Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Public Finance
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Darden | Mr. Engineer Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Systems Change
GMAT 730, GPA 4
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Airline Captain
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Almost Ballerina
GRE ..., GPA ...
Harvard | Mr. Startup
GRE 327, GPA 3.35
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Reform
GMAT 700, GPA 3.14 of 4
Ross | Mr. Verbal Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3

Meet the MBA Class of 2021: The Go-Getters

Isabel Weiner

INSEAD

“Social impact-driven adventure seeker, looking for humor and human connection along the way.”

Hometown: New York, New York

Fun Fact About Yourself: One of my first jobs was working for a world-famous cheesemonger…even though I really can’t stand cheese. And now here I am moving to France!

Undergraduate School and Major: Tufts University, BA in Arabic and International Relations with a Global Health Concentration

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Open Society Foundations, Project Head

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Designing and overseeing the monitoring framework for the second-largest philanthropic investment at my organization (nearly $200 million) and using it as a basis to establish guiding principles for structuring complex, incentive-based grants.

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Dedicated. I’ve consistently witnessed how driven my classmates are to accomplish their goals and make an impact. The same goes for alumni I’ve connected with throughout the application process. Beyond being dedicated to their own careers, they’ve also been dedicated to helping me navigate critical decisions as I take my next step. Without fail, every INSEAD graduate I’ve contacted has immediately taken the time to speak with me and help me get the information I’m seeking. I’ve been overwhelmingly impressed by that, and I owe much of my progress to those conversations.

Aside from your classmates, 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? Having a global mindset is really important to me, so I was immediately drawn to INSEAD’s multi-campus model and deep attention to diversity. Working in multiple countries and in globally diverse organizations has shaped my perspective in a unique way. I felt that studying at INSEAD would continue that. By immersing myself in diverse markets, I’ll be prepared to bring a new way of thinking to my next role, ideally in investing.

What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? So far, I’m really excited to get involved with INSEAD Women in Business, the Investment Management Club, INDEVOR, the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, and Wine Club of course!

What was the most challenging question you were asked during the admissions process? It was to describe who I am as a person. While this may seem like a straightforward question, when I sat down to put it to paper, I was surprised by how much I struggled to articulate an answer. Through honest conversations with family members and close friends, I ended up identifying the key qualities that define who I am, and that I care about most.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? Like many, I chose to pursue an MBA in order to pivot my career from philanthropy to investing with impact. I believe business school will help me hone the hard skills I need to transition into an investing role, where I can utilize financial instruments traditionally found in the private sector to address issues of economic advancement.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? MIT Sloan, Berkeley Haas, Yale SOM, and Georgetown McDonough.

How did you determine your fit at various schools? As someone coming from a human rights and social justice non-profit background, I was hugely hesitant about the stereotyped business school culture when I began my application process. For me, I was looking for schools that didn’t just have a handful of socially-minded clubs, but instead had social good embedded in their ethos. I explored this through having conversations with current students and professors, attending campus visits, researching the diversity profile of past classes, and reading up on the school’s reputation for impact. I also applied to three schools through The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, which immediately connected me to a network of MBA candidates who are deeply passionate about issues of diversity and inclusion in business.

What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are? When I was working for a human rights organization in Cairo in the summer of 2013, I was unexpectedly there during the military overthrow of Egypt’s then-president, Mohamed Morsi. Witnessing a nation-wide uprising fueled by economic instability led me to shift my career focus from the right to health for women and refugees to economic justice. By working to create economic opportunities through investing and other channels, I hope to address some of the root causes fueling issues of global health.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself having become an experienced investor, who either holds a senior role at a mission-driven investment vehicle or in a social impact consulting team advising on cross-sector solutions.