The Go Getters 2024

Located in one of the most diverse and dynamic business centers in the world, Miami Herbert Business School offers unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage and grow. The graduates are thought-leaders who transform business, scholarship and lives. To celebrate them, We partnered with the school to present our annual “Go-Getters” feature, honoring current students and recent grads, their successes, hopes and dreams.
Words // Jorge Arauz | Photos // Edward Leal | February 23, 2024 | People

Mohammed K. Bajeri

Focused on sustainable healthcare in impoverished areas through the Master of Health Administration program at Miami Herbert, Mohammed K. Bajeri has a background in emergency medical services, aviation and entrepreneurship. Throughout his studies, he’s dedicated to improving healthcare access and working conditions globally. “I continually seek ways to improve myself and become better at what I do,” he says. “Miami Herbert affords me the opportunity to meet the greatest leaders in the world and share experiences with the executives, teachers, staff, and students.” In Miami for 8 years, he loves the city’s diverse attractions — from the stunning shorelines to the expansive Everglades and the short drive to the Florida Keys. “Coming from Saudi Arabia, the tropical vibe in this vibrant and warm city is incomparable,” he says. Words of advice? “There is no shortcut to success,” he says. “Anything good that will stand the test of time requires a certain level of hard work and discipline. In whatever you do, always strive for excellence!”

Samya Ababou 

After getting her BS Degree with a Major in Entrepreneurship, Samya Abadbou entered the Accelerated MBA Program in Real Estate at Miami Herbert with a concentration in Real Estate Finance. As a Financial Associate at MG Developer, she focuses on multifamily rentals and luxury condo developments. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is the daily opportunity to tackle a variety of complex challenges head-on,” she says. “Each day presents a fresh set of challenges, keeping me engaged and constantly adapting.” Her initial journey to Florida was driven by her aspiration to pursue a professional golf career. “Alongside my love for golf, there has always been a deep-seated passion for Commercial Real Estate,” she says. Her proficiency in multiple languages — French, English, Arabic and Spanish — has greatly influenced her perspective and approach to understanding others. “When interacting with people from diverse backgrounds, my dual cultural perspectives enable me to empathize and connect with them more deeply, fostering better understanding and communication,” she says. “The best advice I can offer the next generation of leaders is to take the leap — regret is far more agonizing than the temporary discomfort of uncertainty!”

Joanna Kilczewska 

After earning her Master of Science in Leadership from Miami Herbert in 2023, Joanna Kilczewska followed her heart toward her current career path. “I help vets save pets,” she says of her work as a Corporate Account Specialist for Amatheon, a leading distributor of veterinary specialty pharmaceuticals. “My role brings me a lot of joy and personal fulfilment because I’ve always been very passionate about the veterinary industry,” she says. Born and raised in Poland, she studied in the UK before relocating to Miami. “My experiences around the world have allowed me to develop a global mindset and approach people with an open mind,” she says. “Being empathetic and having an ability to look at situations or problems from various perspectives allows me to develop meaningful connections with people.” Secrets to success? “You can achieve anything you set your mind to,” she says. “The key to being a good leader is to constantly work on yourself, always keeping an open mind, listening and never taking anything or anyone for granted.”

Aaron Sperber

The lessons Aaron Sperber learned during his MBA at Miami Herbert will stay with him forever. “The most rewarding experiences include making lifelong friends with classmates from around the world, learning from a diverse cross-section of expert faculty who give so much of themselves, and interacting closely with world-renowned guest speakers,” he says. He is currently the VP of Business Development & Strategy for fast-growing wellness startup No Days Off. “When I dive in, I dive in deep,” he says. “I try to leverage my unique global experience to approach challenges from an array of diverse perspectives and to help find innovative, unconventional solutions.” When it comes to giving back, his philanthropic spirit shines through the non-profit he founded, Harmundi Foundation, bringing young musicians together from all across the globe for musical and cultural exchange. The organization recently held an inaugural program in which 60 students from 6 continents connected to study under Grammy-winning mentors, learning to record themselves and perform a cross-cultural collaborative concert, livestreamed worldwide. He encourages everyone to channel their ambitions into finding real solutions for real people’s problems. “Say yes to things,” he says. “When your boss asks who’s willing to try a difficult task, put your hand up. Even if it’s challenging and uncomfortable, you’ll be all the better for it in the end. Always aim to be a good, honest person and everything else will fall into place!”

Ryan Bell

Originally from New York, Ryan Bell fell in love with the University of Miami when she first set foot on campus in 2019 during a pre-college tour. After earning a BBA in Marketing, she continued her studies at Miami Herbert with a Master of Science in Sustainable Business. Today, she is a Corporate Sustainability Strategy Analyst at World Kinect Corporation. “It takes learning how to prioritize, organize, analyze, and eventually summarize, to get all your work completed from start to finish in an efficient, productive way,” she says. “We can often get lost in the details, but understanding how everything fits together and using both IQ and EQ to manage tasks and the people involved will help you stand out amongst your peers.” In a more literal sense, she says having a Master’s Degree in Sustainability has positioned her to fit in a small pool of people who have the education to back up their chosen career paths. “Focusing on the mission and bigger picture of what you are trying to achieve, and breaking it up into bite-size, measurable, actionable pieces will help you feel accomplished and fulfilled and allow you to look back, see how far you’ve come, and take pride in what you’ve achieved,” she says. “When opportunities present themselves that do not seem to fit your traditional path, don’t jump to turn them down. Sometimes the most unexpected opportunities become the best ones.”