Could you please evaluate my profile?
Origin: Indian, Female 30 years old
Education: Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, India. 85%
Govt scholarship recipient.
National Merit Scholar in Math and Science.
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, USA 3.02 GPA, NIH Scholarship recipient
Develop and manage project plans for over 9 technology projects at a global technology-based organization under restricted resources
Oversee technology aspects including RFPs and budgets for 9 U.S. Department of State funded programs totalling a budget of $13 million
Manage effective cross-team collaboration with senior level not-for-profit management, educators, developers, and graphic designers to launch an online interactive platform used by 30,000 educators and 2 million youth
Conceive and establish innovative technology practices and processes to enhance global education between classrooms across 130 countries
Formulate and present 400+ in-person technical training sessions for 2000+ educators from Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, India, Israel, the West Bank, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Liberia, Spain, Taiwan
Continually explore and implement new open source software, hardware, and management tools to improve effectiveness and efficiency of work for staff and members
Help train, support and direct technology-related projects of 20 staff members
Setup and maintain learning content management system - Moodle to link educators worldwide for project integration, standards alignment, and assessment planning
Manage 1 direct report
-New York cares volunteer
- Work with residents of assisted living to teach them basic computer skills
- Volunteer at housing works fundraisers
- Led interviews for U.S.-Mongolia Emerging Youth Leaders program to engage under-served youth in a community journalism- US State Department Initiative in collaboration with Mongolia Education Alliance
- Conduct interviews and orientation sessions and have escorted high school exchange students as a part of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)– a US State Department Initiative
- I’ve provided direct language support in Hindi to high school students in the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) to improve their communication (both oral and written)
- I’ve been working with a Bedouin tribal camp owner (Wadi Rum, Jordan. This not through any organization but I lived in his camp when I was in Jordan so I know a bit and things started moving from there.
- Founded a board game club in the community that worked well for 2 years but died last year.
Alumni of Columbia Business school
Want to do an MBA in social enterprise/entrepreneurship
Here is why I want an MBA and why I think now is a good time.
I have been a tech manager at an educational not-for-profit for close to six years now and during my six years I've grown from a developer to managerial role. I have obtained a rare combination of skills and experience i.e. technology, international education and youth exchange. I'd love to utilize this skill set in starting a social enterprise on my own. Given my managerial experience at a NFP, I've realized there is so much I don't know. For example: How do I draft budgets? How does one attract more funding into an organization? How do I develop a strategy for entire organization the next 4-5 years? What kind of factors does one need to consider while planning ahead? How do I market the mission of my organization? How do I attract people to come work for an organization?
Columbia has brilliant staff and a great social enterprise program. I think Columbia's Non-Profit Board Leadership is an excellent opportunity to view the upper layers of management of a NFP from an external point of view.
I could stick around longer without an MBA but that only pushes my goal of starting something on my own farther away. Had I started an MBA two years ago I would have done it just to make career switch into management. Now, I exactly know what I want to be when I come out of business school two years later.
I am applying to ISB, Columbia, Yale. Do you think I can get in to any one of them in R1?
Thank you for evaluating my profile.