Over the last nine years, I have been working for various companies, honing my skills as a management consultant. At the beginning of my career, I focused more on building tools and systems, like building a hosted point of sales system. At the time, we implemented some fun AJAX controls that are now pervasive on all websites. I quickly moved on to more strategic roles that required my understanding of technology, but not in a development capacity. A great example, was my work managing search engine optimization efforts, pay-per-click campaigns and project management of system implementations. I am still focused on the strategy and execution of projects, but at a larger scale. These efforts have driven me to help my clients bring in new systems, but also re-engineer the way they think and the handle their businesses.
All throughout, I have been fortunate to be exposed to some great ideas and even better people. These experiences have made me realize the benefits of having working teams on every project and the pitfalls of having dysfunctional teams. A tool that I use to help manage through difficult situations and build great working relationships is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. MBTI is a fantastic management and self growth tool and has helped fuel my interests in managing people.
As a continuation (and in parallel) to my consulting experience, in the Fall of 2011 I enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the CUNY Graduate Center. I am studying the intersect between psychological type and multiagent systems (artificial intelligence). I believe my research has the potential to show how best to construct teams of people to accomplish specific goals and in doing so, build truly human-like artificially intelligent agents. I am fortunate to be working with Professor Sklar, she has been my advisor since I was in undergrad at Columbia.