RICHMOND, Va., January 31, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Fredericka Lucas, a 2020 graduate of Policy Pathways’ inaugural session of the Summer Academy for Political Leadership and Public Service Online (SAO), has discovered a passion for politics and is pursuing it. Frederique, of Richmond, Virginiabegins his final semester at Harvard as the first African American elected director of the prestigious Harvard College Consulting Group (HCCG). Fredericka has a senior thesis in progress and a full-time job with Bain and Company awaits her in the fall. Strategy, operations, politics, and related matters shaped the last four years of Fredericka’s life for the better.
Through multiple experiences since high school at Phillips Academy Andover (Class of 2018), Fredericka got a taste for healthcare politics. The first was an internship the summer before college with the Brain Injury Association of Virginia. She was examining opioid use among inmates as a risk factor for brain damage and mental health problems. The team, she said, “tried to offer policy interventions to stop addiction pipelines for key populations who are at high risk of brain damage due to opioid use. [The internship] was related to politics, so I kind of had that initial interest, but Policy Pathways really allowed me to look more deeply into politics, which again sparked a desire to keep learning more about it . »
Fredericka, pursuing a major in neuroscience and a minor in economics, then applied to Harvard College Consulting Group (HCCG) in the fall of her sophomore year without much knowledge of consulting. “Consulting is a popular career path at Harvard“, she said, so she gave it a try. Once she recognized the applicability of her medical and economic history to the work of the club, she realized she had found the perfect organization to pursue her career. career and leadership development aspirations.
Through HCCG, she was able to work on three different healthcare cases with pharmaceutical and biotech companies. “This experience made me realize that I really like consulting. I thought it was really interesting to be able to get an inside look at how pharma and biotechnology works, and it confirmed for me that consulting is a profession that I want to pursue in the longer term.”
This last mandate Harvard marks Fredericka’s sixth semester with HCCG, which culminated in her election and elevation to Director. At the HCCG, seniority matters. She worked on cases her first three semesters and became Associate Director of External Initiatives for a term before becoming Vice Director of Operations. The 14-member board of directors is elected every six months and is in charge of six-person teams working with 18 clients.
As Director, Fredericka’s goals center on the overall member experience and improving operational efficiency. Its priorities include “increasing training and collaboration, centering culture, connections and knowledge sharing, and a continued focus on improving retention of diversity, experience and recruitment”.
Last summer, Fredericka completed an internship at Bain & Company, one of the most prestigious consulting firms in the world. Assigned to the washington d.c. office, she worked with a health insurance company on a merger and acquisition case, which predictably was very intriguing. “It was really cool to be able to attend client meetings and see our recommendations come to life and the documents we developed being implemented by clients. I really got to see the impact while I was the low.”
Fredericka impressed her team and Bain & Company so much that she was offered a full-time position after graduating as an associate consultant! “Policy Pathways has really shown me the importance of politics and the impact it has on organizations and communities and, on a larger scale, on our country and other nations. I’m really excited to continue to learn more about politics and get more involved, especially since I’m moving back to DC after college.”
Fredericka certainly has something to occupy herself in the meantime. She was on the Harvard varsity track team his first three years in college and is now in the throes of a thesis research. Since last spring, she has been working in a lab, focusing on early stress in mice and how it affects their behavior and brain structures. By subjecting the mice to stress during the first nine days of life and testing for sociability and learning rewards at days 30 or 100, she will be able to identify differences in developmental stages over a period critical, which ends around day 60, and in maturity.
“The idea,” she said, “is that the stress paradigm in early life can be compared to when humans are abused or neglected in childhood: if you’ve experienced abandonment or trauma severe in your childhood, or if you did not have access to adequate support systems, such as affection, housing, security, and nutrition.Early stress can impair brain development and serve as a predictor of abnormalities and behavioral disorders later in life for humans.During my studies, I research the clinical and behavioral implications of my research and link to policy initiatives: how can we best help babies and children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned?”
Fredericka recognizes a number of places in her life where she applied what she learned at the Policy Pathways Summer Academy. Her background gives her an analytical edge in her courses, first, particularly in health policy and psychopharmacology, where she deliberated on the implications of different drug and mental illness policies. HCCG is also at the forefront of its mind and how the club can link policy to its mission.
Fredericka has undoubtedly found her calling in healthcare consulting, an event we are happy to report. “My life experiences have sharpened my thinking about the future,” Fredericka explained. “I’m more impact-oriented. How can what I do positively impact the lives of others? In future jobs and career paths that I envision, it’s important for me to be able to see the he direct impact of my work in organizations and on Policy Pathways certainly played a role in catalyzing this desire.
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