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For this GEMBA-HLS ’20 student, small lessons add up to make a big difference at work

The most profound and significant personal transformations don’t always appear that way at first. The change might happen gradually and appear subtle from the outside.

That’s what happened to Samira Bachouchi (GEMBA-HLS ’20). Since she enrolled in the Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences at the Rotman School, a lot has changed. Earlier this year, she was promoted at Takeda Canada, where she works as a director of medical information and pharmacovigilance. Now, she’s tackling a larger portfolio, managing a bigger team, overseeing a range of therapeutic areas, and working on building the company’s relationships with global partners.

There have been other, more subtle changes too. She’s better able to draw connections between effective business strategies and trends in the life sciences. With projects, she’s more deliberate and confident in her approach.

“It’s hard for me to point to one specific class or moment that led to these changes,” Bachouchi says. “It’s been a series of seemingly small things, like learning about a new business concept in class or taking away a lesson from a career coaching session, that have come together to make a big impact on how I approach my work.”

Learn more about Samira Bachouchi's journey to leadership.

Grounded in world-class thought leadership, the Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences program helps you develop the expertise you need to shape your organization and drive your career on the international stage. And while you explore best practices globally, we’ll guide you through an in-depth assessment of your potential, with the goal of shaping you into a more impactful leader.

Become a powerful leader with the Rotman integrated leadership framework. Learn. Reflect. Apply. Through a cycle of a personal development plan, one-on one coaching and experiential learning, develop your strengths and true career potential. 


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