Full name: Rhonda Hare
IE program studied and graduation year: Global Executive MBA 2017
Current position: General Counsel – Asia Pacific
Proudest achievement: Having the privilege of seeing and experiencing so much of the world.
Careers Tip: Success comes from hard work, continuous learning and never giving up – but also remember where you came from and who supported you along the way – the world is small and remember to pay it forward.
Favorite quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Fondest memory from your time at IE: One night in Singapore – nearly all of the class where having dinner at a local restaurant in Little India – there was an almost spontaneous “Bollywood” dancing moment – moments of camaraderie and friendship like this illustrate some of my fondest memories of my time at IE.
What are your aspirations for the future? To continue to grow and develop in my career and as a person. To continue to learn. To keep travelling and experiencing all that life has to offer. My career has taken me from Australia to Asia and to the Middle East – I am not sure what life will bring but I know that I need to embrace all it has to offer.
How did IE make an impact on your life? Completing the GXMBA was a defining moment – I had wanted to do my MBA for a long time and it was great to complete that milestone. The program improved my confidence and focused by skills. I made friends across the globe who know me so well and who encourage and support me and who I know will always be there for me in the same way I will be there for them.
What did you like most about Madrid? The food and the people – I don’t speak Spanish and everyone was always so lovely and helpful.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced, and how did you tackle it? 2013 was the worst year of my life for personal and professional reasons – but it also made me stronger. I was in a situation where I questioned everything about who I was and who I wanted to be. I had the option to go back to Australia or to take chances and see what that would bring. The experience helped me realize that I was stronger than I thought and it helped me become a better person. It made me realize that as a leader your responsibility is more than to yourself and that you have to manage your priorities and look after the people around you and yourself. Challenges come up for a reason and how you respond is the test of who you want to be and who you can be.
Song which reminds you of your time at IE: Wake Me Up – Avicii – this is the song from our class video – whenever I hear this song it makes me smile.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Coffee………….. without my morning coffee I can barely make complete sentences.