Q&A with Anna Nordstrom — October MBA Mama of the Month

Anna and her family illustrating the essence of the Fall season!

In case you missed it, Anna Nordstrom — an MBA Mama candidate at University of Washington’s Foster School of Business — is our October 2016 MBA Mama of the Month. Anna answered questions about how she manages her time, her post-MBA career goals, and her advice for women with children who are thinking about business school. Check it out below!

What advice do you have for women with children who are thinking about going to business school?

Do it! Don’t hold yourself back because of the kids. It’s busy and crazy and hard, but if you want it, it’s worth it. My family has been there to celebrate my successes and give me hugs and love during the extra hard parts. And it goes by so quickly — my kids have adjusted to our school life just fine. And they will benefit from this for the rest of their lives — financially, and because they have a mom who will really enjoy her career.

During school, I think it is important to involve your family.

Many of my classmates know my kids and I try to get my husband to come with me to as many events as we can handle. This has helped my teammates be understanding when I have limited availability for team meetings, or when my son interrupts a video call to say good night, and has helped my husband to happily care for the kids (yet again) when I have a special opportunity through school. It makes a difference to be in it together as a family.

What are some time management tips you use to stay on track?

Do the most important thing (or few things) each day, and be ready to let go of the unimportant things. Some things might not get done today, and some things might not really need to get done at all. Give yourself the grace to not be able to do everything. I also love handwritten lists… :)

What has been the highlight of your UW-Foster experience so far?

Last year my team won the class Case Competition. We spent a stressful week preparing our presentation, but the whole time I was thinking it was exactly what I came to business school to do — work with smart people to solve business problems. The fact that we won the competition just added to the great experience.

What are your post-MBA career plans and how does your family responsibilities factor into the equation?

I am interested in working for a business that helps women and/or children, so I am exploring organizations in global health, healthcare, education and other social sectors. I’m looking at internal consultant and program manager roles as well as other positions that allow for a combination of strategic and operational work.

Because of my family, I want a job with little domestic travel, though I am very open to international travel where I can bring my family to see the world.

Additionally, as a mom, flexible work options are more important than a higher salary, as far as benefits go. It is important to me to be able to go to school events, doctor appointments and sports activities as much as possible.

Click here to learn more about how Anna manages childcare for her two kids as well as her thoughts on the professional and leadership development opportunities UW-Foster providers.

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