Profiles: Creating Value for Kaiser Permanente Patients
Vice President, Risk Management & Compliance Officer at Kaiser Permanente
AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
Why did you choose to attend GGU?
I was looking for a good MBA program that was flexible enough to accommodate my very challenging work schedule. GGU was a perfect fit.
What advice can you give current students to help them succeed after they've completed their GGU education?
Stay focused while in school, build a strong network with your colleagues and professors, they are your professional network that you will need to tap into after your program. Finally, make sure that the degree being pursued is aligned with the line of work that you're passionate about; you have to enjoy what you do for a living to reap success from it. I always discourage my mentees from considering financial compensation first or as a primary reason for going into a career or a line of business. At the end of the day, you have to enjoy what you do to be energized to do it every day and to excel in it.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My top three: 1. With my wife, raising our first two children who are now in college. 2. My decision in 1987 to accept an offer to attend a graduate internship program at UC Berkeley from Nigeria. I had no understanding of the US as a country and of what to expect. I left Nigeria with a strong faith in God and a determination to succeed, and 17 years later became an executive at Kaiser Permanente, the nations largest not-for-profit health plan and care provider. 3. Meeting my wife and having enough sense to marry her 23 years ago.
Why would you hire a student that studied health care at GGU?
Golden Gate University's academic program incorporates professors that work in the industry, and who bring their professional work experience to the classroom to teach students. Also, many GGU students combine field experience with their academic programs. The benefit of having professors with industry experience and getting ongoing work experience while in school is that it creates a competitive advantage that I (as an executive) look for in the ideal candidate to hire.
Why do you like this field?
There is a great social mission and purpose in the delivery of care, especially within a not-for-profit setting. The mission priority is not to create value for shareholders, but to create value for the patient or the member being served. This goes to my core belief of service and servant leadership, and is perhaps why I also became a Deacon at my church.
What excites you?
Knowing that what I do and how I achieve it, no matter how little makes a (direct or indirect) positive impact on another persons life.
I love one of Kaiser Permanente's Thrive ads with the following quote, "Stress is brain trash, empty often."