May 3, 2017

A Letter from GlobeMed’s 2016-17 Kellogg Board Fellow: Yuting Sun

As one of 50 Kellogg Board Fellows (KBF), I am part of a community of students who are guided through nonprofit work and board governance. I first heard of the program during my Kellogg School of Management MBA interview after sharing my volunteer stories. My interviewer – a former alumni – suggested that KBF could be a good place to put my passion for social impact to use. And he was right. KBF is an excellent opportunity to learn and practice social leadership. Furthermore, it stood out from other social impact student activities because of its unique program design and access to nonprofit boards.

When our cohort was asked to rank ten preferred local nonprofit organizations out of 75 options, GlobeMed immediately stood out to me. It is a young nonprofit organization that was established in Evanston in 2007 but has already grown into a network of 58 university chapters in the United States that foster grassroots partnerships worldwide. GlobeMed’s mission statement is centered on health equity and leadership development. I believe that its decentralized structure and expanding partnership model enable it to reach out to young leaders across the US and global health advocates in many parts of the world. Through these partnerships, GlobeMed can make long-lasting impact by nurturing future leaders who care about the greater good.

For the past year, my KBF project has been carried out in collaboration with the GlobeMed board of directors. Besides sitting in on quarterly meeting as a non-voting board member, I was also tasked to craft strategies and operational plans to gain corporate donors. I developed an evaluation scorecard, which was designed to assist the staff with fundraising priorities in future. My work will be part of GlobeMed’s pyramid-structured fundraising framework, which consists of foundation donors, corporate donors, and individual donors. This forward-looking strategic plan aims to improve GlobeMed’s financial stability.

I was nervous to join an organization that was nearing its tenth anniversary and had faced challenges during its growth. GlobeMed recently experienced a transition of its board, with a new chair and members, and is now in the process of hiring a new Executive Director. To my surprise, during all of the board meetings I attended, I witnessed a diverse yet steadfast board committed to guiding a young and dynamic organization through various changes. The board members displayed team spirit and true passion for the organization’s mission. Despite overwhelming change, the governance and operation of GlobeMed were not compromised. This is an indication of a well-run organization and strong leadership. 

As a second-year MBA candidate, I will be graduating next month and, as much as I enjoy life at Kellogg, I am excited to start a new career. I will join the general management development program at a healthcare company, Danaher China, focusing on the dental business. I am passionate about improving the standard of healthcare in developing countries, which I believe is similar to GlobeMed’s work. I also look forward to my last GlobeMed board meeting on May 6, during which I will share what I have learned from this opportunity. I give my best wishes to the next Kellogg Board Fellow at GlobeMed. This has been a meaningful experience that is worth undertaking!

Photo caption: Yuting Sun shows off her profile while visiting the LinkedIn offices during Kellogg’s annual Career Trek. 

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