5 Questions with Recent Graduate...

 

Jennifer Brewster '20

 

Redwoods Resident at Davita
Los Angeles, CA

Congratulations on your graduation! What’s next?

I recently entered the DaVita Redwoods Resident Program. As part of the clinical practicum, I’ll be managing a dialysis clinic in Los Angeles for the first few months before transitioning into a full-time operations role. The program provides participants with the mentors, support and knowledge to drive clinical results and make them better leaders.

When you started at Anderson two years ago, what was your plan?

Prior to Anderson, I was the director of member experience for a health care startup. I wanted to continue working within the health care industry, and my goal was to transition to a larger health care company in a strategy or operations role.

Was there a class, experience or involvement opportunity that was a highlight during your time at Anderson?

Business Creation Option was definitely a highlight! I worked with a team of fellow students to create a mobile app for parents of children with autism. We were paired with a VC investor who advised us at every stage of the process — from conducting primary research all the way through creating a minimum viable product.

What lesson or piece of knowledge from your time at Anderson has stuck with you?

At Anderson, I learned the most when I pushed myself outside my comfort zone. This happened when I enrolled in classes in which I didn’t have much experience with the subject, I chose a professor who was known for cold calling or I had to do some form of public speaking. When I challenged myself to step into these situations, I saw the most personal growth. I try to continue to do this in my personal and professional lives today.

What do you think makes Anderson different from other business schools?

There are many things that set Anderson apart from other business schools, but what stands out to me is how student-led the school is. There are numerous opportunities to get involved at Anderson, such as coaching industry-specific Anderson Career Teams, organizing various club conferences or conducting admissions interviews with prospective students. Because many of the events and programs are student-run, the collaborative culture that Anderson is known for carries on year after year!