“Compassion is the quality I admire most in others. I’m drawn to people who are committed to creating positive change in the world.” After fostering a love for science in childhood and studying healthcare policy in graduate school, Linda Jiang developed a passion for combining business and innovation to make healthcare more efficient, accessible, and effective — a path that took her from consulting to tech startup Color Genomics (our partner for this month’s charitable focus on Breast Cancer Awareness).
My grandmother was born in the 1920s, and was one of the first female doctors in Shanghai. She worked in a British hospital and learned to speak fluent English as a result. I was so inspired by her strength and intelligence growing up that I dreamed of following in her footsteps. That passion led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology — I was (and still am) fascinated by the scientific underpinnings of what makes us human.
When I was in college, a combination of courses and internships exposed me to the many barriers that everyday people face in accessing healthcare. In my graduate school program for Health Policy and Management I learned so much about what was creating those barriers — and not only how public policy shapes our systems, but also how business thinking can affect health and social issues.
My education inspired me to connect innovation in business to the huge challenges we’re facing in healthcare.