HCMP Junior Receives Career Development Opportunity

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 - A health care management & policy major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies has earned acceptance into the career preparation program Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT).

As an MLT fellow, Yaritza Vargas (NHS’15) will complete a series of educational modules that focus on areas such as interview and internship preparation, on-the-job performance, and career leadership.

“I am excited to sharpen my leadership skills and learn more effective ways of networking and building my personal brand,” Vargas says. “I am looking forward to the exposure to different fields I might not have previously considered and to well-known companies and those that are up-and-coming.”

Minority Leadership

According to the organization’s Web site, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans make up only three percent of senior leaders in corporations, non-profits, and entrepreneurial ventures – although these groups represent nearly 30 percent of the United States population.

To address this issue, MLT seeks to equip “high potential minorities with the key ingredients to unlock their career potential.” During the program, Vargas also will travel to seminars and be paired with a coach who will provide one-on-one guidance.

“The next 18 months will lead you through self-discovery, skill development, door-opening relationships, and career opportunity,” Danelle Radney, associate director of college programs, notes in a welcome letter. “We will do our best to arm you with the tools for success in some of the most competitive internships and career opportunities.”

‘Best Experience of My Life’

Vargas, who was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Massachusetts when she was six years old, says she loves Georgetown and that her major has allowed her to see ways she can make an impact on the health care sector.

This summer, she interned at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. After graduation, she hopes to go into health care consulting to help “establish financially sound methods of delivering care while upholding high standards of quality.”

“Georgetown has been the best experience of my life, and I can't wait to see what these last two years have in store for me,” she says. “I am lucky to be in a program that allows for exposure to many different people while fostering a sense of community and familiarity.”

By Bill Cessato