Samantha Guttridge

Samantha Guttridge

Executive Master of Business Administration, 2017

Current position
Senior Philanthropy Manager, Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation

I am currently the Senior Philanthropy Manager at Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). My Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) at Monash Business School set me up to lead, and now here I am in a team that may very well crack the code on this disease.

I have developed and implemented the strategy for the Major Gifts Program at the OCRF, with a focus to building sustainable long-term support for our innovative scientific research into ovarian cancer.

I continue to reconnect with my colleagues and know that should I ever need advice, I have a group of 20 highly intelligent people to call upon if necessary.

I was attracted to the Executive component of the MBA; and I wanted to ensure that I was amongst colleagues who had similar length of experience in management roles. I knew I would learn more from my colleagues overall, than my actual studies so this cohort experience was critical for me.

"I continue to reconnect with my Executive MBA colleagues"

The MBA opened me up to my own biases, taught me how to recognise them and to step forward and onward into a more diverse future, as a lead in the philanthropic space.

Shortly following my MBA, I was invited to be a mentor in the Monash University Leadership Excellence Program, which gave me further experience to contribute to the next generation of leaders.

Since 2018, I have been a member of the Monash Business School Alumni Consultative Group and the MBA Alumni Advancement Sub-Committee.

One of my career highlights has been working in Indigenous Health – working 'out bush' in remote communities. This experience, together with my sound understanding of the Australian culture, has helped shape me into the leader I am today.

It also prompted my thinking into how the MBA experience could further support the community space.

My advice to prospective students who are considering the MBA? Do it, don’t look back – the time will fly and you will be so glad you did it! The cohort you end up with will open up your world and you will find a support network for life.

Couple this with world-class knowledge and think tank discussions and you will evolve both personally and professionally.