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Ali Mondragon (MIM ’12) is taking her MIM experience to the upcoming TEDMED 2012 conference.
Ali Mondragon (MIM ’12) is taking her MIM experience to the upcoming TEDMED 2012 conference.

Ali Mondragon (MIM ’12) will be representing PSU’s Master of International Management (MIM) program as a delegate at this year's TEDMED conference in DC, April 10th-13th. TEDMED is a community of people who are passionate about imagining the future of health and medicine. Once a year, TEDMED holds a "grand gathering" where leaders from all sectors of society come together for three and a half days, 7 am to midnight, exploring the promise of technology and the potential of human achievement. From neuro-engineers to puppeteers; authors to entrepreneurs; etymologists to ER nurses, TEDMED offers an unique opportunity to encounter thought-leaders and game-changers from hundreds of varied fields for new conversations, ideas and perspectives on health and medicine. Having experienced the power of networking from the MIM program, Ali is most excited for the chance to meet talented people from companies, organizations, and backgrounds across the spectrum.

Ali, who is completing her Master in International Management this year, is continuing her work as a nurse at the world class Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. She has a BS in Nursing from Oregon Health and Sciences University and also serves as a consultant to CARE Rural Health Mission in Hyderabad, India. Prior to LPCH, Ali worked at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Ali hopes to combine her experience in health care with her international management master's degree to consult in global health issues.

As an MIM student, Ali worked as an Ambassador to the program, authoring stories for the Master of International Management programs blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. While applying to be a delegate to the TEDMED 2012 convention, she realized that her expertise qualified her for a scholarship, so she applied and was awarded $2,500 to attend. She is the only delegate representing Portland State University.

Ali is grateful to the MIM program for establishing her online presence with both a personal blog and a Twitter account. She firmly believes that her blogs and tweets about her interests, medical volunteer work in Vietnam, study abroad trips for supply chain, marketing, and social entrepreneurship in China or India, or even her thoughts on personal development and leadership helped her land this scholarship. Through her blogs, TEDMED learned that they were not just inviting any nurse to attend their convention in DC. They learned that they were inviting a new breed of nurse-- one who is interested and devoted to global healthcare, social issues, and international business.

Two and a half years ago, she stepped out of her comfort zone, took a leap of faith and decided to go to graduate school to get her Masters in International Management instead of going to school for public health, which is often the path taken by nurses. She never dreamt that decision would lead to an invitation to an event like TEDMED in DC, but this is exactly the direction she hopes her career path will continue to take her.

Follow along with Ali throughout her TEDMED experience here.