Meet Washington Olin’s MBA Class of 2019

Madalyn Cassis

Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I value new challenges, good questions, different opinions, clear writing, and big pictures.

Hometown: Millis, MA

Fun Fact About Yourself: I cycled across the United States to raise funds for and awareness of affordable housing.

Undergraduate School and Major: Simmons College, B.A. in English Literature and Women’s Studies

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: 

Peace Corps (Zambia), Agroforestry Extension Agent

The Food Project, Summer Program Associate

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: While serving in the Peace Corps, I was honored to be elected by my colleagues to co-chair the Volunteer Advisory Committee. In this role I represented over 250 Volunteers in meetings with senior staff regarding nation-wide policies.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? Check your spam folder!

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? Olin is in a perfect location for someone stepping into the business world. First, St. Louis is a very affordable city for any full-time student trying to live frugally! Also, this city has a booming start-up scene, an established business district, and many companies that are connected to Olin. The professors and staff are invested in students’ professional and academic goals. So, as someone who is less familiar with business, Olin is the best place to get a jumpstart!

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? If I can expand my business perspective and professional network, and build on my leadership and public speaking skills, all while striking a work-life balance, my first year of business school will be a success.