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USC Trojan and George Washington MBA, Lynda Peralta, has just launched an amazing product for working women on the go — The Pocket Palette. Lynda has experience in retail, operations, and marketing, which has inspired her to create consumer products that simplify the busy-woman lifestyle. Below she explains what prompted her to to launch the Pocket Palette and has included a deal for all MBA Mama subscribers who pledge (at any level) for her Kickstarter!

I created the Pocket Palette for a simple reason: I needed it. I was constantly on the go and needed a convenient way to do my makeup that didn’t weigh my bag down or take up too much space. I also wanted something that allowed me to look nice while on the run, without making it solely about my appearance. …


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Stacey and her mother rocking some amazing VEERAH shoes

Stacey Chang moved from Taipei, Taiwan to the US for boarding school at the age of 15. After graduating from Boston university, Stacey held roles in sales, merchandise, supply chain, strategy and retail at The Estée Lauder Companies Asia Pacific Headquarters and Coach, Inc. Within this impressive career trajectory, Stacey also received her MBA from Wharton.

As a fashion forward woman and conscientious consumer, Stacey was frustrated by the lack of stylish shoes that were ethical, comfortable and practical for the modern professional to pack on a short business trip. So she created VEERAH. VEERAH is derived from the Sanskrit word that means warrior, rooted in the belief that today’s mega-tasking women are truly modern-day warriors. …


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Management Leadership for Tomorrow — known commonly as MLT — is a national non-profit organization that equips underrepresented minorities with the skills, coaching and relationships required to become high-impact leaders in corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurial ventures. MLT’s mission is to build the premier career development institution that equips high potential minorities with the key ingredients to unlock their career potential. MLT’s vision — championed by Founder/CEO John Rice, a 1992 Harvard Business School graduate — is a nation where high potential under-represented minorities represent a critical mass of senior leaders in key sectors that drive our economy

MLT is currently accepting applications for their MBA Prep…


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Over the past 10 weeks, Kenalyn Ang has collaborated with MBA Mama as an Editorial/Creative Intern. Kenalyn — a native of Los Angeles, California — is a Junior at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where she studies International Relations and Comparative Literature. Kenalyn was able to leverage her experience as the Features Editor for her university’s student newspaper to make a positive contribution to MBA Mama’s content management strategy this summer. Kenalyn managed and uploaded posts on all MBA Mama social media accounts, wrote 6 articles and copy edited 14 pieces of written work featured on the blog. …


In Part 1 of her MBA MoTM feature, Rachel shared why she chose Duke and shared some excellent advice on time management and childcare solutions. Here she shares how the MBA shaped her as a leader and what a typical day as an MBA mom looked like for her.

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Rachel with her boys, Vaughn and Harris, in Durham

Can you describe a typical day in your life as an MBA Mama at Fuqua?

Vaughn is an early riser so my day typically began between 5:30 to 6 am. We would then eat breakfast and play for a couple of hours before heading to daycare. After dropping him off, I’d head to campus to either attend class, meet with fellow team members, or begin coursework. I’d meet friends for lunch in the Fox Center or out on the patio during the warmer days before heading back into class or hitting the books. My time on campus would come to an end around 5:15 pm, at which time I would head over to pick up Vaughn. We would get home, make dinner, do bath time, and get Vaughn to bed. …


Rachel Clare is our inspiring August MBA MoTM. This engineering mama shares how she chose her program and managed her roles as mom, students, and cabinet member of multiple clubs.

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Rachel with her husband, Chris, and their two sons — Harris and Vaugh

What motivated you to pursue your MBA? How did you know it was the right time to pause your career and start your MBA?

After completing my MS Chemical Engineering degree, I went to work as a chemical engineer/contractor for a firm in the environmental space. Through this position I learned a great deal about what it means to work as a consultant and to have a hand in business development and client management. I quickly realized that while my engineering background provided me with excellent analytical and problem solving skills, I was missing the fundamental business knowledge of how a company operates both organizationally and financially. Prior to this position, all my research and experience had been within the healthcare sector and I too realized I missed being involved in healthcare. …


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Photo credit: Hunter Rudd Photography

Rachel Clare is a recent graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Rachel is married to Chris, and together they have two adorable little boys (one of whom was born during Rachel’s SY).

Prior to Duke, Rachel worked as a chemical engineer — supporting greenhouse gas monitoring, assessing environmental and health risks for targeted industries, and providing regulatory support over the oil and gas industry. She also worked on teams that reduced greenhouse gas reporting errors in the Cement and Wastewater industries. Wanting to transition to the healthcare sector, Rachel went on to receive her Health Sector Management certificate and MBA at Duke.

Right now she is enjoying some down time with her family, but will begin working with Triangle Insights Group as a Consultant in January, focusing on the healthcare sector.


Written by Kenalyn Ang for MBAMama

MBA Mama recently learned about Rachelle Ford’s dedication to her child’s passion for literature. Mrs. Ford is a mama of four children, a writer, and publisher. In her latest project, Mrs. Ford is more than excited to help her youngest daughter Jada with the launch of her first written publication, Happy Birthday Sapphire. In an interview with MBAMama, Mrs. Ford shares a little about herself and her daughter, discusses the vision behind the project, her daughter Jada’s passion for reading, and what the dynamic duo hope to achieve with the book, Happy Birthday Sapphire.

Holding a degree in Business Management and Marketing, Mrs. Ford is a writer, and the owner of Ford Johnson Publishing. Mrs. Ford was born and raised in Port au Prince, Haiti, and moved to the United States when she was 14 years old. Beginning in 2009, Mrs. Ford also ran her own entertainment magazine called Ford Entertainment Magazine, until February 2017. …


Around Father’s day we decided that we would like to ask MBA dads some of the same questions we ask our MBA Mama’s, and we received great responses. Check out answers from our featured dads below:

What motivated you to pursue your MBA? How did you know it was the right time to pause your career and start your MBA?

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3/4 of the Smith Family - Kyle, Korene, and Cohen

Kyle Smith: While in college, I had the opportunity to intern in the DC Mayor’s Economic Development Office where I worked with some of the nation’s leading real estate development companies. …


In Part 1 of her interview, Nikole shared a great deal about how she stayed true to her vision of her career and how she made her decision about Ross. In this portion of her interview Nikole shares some great tips on apps that help with time management, childcare solutions that worked for her family, and advice for you future or current MBA Mamas.

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Nikole traveling with her adorable family.

Time management is tricky for any MBA student. What tips do you have for MBA Moms that are trying to stay on track?

As soon as I receive the syllabi for my classes, I open up Wunderlist and start plugging in all of my assignments. …

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