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Mr. Fundraising Educator

About Me:

I am a trained asset management professional with a heart of a teacher. After 7 years on wall street, most recently a two year stint at Goldman Sachs Asset Management – I left the investment industry and began investing my social capital into my community. I am now a teacher at a charter school in my community of Harlem.


Undergrad School: Morehouse College

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 2.89

GMAT: 510

Age: 31,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Other Degree/Certification: CFA LEVEL III CANDIDATE June 2020

School Name: N/A

Extracurriculars: Overstand (Strategic Advisor):In partnership with Urbanworld (AT&T/HBO), produced a film showcase to connect three filmmakers of color with twelve investors of color, in 2017, filmmakers received over $200k in investor funding, Fast Track (Mentor): Biweekly mentoring sessions with fifty NYC high school students to discuss the benefits of continuing their education; since 2002, 100% of our students have gone on to attend four-year colleges and universities, Wealth Management: Advise 10 clients with a combined financial asset value of $720K, client’s ages range from 25 to 63

Work History:

Title: 6th Grade Math Teacher

Industry: Nonprofit / B-Corp

Company: Start-Up In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 5 mos

Title: Associate - Goldman Sachs

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

Lead the opening of the 1st Boys and Girls Club in Harlem. I was the education director, I was third in command to the CEO and Board of Director Raised $20,000 for my college as a 2010 Morehouse College for a class gift

Post MBA Goal:

Complete my CFA studies Join an organization like the Robinhood Foundation and be the Director of Fundraising/ Business Development Start off post MBA as Capital Introduction Associate for an Investment Fund


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Wharton, Columbia, Yale, Berkeley Haas, NYU Stern, Duke Fuqua


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 7%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Thanks for sharing your impressive story with us, Mr. Educator. As a first-generation college student myself and someone who had none of the socio-economic advantages that many applicants have in applying to the likes of Stanford and Wharton, I love your personal narrative and all that you have achieved on your own. I am mightily impressed by your decision to leave Goldman Sachs and then work in Harlem as a sixth grade math teacher. Your overall story, including your extras, make for a powerful narrative of someone who has the potential to really change the world for the better. Sadly, Stanford isn’t going to buy it. How come? As impressive as your personal story is, it won’t be able to overcome your basic stats. Over …

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  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 5%

    Intriguing and unique candidacy, but a minimal chance of admission to Stanford GSB. You’ll have to really dazzle the adcoms with your “What Matters Most to You and Why?” essay. Your non-work leadership is impressive, frankly overshadowing your professional profile. You made a gutsy, massive pivot in your career, but your post-MBA goal credibly ties together your Wall Street asset management and grade school teacher roles. Kudos on the CFA III but your undergrad GPA and current GMAT are still big constraints. Also being age 30+ means fewer seats available. I suggest you get a GMAT at or above the median for admits and consider part-time programs (e.g., Haas, NYU) where the average age is higher and the average test score islower …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hello Mr. Fundraising Educator! Krista Nannery from mbaMisison here. You are super-interesting…we don’t often see this combination of Wall Street and schoolteacher. This will help you stand out in this process…but that GMAT will probably drag you down. For my clients that are struggling to break into the 700s on the GMAT, I recommend switching to the GRE. Do a practice exam and my guess is that you will feel that it’s much more your test. I don’t want to give any school a reason to pass you by!! And we already have that tough GPA. So please invest in test prep. It will make a difference. (And while it’s nice that you’re interested in the CFA, a great GMAT or GRE score will help …

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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief |

    Our pleasure. Thanks for sharing your profile with the community.

    1 year ago

The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 3%

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  • Very impressive background in both Finance and Nonprofits, and your career goals are in-line with your experience to-date. You should focus on bumping your GMAT because both your GPA and GMAT are significantly below the average.
  • 5% | 1 year ago

    Hi John A. Byrne, I'm Mr. Fundraising Educator, lol - I just wanted to reach out and say thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement and MBA admissions insight. All of what I read was inspiring and has only helped fuel my journey. Thank you!

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