P. Justin Tortolani, MD
Director at the Spine Institute University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Vice President for Community and National Initiatives at the Knight Foundation
Whether you desire to develop as a senior executive or foster talent on your team, Chicago Booth's Advanced Management Program (AMP) is designed for senior leaders who want to increase their impact and are serious about taking their organizations—and themselves—to the next level through nimble and innovative leadership.
P. Justin Tortolani, MD and Director at the Spine Institute University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, was well-established in his career when he was recruited to lead a new integrated spine institute with a patient-centric focus rather than the traditional approach, which centers on disease entities.
With the support of his CEO and former AMP participant, he entered the program both excited and trepidatious. Although confident with his medical acumen and achievements, he felt a little anxious about what it would be like to learn with accomplished executives outside of medicine.
"I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but any anxiety I had quickly dissipated because I learned early on that leadership—regardless of one's industry—transcends the business world and the same principles apply to what makes a great leader," said Tortolani.
Kelly Jin, Vice President for Community and National Initiatives at the Knight Foundation, had returned to philanthropy after serving in key positions such as Chief Analytics Officer for the City of New York and Director of the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics, and President Obama's White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Her new position of leading a team in eight offices across the country, Jin wanted to grow as a leader and cultivate her skills to navigate the philanthropy world.
"I chose Booth's AMP just knowing that philanthropy and nonprofits are often not as data-driven or as rigorous regarding financial acumen. Over the years, I've known and engaged with several undergraduate and graduate students from Chicago Booth; therefore, I just knew the level of rigor and the caliber of the other students would be unparalleled and provide the best experience," said Jin.
AMP has a rich history of providing a transformative world-class learning experience of innovative theory and research taught by renowned faculty and industry leaders who combine experiential knowledge and data to solve real-time business challenges.
Amongst the rigorous curriculum, through idea-share and supportively exchanging challenges and success stories—participants form an executive peer group that becomes a source of lifelong friendship and resources.
"The international flavor and global perspective of our cohort enriched it tremendously," said Tortolani.
Jin also found the diversity amongst AMP participants invaluable, and she encourages nonprofit philanthropic leaders to consider Booth because of its strong connection to the private sector across different industries.
"From a business perspective, it was incredible to connect with others and talk about investments in a way wouldn't be able to with other folks in nonprofits. Being able to make connections with fellow participants from all over has been great. And just seeing the increased surge in people moving to Miami and then Miami serving as a Latin America hub. I've received a lot of incoming notes of people wanting to meet up in person. I think the social capital piece is a huge part of the AMP experience.