The Philosopher’s Corner

This Month’s Philosopher: Emily Reid, WG’15 
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Emily_Reid.jpgLIFE LESSONS
If I knew then what I know now, I would have...

studied abroad in college. I think I’ve made up for it with my Wharton travels, but I’m sure it would have been amazing!

If I knew then what I know now, I would NOT have...

let my self-confidence hold me back – I hope to continue to find compassion for the little mistakes that come with life and bring more confidence into my work. 


  1.  “A good leader is always learning. The great leaders start learning young and continue until their last breath.” ~ Bill Walsh
  2. “One of the really important lessons for all industries that I took away from the work during the financial crisis—it applies to all industries in good times and bad—is: What are the unintended consequences of everything we’re doing, and how do we each stay ahead of those?” ~ Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet
  3. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • [Book] Chasing My Cure
    If you haven’t heard the story of our fellow HCM alumnus, David Fajgenbaum (WG’15), now is the time. David has faced death 5 times and is here to stay and inspire - sharing lessons on life and hope in finding a cure - not just for his rare disease but thousands of others. He’s recently identified a drug that is extending his life, a drug that was developed 25 years ago but no one had thought to try it. How many cures already exist that we have yet to uncover?
  • [Article] The New Yorker: “The Family that Built an Empire of Pain”
    In light of recent settlements, this 2017 article is a great throwback to uncovering the history of Purdue Pharma and the origins of physician marketing.
  • [Podcast] Vergecast: Is Facebook ready for 2020?
    I thought this was a great interview of Alex Stamos, Director of Stanford’s Internet Observatory and former Chief Security Officer for Facebook. Stamos was at Facebook during the Cambridge Analytica scandal, so the discussion covers a lot of what was going on at Facebook then and a look towards the future for tech companies.


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