Director, International Services at Mass General
Ever since I could remember I wanted to become a diplomat. It wasn’t until the age of 15, when my mother received medical care in our native home of Colombia, that I was inspired to pursue a career in health care and business. She is the strongest woman I have ever known, so naturally seeing her health compromised was a pivotal moment in my life. I grew up in a beautiful country where access to education and health care is seen as a luxurious privilege and not a right. The odds where not really in my favor. Being as determined as my mother, I obtained my first job at age 16 and started taking undergraduate classes at night with the goal to one day work in the international arena of a reputable hospital.
Upon moving to the United States, I studied business administration, where I first had to learn English. Shortly after that, I graduated with a dual master’s degree in business administration and international relations—a true passion of mine. Through my young and humble 14-year career in health care, I have been fortunate to be surrounded by strong and intelligent women, most of whom I consider exceptional mentors and colleagues. To say that I am proud to work for an organization like Mass General is an understatement as it is quite gratifying to work in a place where we get to collectively ensure that many of our patients receive life-enhancing and lifesaving care. This can only be accomplished though the vast innovation that occurs here every single day, and just as importantly where people are smart, dedicated and compassionate.