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Ms. Ambitious Hippie

About Me:

After 3 years of growth & contributions at a leading impact investing non-profit, I’m looking to advance my career in sustainable agriculture & food systems. I have a strong academic background + deep experience in social enterprise/ non-profit approaches to social impact and sustainability. Seeking MBA for private sector & management experience.


Undergrad School: Yale University

Undergrad Major: Environmental Studies

GPA: 3.9

GRE: 332

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Master's, Environmental Governance

School Name: University of Oxford

Extracurriculars: Treasurer, successful City Council campaign, High school group mentor, church youth group

Work History:

Title: Development Officer, Grants

Industry: Nonprofit / B-Corp

Company: Major NGO/NPO

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Fulbright Scholar in China, researching emerging social enterprises/ consumer movements around sustainable agriculture/ “safe food” in China. Received Best Overall Performance award in my Oxford Master’s. Two promotions in 3 years at leading impact investing non-profit; currently manage all new grant proposal development.

Post MBA Goal:

Long term, through the MBA I want to be positioned to take on executive/upper-level management positions in leading non-profits in the sustainability/ food & agriculture space. Short term, I want to use the MBA to 1) gain private sector exposure and experience related to food and agriculture, and 2) pivot out of non-profit fundraising.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: MIT Sloan, Wharton, Cornell Johnson, Yale, Stanford GSB


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 50%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Who wouldn’t love an ambitious hippie? Seriously, your profile will stand out from the pile right away. Your three years at a leading impact investing non-profit, with a couple of promotions, your Yale degree with a stellar 3.9 GPA, your Fulbright Scholar status, your master’s degree from Oxford and a GRE score that is three points above the class average at Harvard Business School pretty much seals the deal at HBS. The bigger question is what could possibly cause HBS to turn you down? Honestly, there’s nothing I can think of. Sure, you could be over confident in how you represent yourself in your application or you could blow the admissions interview which you will surely be invited to do. However, the clarity and succinctness …

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