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Tanya Hoke

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Tanya Hoke | Boston Professional Chapter

TanyaTanya Hoke is the founder and managing director of Belem Group, an international consulting firm specializing in investigative due diligence and risk analysis. The firm serves clients in a range of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing. Tanya also founded Galen Diligence, which provides expert due diligence services to investors and operators in the legal cannabis industry. She has spoken on the topic of risk management in the cannabis industry at events hosted by Marijuana Business Daily, the Cannabis World Congress, and WGBH Boston.

Prior to founding Belem Group in 2013, Tanya was a Senior Consultant at Control Risks Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a Master of International Business degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and a licensed private investigator in Massachusetts.

How do you curate your intellectual diet? What blogs, publications, etc. do you ready daily?

I scan the Washington Post daily, but rely more on podcasts for depth. My favorite podcasts for making sense of the world these days include FiveThirtyEight Politics, Left Right & Center, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. I also rely on the Longreads newsletter, which identifies the best long-form reporting online each week.

Name something you’ve gained from your membership in the Adam Smith Society that you feel like you could not have gotten elsewhere in your MBA program.

The recent Montral Trek was the first time in years that I set aside several days for intellectual engagement on a single, challenging topic. That kind of focused time, shared with other thoughtful colleagues, is hard to come by in an MBA program or professional life.

NASA sends you to colonize a new planet, but you can only take 3 books: one on political & economic philosophy to help start the govt., one business book to guide entrepreneurs, & a work of fiction to keep everyone entertained. What do you take and why?

Politics: Plato’s Republic. Because, to quote The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, “It’s all in Plato, all in Plato. Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools?”

Business book: Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. For its brevity, irreverence, and honesty about the uncertainty of business.

Entertainment: Harry Potter. All of them.

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