Stephanie Bandyk - a Global Citizen with a Passion for using Technology to promote Inclusivity
Tell us about yourself 😄
Where are you from?
Washington, D.C., USA
What is your role in TMC this year?
Senior Vice President, Alumni (Community)
What's a fun fact about yourself?
I once motorbiked from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park (12 hours round trip!). I also once outran a Cape Buffalo!
Pre-MBA Life 🤓
What is your story leading up to the MBA?
I studied Politics & International Affairs at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem NC. Pre-MBA I worked across government (Accountability Lab Nepal & Liberia, British Parliament and US Senate); the private sector (Burn Manufacturing in Kenya); and most recently in development finance focused on East Africa and Latin America.
Why did you choose to do an MBA?
I wanted to explore a career in corporate, VC and entrepreneurship!
Why did you choose to come to LBS for your MBA?
It's the most international program and who doesn't love London?
Why are you interested in technology / what about technology are you most interested in?
Technology enables more inclusive economies and provides the platform and tools for new innovation. I am most interested in digital financial services / payments and how it overlaps with agritech, e-commerce, health tech etc.
LBS Experience 😎
Describe your LBS MBA experience in 3 words
Unique. Global. Fast-paced.
You were a member of the TMC ExCo in 2020-21, right? Can you share a few words about your experience on the ExCo last year?
I was the Tech & Innovation Lead for the Africa Trek. In this role, I loved getting to connect with fellow students and alumni to talk about the latest technologies and innovation across the African continent. The upside of the virtual reality was we could 'visit' alumni from many different tech hubs. And the LBS alumni working across the continent are incredible! Each speaker has/is playing a critical role in building and growing their respective tech ecosystems across the continent. Collaborating across different parts of LBS - the Africa Club, Wheeler Institute, and Retail & Luxury Goods - was also a highlight.
What has been your most memorable experience from the LBS MBA so far?
For TMC, the Tech & Innovation in Africa trek dinner and social, which COVID restrictions eased just in time for! Otherwise, probably RV adventures through Scotland!
What was the most challenging part of pursuing your MBA during a global pandemic?
Navigating the switch to virtual classes, networking, and recruitment. However, we made the best of the situation and really went for the opportunities that our virtual environment created!
What are your summer 2021 plans?
I am interning as a Summer Associate at Mastercard in the Product Track (within New Payment Platforms)
Plans Going Forward 🚀
What are your post-MBA goals/plans (in terms of career, life/living etc.)?
I would love to work for a global fintech/payments company that is based out of London but is active in international markets.
What's your motto/mindset going into the final year of your MBA?
Make the most of it!
What do you hope to achieve through TMC specifically this year?
I am looking forward to strengthening alumni community and highlighting the amazing things they are doing around the world!
Finally, what, if any, advice do you have for incoming LBS students?
Take time to reflect on what you are most interested in and where you really want to be. Focus on that and go 110% for it.