Gloria Wiredu 2023

Gloria Wiredu

Olin Business School: Business Administration (MBA)


Gloria is a versatile young lady who believes in making the most of every opportunity that comes her way. She is a medical doctor from Ghana with three years of experience in clinical practice. Her vision is to venture into healthcare management and explore the business aspects of healthcare, hence her decision to pursue an MBA degree. Gloria believes in having multiple streams of income. She currently operates two businesses: GloDan Consult, an educational consultancy, and EventKolada, an event planning agency. She is also passionate about coaching young women in the areas of family life, leadership, and personal development. She is the founder of Jewels of Bethel, an organization for women where she is currently mentoring about 50 young ladies. Her keen interest in community participation has led her to embark on several outreaches to orphanages, prisons, and other underprivileged groups. Gloria is happily married with 2 kids and enjoys baking and chatting with people as her hobbies.

Scholar Stories: Insights from the field

A lot of people asked, “Why is an emergency doctor going into agriculture? And so that seemed like it’s completely different but it is actually a natural change. The door was opened, and I realized that from my previous experiences, agriculture is the foundation of civilization

And having seen the levels of malnutrition that we don’t see here in the West and the impact of that, I realized that I was going to have a much bigger global impact than I would have had teaching in medical school.”

Sarah Eliza Lockwood,
Medical Affairs Lead, Bayer

At the heart of the Bayer Crop Science Research Center, a panel discussion vividly showcased the dynamic interplay between academia and industry, highlighting the transformative power of interdisciplinary collaboration. This gathering, part of the innovative partnership between McDonnell Academy and Bayer, brought to light the diverse journeys of individuals from varied academic backgrounds who have found a unified purpose in Bayer’s mission to address some of the most pressing global challenges.

The stories shared by the panelists, ranging from animal sciences to molecular biology, and even a transition from theater arts to medical affairs in Bayer, illustrated a compelling truth: innovation thrives at the crossroads of diverse fields. This diversity not only enriches the research and development process but also fosters a culture of adaptability and lifelong learning, crucial for advancing agricultural and biotechnological solutions.

One of the key reflections from the discussion was the importance of being open to new experiences and the value of continuous growth, highlighting that curiosity and adaptability are the driving forces behind meaningful innovation.

Moreover, the collaboration between McDonnell Academy and Bayer exemplifies how bridging academia and industry can lead to groundbreaking advancements and prepare scholars for a multitude of career paths.

The panel highlighted the indispensable role of interdisciplinary skills in solving complex problems and driving forward innovation. Reflecting on the insights shared, it’s clear that the journey to making a significant impact is filled with opportunities for making a difference. Through embracing diversity, fostering collaboration, and pursuing relentless curiosity, we can unlock the doors to innovation and contribute to a sustainable and prosperous future.