Carey’s I4H Program Serves as Guiding Light for GMBA Alumna Consulting in Africa
Katherine Hudak had many choices of where to attend business school. But Hudak wanted her career to “make a difference,” and in that regard there was one choice that stood above the rest: the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
“Carey and the Global MBA program were really marketed as a place you could do good through business, and that was really important to me,” said Hudak, who graduated in 2013 from the Global MBA program.
Hudak’s succeeded in building the career she always wanted; she’s spent the three-plus years since her graduation working in different parts of Africa as a researcher and consultant.
She started working abroad as a fellow at the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2014; she then moved on to Kaiser Economic Development Partners in Cape Town, but worked on projects across sub-Saharan Africa. In the summer of 2015, she took a post at the African Development Bank in Côte d’Ivoire.
Six months later, she joined the Boston Consulting Group in Johannesburg, where she is today. She works on strategic projects in the practice areas of financial services, private equity, telecommunications and public sector.
Hudak credits Carey’s Innovation for Humanity course (known as I4H) as the impetus for her career abroad.
“I4H is the reason I am in Africa. I was so moved and inspired by my experience in Rwanda,” she said. “The program really helped me realize what I wanted to do, and gave me an opportunity and ability to work both in the private sector and in the development world. “
Innovation for Humanity offers students real-world consulting experience in developing countries. Global MBA students form groups and are assigned to consult with a real business or nonprofit in countries in South America, Africa, and Asia on a business issue they are experiencing. The class culminates in a three-week trip site visit in which the students engage directly with the business or nonprofit.
Hudak said having that I4H experience was vital to her when she was starting out in Africa.
“It wasn’t an easy route to be here. Starting my post-MBA career on a new continent and working on a project-by-project basis was daunting in the beginning and so different than the typical post-graduate career route,” she said. “But I was convinced by my I4H experience that this was my place, and that I was going to find my way. And I did.”
Hudak added that the entire MBA experience has been integral to her work. Surrounded by fellow MBAs, she said it has been essential to her success.
“I can say everything I have learned at Carey has come in handy, and will continue to come in handy as I progress throughout my career,” she said. “I’m really proud of my school.”