Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: William Schweitzer

UCLA, Anderson School of Management

Prior to business school, Will has worked as a client success manager at Informa PharmaIntelligence, and before that at GLG. In both roles, he has supported pharmaceutical companies, consultancies, advertising firms, and mutual funds as they make use of business intelligence tools. These roles have involved account planning, executing client deliverables, leading trainings, metric reporting, legal compliance, and recruiting. Will graduated from Brown University where he majored in neuroscience. Realizing that the PhD track was not for him, he attended the Out for Undergraduate Business Conference and has cultivated an interest in the healthcare industry over the past six years. Will was born and raised in Long Island and enjoys reading nonfiction, languages, traveling, and dining out.

What made you consider business school?

I want to get "close to the action" in healthcare, specifically closer to the development and commercialization of exciting therapies. After talking to alumni of GLG and alumni of my university, it became clear that the MBA not only offers a clear path into the type of pharmaceutical brand management role I aspire toward, but that at many companies it is almost a prerequisite. More generally, I believe that understanding business goes a long way toward understanding the world. The responsibilities I've held in the past six years could be called "reactive" in nature. Through the MBA, I'm hoping to better understand how organizations work and how to approach key business decisions so that I can play a more active role in my industry.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am looking forward to the intellectual demands of being a student, and also to making connections with and learning from the ambitious peers I will meet in school and through networks like ROMBA. In particular I look forward in my second year to putting my new skills to the test in a real-world challenge, which a standard part of Anderson's curriculum.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

Joshua Boger comes to mind. With enormous vision and integrity he built a biotech company that prioritized research and development to address some of the most critical unmet needs -- HIV, Hepatitis C, and cystic fibrosis.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

If social media platforms were personalities, I would be a Twitter. I'm also INFP, Phlegmatic, and probably a Miranda.

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