Taylee has been working in corporate consulting for over eight years, and her experience thus far has been with multinationals and SMEs across industries. To this day, the fast-paced nature and variety of her career never ceases to inspire her. Currently, she holds two professional leadership roles in consulting firms, where she provides personalized services in government relations, lobbying, public affairs, advocacy and policy development. Taylee believes in making a positive impact by supporting clients across all phases of the process from defining strategy and engaging stakeholders to business matching and in-market business development, as well as corporate reputation management.
My goals were two-fold. I come from an international relations background, so I wanted to expand my management knowledge. I was also looking to grow as a leader, and the Global Online MBA is the perfect environment to refine leadership skills.
The fact that IE Business School is a top-ranked business school was important to me. However, what most attracted me to the Global Online MBA was the diversity of the cohort. Many business schools select candidates with similar backgrounds, both professionally and culturally, but IE Business School is different. Diversity pushes the limits of our intellectual flexibility; this is essential for managers wanting to succeed in today’s international business environment.
I can confidently say that the knowledge and skills you acquire during the Global Online MBA can be put to use immediately—you don’t need to wait for your diploma! The advice I was able to give my clients improved constantly. One important example is designing, executing and analyzing corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies. These skills were sharpened during the program, and CSR is now core to what I offer as a consultant.
Yes, I do currently hold two positions—I lead projects for both an Australian and an Italian firm specialized in corporate and public affairs and internationalization strategy. Balancing work, study and a personal life is certainly a challenge. Studying the Global Online MBA will require sacrifice. My advice is to prioritize tasks and responsibilities, as well as plan in advance. Also, be kind to yourself because it isn’t easy.
The benefits link back to my earlier point about diversity. Online learning allows people from all over the globe to complete their studies together. The challenge is that it requires immense amounts of self-discipline. You need to motivate and push yourself to a much larger extent than in a face-to-face environment.
I’ve traveled to Madrid multiple times for the face-to-face portions of the program. The city is strikingly international while also maintaining its Spanish vibe and charm. There is also an evident sense of growth, making it an exciting place to live, study and work.
The greatest learnings during an MBA program in general come from your classmates, but even more so in the Global Online MBA due to its diversity. The exchange of knowledge, views and ideas is invaluable. You will not only expand your professional network, but build long-lasting friendships.
I’ve been lucky enough to present at national and international conferences hosted by chambers of commerce, business networks and other groups. Speaking about topics related to my job, such as political and institutional environments for business, is something I truly enjoy and gain a lot of professional satisfaction from.
It’s no secret that our society faces unprecedented challenges. What’s promising is that the corporate social conscience is developing. The corporate world is starting to drive change where change is needed. It’s a good sign that value is ever increasingly generated and captured across social as well as financial dimensions. To accelerate progress, I believe businesses should look to global partnerships, be it with the government or startups. The sharing of knowledge and resources is vital if we are to solve our most pressing issues.
I’m originally from Sydney and I’ve surfed all my life. It’s something that stimulates the mind, body and soul. I draw a lot of energy from a connection with nature and it keeps me centered. This helps me in my professional life too, particularly working in a demanding and highly competitive environment.
In our professional lives, we often get boxed in, whether in a specific sector, market or company. The Global Online MBA is a chance to push your boundaries, to truly step out of your comfort zone. Always look to try something new and challenge yourself.