Top 10 MBA Voices Articles of 2021 – MBA

As 2021 draws to a close, we wanted to share a roundup of our most read MBA Voices blog posts of 2021. Revisit our 10 most popular stories from the past year highlighting HBS students, alumni and resources for prospective students.

CELEBRATION OF THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN MOTHER-DAUGHTER HBS DUO

By BJ Wiley Williams (MBA 2006)

I always admired my mother, Benaree Pratt Wiley, and her courage, and I was amazed when I found out she was one of 28 out of 800 women in the Harvard Business School class of 1972. So I knew early on that I wanted to go to business school so I had the leadership training, resources, and community support to amplify my journey and my contribution. Little did I know we would have become the first African American mother-daughter duo to graduate from HBS.” Read More>>>

7 THINGS HBS HAS TEACHED ME OVER THE LAST 2 YEARS

By Gaurav Bhogale (MBA 2021)

In the words of Dean Datar during his keynote address, Harvard Business School has given me “confidence, resilience, adaptability and the ability to accept challenges – while looking to the future with optimism , hope and creativity”. I’m excited to see what the class of 2021 is doing with their wild and precious lives.” Read More>>>

THE EQUITY NETWORK: HOW HBS HELPED ME START A SOCIAL TECH ENTERPRISE

By Kristina Hu (MBA 2022)

Two months before the start of the school year, I met my future section mate and co-founder, Shelby Schrier, in the HBS class of 2022 Slack. Together, we published an “HBS Mentor Directory” through which we and 70 classmates shared our contact details on LinkedIn to extend our professional knowledge and networks to underrepresented groups. After two weeks and over 200 entries, it became clear that this could become much bigger than a summer project and be a real opportunity to make a difference for marginalized communities in the workplace. And so, The Equity Network was born!” Read More>>>

THE STORY OF MY HBS STUDENT LOAN: JOHN CORTINES

By John Cortines (MBA 2015)

If you’re planning on borrowing to help fund your MBA, you’re probably thinking about what paying it back after graduation might look like. HBS graduates pursue careers in a variety of industries and positions around the world. With a median starting salary of $148,750 and a median signing bonus of $30,000, HBS graduates are well positioned to repay their student loans. However, going into debt to finance an MBA is a major commitment. To better understand how HBS graduates manage and repay their student debt, we interviewed alumni about their loan repayment journeys. Learn more>>>

TOP 5 MYTHS ABOUT HBS

By Cyril Straughn-Turner (MBA 2022) & Chad Losee (MBA 2013)

Chad Losee, Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, spoke with Cyril Straughn-Turner, sophomore MBA student and Chief Admissions Ambassador, for a ‘Busting HBS Myths’ event aimed at demystifying what a business school really is and what it is. important in the HBS application process. Check out excerpts from their conversation on the top 5 myths about HBS and the MBA application. Learn more>>>

A FRIENDSHIP FOR LIFE: FROM CLASS TRUCKS IN CAMEROON TO ROOMMATES AT HBS

By Gana Gana (MBA 2022) & Kevin Nguenkam (MBA 2022)

Learn about Gana and Kevin’s longtime friendship, which began at a boys’ Catholic boarding school in Cameroon, how the Africa Business Club influenced them during their time at HBS, and their plans for the future. Learn more>>>

THE ART OF PERSEVERANCE AND RESILIENCE: SUBMITTING A REQUEST TO HBS

By Omar Aboulezz (MBA 2021)

People who are crazy enough to persevere and keep growing and improving are often the ones who have what it takes to succeed. My journey to HBS – including my two rejections – allowed me to experience failure, grow to overcome that failure, and finally achieve success. For me, these personal development lessons are as valuable as my education.” Read More>>>

IS THE MBA WORTH IT?

By HBS Admissions

How do you know if an MBA is worth it? We asked recent HBS alumni to reflect on their time at HBS and after. Here are their thoughts on the business school experience, the value of an MBA, and the best way to prepare for HBS. Learn more>>>

LATINX WOMEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT: AMY HERNANDEZ TURCIOS

By Amy Hernandez Turcios (MBA 2020)

Before HBS, it was difficult for me to be totally authentic at school and at work because I was afraid people would “find out” that I had been admitted or hired by mistake. I hid my identity as a low-income, first-generation student and professional. My second EC year, I did one of the scariest things of my life: I shared with the whole HBS community the story of my life – pure, raw and emotional. This experience has unlocked in me the courage to bring authenticity to any space in which I move.” Read More>>>

I FOUND MY FUTURE AT HBS AND YOU CAN TOO

By Joe Stenger (MBA/MPP 2022)

The atmosphere on campus buzzes with intellectual curiosity. Also, my classmates are some of the warmest and most supportive people I have ever met. We take care of each other the way friends do in my hometown. Every student I spoke with, regardless of their background, struggled with doubts and insecurities. We’re here because we want to have a positive impact in the world, and yet we don’t always feel up to it. However, knowing that we are together in the journey, the obstacles seem smaller and our vision of a better world more accessible.” Read More>>>

Amanda J. Marsh