Today marks my 326th day working from home. Being “people” people, my team and I thrive on the energy of in-person engagement. Yet, like me, many of my team, our students, professors, and alumni are working remotely, tethered only by thin virtual connections. We’ve all been challenged by displacement from campus, constant change, and the need for the daily personal adaptions of living in a pandemic. Through all of this, we still keep the same priorities front-and-center: supporting our alumni community, educating students, and helping grads and alums get jobs in a brutal and challenging job market. Hult doesn’t stop even when the rest of the world goes on pause.
Innovations like our DBA roll out as planned. We mobilize and quickly launch new alumni skilling options like the MIB-MBA Leap or the Live Online Masters in Business Analytics. Everyone masters Zoom and learns how to teach hybrid, online-only, or make quick switches in format when campuses close or reopen on short notice. I sit in admiration of my colleagues and staff. It takes courage, resiliency, and fortitude—and they brought it. Bunkering at home, alums are my lifelines out to the global community. They’ve inspired me with their generosity, loyalty to the school, and willingness to help students and each other. They remind me every day what’s possible when you dream really big and put in everything you’ve got. There is always a way—you just have to find it.