2023 MBA To Watch: Emily Warmington, Boston College (Carroll)

Emily Warmington

Boston College, Carroll School of Management

“Curious, enthusiastic, recovering perfectionist who loves new challenges and helping others.”

Hometown: Gilford, New Hampshire

Fun fact about yourself: I have never taken a macroeconomics course and have been teaching myself with a combination of a textbook and John Green Crash Course videos.

Undergraduate School and Degree: Colby College: BA in English; Relay Graduate School of Education: MA in Teaching

Where was the last place you worked before enrolling in business school? Brooke Charter Schools, High School Humanities Teacher

Where did you intern during the summer of 2022? Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA

Where will you be working after graduation? Fidelity Investments, Financial Leadership Program Project Manager

Community Work and Leadership Roles in Business School: Co-President of Stand Out at Carroll: club for LGBTQ students and allies; Group Facilitator at OUTMetrowest: local queer youth support organization.

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school? I had the privilege as serving as one of two ROMBA (Reaching Out MBA) Fellows in my cohort. This was the first year that the school participated in the Fellowship and I am proud to be part of such a significant expansion of visibility and support for the LGBTWQ community.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? I switched to a new grade level and curriculum both of my last two year as an educator. I had to balance sitting back and learning from colleagues with knowing when to step up and lead on an issue where I could contribute meaningfully. I had a significant influence on the curriculum of both of those subjects. Perhaps most importantly, in a Bi-Annual student feedback survey, my students collectively ranked me as the teacher who both pushes and engages them the most.

Why did you choose this business school? The experience of complete accountability I gained as an educator made me eager to find other ways to grow as a leader. Leading adults is not the same as leading youth, but the same base skills and attitudes are required. I wanted to engage deeply in understanding how to lead a successful, growth-oriented team in the context of the private sector, and that is exactly what Carroll has given me.

Who was your favorite MBA professor? Mark Bradshaw, the chair of the Accounting Department, teaches a six-week introductory Financial Accounting class to first-year MBA students. Despite having never taken anything resembling accounting before, I was completely engaged in the class thanks to Professor Bradshaw’s exploratory teaching style and exceptional lectures. A course I anticipated dreading became my favorite and shifted me towards a career in finance. I not only continued my accounting studies, I actually TAed the course this fall.

Looking back over your MBA experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently and why? I would have brought my kids and gone to a Carroll School graduate students Football tailgate. I never made it out to one because I was out at the playground, but they probably would have had just as much fun as I would have! I’ve never regretted an event with my classmates!

What is the biggest myth about your school? That it’s going to be stuffy and conservative. BC takes the Jesuit commitment to service to heart. There are countless service opportunities on campus. Even classes which seem unrelated make a point to talk about morality in the practice of business.

What did you love most about your business school’s town? Boston is a small city to be sure, but it is also uniquely lively. College and professional sports seep into every part of life; there is always a new restaurant that everyone is dying to try; there are so many exciting industries growing in the area. The small size also means that it’s easy to stay in touch with classmates, who are never too far away.

What surprised you the most about business school? I’ll admit to being surprised by how interconnected strategy was with every course. I anticipated learning about competitive strategy, but was impressed to see how so many different subjects brought it into their curricula. I have a firmer understanding of how all the pieces fit together because of it.

What is one thing you did during the application process that gave you an edge at the school you chose? I viewed and presented the non-traditional parts of my background as strengths. Emphasizing the application of my education career to business showed that I was making a thoughtful decision about business school. Describing the value that I brought to the cohort as an older student who already had a family showed that I appreciated the value of a diverse class.

Which MBA classmate do you most admire? Alejandra Trejo. She is a dual degree MSW/MBA student who is always a leader in both business thought and moral steadiness.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list? I’d like to work as a CFO someday, either in a firm or in more of a non-profit board member capacity. I also harbor a dream of someday living and working abroad for a year, preferably in South America.

What made Emily such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2023?

“Emily aptly encapsulates the full-time MBA career pivot. With a BA in English from Colby College and a MA in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education, Emily saw education as a long-term career path. However, after a decade of teaching in K-12 schools, her love of learning is what made her consider another graduate degree and she eventually settled upon pursuing an MBA at Boston College, given the variety of post-degree career options the program offered.

Emily has excelled at BC. She has been an accomplished student and an unsurprisingly proficient teaching assistant, and has significantly contributed to diversity efforts at the Carroll School by serving as a ROMBA Fellow and co-president of the LGBTQ+ organization, Stand Out at Carroll—all while juggling the demands of raising her young children. Much like any veteran teacher, Emily’s success can be attributed to her creative thinking, ability to approach challenges with a sense of humor, and readiness to learn from every experience.

This May, Emily will be returning to Fidelity’s Finance Leadership Program, where she interned last year. This role will allow her to take on financial planning as well as strategic thinking, which I have no doubt she will thrive in.”

Marilyn Eckelman
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
Carroll School of Management



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