About

Tropical Leaves
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I have built my career on developing people and organizations. An expert on culture, with a Ph.D. in the humanities from the University of Chicago, I have held faculty roles at Princeton University, U.S.C., and Pomona College. I left my tenured position at Pomona to earn an M.B.A. in strategic management from Wharton. Since then, I have consulted in McKinsey's Strategy and Organization practices; founded and led Google's central learning and development program; worked in talent management at Standard Chartered Bank; and built and led People and Organization Development and Public Affairs at Agoda.com, the Asia-based subsidiary of the Priceline-Booking Holdings group, the world's leading online travel platform.

 

I am currently working with Agoda's co-founder and chairman on a curriculum and publication project, The Human-Centered Organization.

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BUSINESS:  

I received my M.B.A. in strategic management and health care management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  

HUMANITIES:  

I hold degrees in literature from Haverford College (B.A.), the Université de Poitiers (D.E.A.), and the University of Chicago (M.A., Ph.D.)

LANGUAGES:  

French: I am fluent in French, having completed a Diplôme d'études approfondies (littérature française et comparée) at the Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale de l'Université de Poitiers and taught French language and literature at Princeton University, the University of Southern California, and Pomona College.
Italian: Conversational/reading knowledge
German: Conversational/reading knowledge
Mandarin: I am a student of Mandarin Chinese, currently at HSK Level 4 (speaking/reading)
Latin, Old and Middle English, Old French: Reading knowledge

I have received honors, grants, and awards from a number of organizations, including

  • The American Academy in Rome

  • The Wharton School

  • The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

  • Pomona College

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

  • UCLA

  • Princeton University

  • The Whiting Foundation

  • The Rotary Foundation

  • The University of Chicago

  • Haverford College

  • The St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia

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