Jacqueline Winter

Here at MaastrichtMBA, we love our alumni and enjoy staying in touch. We recently spoke with alumnus Jacqueline Winter; we recalled her time at MaastrichtMBA and discussed her current life.

FAST FACTS

  • Name: Jacqueline Winter
  • Started: November 2009
  • Graduated: June 2012
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Company: Diagnostic Center Teikyo Maastricht/Winter Advies
  • Function: Director

HI JACQUELINE, WHY DID YOU JOIN THE MAASTRICHTMBA PROGRAMME?

The reason I chose MaastrichtMBA back then was because of the good rankings of Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics and the programme itself. Next to that, the programme was taught in Dutch at the time and was therefore was highly efficient in the region.

DID THE PROGRAMME MEET ALL OF YOUR EXPECTATIONS?

Although MaastrichtMBA met the most of my expectations on the economical topics, during that time the programme had a focus on the development of your soft skills.

WHAT DID YOU FIND THE MOST CHALLENGING MOMENT?

MaastrichtMBA had many positive challenges for me, but the most challenging moment was of course writing my thesis and building a new network with my peer students. I have benefited a lot of this network after my MBA.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST PRECIOUS MOMENT ON THE PROGRAMME?

The programme component that really stood out was the international week of doing business in emerging markets in India. This week was an inspiring experience and gave me a lot of new cultural insight.

HOW HAS THIS PROGRAMME INFLUENCED YOUR CAREER?

I enrolled in the programme at the age of 50. Therefore, I had already gained many experiences and created my own vision of responsible leadership. These experiences and visions were placed in an academic framework during my studies at MaastrichtMBA.

CAN YOU GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING THAT YOU EXPERIENCED DURING YOUR MAASTRICHTMBA STUDIES THAT HAS HELPED YOU IN YOUR CAREER?

One example that directly came to mind was the experience of working with people who have other priorities. The MBA gave me the tools to connect and interact with these people with a great result.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT FOCUS?

My professional focus is on business development with a broad target. Next to that, I develop new products and new initiatives. An example of this is giving advice on sustainable employability and vitality to management teams of companies in relation to productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of their employees.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE LOOKING FOR AN EDUCATIONAL BOOST IN THEIR PROFESSIONAL LIFE?

My advice would be to follow a lifelong education path, of which MaastrichtMBA could be a part. Also, collaborate and use the network you have built up during your professional career for your own professional learning path.

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