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Ms. Retail Innovator

About Me:

I’m a 25-yr first-generation US college graduate from China. Out of school, I joined a hedge fund and focused on investment in emerging Asia. Exposed me to the burgeoning tech scene, I was inspired to move to the tech sector and be part of the technology innovation. I currently work as Sr. Project Manager at the largest tech company in CN.


Undergrad School: Top 10 Liberal Arts College

Undergrad Major: Economics & Math

GPA: 3.84

GMAT: 750

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Co-Founder of a registered NGO focused on women empowerment/self-discovery for 4 years, Project Manager at the first/largest pro-bono consulting organization in China leading projects to help education non-profits optimize operations, Freelance Contributor for a tech publication writing about innovations in China and bridging the China's tech scene with the rest of the world

Work History:

Title: Senior Project Manager

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 100 Top 10

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Title: Senior Business Analyst

Industry: CPG

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 4 mos

Big Life Wins:

1) Launched the first product line in international markets for a Boston-based e-commerce company, driving sales growth over 300% YOY; 2) Co-Founded a women-empowerment NGO and designed online leadership courses for women, influenced 5,000+ audience; 3) Gained CFA III credentials while working in Tech.

Post MBA Goal:

My short-term goal is to transition into VC and become an investment associate in social innovation. Having been part of retail innovation revolution in China given my current position, I realized how powerful technology can be in transforming the future. I want to combine my background in finance and technology to enable startups with causes.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Columbia, MIT Sloan


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 33%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 20%

    With your numbers and background, an admit at Stanford looks like a real possibility. But Stanford’s super low acceptance rate of less than 7% makes any prediction at the GSB dicey. Still, you have a strong story to tell, with impressive big wins, graduating form a top ten liberal arts college, first gen student, working for a Fortune 10 company, launching an NGO, etc. You should definitely get an interview invite. Obviously, your odds are better at MIT and much better at Columbia.

    4 weeks ago
  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hello there Ms. Retail Innovator… Jen Kedrowski here, from mbaMission. It sounds like you have quite a broad background—even more than the ‘retail innovator’ title suggests! As you described, sounds like your expertise is more a combination of finance and technology. Currently I’m a little hazy on what your career trajectory has really looked like (side note- feel free to submit a resume for a deeper look via our free consultation link below this post if interested at any point), so make sure when you apply that the admissions committee does not ALSO feel anything is unclear, and in this submission I’m not clear on exactly how much experience you have … BUT I love the “big life wins” of co-founding the …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 60%

    Ms. Retail Innovator: Emily here from The MBA Exchange. I am a former Associate Director of Admissions at Columbia Business School and have been working as a consultant at The MBA Exchange for four years. I think top MBA programs like Sloan, CBS and GSB will very much like your GPA, GMAT and CFA designation as well as your experiences founding an NGO for women. It sounds like in the short period of time you’ve been working, you’ve had a strong impact and it will be crucial to communicate that impact as you will have overall less work experience than others in these applicant pools. I also think because you’ve been in two different jobs/sectors in two years AND want …

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