Brenda Dara TobinPublic & Nonprofit MBA*, Concentration: Leadership & Organizational Transformation Tucson, Arizona
“I chose BU because I liked the diversity of perspectives that comes with having multiple specialized programs and did not want to feel like an “other” coming to school without a traditional business background.”
*Renamed Social Impact MBA beginning in 2018
After graduating from George Washington University as a political science major and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia, Brenda Tobin says she wanted to, “gain a better understanding of how government worked and how politics shape our everyday life.”
It was in her next role working in a Washington DC think tank focusing on International Development, when she realized she wanted to get an MBA. She saw people doing amazing work, and she wanted to be able to help implement that work.
BU Questrom’s specialized MBA programs were a huge deciding factor for Tobin who says, “I chose BU because I liked the diversity of perspectives that comes with having multiple specialized programs (Social Impact MBA, Health Sector MBA, MBA+ MS in Digital innovation) and did not want to feel like an “other” coming to school without a traditional business background. I like that the smaller class size allows me to get to know all of my classmates and creates a true sense of community. I feel that the size of our program allows us to create lasting bonds and genuine relationships.”
She entered her program eager to learn how to apply traditional business principals to the nonprofit sector and she found that she enjoyed the financial management and data aspects of business more than she anticipated.
Her internship at Room40 Group, a boutique consulting firm that focuses on nonprofit strategy, gave her real-world experience and real-world responsibility. Room40 Group gave her the opportunity to develop a product that allowed nonprofits to analyze their fundraising and compare it to their peers in other areas throughout the nation. Her job was to codify the data collection process, work with clients to explain the process, and review the data and clean it up using a score card that she herself created.
After graduation Tobin hopes to utilize the business skills she’s built upon at Questrom. “I hope to find a position that will allow me to utilize the skills that I have gained and those I have improved upon during my time at Questrom.” She says, “I am very interested in organizational capacity building and process improvement.” She’s confident as she moves forward with her career path, “Whether I end up working within the private or nonprofit sector I know that the foundations of business I have learned during my time at Questrom will give me a solid baseline knowledge for any position I pursue.”