Industry and academia have historically been disjointed and therefore unable to leverage each other’s learnings in a meaningful and impactful way. The AEF offers an opportunity for me to be a catalyst in how industry effectively uses academic research toward the practical application of business decisions! And, how to cultivate those partnerships.
Always be a student of learning new things; Continue to expand your ‘wheel house’.
Dr. Deborah Coates, my dissertation advisor, has been my greatest academic influence. She taught me to be committed to the rigor of the discipline, but to identify opportunities to transfer their rigor to our understanding of topics that impact the greater good.
Innovation, for sure. While there are many aspects of BlackRock that really lead the industry, Marketing organizations within financial services are notoriously behind other industries on being data-driven. This gives me an opportunity to develop strategy, implement, critique and redesign!