Tony Tsai is an educational innovator, reinventing higher education to bring great balance between the “why” and the “how”. He has worked with thousands of students and faculty to promote a greater sense of meaning and purpose within their experience of education.
In his leadership role, he has helped lead changes in higher education curriculums towards greater student leadership and empowerment. He graduated with a degree in business from the Wharton School of Business, and after college, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and went on to work in corporate finance; but secretly, he didn’t like finance all that much and instead preferred his side role as a recruiter.
In 2005, he left his corporate role to head up the Career Center at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Advising students on life choices and careers was much more meaningful, but he wanted to teach. Joining the faculty of University of Michigan Medical School, Tony began teaching leadership to post-resident fellows and junior faculty, and helped lead the development of a masters program in medical education and the transformation of a medical school curriculum towards student leadership.
He continues to work in medical education, transforming educational programs towards great physician leadership. Tony knows that to become a leader, we need to look inside because the answers are there. When he interacts with students and faculty, he tries to prompt them to reflect and find their own answers. That way, they don’t just leave with what he thinks, but they leave knowing what they think.
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