Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN would not tolerate that my friend, Angella, was sexually-exploited (article 34), tortured (article 37), and a child soldier (article 38). But she was.
Kidnapped and kept in the “bush” for several years, Angella was a victim of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. After meeting Angella during a trip to Uganda, I was motivated to participate in a course at the UN Human Rights Council that investigated factors that hinder its effectiveness. Ultimately, I gave too much power to the UN as I witnessed unlikely stakeholders, such as businesses, participating in events to counter global issues.
Considering corporations’ financial power, my career objective is to transform the common narrative of enterprises causing social problems to businesses combating them. I already started to realize my vision by working for TD Bank’s Corporate Citizenship team and PUBLIC Inc., a social impact consultancy. At TD, I participated in its corporate citizenship strategy revamp with the goal of solidifying the bank’s leadership position among Canadian financial institutions. At PUBLIC Inc., I undertook similar work, but on a larger scale. I partnered with multiple companies that strive to become leaders of social impact in their respective industries.
Although these professional experiences have allowed me to work towards my goal, they have also reinforced my need to pursue a higher education. This is due to the unfortunate reality that corporate citizenship can be reduced to a marketing scheme inundated with vacuous words and unimpactful (in)action that does not alleviate social problems. By completing my Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Business and Government at Harvard, I am confident that I will be equipped with the skills and analytical lenses needed to consider constraints and leverage opportunities to lead a successful career motivating corporations to address social problems through public policies.

Na'Shantea from Massachusetts
Harvard University