Thankful to Keep Learning as a Quantic Executive MBA Scholar

Hello philanthropy friends! With Thanksgiving in our midst, it seems the perfect time to announce some big news!  I am going to pursue an Executive MBA degree with Quantic, a highly selective MBA program that seeks to disrupt the business world as we know it. I am so excited to be going back to school!!!

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I will be entering the 58th cohort for Quantic, which boasts an 89% graduation rate and very high scores for student satisfaction. (Image credit: Kiersten Marek)

One of the big reasons I am pursuing an Executive MBA is to better understand how to attract markets to feminism and gender equality. In going through the process of applying and interviewing at Quantic, I had the realization that I had already crossed two hurdles: I created a feminist product that people would pay money for and I created a sizable market for this product. Now I will figure out if this product can be expanded, and, beyond that, how to proceed in convening stakeholders in business to move the needle on equal rights for women and girls.

However, I now realize (after nearly 7 years of publishing on the topic) that feminist topics are far from mainstream, and it will be important for me to expand my scope to related areas like community-building, caregiving, and social safety as I pursue my Executive MBA degree.

A few fun facts about Quantic, particularly related to women. As I went through the application and interview process, I learned that their MBA programs admit about 34% women. However, they have worked hard on improving that and in the cohort I am joining there is 43% women! Talk about progress! Google, Facebook, and all the other big tech companies would do well to follow their formula for increasing their female representation so quickly.

Quantic is not a nonprofit school, so you can’t donate. They bring in a lot of their capital by providing executive training and other services to big companies and by accepting tuition from companies who want to support their employees in pursuing a higher level business degree. If you’re interested in learning more about Quantic and how it can help your career or your business, you can find out more here:

About 300 students have been admitted to my cohort with Quantic — 125 in the Executive program and the rest in the regular MBA program. Their rate of acceptance is between 8 and 10% across all programs, so I feel fortunate to have been chosen in such a competitive process.


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Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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