Meet Our Fellows: Haylle Reidy T’21April 14th, 2021
Old Saybrook, CT
What did you do prior to Tuck?
I worked in Product Management at athenahealth. athenahealth provides cloud-based electronic health records, revenue cycle management software and more to both small doctor’s offices and large health systems. In my role leading up to business school, I was responsible for bringing a new product to market that supported new athenahealth customers onboard and learning how to use the products, and help existing customers optimize their use of the products.
Why did you choose Tuck?
When I joined athenahealth right out of undergrad, I was really excited to work in health care and technology. My work and experience at athenahealth was nothing short of amazing, and it taught me that I really wanted to learn more about the care delivery side of health care. Knowing this, I was inspired to find other ways that I could make a career on that side of the industry.
Coming from a small liberal arts school for undergraduate, I knew I thrived in a close-knit atmosphere and community, and I decided to focus my search on business schools of a similar size and ethos. As I learned more about Tuck, I was really excited about the students’ ability to collaborate with faculty and the joint MBA/MPH program offering, which can be completed in the same amount of time as the traditional MBA program. My goals post-business school center around health equity and social justices, so I wanted to find an MBA program that had a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; Tuck certainly fit the bill.
Do you have any post-Tuck plans yet? If so, what are they?
Not yet. I’m still looking for product roles at early stage health tech startups, primarily on the east coast.
What made you want to be part of the CDS MBA Fellows Program?
First and foremost: I had an amazing experience in my first year as a CDS Associate. Early on at Tuck I could see from all of the information sessions and meet-and-greets that the CDS just embraced students who were curious about different topics and just as importantly: they know how and where to “meet” students to help them run with topics they’re interested in.
As an Associate, I loved bringing ideas or topics to Patrick and Joe that I was excited to share with my peers. They were (and still are!) always encouraging and provided support bringing these ideas to life. Seeing that sort of commitment in action–and being a part of it–inspired me to want to be part of the CDS as a Fellow in my second year.
I have very specific interests for my career: I’m interested in the intersection of health care and technology. From an intellectual curiosity standpoint, though, I love being able to learn about things outside of the health tech world, and the CDS Fellows program has allowed me to flex that intellectual curiosity.
What is the best part about being involved with the CDS?
The people. First, Patrick and Joe are just unbelievable resources. So many folks in the business world ask “how can I be helpful?”, but the CDS team truly make themselves available and they’re such a great sounding board. It has really been a breath of fresh air.
Of course, my peers in the fellows program are outstanding. It is such a joy to have a co-curricular and safe space where we can talk about really complicated, timely issues with each other and learn from one another.
What has been the biggest growth moment or moment where you stepped out of your comfort zone? What did you learn from that experience?
One of the most transformative moments for me at Tuck was the “Communicating with Presence” class I just completed. I never thought a business school class could actually be so life changing! I walked away from that class so surprised and content that I was able to better know and understand myself as a future leader. It also provided a new lens and insight into my classmates on a much deeper level. I simultaneously dreaded each class and loved it, because it made me so uncomfortable; I came out of it feeling more powerful and confident than ever.
What speaker(s) have you learned the most from in your time at Tuck?
I learned and enjoyed so much the speakers from the “Digital Safari” hosted by both the Center for Digital Strategies and the Center for Health Care. I might be biased given that the day was spent covering the intersection of my two favorite topics, but it was a great opportunity to ask very candid questions to a variety of leaders in the field in a casual and collaborative environment.
What books are you reading, podcasts are you listening to, or shows are you watching?
I have too many books that I’m reading right now. One that I’m almost done reading is Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser. It’s all about cities being humanity’s best invention. Anyone interested in technology would be interested in this book. The book dissects how ancient Roman and Greek cities helped spread ideas and spurred technological innovation, and then frames and compares that growth with the proliferation of knowledge in Silicon Valley.
I’m also just starting the Immortality Key. What I enjoy about this book so far is how different the topic is from my day-to-day business school life. The thesis argues that many mainstream religious traditions were historically centered around psychoactive plants. I became interested in the potential for psychoactive plants and medicines as alternative medicines after reading Michael Pollan’s incredible How to Change Your Mind.
For podcasts, I’ve been obsessed with “99% Invisible” for years. It’s all about how the built environment around us influences us in subtle ways.
What aspect of living in the Upper Valley has surprised you the most since arriving here?
I love cities for the ability to run into people. I thought those fortuitous encounters would be what I’d miss the most about living in the Upper Valley, but it happens all the time here! I didn’t think that’d happen as much, but even during Covid, I’ve run into people when I’ve been needing to run errands and get fresh air.
You came to Tuck with a very clear path you wanted out of your MBA experience. What advice would you have for people who also have a very clear “path” for themselves coming to business school?
I would encourage anyone in that situation to look at business school to:
- Test your assumptions
- Understand the long-game. I have a goal where I want to focus on health tech in Medicare and Medicaid. But two years out from now, that may be a different story.
Business school–and Tuck–have prepared me well for wherever I want to take my career.
Knowing beforehand what I wanted out of my MBA experience also gave me the time and opportunity to reflect and think about what I really want out of my career.
What “deviations” from your path have you taken? How did they influence you?
My internship at the venture studio was something really outside of my experience and background. While venture may not be the career for me, being in the health tech world and having exposure to the VC side of things will always provide valuable insight and perspective that I can bring with me wherever I go.
What other activities are you involved at Tuck?
The Tuck Social Venture Fund. I’ve loved being involved in TSV this year. I know I don’t want to be an investor necessarily, but it has been such a great learning experience for me. I’m also a fellow at the Center for Health Care. Of course, the MPH program is another major part of my time here.