Sharon Nelson, Assistant Director, Executive MBA Program, John Molson Business School (Concordia University)

Can you tell us whether and how your background has been an asset in your career?
My experiences thus far has afforded me the ability to build the confidence in myself to move forward in my life.  I have learned this through the many interactions that I have had with students, professors and colleagues.
 
Do you have a piece of advice for aspiring young men and women who wish to be successful in your field? Keep believing in your dreams and finding what is important for you.  However, one must be pragmatic in getting to their dreams. As Martin Luther King Jr. said " if you can't fly, then run, if you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."
 
You know the meaning of the word “Manyatta” but what does this group mean to you? 
To me it is about creating identify with people who reflect similar values, ideas and potentially backgrounds. It also means a point of reference and a meeting of like-minded individuals.
 
Why is networking important to you?
It is important as it is an opportunity to meet new people and to know more about them and what they are all about.  Besides it is fun and interesting to meet new people - and even potentially creating new synergies that could be very productive.