While development needs to become a more integral

While leading technology recruitment for ConocoPhillips, I built a strategy that increased the number of women and employees of color we hired by 19% and 20%, respectively. While in this role, the oil industry experienced an economic downturn, which eventually led to reductions that impacted company diversity efforts. I struggled to make a data-driven case that long-term investment in these initiatives should continue. I recognize that to succeed as an HR strategy leader, I need to strengthen my data-analytics skills and learn how to develop broader corporate strategies. When I earn my MBA in 2020, underrepresented ethnicities will make up more than 50% of the U.S. population. As demographics shift, the role of human resources and talent development needs to become a more integral part of corporate strategy. During my MBA, I will take full advantage of access to Wharton’s world-class faculty, such as Stephanie Creary and her course on leading diversity in organizations, to make a compelling case that good people strategy is good business strategy. The extensive business analytics major and its use of real-world data, make Wharton the ideal environment to address my analytics skills gap. As WG’17 Alex Kubo said during my visit, “At Wharton, in God we trust. Everyone else should bring data.” From courses like Experiments for Business Decision Making, I will learn to build models and manipulate data, while developing the management skills to make decisions from the insight. As a member of the Wharton People Analytics Conference Team, I’d capitalize on a unique opportunity to learn from award-winning Wharton professor Adam Grant to deepen my understanding of the field and its applications in human capital strategy. To pivot into the tech industry, I must deepen my understanding of the tech business landscape. With Wharton’s unique Semester in San Francisco, I can live in the epicenter of technology, while still leaning on and contributing to a network spanning over 95,000 alumni. I will take advantage of opportunities outside of the classroom, such as tech internships, guest speakers, and immersion into tech culture to augment my understanding of the technology business and its associated risks. Post-MBA, I plan to join a human resources leadership development program (HRLDP) at a tech company like Google or Microsoft. Through the HRLDP, I will marry my skills in data-analytics with human capital strategy to add a quantitative dimension to the attraction, development, and retention of diverse talent. With this grounding, I hope to progress toward my long-term goal of becoming Chief Human Resources Officer for a technology company.Technology is the greatest change agent of our time. For technology to create value and opportunity into the future, it must be built for robust and changing demographics. Through my Wharton MBA experience, I will position myself to sit at the intersection of analytics and management decisions, and strategically shape the culture, people, and success of future technology companies.


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