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Dr. Sherri Treasurywala

By Tamirra StewartPublished: March 01, 2010

Lecturer at UCI Paul Merage School of Business
merage.uci.edu

Age: 35
City of residence: Burbank
Family: My husband, Cyrus Mistry; and two children, Sarosh, 6, and Sanaya, 1
First job: McKensey & Co., a global management and consulting firm – I worked in New York and 11 locations worldwide, including Frankfurt and South Africa, as a strategy consultant. I advised top managers of Fortune 50 companies that specialized in health care and product development, as well as research in biotechnology and medical devices.
Who or what inspires you: My grandmother, who raised me – she died of cancer, and that was the reason I went into medicine and cancer research. Also, my parents – they instilled in me a work ethic about being a better person and getting whatever you desire without hurting others.
Advice to other women in business: Cross the T’s and dot the I’s, because you know you have to be a little bit more perfect than the next person.
Best vacation ever: My husband, who was my fiancé then, took me to the Maldives. I was completely surprised when he proposed on an isolated sand bank. Unfortunately, the tsunami later ate up the sand bank, so it’s not there anymore.



« To say that Dr. Sherri Treasurywala has a diverse and far-reaching education would be an extreme understatement.
   
At Cornell University, she earned an MBA and completed her doctoral research in neuro-oncology, specializing in gene therapies for brain cancer. Her career choice was motivated by her grandmother’s struggle with brain cancer.
   
“I saw what little hope there was when she was suffering from the disease,” she says.
   
As a lecturer, Treasurywala morphs medicine and business into courses that she teaches at UC Irvine. Her like-minded students – they are working toward combined business and medical degrees – consistently rate her as their favorite professor. So it’s no surprise that Treasurywala was named the 2009 Lecturer of the Year.
   
Despite all of the recognition she receives, she says, there is one occupation that rises above all others: “My job title as mom – everything else is second.”



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