Jessica Whitehead - Masters in Management & Global MiM Programme Manager
Tell us a bit about the journey to your current role at LBS…
Having grown up in a small community in Canada, I hold a tremendous value in higher education. It has the power to provide the opportunity for individuals to discover their passions and pursue their dreams regardless of where they come from. The possibility of playing a role in this journey for others is what drove me to start a career in this field. Upon graduating from university with a business degree in 2015, I joined Smith School of Business as a Programme Manager for the Master of Finance. I contributed to the evolution of the programme and acted as the key point of contact for students and alumni. I also had the opportunity to pursue a Master of Education while in this role.
I was attracted to London Business School because of its reputation as a leader in business education that prides itself on its diversity and innovative programmes. After receiving an offer for the Masters in Management/ GMiM Programme Manager role, I packed my bags and moved to London!
Can you tell us more about your job role, and take us through a typical day?
One of the most interesting parts of my role is that my day-to-day work varies as the academic year progresses. Recently, our team welcomed 251 new MiMs and as a result, my time is more focused on providing them with the knowledge and resources needed to start this exciting chapter of their lives. As the academic year passes I will be more involved in delivering key projects and helping operationalise our newly launched Integrated Modules.
What part of the role do you enjoy most?
I find that the relationships I build with our students make my role especially rewarding. We are driven by new, innovative ideas that will further help our students get the most out of the programme. I have especially enjoyed contributing to the experiential learning elements such as our Global Immersion Field Trips. Collaborating with organisations on an international scale has been a transformational learning experience for our students and myself.
How does it feel to be part of the LBS community?
The LBS community is inclusive and tight-knit. Staff, students and alumni feel a life-long connection to the school regardless of their paths after graduation. Also, opportunities to get involved are endless. As staff, you can attend faculty lectures, join student clubs and really get involved in cross-functional initiatives.
What has been the highlight of your time at LBS?
Taking 60 of our students to Shanghai and Hong Kong was one of the first projects I worked on in LBS. It was rewarding to see all of our planning come to life and have our students widen their international business perspective.
Which five celebrities would you invite to your dream dinner party?
1. Sheryl Sandberg
2. Lisa Ling
3. Jimmy Kimmel
4. Oprah Winfrey
5. Elon Musk
Tell us something surprising about yourself…
When I was young I spent a year living in Mexico and Costa Rica. Despite the short duration, it was very impactful as I had to immerse myself in a culture that was quite different from what I was used to at home in Canada.