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Valedictorian 2022 – A strong leader in the public sector

Marie Louise Shee

Responsible for Patient Logistics and Data in the Capital Region of Denmark's Psychiatry
  • 40 years old
  • Executive MBA – AVT Business School
  • Lives with her husband and their 14-year-old daughter
  • Enjoys dressage riding and strength training
  • Enjoys fiction when time permits

Valedictorian 2022 - A strong leader in the public sector

Marie Louise Shee completed her Master’s degree from the University of Copenhagen in Public Health Sciences in 2007 and has since had an impressive career in the healthcare sector. In 2014, she joined the Capital Region of Denmark and became a manager of 10 employees, and in 2019 she became part of the hospital management team and responsible for the Psychiatry department within Patient Logistics and Data – the same year Marie Louise started her Executive MBA at AVT Business School, graduating in the fall of 2022.

When public sector leaders look towards an executive management education, it often happens that the choice falls on the MPG (Master of Public Governance) rather than the MBA, as the MPG is targeted at public sector leadership. But Marie Louise, who has always been curious and eager to learn, wanted it differently. For her, it was exciting and rewarding to take an Executive MBA and then use the tools she gained in her daily work as a manager in the public sector.

“When I was faced with choosing my MBA program, there were of course several schools in play, and I also considered an MPG. But I decided against it because I already have a Master’s degree in Public Health and because I wanted to be inspired and learn more from the more commercial world. In addition, I was particularly looking for courses that went in-depth with digitalization and innovation. And when I realized that these were some of AVT’s core areas – combined with the fact that they brought in some of the world’s leading professors, I had no doubt,” says Marie Louise.

Although the two worlds are often juxtaposed as two parallels, Marie Louise believes that there are actually quite a few similarities between them.

“My thesis from the beginning was that we can learn a lot from each other, and this has only been confirmed by meeting my fellow students, who mainly come from the private sector and who today are a big part of my network,” she says.

“Just like in the private sector, we in the public sector are also experiencing demands to grow, it’s just on different parameters than market share – and while we work with patients and relatives, in the commercial world you typically work with stakeholders. In the public sector, just like in the private sector, we also experience being under pressure to optimize – all in all, it’s about managing complex organizations – the differences are few and the similarities many,” she points out.

Marie Louise completed her Executive MBA in the fall of 2022, where she became valedictorian 2022 with the highest grades.

“I completed my education in 2022, and it has given me a lot in my daily work, especially since I became part of the hospital management. If I reflect on the course in retrospect, I think that the subjects that dealt with strategy, innovation and digitalization in particular have helped give my department new oxygen that we wouldn’t be without today. And I also believe that as a manager, I am now able to see things from a different perspective, both organizationally and personally, than I would have otherwise,” she states.

Was a part of the South Africa trip

After Marie Louise completed her Executive MBA program, she, along with a number of past and present students, signed up for the AVT Business School leadership development trip to South Africa in November 2022. A life-changing experience, she says, where she learned a lot about herself and her own strengths.

“It was a huge experience where you really got to see yourself without a filter and without “shoulds and oughts”. It’s hard to explain, but meeting and spending the night with host families in the local villages and then sitting out on the savannah among wild animals in primitive surroundings, without a digital hotline in the form of a cell phone or computer, is a truly unique experience. I learned a lot about myself as a human being, how important it is sometimes to let go, and not least what is really important to me in life,” she points out.

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