Introducing Our T’21 MBA FellowsApril 28th, 2020
About the CDS MBA Fellows Program
Two decades ago, thanks to the generosity of Ed Glassmeyer, Roger McNamee and others, the Center for Digital Strategies opened its doors to MBA students at the Tuck School of Business. The mission of the center has always focused on educating business leaders, and in particular Tuck MBAs, on the enabling role of technology in modern businesses.
In our first year, the center welcomed three fellows into the center. Since 2000, nearly 170 MBA students benefited from the program, which has evolved to incorporate in-depth research projects, experiential learning trips, corporate research partnerships, case writing for Tuck professors, and customized learning opportunities tailored to each student’s interests.
The T’21 class represents our 20th class of fellows, and we’re excited to share a little about these fantastic students. If you’d like to learn more and/or want to support the program, please reach out to Executive Director, Patrick Wheeler (Patrick.S.Wheeler@Tuck.Dartmouth.edu).
Please join us in welcoming this extraordinary group fo students to the MBA Fellows Program with the Center for Digital Strategies!
CDS T’21 MBA Fellows
Alexander Becker joined Tuck as a double-D, having completed his undergraduate right here in Hanover! He spent the time in between his two stints in Hanover at Silicon Valley Bank and enterprise software startup Catalant Technologies, where he worked with a core group of Tuckies, including alumnus of the Fellows program, Chris White. Alex spent his first year as an MBA Associate with the CDS, where he stood out as a vocal advocate for product-led growth and software business models. No surprise to any who know Alex, his research project will focus on product led growth and the future of software sales. Alex also serves as a Managing Partner at Dorm Room Fund, a national student-run venture fund backed by First Round Capital. Alex will spend his summer at OpenView Venture Partners, a Boston-based venture capital firm that invests in and supports the next generation of product led growth companies.
Alexandra Mullin spent the early part of her career thinking about the future of healthcare. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in Human Biology, Alex spent the last several years in a variety of roles as a life sciences consultant with Navigant and at digital primary care startup Forward (backed by Google and Uber). During her first year at Tuck she was an MBA Associate with the center and was selected for the Flare Capital Scholars Program as a VC fellow focused on healthcare investments. This summer Alex will intern at CVS Health on their strategy team, helping determine which health-tech startups may be useful for CVS to partner with or acquire.
Arleen Chien joined Tuck from Boston as well, albeit with a different path. A Harvard graduate, she spent several years as a B2C marketing researcher at Forrester Research. Arleen spent her first year as an MBA Associate, helping her peers better understand the data economy and modern digital marketing. Ever the optimist, Arleen plans to research how companies can use data for good, such as optimizing logistics to lower environmental impact, or improve health outcomes using smartphone mobility and location data.
Ben Simon keeps the Boston theme going, both as a Babson graduate and in his pre-Tuck role managing a sales team at CarGurus (founded by Tuck alumnus Langley Steinart). Ben spent his first year at Tuck as an MBA Associate, tripod captain, and is currently working on an eFYP that will result in an app-based product that improves the restaurant search experience for people with dietary restrictions and preferences. His research project will focus on success factors for online marketplaces, with an emphasis on the variables that drive the scaling of marketplaces. This summer Ben will work on sales strategy as a part of the Business Value Services team at Salesforce.
Élise Sauvé brings a unique background to Tuck as a corporate attorney and director of business development for Stikeman Elliott LLP, working on M&A, capital markets, private equity and business development projects in their Montréal and Toronto, Canada offices. An outspoken voice on the role of technology as productivity enhancer (or not), Élise helped colleagues in the legal profession re-think their relationship to productivity tools and whether or not they make them more productive. Her research will extend this part of her past work, focusing on how product developers can better understand the larger impact of their products on the humans using them, including outlining safeguards and boundaries, privacy, human rights, governance, wellness, etc.Élise will spend her summer interning as an associate with McKinsey’s New York office.
Emma Sapat brings the perspective of a regulator to the fellows program, having spent two years as a fellow with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, DC, prior to her time at Tuck. The Yale alumna interned at NPR, working on products such as the NPR One app and the nonprofit’s digital transformation efforts. A dedicated gamer, Emma’s research will focus on business model development in the fast-growing esports ecosystem. This summer Emma will intern with Capital One as a Business Analysis Manager.
Haylle Reidy knows a lot about product management, having spent several years leading product teams for athenahealth in Boston prior to her time at Tuck. The Wesleyan graduate is currently pursuing a joint degree at Dartmouth, combining her Tuck MBA studies with a Masters in Public Health through The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She will continue the trend of pursuing opportunities at the intersection of digital and health as a Center for Health Care fellow next year, in addition to serving as a Director of the Tuck Social Venture Fund. Her research will focus on the rise of consumer data in healthcare and how it can be used to improve outcomes for patients, while balancing privacy and ethical concerns. This summer she will intern with Oxeon Ventures, a firm focused on investment, new company development, and advisory services in the healthcare sector.
Hugo Naulot injects a European perspective into the program next year, growing up in France and working as a consultant for Ernst & Young and Vertone prior to matriculating to Tuck. The Sciences Po Paris alumnus has been busy since arriving in Hanover, already conducting digital projects with Trip Advisor and freight tech startup NEXT Trucking. He will stay busy next year, including co-chairing the Tech Club and serving as a VC Fellow in addition to his role with the CDS. His research will explore sharing economy business models – a timely topic as many are forced to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This summer he will intern with vaunted technology company ServiceNow.
Jocelyn Teece mixes ecommerce with deep technology research chops, having worked for retailers Ralph Lauren, CaaStle (formerly Gwynnie Bee) and the Berkeley Research Group. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University in the UK, where she focused on cluster theory and how it explains the successful innovation ecosystem in Silicon Valley. Her research will continue her work on the development of specific geographical technological ecosystems and the regulatory regimes that support technological innovation. This summer, Jocelyn will be in San Francisco working for Goldman Sachs in their private wealth management practice, working closely with technology leaders in the Bay Area.
Keri Yildirim focuses on media, having joined Tuck by way of Los Angeles and Istanbul working for Sony Pictures Television and Fox Networks Group in business development. The California State, Fullerton graduate flexed her knowledge of the media and entertainment this year when she (and her teammates) brought back a win to Tuck this year in the Paramount Pictures/UCLA Anderson case competition. She will serve as a leader in both the Consulting Club and the Entertainment, Sports, and Media Club next year. Her research will examine the future state of entertainment, as OTT services and tech platforms rise to challenge tradition players. This summer Keri will intern with BCG’s New York office.
Roderick Milligan understands the role of technology in transforming traditional businesses. Roderick worked as a drilling and completion engineer at Chevron prior to joining Tuck. In his role, Roderick injected the use of data and analytics into Chevron’s drilling planning process, transforming the way the company thinks about oil and gas exploration and extraction. A product of Tuskegee University, he will serve as a Diversity Co-chair next year at Tuck. This summer Roderick will work for Apple in its highly-regarded supply chain function.
Sarthak Vaish drives the discussion quickly, having worked for BMW, ClearMotion, and the Sloan Automotive Lab at MIT. An engineering graduate of both Georgia Tech and MIT, Sarthak adds an engineer’s perspective and a healthy dose of understanding of mobility and automotive trends to the group. In keeping with the auto theme, Sarthak is a co-founder of the Future of Automobiles and Mobility Club at Tuck and helps lead discussions on where the auto sector and mobility in general are headed. His research project focuses on digital healthcare and how smart cities will manage trust and data collection for healthcare purposes. He will spend his summer working with McKinsey’s Detroit office.
William Maness adds more technical and consulting chops to the fellows group, having worked at PwC’s Digital Accelerator prior to Tuck. A Boston University graduate, Will’s product development and coding skills drove him to work with the center on the development of a to-be-delivered Tech 101 learning session for students focused on Agile software development concepts. Will is a co-chair of both the Data and Analytics Club and the Community Consulting Club at Tuck, and has long spent free time volunteering his talents for nonprofit organizations, including NH public television. Will’s research project through the center will focus on how companies can better develop products founded on privacy, and the pitfalls of pursuing such a strategy. Will will take his talents to tech startup Fernish this summer where he will serve as a product management and growth intern.
Youssouf Ntambi wants his peers to better understand emerging markets and how they frequently leapfrog developed markets when it comes to technology innovation. A graduate of Makerere University in Kampala Uganda, Youssouf is a strong advocate in the power of technology to transform and empower marginalized communities. His understanding draws on his work as an investment professional at private equity firms EXEO Capital and Catalyst Principal Partners in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as his time as a consultant with Deloitte Consulting offices in both Kenya and Uganda. His research will focus on how large technology firms respond to disruption to their businesses from startups, such as Microsoft’s development at Teams in response to the rise of Slack. This summer he will intern with Barclays Investment Bank in the Communications and Media Group.