By Heream Yang
After graduating from the University of Richmond in 2015 with degrees in Business Administration and Healthcare Studies, Charlsey Graham (MBA’21) moved to Washington, D.C. to put her studies into practice as a consultant at EY. From military health strategy to welfare transformation, she worked across a broad spectrum of federal clients.
After 4 years of helping other organizations find strategic solutions to their organizational problems, Graham realized that she wanted to be on the other side, seeing the end impact through to implementation. She considered several different graduate programs to help make that transition, including a Master of Public Health (MPH) or a combined MBA-MPH.
When she discovered that Owen’s MBA program offered a Healthcare Concentration in the nation’s healthcare delivery capital, Graham knew she had found the perfect fit. “It was kind of the perfect situation with all of the classes they had to offer and just being in Nashville,” she said.
By pursuing her MBA, Graham was successfully able to pivot from consulting to driving impact in the healthcare provider space. After a successful summer interning in Walmart’s Health and Wellness division, she will be returning full-time as a Senior Manager upon graduating from Owen, driving impact in the healthcare industry. “I want to be on the right side of healthcare, and I want to help improve the lives of others,” Graham explained. “I don’t know where else I can find that other than Walmart. That’s just, to a tee, what their mission is, helping better people’s lives and providing low-cost services.”
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