Alumni Profile: Amanda Leahy (MBA)

Caitlin Magidson

Caitlin works with students and alumni in Washington DC as a transformational Career Coach. She provides guidance around self-exploration, job search strategy, and networking through individualized coaching and professional development courses.

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Amanda Leahy joined DaVita Health Care Partners in January 2015. Amanda is responsible for the daily operations of 18 station Hemodialysis facility in the Bronx, NY with an average patient census of 145. While monitoring workflow and customer satisfaction, she provides direction, inspiration and counseling to 28 teammates. Essential duties include financial management, risk management/quality assurance compliance, facility/equipment management, patient care management and team management.

Amanda graduated in December 2014 from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School with her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in health care administration. While at Carey, she was accepted among a nation-wide pool of applicants for New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Summer MBA Internship Program. She served as a graduate level intern at the Columbia Medical Center in operations and formally presented her project on outpatient appointment efficiency to NYP executives.

Prior to Business School, Amanda worked in international development for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the AIDS 2012 Conference. Amanda’s passion for health care was cemented at Duke University where she received her Masters in Divinity and Certificate in Global Health. During her time at Duke, Amanda served as a pediatric chaplain and HIV/AIDS field researcher in Nairobi, Kenya.

Amanda graduated from Pepperdine University with her Bachelors in International Communication and Speech Communication.

What advice would you give new graduates?
Exchange “I” for “We.” At Carey, you’ve spent significant time focusing on your individual achievements, professional skills, and professional goals. Common B-School lingo includes “I need to study this;” “I want to pursue that.” As a clinic administrator, my success now directly hinges on others. In the most literal sense, the clinic doors could not open without teammates, patients and support vendors. There is no clinic administrator – or rather “I” – without others. Success is found in the “we.”

What is one thing students should do while in school to prepare for a job?
Plan, Prepare, and Perform. Plan for your next move post school by reaching out to alumni and other connections well in advance. It’s never too early. Prepare to the maximum for behavioral interviews, case studies and financial modeling. There is no such thing as too prepared. Perform at your best self. You never know who you are sitting next to on the Metro.

What is your favorite thing about your current job?
Fun. My favorite thing about my current job is DaVita’s core value, fun. Dialysis patients receive four hours of treatment, three times a week. We try to uplift patients’ spirits by introducing fun into our care. One of my favorite moments was hosting a karaoke day on the clinic floor and watching patients sing and dance in their treatment chairs.

What is the most influential experience you had at Carey? 
My most influential experience at Carey was participating in process flow study in Johns Hopkins Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. The experience provided by Dr. Dada and Dr. Chambers was invaluable to my summer internship in operations at New York Presbyterian Medical Center.

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