Building a network at Johns Hopkins
Mahmood visited campus three times before committing to Carey.
“I spent a lot of time getting to know the community – the students, alumni, faculty – to make sure it was the right cultural fit for me as well as academic fit,” he says. “I loved the culture; everyone was willing to make time and make themselves accessible to other people. It was this combination of a good cultural fit and a great fit for the health care industry that drew me in.”
Making connections across the Carey and Johns Hopkins network continued to define Mahmood’s experience once he was a student.
“There is a huge willingness of professors and alumni to make time to share their perspectives, introduce you to others, and make their networks available to you,” he says. “And the breadth of the network in terms of what people are doing across the spectrum of the health care industry was awesome.”
He also credits Carey’s emphasis on ethics with helping him to choose a role at Cardinal Health— number four on Fortune’s list of most admired companies.
“I found and chose Cardinal because the ethics the company emphasized were very much in line with Carey’s philosophy of business, ethics, and leadership development. Carey helped me find a company that had values in line with mine,” Mahmood says.
Solving complex problems in health care
Coming from a biomedical engineering background, Mahmood first took advantage of Carey’s core MBA courses and developed his understanding of how markets operate. He recalls a course on mergers and acquisitions that he still draws on frequently in his role at Cardinal. He credits his MBA courses with his ability to ask the right questions and find solutions.