By Sultan Sherman, President – Class Council MBA Healthcare Class of 2017
Director Institute of Healthcare Management, Prof Kokwaro, Honorable Faculty, IHM Administration, and fellow soon-to-be-MBA Healthcare Management Graduates,
My warm greetings to you all! I am so honored to have led this wonderful group of professionals through this transformational journey. We came here for an orientation on January 2015. Some of us weren’t sure yet whether we wanted to join. Some of us dropped out. We were a class of strangers, professionals in the same and different industries; from Sabatia to Kwale, from Turkana to Mombasa, all of us here to learn. Some of us had come back home.
Today we are a family, bonds that go beyond the profession. So what happened in between? Together we rode the SHOCK of Quantitative Analysis by a lecturer who called us “friends”. We racked our brains in accounting and appreciated that TB didn’t just mean Tuberculosis. We made strategic plans that Prof Moseley was proud of, racked our brains through decision analysis, tried to keep up with Prof Hagigis Latino’s accent and struggled not to sleep in Prof Sammut’s class.
We had a lot of fun in our Organizational Behavior class, really understood BIG DATA and enjoyed the lobbying in our policy class. Ethics made us change the way we think, something very critical in the dilemmas we face in healthcare. Governance prepared us for our roles in Boards that we serve and will serve in future.
Entrepreneurship was the showstopper – we truly enjoyed presenting our business plans and pitching for financing. For the future, our children need to be taught entrepreneurship at a much younger age!
Our international module in India, a truly amazing blend of both learning and fun. Learning about healthcare in India and enjoying the music, food, shopping and culture of gachibowli was amazing.
And life happened! We celebrated 2 beautiful weddings, had 6 babies during this year and 1 is on the way (I believe this is a record in MBA!). We sent our children to universities, took care of our homes and provided for our families. We lost our loved ones too. Through all this we stuck together, supported each other and cried and laughed together.
Our gratitude to Strathmore Business School is profound. Thanks to everyone at Institute of Healthcare Management. Hans, you have been our rock star!!! You truly made the journey with us. We shall thank you in our own special way after we finish our exams.
MBA Healthcare Class of 2015 – as your President, I want to thank each of you deeply for the wonderful times we had. Special thank you to our Matriarch (who is not here with us today) for leading the Social Committee), Fidelina and Edgar for being our treasurer and Collins our Deputy President – The Serikal. You guys all rock!!! Thank you for being such a great class, such a great team.
Let me leave you with Maya Angelou’s words; “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style” Let us all go out there and thrive; thrive with passion, lots of compassion, lots of humor and lots of style!
Thank you and God bless you all.
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