Meet UCLA Anderson’s MBA Class of 2019

Molly Tarrant  

UCLA, Anderson School of Management 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Trying my hardest to be and do good while eating all the peanut butter

Hometown:  Saratoga Springs, NY

Fun Fact About Yourself: I was a division-one rower in college

Undergraduate School and Major:  Harvard College; Government

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Arabella Advisors, Associate Director; Associate;  Assistant

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: In my previous role, I was on a small team helping a family foundation to revise its strategic vision and governance structure. The highlight of this process was a two-day retreat and board meeting which we planned and facilitated. It was rewarding to have executed a successful event—the family made a lot of headway during the meetings—and even more so to have had a hand in helping the family shape its philanthropic legacy.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants?  Don’t make the tremendously important decision to go back to school before you are ready. You (generally) only get one shot at graduate school, and you want to make sure you are completely prepared and ready to make the leap before you start the admissions journey and actual business school experience. Take the time to make sure it’s the right opportunity for you. And, if you find you become ready four months before the round two deadline, don’t worry—you can do it (I did!)!

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you?  It was important to me to attend a school committed to fostering a social impact mind-set (and career paths); UCLA recently launched its Impact@Anderson program and has ambitious plans for launching a fully-endowed, leading-edge social impact center at the school. I am so excited to have the opportunity to support and help shape the program’s work over the next two years.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school?  By June, I want to have built out my business-skills toolkit; earned a leadership position in Anderson’s Women in Business Connection club and/or Net Impact chapter; met every single one of my amazing classmates; and be headed off to a great internship!

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Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management

London Business School

University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business

Notre Dame University Mendoza College of Business

UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

New York University Stern School of Business

University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of Business

University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business

MIT Sloan School of Management

University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Columbia Business School


Yale School of Management

University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management

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