Hard to believe it’s already February 1, but here we are. It’s the first day of Black History Month
- highly recommend you take time to watch the replay of Lift Every Voice: A Conversation with Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet, NY Philharmonic and Julie Walker, AP News,
an inspiring interview from our friends at the Metro NY Chapter of the National Black MBA
featuring a beautiful rendition of “Lift Every Voice,” to kick things off. We have a good deal of content and collaborations headed your way to continue to share the experiences of our Black classmates, colleagues, fellow entrepreneurs and friends and speak out against and work to dismantle systems of oppression. When Black students make up roughly 10% of business school classrooms, it’s clear there is still work to do and we’re committed to celebrating progress while pushing for better. If your campus organization or professor is hosting an event(s) that is open to the public, we’d love for MBAchic to join. Please reach out for inclusion on our Community Calendar
or scroll down to the submission link below.
Speaking of advocacy and using your voice, we’ve been having interesting conversations following a piece about paying for business school that went up this week. Guest contributor Eryn Schultz discussed five things she wishes she knew before paying for Harvard Business School, and offers advice for positioning yourself for financial success while tackling such a large investment. Her tips apply to students of all programs and formats, so whether you’re heading to law school or pursuing your MBA on the weekends, you definitely want to bookmark it.
The article sparked a great conversation around scholarship money and the ideas of power and leverage. It’s important to understand the value you bring [to every situation]. To understand the power of the cards you hold. In the interest of keeping this intro note brief, would invite you to read her article, read the piece on why right now* is a good time for women to get an MBA, and see the conversation happening in IG stories (if expired, find them in the ‘money’ highlight). The stories being shared emphasize the need for open, honest conversation around these topics - please reply to this note if you’d join a Zoom chat on this in the next week or two (Speaking of which, if you told us in the community survey that you’d like to help shape MBAchic, please check your email)
Despite the pandemic challenges that persist, there are still wins to celebrate and plans for a better tomorrow that we all can pursue. Take a look at this week’s stories. Would love to hear your thoughts on rebuilding, and the road ahead, especially as both the private and public sectors work to tackle it head-on. (Speaking of rebuilding, let us know if you’re joining the HBS Women’s Conference this week - info below under Upcoming Events - and check out Instagram later today for something fun if you plan to join).
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Here’s to a new month, here’s to new opportunities and here’s to good vibes across the board. Have a great week!