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Do I Really Need an MBA?

Dear Mandy,

I’m Elysia from Taiwan:) I am a co-founder of a fashion tech startup. Recently, I saw your career story on Columbia MBA’s alumni website and was deeply impressed by your idea of how technology can help shape the fashion industry. I am planning on applying for my MBA degree this year and hoping to integrate my fashion tech company experience and family business (manufacturing in the fashion industry) in the future. Can you share with me how Columbia’s learning experience and resources combined helped you in the fashion industry? Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Elysia


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I Decided to Stay at Home…Now What?

Hi Mandy,

I used to earn six figures at a high-powered job, and after I had my second child, I decided to stay at home. I couldn’t bear to watch my kids in daycare at such a young age. My kids are three years old, and three months. I am launching my new entrepreneurial venture, so that I can work from home and live anywhere. But I simply don’t have the time (between breakfast, lunch, dinner, feeding the baby, taking the kids to the park, grocery shopping, bath time, putting the kids to bed), to get any work done and I feel like I’m always falling behind. Should I just ask my husband to support us fully and focus on the kids (for now)? Am I betraying my talent and contribution to the world by doing so?

Thanks,

Miriam (“Sleep Deprived”) T.


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Stuck in an Old Boy’s Club

Dear Mandy,

I work in an environment that’s an old boy’s club: it’s 80% men and I often feel like the odd one out. It is so frustrating, I feel myself being sidelined and like I’m invisible sometimes. How do I build credibility as a minority female?

Sincerely,

Olivia L.


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Desperately Seeking Namaste

Dear Mandy,

I want to completely overhaul my job and industry. I hate being an accountant and want to pursue my dream of being a yoga instructor. I don’t know how much longer I can take it, but I worry about the impact it will have on my growing family and finances. How do I make this viable?

Sincerely,

Jenn S.


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