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Introducing the 2023 MBA Class: Shivali Barot from Ivey Business School

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“Clinician (RN) turned Digital Healthcare Analyst with passion for business and technology.”

home town: Vaughan, Ontario

Trivia about yourself: I’ve been in a stand-alone feature film with IMDB credits that screened at TIFF. I love to cook and blog about vegetarian food. I published research papers in radiation oncology and co-founded a matchmaking tool for South Asians during the pandemic.

Faculty/Major: University of Toronto (Human Biology, Psychology, Accelerated Nursing)

Recent Employers and Positions: Digital Health Consultant (Application Lead), University Health Network

How has the case method enriched your learning? The case method has greatly enriched my learning by allowing me to understand the perspective of a decision maker. This will change your mindset as your decisions will be more realistic. You go beyond theory as you apply what you know and think about potential consequences and implications based on your actions. You’ll learn better from real-world examples and go through a step-by-step process on what information you need to start solving a problem, what decisions to make, and how to measure success.

Aside from peers and cases, what part of the school’s MBA program led you to choose this business school?Why was it so important to you? One of the reasons I chose Ivey was because it was a one-year program. I believe that the rigorous level of academics will be sufficient for post-MBA preparation. I also heard great things from previous graduates. They all landed in great places and the Ivey Alumni Network is a very large, talented and supportive organization that I have always wanted to be a part of.

What has been your greatest accomplishment in your career so far? It has been an incredible journey to lead one of the largest clinical digital transformation projects for multi-hospital implementation in Toronto, bringing together technology and medicine to digitize healthcare. I also worked on the front lines as a nurse during COVID-19. Mental, physical and emotional challenges abound at North America’s largest organ transplant center.

Describe your greatest accomplishment as an MBA student so far. Overcome the very steep learning curve in business school, especially high-volume courses. I come from a very nontraditional business background, such as healthcare and life sciences, but (after hard work) I was able to meet this challenge successfully. He has also been involved in school-wide initiatives as an internal vice-president of the MBA Association, which has given him the opportunity to engage in social impact activities (such as supporting 11 new Ukrainian students recently welcomed to Ivey). ) ) and community events for classmates.

Where is your favorite hangout in London, Ontario? What draws you (or your classmates) there? Zen Gardens is my favorite hangout/restaurant in London. They serve vegetarian Buddhist cuisine with the best food, exotic teas and an overall great atmosphere. I often take my friends there and we always celebrate milestones!

What have you enjoyed reading/watching/listening to recently that you would highly recommend to an aspiring MBA? The Freakonomics podcast has many of the latest economics topics. “The Goal” is a popular book for leaders (assigned in operations classes) that explains the family’s key messages, how the business operates, and the expertise of operations. .

What did you do during the application process to be accepted into Ivey? Attended Ivey events (face-to-face events or webinars, workshops, information sessions), networked with the hiring team, spoke with Ivey alumni, and asked questions. I prepared my application well, practiced interview questions, and emphasized my goals and achievements. I tried my best to be myself and made genuine connections. The rest is history!