Honing my innovation tools and leadership skills: after developing my design skills in the field for 5 years, I returned to Carnegie Mellon to pursue a Masters in Integrated Innovation for Products & Services (MIIPS). The program is an accelerated 9 month Masters that recruits students from backgrounds in Business, Engineering and Design, which allows the cohort to bring their own skills and bolster the skills of one another. During the 9 months I have taken 17 classes, and worked in as many cross-functional teams. I have taken a leadership role in many of these groups, focusing on how I can help guide new designers and innovators work together to create the most successful products and services. I have also taken many classes outside of the core program; MBA classes in Consumer Behavior, Organizational Design, Project Management, Finance, and Technology Strategy.