Daytime MBA Class of 2022 Student Seve Gaskin
“After taking Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations and surviving first-year fall classes with my C-LEAD team, I have internalized that teams consistently outperform individual contributors. Creating a high-performing team is a matter of making everyone feel included, supported, responsible, and an integral part of the team.”

Daytime MBA

Class of 2022
Industry:
Consulting

Prior Education:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Economics/Public Policy, 2014
Hometown:
Charlotte, North Carolina
Nationality:
USA/Trinidad and Tobago

Why I Chose Fuqua

The Health Sector Management (HSM) certificate is one of the main reasons I wanted to pursue an MBA at Fuqua. The HSM program offers academic, professional, and social opportunities that are compelling. I wanted to build on my years of experience working with health providers to learn more about various health care industry subsectors such as medical devices, digital health, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. I also love having a cohort of over a hundred classmates, now friends, that share my passion for health care and are interested in making an impact in different parts of the industry.

5 Ways to Make Friends at Fuqua

  1. Sports—Getting involved in campus sports (e.g., soccer, tennis, and golf) has been a great way to stay active, be outdoors, and build relationships with my classmates outside the walls of Fuqua.
  2. Hiking—The Triangle has over 60 hiking trails, including many near Duke’s campus. Hiking with section-mates and others across our cohort was a great way to meet people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Cooking—We have a lot of great cooks at Fuqua! Our cuisine and cocktails Slack channel is very active, and it’s been a great way to organize small-group dinners with other food-minded Fuquans.
  4. Traveling—Short trips—despite being infrequent due to the pandemic—have been a fun way to make new friends. Coming up, my partner and I are heading to the US Open (tennis) with other Fuqua students and partners.
  5. Clubs—A great way to meet others with similar career interests, hobbies, and identities; a few clubs I am active in are the Black and Latino MBA Organization, Health Care Club, and Fuqua Wine Club.

My Life Before Fuqua

I was an engagement manager with Optum Advisory Services—the health care consulting division of Optum and UnitedHealth Group. My day-to-day focused on helping health care provider clients (e.g., hospitals, health systems, and start-ups) improve their financial operations and financial strategy.

My Life After Fuqua

I will return to health care consulting and continue to explore the vast health care industry—from payers, digital health companies, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, state health agencies, etc. Eventually, I want to become a key player and decision-maker at a large health care organization. Ideally, my work would focus on solving complex health care issues at the intersection of the public and private sectors.

My Fuqua Activities

Duke MBA Consulting Club

As a roadmap teacher, I’m helping our first-year students interested in recruiting for consulting positions understand, prepare for, and feel comfortable with the recruiting process.

My Summer Internship

I interned with McKinsey & Company; I worked with a client whose focus was getting more COVID-19 vaccine shots in arms. It was a phenomenal study—one that challenged me to leverage everything I’ve learned about health care from my time at Optum and Fuqua.

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