“During the MBA program, we learned to ask a lot of ‘why’ questions,” Wallace says. “That type of thinking is what you need to be even more successful in corporate America. Before you roll out a project, you need to know how it adds value and who it adds values to.”
This “why” mindset she gained at Carey helps Wallace tackle new challenges, especially in her role at Cigna. “Senior leaders want people who are asking questions. You might be new, but if you are asking the right questions, you bring a viewpoint they may not have thought of.”
But Wallace says her current role wasn’t always the obvious option. Before coming to Carey Business School, she envisioned herself working on the provider side of health care. Through her coursework, the Career Development Office, and the Johns Hopkins alumni network, she gained exposure to all sides of the business of health.
“There are so many roles that you can obtain as an MBA. Don’t be afraid to explore them for yourself. Your career journey is going to look different for you from your colleagues and the rest of your MBA cohort. That’s OK,” Wallace says. “You learn from one another, learn about yourself along the way, and ultimately you are set up to choose a career that is the exact right path for you.”