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Career Spotlights

Think a career in business looks a certain way? Think again—people in business have diverse backgrounds, and carve out different paths in a wide range of fields. Read how our featured professionals applied their graduate business degrees to reach their personal and professional goals. What will your career journey look like?

Patti

“If you wait for the perfect time to do something, it will never get done. The perfect time doesn't exist...just make the jump.”

Patti Balbas is giving back to her home in Southside of Chicago through marketing and communications for LEARN Charter School. The first to graduate in her family from an undergraduate or graduate program, she is using the skills she acquired in business school to show kids in underserved communities that they too can earn a college degree.

Read more about Patti’s career journey.

“I made my career change to feel more fulfilled in my day to day work helping kids that are in similar situations as I was growing up, because I am living proof that low income does not have to equal low academic outcomes.”

Background

Placed at LEARN Charter School Network through the Broad Residency in Urban Education Program

BS in Psychology, Yale University Class of 2005

MBA in Organizational Management & Marketing Strategy, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Class of 2011

Path to B-School

After finishing undergrad, I ventured across the pond to London, where I helped Humana Inc., a health insurance company, start their first international subsidiary. I loved every minute of it and met the most amazing people! There was one major thing that my experience there could not give me, however – a formal education of the business world I was delving into. I remember packing up to leave London, realizing that I was desperate to become knowledgeable in finance, management, and strategy. I knew business school could give me what I had been missing.

B-School Concerns

I was a liberal arts major. Psychology was my specialty… would I be able to handle business school? The answer was yes, but it required some extra effort and preparation! I spent the summer before grad school studying the basics and learning key vocabulary to build a foundation of general business knowledge before school began. It helped a great deal.

B-School Opportunities and Experiences

I loved the experience. Most people will tell you the opportunity for professional networking is the most helpful part of business school. While professional contacts are important, I’ll be the first to say that the joy I got from business school stemmed from the personal connections and the wonderful friends I made. They were (and are) amazing people.

My summer internship during b-school was on the marketing insights team at MillerCoors in Chicago. I LOVED my team and enjoyed applying the skills I was learning at Booth to my everyday work.

The salary that you can achieve from business school is also a huge benefit, and has helped support my dreams of travel and exploration.

After MBA

After graduating from Booth I worked in NYC for several years, first at Interbrand, the world's largest brand consultancy, then at Straightline, a boutique firm focusing on the same work. I moved back to Chicago where I spent two years as a strategy director at VSA Partners, a brand, marketing, and design firm working with brands such as Google and Siemens. Now I am the assistant director of marketing and communications at the LEARN Charter School Network as part of the Broad Residency in Urban Education. I decided to transition from Corporate America to Education in order to feel more fulfilled in my day-to day-work, helping kids in similar situations as I was growing up, because I am living proof that low income does not have to equal low academic outcomes.

Advice to Those Taking the GMAT Exam

I’m going to use two clichés. The first is practice makes perfect! Putting in the time to prepare and take practice tests will help. The second is if you don’t succeed, try and try again. I didn’t do terribly well when I took the GMAT the first time; I was nervous and cold in the environment of the test center. But 31 days later, I took it again, and knocked it out of the park. Also, scholarships and prep programs are widely available – I wish I had known this and taken advantage of them.


Michael

“I want to lead organizations that help end global poverty.”

Michael Pelehach is pursuing his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. After working four years at Target Headquarters in Minneapolis, he moved to Bulgaria to teach English on a Fulbright grant. Upon returning to the U.S., Michael began his path to earning an MBA to expand his knowledge of how business can be used to solve social problems.

Read more about Michael’s career journey.

Goal

To find creative business solutions to pressing social problems.

Background

BA Psychology and Markets & Management, MBA Candidate at Kellogg School of Management, Class of 2017.

Timeline to Grad B-School

After four years working in business development and supply chain operations at Target Corporation headquarters in Minnesota, Michael moved to Bulgaria for a year to teach English on a Fulbright grant. Hoping to instill a dedication to philanthropy in the community where he was living, Michael led a class of his students in an initiative through Pencils of Promise, where they successfully raised more than $28,000 through crowdsourcing and funded the construction of a school in Ghana. He was moved by his students’ passion for learning and their desire to help those less fortunate when presented with the opportunity.

Why Grad B-School

Having always had a passion for service, Michael knew he wanted to pursue a career in social impact. After reading Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, he decided to pursue graduate level business education to learn more about how he can use business to solve widespread social problems.

Most Valuable Aspects of Grad B-School

Networking and being surrounded by like-minded individuals. Attending business school has given Michael access to the entire Kellogg network, where he has connected with classmates, faculty, and alumni to learn new things and expand his knowledge of business.

Challenges on the Path to B-School

Having studied for the GMAT while working full-time, Michael now sees the benefits of taking the exam during undergrad, when you have more time to study and are already in test-taking mode. His concerns about expenses were mitigated when he was fortunate enough to receive scholarship money.

Professional Experience During B-School

Michael spent his summer interning at TOMS Shoes in Los Angeles, where he learned about creating new processes at a young organization and leading cross-functional teams towards a common goal. He is also president of the Net Impact Club at Kellogg, an organization dedicated to supporting individuals who are working toward social and environmental change.

Best Advice for Those Taking the GMAT Exam

Take a prep class! The Manhattan online course helped Michael prepare for the exam, while also enforcing deadlines to keep him accountable and on track in his studies.


Malika's career journey

"I travel the world and inspire people."

Malika used the knowledge and skills acquired in B-school to move from Wall Street to Entrepreneurship.  Now she runs a business and a foundation combining her passion for travel with the idea that exposure to the world can be a catalyst for change. 

Read more about Malika’s career journey.

Background

Founder and CEO, Nomadic Souls. Founder and President, Nomadic Explorers.

BS Sociology & Elementary Education.  MBA from Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at College Park.

Path to B-School

I graduated from SUNY Buffalo State College with a BS in Sociology and Elementary Education.  Once I entered the workforce, I realized I didn’t need a business background to go to business school!  Coming from a background of teaching, I could explain concepts from an educator’s perspective and not just a sales perspective.  After 6 years in the banking industry, I took a year to travel, and would daydream “Oh, what I wouldn’t give to travel and call it work!”  B-School was my key to accomplish just that.

B-School Concerns

MONEY! I could not fathom the idea of going back to being a ‘poor student.’  I struggled with the question of part time vs. full time.  Being reminded by family and friends that the sacrifice would be worth the ROI, I committed to full time for a more robust experience.  So, I buckled down, created a VERY prudent spending plan and dove in…starting with taking the GMAT.

After MBA

My life motto was always “Go. See. Do.” I have been to 56 countries, and friends were constantly asking me to plan their vacations. I realized a market need…People preferred to have someone that ‘knew them’ plan their trips. I began by servicing the clients I knew best – Wall Street professionals.  Using the tools I acquired in B-school, I launched Nomadic Souls, a concierge travel company, and founded Nomadic Explorers, a nonprofit dedicated to exposing low income teens to the transformative power of global travel and voluntourism.

Advice for those taking the GMAT:

Take a prep course and join a study group.  Determine what time during the day your mind is the sharpest and take advantage of it! Let your family and friends know how important this is to you so they can provide support and help hold you accountable.

Ready…Go. See. Do.


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Solomon Cole

"I want to build a rewarding career in finance."

Solomon Cole always knew he wanted to be a successful finance professional. Getting a Master's degree in Accountancy and an MBA equipped him with the knowledge and the networks to fulfill this dream.

Read more about Solomon’s journey from college student to finance professional.

Goal

To build a rewarding career in finance, with a focus on providing financing for mergers and acquisitions. Solomon’s interest in finance was forged at an early age upon reading about the extraordinary career of African American financer, Reginald Lewis. Gaining exposure to different segments of corporate finance as an undergrad further cemented his desire to pursue a career in finance.

Background

BS in Finance, MS in Accountancy, and an MBA with a focus in Healthcare Management

Timeline to Grad B-School

Worked 6 years between undergrad and grad school in investment banking and at an investment firm to determine a focus of study for his MBA and to gain work experience that would be relevant when applying to jobs during B-School

Why Grad B-School?

To gain an advanced and extensive understanding of the fundamentals of business in preparation for a career on Wall Street

Most Valuable Aspects of Grad B-School

Building extensive professional networks

Expanding knowledge of business disciplines like operations and marketing and focusing on specialized topics such as healthcare and business law

Challenges on the Path to B-School

Finding time to prepare for the GMAT while working full-time—had to use early mornings, weekends, and some vacation time to study

Professional Experience During B-School

Internship at an investment firm between the first and second years of his MBA program

Consulting work for start-ups and worked with an investment firm during the second year

Best Advice for the GMAT Exam

Set aside plenty of time to study.

Consider taking the GMAT during senior year of undergrad or soon after graduation when the material covered on the exam is fresh in your mind and you don’t have a demanding work schedule.

Career Today

Associate at a global Wall Street investment bank, where he arranges financing for investment firms seeking to acquire companies.


"I want a creative career that lets me give back."

Brooke Henze wanted to build a career that would combine her creativity, passion for design, and desire to help children and families. Getting an MBA prepared her to start her own business and bring her vision to life. 

Read more about Brooke's career path.

Goal

To build a career that combines her creativity, love for design, and desire to help children and families

Background

BSA in Agricultural Communications, MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship

Timeline to Grad B-School

Worked 4 years between undergrad and grad as a sustainability consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the Federal Aviation Administration, Marine Corps, Army, and the Environmental Protection Agency on recycling and environmental projects. 

Why Grad B-School?

To gain the knowledge needed to start and run her own business

Most Valuable Aspects of Grad B-School

Understanding business from the top down and bottom up.  With the knowledge gained in her MBA, Brooke was able to avoid many of the pitfalls that others experience in trying to start a business.  She also developed skills that allow her to independently manage many aspects of her business. 

Getting hands-on business experience.  During B-School Brooke led her own start-up project and had the opportunity to work with and advise small businesses that inspired her creatively.  These experiences helped her to be strategic and resourceful when launching her own brand. 

Challenges on the Path to B-School

Concerns about not having an undergrad business background. Brooke addressed these concerns by talking to enrolled B-School students with non-business backgrounds. 

Concerns about paying for B-School.  Brooke secured a scholarship, reducing the financial burden of grad school.

Overcoming the fear of not being able to balance a career and motherhood later.  Brooke chose to pursue her MBA, knowing that her family would always be her number one priority.

Professional Experience During B-School

Worked as a "coach/intern" to the founder of an organic skincare company.  Getting experience with areas ranging from partnership agreements to inventory costs and supply issues opened Brooke's eyes to the intricacies of running a business.

Best Advice for the GMAT Exam

If you know you have an interest in business, consider taking the GMAT while in undergrad when you have plenty of time to study and your knack for studying is fresh.

Get a study guide and practice!

Career Today

Founder and owner of Swell Forever, an American-made heirloom blanket company offering personalized products through printed fabric message tags. Since its launch in December 2013, Swell has grown to offer a full collection of baby and home blankets.  As part of its mission, the company is committed to raising awareness about foster care and adoption.  Each month, Swell devotes a portion of its proceeds to supporting two adoptive families with the expense of adopting.


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Brian Murphy

"I want to build something I believe in."

Brian Murphy dreamed of starting his own company. Getting an MBA allowed him to formalize his knowledge and skills in business and to ultimately found the Smith Island Baking Company, a premier bakery and national gift company.

Read more about Brian’s career journey.

Goal

To start his own company in order to build something he believes in, with people he cares about, for the ones he loves

Background

BA in Economics, MBA with a focus in Finance

Timeline to Grad B-School

Worked full-time for 7 years as a portfolio manager for an energy company, eventually becoming Vice President; maintained this job throughout his MBA program

Why Grad B-School?

To formalize his knowledge and skills in business—especially finance—and make them current 

Most Valuable Aspects of Grad B-School

Entering thinking like an employee and leaving thinking like an employer—as an employer, one is the ultimate stakeholder in a company’s success and must consider its customers and employees at all times.

Every aspect of the experience—people, place, instructors, curriculum—was a springboard to figure out what Brian wanted to do and how to do it.

Challenges on the Path to B-School

Finding the time to make B-School work—with a full-time job and a family, Brian had to juggle many important aspects of his life.

Best Advice for the GMAT Exam

Studying is a discipline and takes dedication—learn how to take the test.

Decide going in not to let your relative score define you, for better or worse.

Career Today

Founder and president of Smith Island Baking Company, a premier bakery and national gift company that specializes in Smith Island Cakes—Maryland’s State Dessert. A thriving enterprise built from the ground up, the Smith Island Baking Company aims to promote the economic vitality of Smith Island, Crisfield, and broader Somerset County.


Caroline Limehouse

"I want my work to draw on my passion for business and my strong analytical skills."

Caroline Limehouse wanted to translate her skills and interests into a fulfilling career in business. Getting a Master’s degree in Accounting allowed her to set herself apart on the job market and today she is Director of Corporate Finance at a thriving enterprise.

Read more about Caroline’s success story.

Goal

To build a career that would allow her to draw on her passion for business and strong quantitative and analytical skills

Background

BS in Analytical Finance, MS in Accounting

Timeline to Grad B-School

Completed an integrated undergrad/grad program, obtaining her BS and MS degrees in 5 years (started the MS as a junior in college).

Why Grad B-School?

To set herself apart from other college graduates in a struggling economy post-9/11 and the tech bubble

Most Valuable Aspects of Grad B-School

Gaining advanced knowledge of finance and accounting 

Expanding Caroline’s marketability

Learning about the real world applications of business

Developing professional networks

Challenges on the Path to B-School

Didn’t have any particular concerns—always enjoyed math and business, so getting an advanced degree in accounting and finance was a logical step towards securing a good job with her interests and skill set. 

Caroline’s masters program had several benefits, including the option to complete the degree in one year instead of two and to pursue her career without pausing after school.

Professional Experience During B-School

Internship at Merrill Lynch in New York—participated in the CFO Finance Rotation Program where she learned about derivatives trades and the accounting/finance required to support the trades.

Best Advice for the GMAT Exam

Take the GMAT during undergrad—you learn much of the exam content in high school and in the first few years of college, so it’s best to take the exam while you still remember the concepts. Also, taking the GMAT in undergrad gives you additional time to study that a full-time job may not allow.

Take practice tests and give yourself ample time to take the test more than once in case you don’t do well the first time.

Career Today

Director of Corporate Finance at WestRock, a $16 billion paper and packaging company in Atlanta, GA, where she applies her robust knowledge of finance and accounting every day. Her team leads high-impact projects that require heavy financial and data analysis. They also focus on projects that offer significant value creation, as well as ones that support standardization and integration, particularly following mergers or acquisitions.


Javon Frazier

"My MBA was invaluable, as I use a variety of tools from accounting, marketing, finance, and business law every day."

Javon discovered his passion for business shortly after undergrad, and pursued his MBA at New York University. Using his business and networking skills, he launched a career in Entertainment and Media and is the Executive VP of Strategy and Business Development at Studio71, a multi-platform entertainment company that develops, produces, and distributes original entertainment programming. He enjoys exciting projects like the creation of the video game Deadpool and the development of feature films.

Read more about Javon’s success story.

Background

Executive VP of Strategy and Business Development, Studio71

BA in English, Minor in African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley Class of 2000

MBA with emphasis in Marketing, Finance, & Management, NYU Stern School of Business Class of 2005

Path to B-School

I worked for three years at the Milken Family Foundation, managing the Festival of Youth, a community service initiative focused on teaching adolescents that everyone can make an impact on society, regardless of his or her background. After undergrad, I continued classes at my local community college and it wasn’t long before I had a life-changing epiphany. After sitting in on just one class at my college’s b-school, it was crystal clear – I knew that I had found my passion! I had to go to business school.

B-School Concerns

I didn’t have an undergraduate business degree, and I couldn’t help but think that this would hold me back. I worried that everyone else applying would have the undergraduate business experience that I lacked. Man, was I wrong! My liberal arts background, especially my English knowledge, gave me the incredible foundation that I needed for writing and presenting. I was excited to realize that this actually gave me a solid advantage over many of my peers.

B-School Opportunities and Experiences

What were some of the amazing opportunities? Easy: the endless chances for professional networking. Through business school, I was able to meet people who shared the passions I did and were able to offer me the advice I needed to achieve my dreams. I wouldn’t be working on projects like Marvel War Heroes or Guardians of the Galaxy today without those opportunities!

During my studies, I was the president of Stern Student Corporation, the NYU governing body that represents 2600 MBA students. What an experience it was. Tackling such a huge role helped me strengthen my leadership skills and develop an extensive network of professional relationships. In my second year as an MBA student, I was able to do consulting work in the music industry, tying my two passions together in perfect harmony.

After MBA

My job is pretty awesome! Today, I am Executive VP of Strategy and Business Development at Studio71, a multi-platform entertainment company that develops, produces, and distributes original entertainment programming. With incredible opportunities to lead big projects, like creation of the Cyanide and Happiness card game “Joking Hazard,” I always stay busy. I’ve created video games for Marvel, working with stories from Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ve even helped design and launch strategy for the feature film Be Somebody! It’s truly the perfect career for me because I’ve been able to combine my creativity with the skills I learned in business school to make a meaningful impact on the entertainment industry and achieve my goals.

Advice for Those Taking the GMAT Exam

You don’t have to come from one certain path to go to business school. You can do whatever you want as long as you are passionate! Study a little bit each day and teach yourself to develop great habits. Never put off tomorrow what you can do today!


Suji Kim

"I was excited and surprised by big international markets outside of South Korea"

Suji Kim is an MBA candidate at the University of Michigan. After studying abroad in California, she realized a trend of big companies in the United States expanding internationally. Advancing her knowledge in global marketing with an MBA would allow Suji to assist companies in global expansion.

Read more about Suji's journey.

Background

BBA, BA in English Language and Literature, Yonsei University Class of 2012

MBA Candidate, University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Path to B-School

In college, I did an exchange student program at UC-Davis, interning at a consulting firm and helping Korean brands expand their international market. I was excited by the international market outside of South Korea. After graduation, I worked at the biggest Consumer Packaged Goods company in South Korea as an Assistant Brand Manager. A lot of marketing strategies I saw in South Korea were from the U.S., so I decided to pursue an MBA to increase my understanding of global markets.

B-School Concerns

I was worried about leveraging my brand management and marketing experience in South Korea to work in more expansive markets. I can definitely say that knowledge gained during my first year of MBA classes at Ross helped me secure my summer marketing internship at General Mills. As an international student, I was concerned about being immersed in different class and work culture. However, I realized that being an international student helped me bring fresh insights to the business during my internship!

B-School Opportunities and Experiences

I’ve gained two main benefits by going to b-school: professional development and personal reflection. Business school has given me a tight-knit alumni network and interviews with top companies. My b-school experience has also helped me take a step back to focus on what I really want to do in life. The MBA program has enabled me to become a better person both professionally and personally.

I have also really enjoyed getting involved on campus! I am VP of Corporate Relations at West Coast Forum, Ross MBA’s networking conference for students who want to explore what a career on the West Coast might be like. This has been a great opportunity, especially since the Bay Area has a lot of tech startups and I hope to see how marketing works within the tech industry.

After MBA

My plan is to pursue marketing roles within the technology and CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) industries. I love to bring interesting stories and add value propositions to brands and products.

Advice for Those Taking the GMAT Exam

I started studying for the GMAT after working for two years. My advice? Take the GMAT during undergrad! First, it is extremely hard to find time to study once you start working. Second, having the GMAT score earlier allows you to focus on other components of applications, such as choosing the right school for you and meeting current students and alumni from target schools.


Bayard Love

"I want my work to make a positive difference."

Bayard Love wanted a career with a social impact. Getting a dual MBA and Master of Public Policy degree prepared him to advise community-based organizations dedicated to social change. Today Bayard is an independent consultant and trainer, working with groups committed to dismantling racial inequity.

Read more of Bayard's career story.

Goal

To build a career dedicated to racial equity and social change

Background

BA in Latin American Studies, MBA, and Master of Public Policy

Timeline to Grad B-School

Worked for nearly 5 years—helped to found and later became CFO at a Community Health Clinic in Post-Katrina New Orleans. During this time Bayard also conducted trainings and organized with communities on issues of racial inequity.

Why Grad B-School?

To gain the management and data analysis skills needed to become an effective community leader and better understand the roots of racial inequity 

Most Valuable Aspects of Grad B-School

Skill-building

Building professional networks

Challenges on the Path to B-School

Worried that without any private sector experience, he wouldn’t be able to keep up academically.  Bayard found that most MBA programs are able to accommodate students from a variety of backgrounds and that with hard work and a willingness to ask for help, he would get everything he needed to be successful in B-School.

Feared “losing his way” and not returning to the world of social impact.  Bayard overcame this concern by building a community around him that shared his values and helped him develop his personal mission. 

Professional Experience During B-School

Interned with a strategy firm as part of the MBA recruiting process and began building his management consulting skill-set.

Also interned with a state Health and Human Services (HHS) department in an office devoted to addressing racial inequity in HHS outcomes.

Interned with a community development venture capital firm where he learned basic valuation and developed an understanding of the venture capital process as well as of community development.  

Best Advice for the GMAT Exam

It might be better to take the GMAT during or right after undergrad when you’re a better studier. 

Take the time to prepare! You’ll use your scores not only to apply to B-School, but also to apply to some jobs during and after school. 

Career Today

Independent trainer and consultant, working with organizations and groups committed to understanding and dismantling racial inequity.


Richard Jin

"Knowledge is KING."

After experiencing success in the sales industry, Richard Jin wanted to advance his career by working in commercial real estate. Business School allowed Richard to formalize his knowledge in finance in order to become a real estate investor.

Read more about Richard's journey.

Background

National Accounts at Brixmor Property Group

BS in Marketing & International Business, Ashland University Class of 2013

MS in Real Estate and Finance, New York University Stern School of Business Class of 2015

Path to B-School

I had been pretty successful in sales and thought it would beneficial to develop other skills and expand my knowledge in finance. So, off I went to business school to do just that. My goal is to become one of the most successful real estate investors, and NYU Business School offers a great program that exposed me to courses in both finance and real estate at the same time. It was the perfect combination for me to work toward my goal!

B-School Concerns

First of all, it’s not easy to get into a top business school, but even when you get into the school you want, it’s a challenge to afford tuition (unless your employer pays!). If you want to be able to do so on your own, it’s really important to know the difference between wants and needs in terms of spending. Sadly, that means skipping out on ordering pizza sometimes or buying that new watch, but it is absolutely worth it. I’m proud to say that I used my savings to pay for tuition without ANY loans to graduate debt-free!

B-School Opportunities and Experiences

Learn to be more competitive. Competition is key, especially in a business environment. One of my main takeaways from business school is networking, networking, networking. Be confident! I was able to introduce myself and develop relationships with amazing people who helped me and gave me the advice I needed to succeed. This was especially true with the faculty. Many business school professors have either worked or consulted with top executives in their field, and are able to teach from their experiences. They can be great for life advice, too!

After MBA

I am now working at a real estate trust investment group called Brixmor. Since starting here, I’ve worked with engaging people and have closed multiple 6-figure deals in the greater Ney York City area! Being able to do what I love and help clients find that perfect space for their work is incredible. It’s a new adventure every day. I am incredibly grateful for the NYU graduate program because so many of the professors are top executives in business and taught me from their real life experiences. Thanks to all their help, here I am today. I came into my current job totally by accident. I met our former CEO at a business conference and we had a great conversation, so I asked him for a coffee date. He accepted and the next thing I know, he offered me a job. Again, networking, networking, networking!

Advice for Those Taking the GMAT Exam
 

I took the GMAT my senior year of undergrad, because I knew in order to get into a top business school I would need to take the GMAT. Time is limited and why would you waste it? Just take the GMAT while you are in school before you have a full-time job. Spend at least three months to prepare and study at least 20 hours per week. It’s a lot, but you will look back and be so glad that you did!

And think outside the box. Everything is related to business, whether it’s running an institution of higher learning or even involvement in government! It’s best to learn a variety of industries and not limit yourself from the beginning in terms of the kind of impact you can make. Knowledge is KING.


Nick Black

"I want my work to serve my community."

After serving in the Army, Nick Black wanted a career that would allow him to continue serving his community. Earning his MBA enabled him to found inKind, a startup that works towards connecting nonprofit organizations with donors. 

Read Nick's full career story

Goal

To serve his community by building a bridge between the for-profit and non-profit worlds

Background

BA Political Science, MBA

Timeline to Grad B-School

Served for 5 years as an Army Officer with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team

Why Grad B-School?

To surround himself with the best and brightest to learn about different industries and cultures

Most Valuable Aspects of Grad B-School

Building professional networks

Gaining the skills and confidence to know that the problem always contains the solution

Challenges on the Path to B-School

Concerns about not fitting in after having served in the Army.  Nick addressed this issue by finding military veterans to help with the transition. 

Concerns about lacking the necessary quantitative skills.  Nick was able to strengthen his quant skills by taking supplementary classes. 

Professional Experience During B-School

Interned at Private Equity Group and Venture Capital Firm.  Nick learned first-hand how each industry worked and was able to contribute to meetings with CEOs, investors, and other professionals.

Best Advice for the GMAT Exam

Take your time preparing.

Get a tutor or spend time with someone who not only helps you prepare for the test but also teaches you how to take it.


Career Today

Founder and CEO of inKind, a startup that helps donors transparently connect with and support the work of nonprofit and charitable organizations.  The inspiration for inKind came from Nick's personal experience having difficulty raising funds for his own non-profit, Stop Soldier Suicide.  Still in its infancy, inKind has already raised $750,000 in startup money from private investors. 

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