My name is Yanzhou "Josie" Zhang and I'm a MBA candidate at Tuck School of Business. I was born and grow up in China. After graduating from university with an Auditing major, I first worked for Deloitte Beijing Office and then joined PwC Shanghai Office, seeking to improve client maintenance skills. For both career experiences I worked to help clients from a wide range of industries to identify finance and business risks, and improve operational efficiency. My roles included developing new clients, leading teams to cooperate with cross-service-line teams and agencies to deliver service, and coaching teammates. In my free time, I work at local non-profit consulting firm to provide pro-bono strategic consulting services to help domestic and international non-profit organizations. I also volunteer at ShanghaiPRIDE. This volunteering experience encouraged me to drive changes to LGBT people inside PwC China, including built China PwC GLEE (GAY LESBIAN AND EVERYBODY ELSE) Network and leveraged PwC corporate responsibility resources to support AIDS patients in local healthcare center. I also enjoy visiting museums in the city wherever I went, learning local culture and appreciating art works.
What made you consider business school?
While in my past work, I learned a lot about areas such as accounting, auditing, internal control and business operation as to different industries. I wanted to pursue an MBA to develop my knowledge of other functions that I had little exposure to, so I can create more values to business world and make more wise strategic business decisions. In addition, although I've led teams and worked with many people of different levels and career backgrounds, I look forward to more formal and systematic leadership training and working with people from more diverse cultural backgrounds.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited about growing fast mentally and learning more business knowledge through the immersive learning experience in Tuck. I am excited about being challenged by faculties and students who are smart, humble and collaborative. I am also excited about trying new things that I don't have a chance to try in the past, such as starting a business with other students or exploring nature through various outdoor activities. Most importantly, I can't wait to join the lovely Tuck PRIDE to work with other LGBT students to make the Upper Valley community more inclusive.
Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
My college Charlene Liu at PwC is my role model. Smart, energetic and considerate, she founded ShanghaiPRIDE in 2009 and has been leading this organization to increase social inclusion to LGBT+ people ever since. She is also my intimate companion in building up the LGBT community inside PwC. She is the one brings hope to people who are lonely and struggling.
What's one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a huge foodie and like to try delicious foods from around the world. I also like to do a lot of weight training so that I can never stop enjoying good foods while keeping healthy and fit.