Since being admitted to DePaul University’s School of Public service, I have had the unique opportunity not only to grow personally and professionally, but also to represent DePaul at multiple academic competitions and conferences. I was able to strengthen my leadership and management experience by leading three teams of multidisciplinary analysts competing in public policy analytic competitions. The first of the these competitions addressed the utilization of scarce public resources for enforcing City of Chicago building code permits and violations, the second addressed predictive marketing research for Kraft Food Group examining global product line consumer targeting. The the last competition utilized a complex simulation model in which my team developed a comprehensive global carbon emission reduction policy while ensuring that the final policy product could be implemented by current stakeholders.
In addition to representing DePaul University at public policy analytic competitions, I have also been a panelist at the annual Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) conference. I had the unique opportunity to speak on two panels; on the first, I discussed the use of evidence-based research methods in policy research and how those practices can be improved to provide greater results and help expose graduate students to practical policy initiatives. On the second I discussed the importance of including a healthcare policy analysis focus for graduate level programs. It was a great experience to be able to speak to not only what I have learned from my time at DePaul University, but also my professional experience working in Healthcare and Intelligence Analysis.
Overall, my experience in pursuing my graduate degree at DePaul University has been a tremendous growing experience. I have greatly expanded my personal and professional knowledge, and through my experience I have several unique opportunities to help create and run non-profit policy based organizations.