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Advice on Schools- Glassblower GMAT 680

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Concentration: Nonprofit, Marketing
GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V42
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Advice on Schools- Glassblower GMAT 680 [#permalink] New post 28 May 2013, 21:07
First, thanks so much for your time. If you could look at my information below and give any recommendations for programs that would be a good fit I would greatly appreciate it.

I have a bit of a non-traditional background and have spent the majority of my working career in the non-profit sector (outlined below.) The idea of having a mission other than simply making money is very important to me and is something I want to pursue in the future. I am interested in pursuing an MBA to to gain the knowledge necessary to successfully run a non-profit or socially conscious business in the future (post mba.) :)

Basic stats: 32/F/American

GMAT: 680 V36 M46 retaking in August

Work experience:
I picked glassblowing up as hobby in college and upon graduation decided to make it a career. On average it takes 10,000 hours (5 years of 40 hours/week) to become proficient. I spent my first three years out of college applying for and being granted scholarships for classes, sleeping on couches, working for free or room and board just to gain the skills needed to be competent enough to be paid. I now work for the leading glass museum in the world in the marketing department as a team leader, one of six full time glassblowing demonstrators and the first fulltime female glassblower in the museums history.
Among other things, my job consists of managing shows and demonstrators, and representing the museum at remote venues around the world (15 projects, led 8.)
The museum is partnered with a cruise line and my main focus for the last five years has been setting up and running glassblowing demonstrations onboard. My job includes maintenance, logistics, and managing personal onboard. I also created the training manual, trained many of the present managers, and worked onboard with 60+ different nationalities in multiple countries across the globe to ensure the smooth running of the world’s first glassblowing show at sea. I’m also occasionally called upon to teach classes and do media interviews.
I worked for the museum for four years part-time before being hired fulltime five years ago. Prior to working for the museum, I was an independently employed artist and worked for other artists and craft schools across the country.
My only non-glass related employment since college graduation was a brief part time job teaching GRE and SAT prep.

Education:
Cornell University, 3.1 BS Design and Environmental Analysis. I went to Cornell when I was 17 and spent a year in the engineering school before transferring into a major which I later found to be uninspiring and also played four years of varsity softball (hence the low GPA)

Extracurricular activities:
Glassblowing
Co-captain of the Cornell Varsity Softball –played all 4 years
Hiking- including summiting Kilimanjaro
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Re: Advice on Schools- Glassblower GMAT 680 [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 10:22
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A fellow college softball player!  I found your profile to b compelling!  You have such a unique background, and in addition, you have a unique MBA oriented goal- non-profit as opposed to profit.  The way you have positioned yourself will be compelling to most top-10 business schools!  

That said, given the lower gpa in a non-quant major (even though it is from Cornell), I think upping the GMAT score is prudent, particularly the quant score.  You need to demonstrate your aptitude via the GMAT to compensate for the lower GPA.

Your work experience is excellent! So unique, with what appears to be a lot of leadership experience, the opportunity to innovate, initiate and lead!  You want to focus on how you have done so in the application just as you did in your profile here, but make it tighter.  

The other questions to answer is "Why the MBA now?"  You want to be clear on this.  As well, the post-MBA goal could be clarified as to what type of non-profit you plan to successfully run?  

The other area I want to see you enhance is since college is what volunteer 
organizations have you been involved in, promoting what social agenda?  This should be an area to develop to round out your profile.

Schools to consider applying to given non-profit focus are:  Stanford, Yale , Harvard, Berkeley, Columbia.  

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Re: Advice on Schools- Glassblower GMAT 680 [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 17:36
Hi Courtney,

Thanks so much for the advice. I really appreciate it; no one around me really has much experience with anything MBA related. I'm currently working on getting my quant score up and am going to retake the GMAT in August. Unfortunately, 10 years of glassblowing didn't keep my quant skills as sharp as I had hoped. I just visited a friend at Stanford and loved the campus and feel of the program. I was worried that my GPA would have completely taken me out of the running. I'll definitely work on clarifying and focusing my goals and rounding out my profile. And it is always nice to run into a fellow college softball player! Thanks so much again!

Annette
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