequently repeated a few of her famous quotations to my sister and me when we were growing up – one of which was the following: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I admire Maya Angelou for her ability to eloquently speak her truth while also having the courage to stand up for others as a human rights advocate. I almost had the opportunity to hear her speak at a women’s conference in 2014, but unfortunately she passed away a few months prior. I admire that she had such a passion for her work that she was active all the way up until her passing.
What has surprised you most about business school?
Immediately starting at orientation, I felt like I was part of the CBS community, which is something for which I am very grateful. I hope to pay it forward this August as a PA for Cluster H’18!
What are you most excited about for the rest of the year?
It’s hard to believe we only have two weeks left of class – this year has flown by! Since I will be in LA over the summer, I am most looking forward to continuing to build relationships with my peers in these next few weeks, through participating in events like CBS Matters, Follies, and bonding time with my PA team.