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"I especially like the focus on sustainable business practices, and have really enjoyed employment law and the Indigenous business course. A life changing experience."
Student Profile: Tatiana Parrott
Business Administration master's student in the Beedie School of Business
Most of my professional career to-date has been in Trinidad and Tobago where I worked with international development agencies, non-profit organizations and government for approximately 14 years. I have a diverse skillset having managed projects ranging from health promotion, human rights, and the development of creative sectors. I moved back to Canada almost 4 years ago and am currently a Clinical Education Program Coordinator at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. In this role, I develop and coordinate professional development programs and events for healthcare practitioners that help them to respond to clients with complex needs such as substance use disorder, mental health issues, HIV and Hepatitis C. One of my accomplishments that I am most proud of was leading the revision of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS while I was a manager at the Ministry of Labour (in Trinidad). A passion for social justice led me to attaining a Master of Arts in social anthropology and international development (University of Guelph) and this passion informs my career choices. Outside of work I pursue my “other passions” which are fitness and musical endeavours. My career goals are to attain a leadership position in an organization focusing on humanitarian or human rights related initiatives. I am also interested in corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
Being based in Vancouver I was looking at my MBA options and started liaising with the staff at the Beedie School of Business after researching the program. They were so helpful and gave me a really good "vibe" about the program. One of the things I love about the MBA program is that it integrates Indigenous business perspectives as well as Sustainability which really resonated with me. Very important issues to be integrated into an MBA program.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
A very demanding and rigorous program but an invaluable experience that will prepare you for leadership roles in the business world and beyond. The program goes beyond the traditional business courses that you would expect in an MBA.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of the program. I especially like the focus on sustainable business practices, and have really enjoyed employment law and the Indigenous business course. A life changing experience.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.
I received the John Ellis Entrance Scholarship. This award was a godsend. Having recently moved countries and basically having to start from scratch professionally it has helped immensely not only financially but it has given me peace of mind to be able to focus on my studies.
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