Lisa Marie Chen, MBA
Lead Content Strategist, Watson Analytics, IBM
Based in: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Graduation Year: 2011
MBA Specializations: Marketing and Strategic Management
Favorite Class: Brand Management with Alan Middleton and Value Creation
“At Schulich I felt truly inspired knowing that I was surrounded by the leaders of tomorrow.”
- MBA Admissions
One thing that attracted me to Schulich:
The professors’ level of combined thought leadership and experience. Schulich faculty have in-depth practical and academic experience in their industry. As a result, I was able to learn both theory and real world skills.
One skill that I admire in a business leader:
Collaboration and team work. The ability to lead a group with a diverse background is critical.
One Schulich experience that made an impact:
Serving as Corporate Director for the MBA Games while I was on exchange in Tokyo gave me a great lesson in negotiating partnerships remotely, which has helped me grow professionally.
One thing you might not know about me:
I am a car aficionado. My friends and family call me all the time to discuss their cars or ask my advice about ones they’re buying.
How the Schulich alumni network has helped me:
Schulich’s alumni network is a graduate’s biggest resource. In my current role I work with so many different businesses, and no matter what the industry, a Schulich grad is working in it. I am always able to reach out to them for insight.
How I balanced work and school full-time:
Within two months of starting my MBA I began working at Toyota. The professors and student groups that I worked with at Schulich were really supportive and accommodated my busy schedule.
A piece of advice to students considering an MBA:
An MBA is a great way to develop your skill set, hone your craft as a leader and challenge yourself.
Beyond the Classroom
During my MBA at Schulich I …
- Went on an exchange to Kyoto University in Japan. I got the complete local experience from going to baseball games, Tokyo Disneyland and visiting local companies with my HR class.
- Was a writer for The Insider Magazine, a student-run digital and print publication for the Schulich community.
- Learned to build key partnerships and landed a major corporate sponsor as Corporate Director for the MBA Games Committee.
“Schulich has given me the opportunity to grow as a leader and challenged me to learn how to navigate through complexity.”