B-Schooled Podcast Episode #173: MBAs Interested in Real Estate, Economic Development

In this B-Schooled episode, host Chandler Arnold sits down with Melissa Román Burch, Chief Operating Officer at the NYC Economic Development Corporation and an HBS alum. In her current role, Melissa mobilizes public and private investment through tax incentive programs, tax-exempt bond financings, and across a portfolio of 64 million square feet and 230 assets comprised of life sciences, film & entertainment, advanced manufacturing, offshore wind, and green economy businesses across NYC.

Prior to her current role, Melissa spent two decades in the private sector, including time as a leading business executive/property developer as well as a stint on Wall Street. While Melissa is an undisputed leader in the field, this podcast is NOT just for people interested in commercial and industrial real estate. Rather, this episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in:

• Advice for those interested in changing fields after earning their MBA,
• Suggestions for women working in spaces traditionally dominated by men,
• Tips for MBAs working in fields in which MBAs are less common,
• Comments on the value of “horizontal mentorship” and
• A strong reminder about the power of being bold.

This B-Schooled episode can be found here, or take a listen on any of the major podcast platforms below.

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